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Going To Any Conferences This Year?

There are so many conferences going on all the time that it is easy to miss out on ones that would matter. Not only that, but it is easier to throw your hands up and just not go when it might actually be a really good thing to do.

blogworld0 In 2008, one of the most successful things I did for my business was to really make an effort to get out there and network. I found myself in Phoenix, Seattle, and Las Vegas for conferences last year. In addition to the ones I traveled for, I also went to a lot of meetups here in the Tampa area.

Loren Baker (of Search Engine Journal) started the Tampa Bloggers meetup on meetup.com and I went several times. He eventually handed over the reigns to Josh Carrico who has taken the group into a different direction (more like a “tweetup”) which is actually quite cool and I continue to attend.

I also joined up with a private mastermind group where I meet bi-weekly with some characters like Ryan Wade, Kyle Graham, Tony Teegarden and several others. I also started a more public mastermind group on meetup.com for the Tampa Bay area. Our last meeting was last week and we had about 20 attendees.

So far on my radar for this year is:

We’ll see if anything else pops up that I think might be worth the trip.

So, what about you? Are you going to any conferences this year? Are you attending any meetups?

You might be worried about the travel costs. That is completely understandable. However, I wouldn’t want to see anybody miss out on the numerous benefits of personal networking and learning that can be had from conferences because of just that. If cost is an issue, I would recommend picking at least one conference that is most relevant to you, your blog and your goals. Then, make arrangements to go to that one conference and go there with the aim to get as much out of it as you possibly can.

I can only tell you that it has been very valuable for me. And I think it would be valuable for you. And, who knows, maybe we can hang out at one of these conferences. I’d love to meet up with some of my readers. I’ve met many regular readers who reside here in the Tampa Bay area, but I’d love to meet the rest of you, too.

Your thoughts?

Got a Question or Comment?

  1. If you’re full-time blogging, or running an online marketing business in addition to other income, I believe you could also write off business travel expenses, including accommodations, meals, travel and more. Just a thing to consider if the price of conventions seems daunting…

  2. If you’re full-time blogging, or running an online marketing business in addition to other income, I believe you could also write off business travel expenses, including accommodations, meals, travel and more. Just a thing to consider if the price of conventions seems daunting…

  3. We’re planning to be at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas, so I’ll look forward to buying you a beer and a cigar David.

  4. We’re planning to be at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas, so I’ll look forward to buying you a beer and a cigar David.

  5. The two conferences that I attend regularly are the International Association for Identification conference (our company is a major sponsor) and Oracle OpenWorld.

    So far the biggest conference that I’ve missed is P-Camp 2009; I was considering using some frequent flyer miles to head up north, but couldn’t go due to some internal and external issues.

    Casual affairs are good also; I recently went to a FriendFeed meetup with a few FriendFeed users from greater Los Angeles. Ironically, there were Flickr and Twitter events on the same day…

  6. The two conferences that I attend regularly are the International Association for Identification conference (our company is a major sponsor) and Oracle OpenWorld.

    So far the biggest conference that I’ve missed is P-Camp 2009; I was considering using some frequent flyer miles to head up north, but couldn’t go due to some internal and external issues.

    Casual affairs are good also; I recently went to a FriendFeed meetup with a few FriendFeed users from greater Los Angeles. Ironically, there were Flickr and Twitter events on the same day…

  7. Mike, I look forward to it, my friend. I also found out today that my new VA, Lisa, is planning on going to BlogWorld. Will be nice to meet her in person as well.

  8. Mike, I look forward to it, my friend. I also found out today that my new VA, Lisa, is planning on going to BlogWorld. Will be nice to meet her in person as well.

  9. I never attended conferences for bloggers yet, I would love to do so, but unfortunately I have some difficulties to do it, maybe because I am a little far away now!

    Good luck everybody, I hope I can join you soon!

  10. I never attended conferences for bloggers yet, I would love to do so, but unfortunately I have some difficulties to do it, maybe because I am a little far away now!

    Good luck everybody, I hope I can join you soon!

  11. Yep, Dave’s right, I’m planning on going to BlogWorld! How do I get in on this beer and cigar situation, Mike? :)

    Also going to go to WordCamp Chicago in June, and just maybe Izeafest in October as well. I’ve been bit by the conference bug.

  12. Yep, Dave’s right, I’m planning on going to BlogWorld! How do I get in on this beer and cigar situation, Mike? :)

    Also going to go to WordCamp Chicago in June, and just maybe Izeafest in October as well. I’ve been bit by the conference bug.

  13. Is there a site that has a good list of conferences related to blogging, SEO, online marketing, etc floating around anywhere online with a writeup on them?

    I’m sure most people know the major ones- however there may be smaller ones located closer to many readers here that would hold interest as well.

  14. Is there a site that has a good list of conferences related to blogging, SEO, online marketing, etc floating around anywhere online with a writeup on them?

    I’m sure most people know the major ones- however there may be smaller ones located closer to many readers here that would hold interest as well.

  15. Stuart – I see you’re local to Chicago. There are some good meetups that happen regularly. My faves are:

    http://www.meetup.com/chicagobloggers/
    http://www.meetup.com/mywplife/
    http://www.meetup.com/social-media-marketing/

    Just a thought. :)

  16. lisamorosky says:

    Stuart – I see you’re local to Chicago. There are some good meetups that happen regularly. My faves are:

    http://www.meetup.com/chicagobloggers/
    http://www.meetup.com/mywplife/
    http://www.meetup.com/social-media-marketing/

    Just a thought. :)

  17. Thanks for the head’s up Lisa :)

  18. Thanks for the head’s up Lisa :)

  19. Frank Katalenas says:

    I’m looking hard at attending affillate summit east, however it falls on the same weekend as my 1st wedding anniversary. I’ll see if I can get passed that issue.

    I always need to consider the price of conventions, at least Affillate Summit East is in NYC.

  20. Frank Katalenas says:

    I’m looking hard at attending affillate summit east, however it falls on the same weekend as my 1st wedding anniversary. I’ll see if I can get passed that issue.

    I always need to consider the price of conventions, at least Affillate Summit East is in NYC.

  21. Frank, if you can make it, it’d be good to meet you. I know I was up there recently and we didn’t cross paths, mainly because it was in the middle of the work-week and you were working (Plus, when you have the wife with you, you’re subject to what she wants to do ;) ). But, perhaps in August.

  22. Frank, if you can make it, it’d be good to meet you. I know I was up there recently and we didn’t cross paths, mainly because it was in the middle of the work-week and you were working (Plus, when you have the wife with you, you’re subject to what she wants to do ;) ). But, perhaps in August.

  23. Thanks for the IZEAFest shout-out, David! We’ll definitely look forward to seeing you at the event, and I hope many of your readers will be able to make it, too.

  24. Thanks for the IZEAFest shout-out, David! We’ll definitely look forward to seeing you at the event, and I hope many of your readers will be able to make it, too.

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