Five Blog Conferences to Put on Your Radar

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Need to find your blogging mojo? Whether you’re looking for tips, networking or to gain exposure, consider adding one of these conferences to your calendar.

So you’ve committed to blogging. You’ve nailed down a content calendar to provide interesting, consistent content and simplified your process. And you’ve even recruited co-workers to contribute.  You’re churning out posts, but maybe it still doesn’t feel fun or natural. That’s where conferences come in handy.

Here are five conferences that can help you shape up your techniques. They also let guests mix and mingle with like-minded individuals and  offer access to strategies recommended by the pros. Choose your own adventure here: Some are local and others require a bit of travel. However, all can help you take your blog to the next level.

Y’all Connect

Save the date for this one-day blogging and social media conference scheduled for August 11, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Corporate storytellers (including bloggers, content managers, and communications and social media professionals) converge upon the Magic City to brush up on digital skills. Expect to experience Southern hospitality and to leave with skills you can implement quickly.

WordCamp 

WordPress enthusiasts, unite! WordCamps are held around the world and feature expertise on using the platform, developing themes and plugins and tips on other techniques. Sessions are attended by users of all experience levels.  Birmingham hosts a one-day event on the last Saturday in October and is currently in the planning stages for 2017. To find one near you (or not-so-near-you), click this link.

Blogalicious

Slated for Miami, Florida October 5-8, 2017, Blogalicious invites you to join other social media influencers, industry leaders and brands for supportive sessions that will help you engage with your audience and build meaningful relationships. Blogalicious encourages connection and collaboration–and “limitless opportunity.”

BlogHer 17

Get inspired and network with other “social media stars, entrepreneurs, brands and activists” at BlogHer’s annual conference. This one is scheduled for June 22-24, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The lineup this year includes journalist Joy Reid and blogger Luvvie Ajayi, and will include a Food Expo.

SXSW 

Bookmark this one for March 9-18, 2018. Held in Austin, Texas, this is a meeting of the minds among the interactive, music and film industries. If you fall somewhere on the creative spectrum (or just want to network with those who do), these may be your people.

Attending a conference can help you relax, relate to others who may be in the same boat or release the habits and hang-ups that are holding your brand or business’ blog back. (And hey, if you only have an hour, come to our free Lunch & Learn on April 20 at Innovation Depot.) 

Happy blogging!

Journalist and blogger Alexis Barton has loved language and the written word for as long as she can remember; she earned her Masters in Journalism from the University of Alabama before joining us here at Infomedia where she puts her skills to work researching, interviewing and writing web copy for our clients, our own blog and our social media channels. She might be a self-described “grammar nerd,” but she promises she isn’t judging your texts, emails or emoji usage. When she isn’t at the keyboard, Alexis loves shopping, napping and obsessing over Alabama football.


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