If you’re a blogger, chances are you’ve heard of the big ProBlogger conference (PBEVENT). You might have even been to one. This year’s event is happening in a few weeks and it was supposed to be my first ProBlogger experience.
Alas, I got pregnant and my due date is a mere 13 days after PBEVENT so I figured it was not the best time to be travelling, in a different state, or trying to do anything other than sitting on the couch and hope that the baby isn’t overdue.
So rather than be disappointed that I can’t be there (and meet all my blogging friends who are going, lucky devils), I have come up with some strategies for getting over my FOMO and still getting the most from PBEVENT without actually going.
If you’re also missing out, for whatever reason, then hopefully these strategies will help you get the most out of PBEVENT without actually being there.
Stalk #PBEVENT on social media
This time last year I was a newbie blogger (I still am really, but I mean very freshly new, mere months into this blogging caper) and I kept a close eye on Twitter during the conference so I could keep up with all the good things that were coming out of it.
The great thing about bloggers is that if they go somewhere, a trail of social media gems will follow. Bloggers are great at tweeting, instagramming and facebooking the key messages or quotable quotes from any event they attend, and this goes doubly for a conference where these messages feel ready made to put out into the universe.
So keep a close eye on the hashtag (especially on Twitter) and just see what brilliance pours forth. (Of course, I’m in the very fortunate situation that I’ll be on maternity leave just waiting for this baby to show up so I will have ample free time to sit on Twitter)
Follow the speakers for each session on social media
Speakers are a caring bunch, and will often put at least something on their social media channels (usually Facebook or Twitter) as either a follow up from their talk. This is how I found Stacey’s (aka Veggie Mama) awesome legal tips for bloggers, because she is a lovely person and put up a summary on her blog. She then promoted said summary on Twitter. And because
of the social media stalking I pay attention, I saw the link, clicked on it and bam! Her wisdom was mine!
This especially goes for any speakers that you are dying to hear from, because even if they don’t say something themselves they will often retweet, regram and/or share stuff that attendees have put out there from their sessions.
Keep an eye out for the ‘wrap up’ posts that will pop up on blogs within the week
One of the best ways of a) sharing the knowledge and b) consolidating your own thoughts after any kind of blogging event is to blog about it!
So many bloggers will write about an event they’ve been to (Exhibit A: My wrap up of my Little Blog Big experience) to share what they’ve learnt, to share their experience and to make clear in their own mind what their big takeaway points were from the experience.
So find out which of your favourite bloggers or blogging friends are going to PBEVENT (it won’t be hard), stalk their blogs in the week following the conference and watch the wrap up posts appear!
These posts are really valuable because you’ll get insight into a diversity of sessions, experiences and you’ll get a good cross-section of bloggers at different stages in their blogging journey. (Side note: the word ‘journey’ gives me bad HSC flashback moments, anyone else?)
Just because you’re not going, doesn’t mean you can’t be actively improving your blog
Lots of people at the moment are improving, fixing or otherwise polishing their blogs in preparation for PBEVENT. Just because you’re not going, doesn’t mean you can’t be doing the same.
There are always things you can be doing to improve your blog all the time, especially little things that we usually don’t make the time for like making sure you don’t have broken links on your blog, updating your headshot on social media, updating your layout/logo/colour scheme, cleaning up your categories and the list goes on.
Find a post on a blog or thread on one of the FB blogging groups focusing on how to get your blog ready for a conference or networking event and still do all the things they recommend, even if you’re not going. Because then you won’t feel like you’re behind the eight ball when you see everyone else’s blog looking schmick.
Make plans for next year
I fully intend on being at PBEVENT next year, regardless of when and where it is, so it makes it a little easier to miss out next year knowing I will be making up for it in a big way next year. Loads of my blogging friends are going for the first time this year, so at least I know I can cling to them as a newbie next year and they can guide me through as seasoned pros.
If you intend to go next year make sure you pay special attention to any blog posts that cover how to make the most of it to make sure you are well prepared for next year!
So that’s how I plan to get over my ProBlogger FOMO and make sure that I still feel involved even though I really, really wish I was there in person!
Are you going to ProBlogger? Or are you camping on the sidelines with me this year?
If you’ve written a post on going to PBEVENT, or any blogging event really, link it in the comments below so we can all check it out!
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)
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