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DOs & DON’Ts of Blissdom (or any) Blog Conference Preparation

In January, I am attending Blissdom Conference in Nashville, an awesome conference dedicated to creating your bliss in this online social space.  I’m expecting to have lots of fun and look forward to fellowship and girl-time with many of the wonderful women I met at Type-A Mom plus some new ladies that I have yet to meet :D.  If you are interested going Angela England is hosting a giveaway.

Do’s & Don’ts of Blissdom (or any) Blog Conference Preparation

DO take time to reflect on the image you want to project at Blissdom, there will be lots of pictures taken and first impressions made.

DON’T stress over what to wear.  Jo-Lynne at Musings Of A Housewife wrote this wonderful post about What To Wear To Blissdom last year and an UPDATED version for Blissdom 2011.

DO pack a pair of those purse-sized ballet flats if you plan to wear heels.

DO check the weather forecast before you pack your bags.  Nashville Temperatures in late January average from Highs of 50 to Lows of 30s.

DO make sure the clothes you pack are best for your body type, personal style, and make you feel confident.

DO learn how to Light Up a Room.  Charisma can be learned. Also learn How to make fabulous party conversation for those evening functions.

DO pack a surge protector (especially if you have roommates).

DON’T be afraid to send out a tweet if you need are in need of company.  My first night in Asheville at Type-A, I was alone and wandering around looking for a place to eat dinner and I tweeted about it and then someone tweeted me back an invitation to dinner where I met some awesome ladies that I still talk to (and one whom I am now rooming with for Blissdom).

DON’T be intimidated by the successes of others, everybody has to start somewhere.  All big bloggers were once small bloggers 🙂

DO check out Chris Brogan’s list of 27 Things To Do Before A Conference.

DO go to the conference with an agenda.  Who do you want to meet?  What do you intend to learn?  What skills do you want to master?  What brands do you want to connect with?  If you’re forgetful (like me) write it down in a journal dedicated to conference notes.

DO have a blogger business card with your name, twitter handle, facebook page, and any other info that you want your colleagues, PR people, and brands to know about you.  Here is my card which is also a DON’T because it lacks white space (which is important when people write notes to themselves on your card).  I designed myself through Vistaprint and will make sure all future cards have white space.

DO check out this tutorial to learn a cute way to keep your contacts organized!

Here is a video I did about What To Pack For Type-A that is very relevant for Blissdom as well.

If you have any specific fashion-related questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them!  Check out my daily outfits and fashion posts for inspiration.   I definitely plan on taking pictures of attendees for MomStreetStyle.

That’s all I can think of now but will likely be following up (especially if there are beauty/style related questions).

Can’t wait to see/meet everybody!

UPDATE: this great comment was left by Angela England with some great additional advice (she’s been to/spoken at tons of blog conferences)

Great tips! Thanks also for the shout-out.

I would add the following –

DO be prepared to be surprised. Be open to those providential opportunities you simply cannot plan for.

DONT forget that even the “down times” can lead to wonderful opportunities if you take the time to reach out, say hello, strike up a conversation and be friendly to those around you.

Case in point – you and I connecting at Type-A! An unexpected providential happening because we were both willing to open up and reach out to someone we didn’t know beforehand. Fabulous post! Angela <

Hollywood Housewife adds the following tip:

I would also say to make sure and DO step outside of your social box. Force yourself to walk up to someone and say hi (especially if they’re alone). I’ve met the most interesting people this way, even though it’s tempting to either keep to yourself or stay within your group of friends.

Valerie Rowekamp

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Valerie Rowekamp desires to live a stylish, soulful, charmed life while inspiring you to do the same. She's exceptionally resourceful, creative, passionate, and has been known to bust a move in the aisle of the grocery store.
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17 Responses to DOs & DON’Ts of Blissdom (or any) Blog Conference Preparation

  1. Great tips! Thanks also for the shout-out.

    I would add the following –

    DO be prepared to be surprised. Be open to those providential opportunities you simply cannot plan for.

    DONT forget that even the “down times” can lead to wonderful opportunities if you take the time to reach out, say hello, strike up a conversation and be friendly to those around you.

    Case in point – you and I connecting at Type-A! An unexpected providential happening because we were both willing to open up and reach out to someone we didn’t know beforehand. Fabulous post! Angela <

  2. This is a great post, I won’t be attending any conferences this year but I will keep this post in mind.

  3. Really, really good tips.

    I would also say to make sure and DO step outside of your social box. Force yourself to walk up to someone and say hi (especially if they’re alone). I’ve met the most interesting people this way, even though it’s tempting to either keep to yourself or stay within your group of friends.

  4. Great tips! Conferences are always scary whether you are a newbie or an alum. This will be my second Blissdom and seventh conference! I’m the Conference Newbie Tribe leader along with an Official Blissdom Photographer. So if you want your photo taken or Newbie Advice, feel free everyone and anyone. 🙂

  5. Great post, Valerie!! I especially loved, “DON’T be afraid to send out a tweet if you need are in need of company.” So true! There will be a lot of people at Blissdom, and many will be in that situation. We have to look out for each other and not be afraid to speak up when we need help.

    Looking forward to seeing you again in just a few weeks!!!!

  6. Great post, Valerie!
    this is my 3rd Blissdom and 6th(I think) conference.

    Tweets are an awesome way to meet people, meet up or find where people are!
    IF you use tweetdeck etc.. set up a column not just with the #blissdom but with JUST the word blissdom and all tweets will show up! It’s a great way to to see who is going, what they’re talking about and connect before, during and after!

    I’m speaking at the Wisdom Workshops on Food, I’m a Food Community Leader and Mentor and I can’t wait!

    Just walking up to people and saying Hi is amazing for both people involved!

    Great post! Can’t wait to meet you!

  7. I am a Newbie this year 🙂 I am also a local. Keep in mind the regular 50s have been much lower. We are having a cold winter! Check the weather before you pack 🙂

  8. I just found your blog but I’m hooked! I love all your tips! I’ll be at blissdom this year for the 2nd time and I’m looking forward to meeting you!

  9. Thank you Valerie – being – well – a guy – Blissdom is a little intimidating – But it’s the community of bloggers who touch my heart – and why spend time reading blogs that don’t? So I’ll be there – and I’m really grateful you took the time to write up these tips. I read them a while ago – but didn’t want to push my “man” face in here – getting a tiny bit braver now. Thank you.

  10. Thank you so much for this post. I haven’t even thought of organizing contact info until right now… So much to think about!:)

  11. Loved the advice to put out a tweet if you are looking for company…don’t know anyone who is going, and I wouldn’t have thought of that!

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