**If you are not a blogger, simply someone who enjoys reading the work of writers that frequently turn to the “f” word when talking about their children, just go ahead and skip this post. I swear I have something written that has LOTS of swearing and ball-jokes in it that I will post very soon. If you ARE a blogger, by all means, continue reading.**
This post is about why you should attend the BlogU Conference in June. You really should, honestly. But don’t take it from me: take it from my statistics.
I will be the first to admit that my blog is not the biggest blog on the block, by any means. In fact, I’m going to be straight up with you: my stats suck hard. That doesn’t mean I don’t consider myself a successful writer. Why? Because despite my butt-sucking traffic, I’ve still been able to attain a few of my personal goals: having people other than my immediate family and friends read my writing, get published in an actual book, and to (gasp!) be paid for my writing. How have I been able to do all this when I write a blog that calls 200 daily pageviews a banner fucking day?
Easy. I found a tribe.
Over the years, I slowly found like-minded women that liked blogging as much as I do. These women are funny, kind, talented, and most importantly, generous enough to teach me what they know about everything blogging-related: social media, statistics, writing, tech stuff, etc. Plus, friends always know other friends, who know someone else who wants to pay you to publish your work somewhere, or at the very least, knows the right email address.
That’s the secret, folks: find your tribe of bloggers, and then empower each other. Support one another. Teach each other what you know, and then watch each other take off.
This idea is what the BlogU Conference is all about, you guys. It’s about meeting successful writers and bloggers and getting real-life, practical advice on how to step up your blogging game. It’s about finding your tribe and giving each other a continuous boost up and over the fence. It’s NOT about spending a fuck-ton of money, though — the registration fee covers your ticket, two nights with your new best friend/roommate (a.k.a. a double room), plus all meals and campus social events. It’s also NOT about being swallowed up in a sea of people — space is limited, which means sessions will be small. Remember the seminar classes you took in college? Same idea. Limited enrollment means small “class” size for the sessions, which means more attention from the “professor” and, overall, a more personal vibe.
Still on the fence? Do yourself a favor and check out the BlogU Conference website, as well as the Twitter and Facebook page. But think fast, because registration begins bright and early at 9am on January 1 and space is limited.
I know where I’ll be this June. I hope I see you there.