Let me start by saying this post is not meant in any way to denigrate either of the blogging conferences that are happening next year. They’re being run by women I know, like and respect and I know a lot of thought and planning is going into them. This post is about my personal choice and I also hope it will stop everyone asking if I’m going – particularly on twitter.
So. It was after this year’s blogging conference that I came to the conclusion that these events are not for me. If you’re new to blogging or are fascinated by SEO or enjoy hearing well-known speakers then I can see the appeal. But the truth is, I got more out of the post-conference tapas and mojito session with my closest blogging mates than I did from actually attending any of the sessions.
I don’t need introductions to PRs. I’ve been a journalist for 23 years, so I don’t need advice on how or what to write from my peers. Yes, I could probably do with some extra help with SEO but you know what? That’s not why I blog. I certainly don’t need bags full of baby wipes. And I really don’t like the way bloggers who can’t afford to attend feel they’re missing out on the social events of the year (you’re not).
So next year you won’t find me at either of the blogging conferences. You might find me at a local bar afterwards, because for me one of the biggest strengths of these events is the social aspect, and I’m always happy to see my blogging friends when they’re in London. If you’re going to either event I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time, and hear some fabulous speakers.
But these events are not for me. I hope you understand.