It’s only been one week since the BConnected conference for bloggers and influencers took place in Toronto but I feel like I’ve been fuelled up with enough energy to carry my blogging efforts forward for so much time to come.
My first year (and, unfortunately, last as the conference won’t be hosted again) at BConnected and I was fortunate to attend with my business besties and BlogJam Atlantic Co-Directors, Renee and Kerra. You know we know a thing or two about blogging conferences so I would say the three of us are well positioned to offer a critique. The fact is, it was positively electric – we all agreed.
A First Time for Everything
While I’ve done a few sponsored posts and reviews here on the blog, I’ve never actually done a face-to-face pitch. I can’t say I wasn’t nervous but BConnected had arranged a “Speed Networking” session that had participants bouncing around with sponsors to exchange contact info, give their pitch, and hopefully develop some lucrative or lasting partnerships. I arrived with my secret weapons: a new business card and a new media kit to help me build my case and I left feeling good about the opportunity to share my blogging story.
We BlogJammers wanted to hit up Toronto fully representing our Atlantic Canada home base. We were generously provided these adorable tote bags by Made in the Maritimes and outfitted with fantastic shirts from My Home Apparel. How awesome do we look all matchy matchy and ready for some conferencing?
The Blogging Community
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a sense of community is always what I’m striving to discover, achieve, build, or maintain. BConnected did a great job of uniting the community of all us weirdos who just CAN’T GET ENOUGH BLOGGING. Plus, these are the kind of events where no one minds if you have your phone out the whole time or if you need to just take a quick selfie.
Inspired to Action
All the speakers did an excellent job of addressing some of the frequently asked questions and issues that arise in the world of social media and blogging, but I did have a few favourites. In particular, I enjoyed the update from Richard Archambault on Jetpack (because WordPress forever, duh!), the girl power of the dynamic duo that is Wholly Art (wee published authors!), and Erica Ehm (obvi) – in particular because I had nary a hot second to enjoy her session at BlogJam 2016 so it was a nice change of pace to be able to actually stay seated and hear what she had to say.
Overall it was an excellent, dynamic conference and I’ll be working to implement all my newfound knowledge to improve this old chestnut.