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Today I want to talk about getting ready for a Virtual Blog Conference, specifically the Blog Well Summit. As I shared a couple weeks ago in my post about free ways to grow your blog, the Blog Well Summit is a free Virtual Blog Conference being held this weekend, October 17 – 19, 2014.
If you haven’t already, I suggest you sign up for the Blog Well Summit now. You’ll learn a ton about design, development and branding and make invaluable connections with other bloggers. Plus, it’s free so there’s no monetary investment to consider.
As someone who has never attended a blog conference, but always wanted to, I’m pretty excited about the Blog Well Summit. But, the weekend is going to be packed and I know how easy it’ll be to get lost in the sea of information. So, I decided to do a little pre-planning so I could make use of everything being offered.
These tips are specific to the Blog Well Summit, but they should still be useful for other virtual blog conferences as well, if there are any.
5 Ways to get Ready for the Blog Well Summit
This is probably the most important one. You need to sign up for the Blog Well Summit newsletter in order to get your free ticket and access to the sessions. I’ve gotten a couple updates so far since signing up and I expect to receive a lot more this week as we get closer to the big day.
2. Set Goals
This summit focuses on three topics: Blog Design, Development and Branding and there are a lot of different sessions and interviews covering these topics over the three days. Decide what you want to get out of the summit so you don’t get overwhelmed by information overload. My goals for the end of the summit is to learn where I should improve my blog design and branding. Yours could be focused on building your followers and mailing list.
3. Choose your sessions
Once you’ve set your goals, it’s time to choose the sessions you want to attend. If you can’t make it to all, then choose some sessions that you’ll be most interested in or find the most useful and look at those. The good news is that you don’t actually need to make it to all the sessions this weekend. If you upgrade to a Full Conference Pass, you can gain access to the sessions and materials for life.
4. Set alarms for sessions
I’m a forgetful person and I tend to get carried away doing this, that or the other. Luckily, you have 24 hours to view each day of sessions once it goes live so you can fit in the sessions around your regular schedule. Pretty convenient right? My plan is to set aside blocks of time for watching specific sessions, then set reminders for those times so I don’t forget.
There are a bunch of socializing events as part of the Blog Well Summit. First up, there’s the Twitter Pre-Party on the 16th, a Google+ hangout on the 17th, another Twitter Party, an Instagram challenge, a virtual 5K and even a live workout. Sure it isn’t the same as going to a regular conference and meeting people in real life, but socializing with other conference attendees online is a great way to make connections. Plus, you can do it in your pjs.
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What about you?
Will you be attending the Blog Well Summit? What sessions are you most looking forward to? Any tips on how to get ready?
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