* My Blog Conference ticket was sponsored by Moms Meet, but all opinions are 100% mine.
I have been blogging for many years, but I’ve never had the opportunity to attend a blogger conference until this year. My very first was #WOWSummit 2014 organized by Moms Meet and Sponsored by an amazing array of companies (stay tuned for posts on the sponsors).
In the month’s preceding the Summit, I was a nervous wreck trying to anticipate what it would be like and how I should prepare. If any of you other attendees had the misfortune to cross my path, then I’m sure you saw and heard about my blog conference planner. Sorry! I got really excited.
One thing I’ve always been taught is that being prepared helps to alleviate nervousness.
What better way to prepare and organize than with a Planner?
I have Plum Paper Inserts, which I’d cut down to fit my A5 FiloFax, but I wanted something different for #WOWSummit. My Blog Conference planner needed to be standalone. In the year to come after I’ve archived my inserts, I wanted to be able to review my notes, look up contact information, and connect with bloggers I met.
After an exhaustive search for just the right thing and the WOWSummit just weeks away, I had to create something. Even if it wasn’t perfect. A simple $9 Journal, along with $2 tabs from a Big Box Store, my planner pens and I was ready to create my masterpiece.
The Journal was divided into 25 Sections:
- 21 Sponsors
- 2 Misc
The first two sections and Misc. are pretty much self-explanatory, but I thought I might share what was added to each sponsor section.
The Sponsor Sections included:
- The Company Reps Name – When I could I liked to approach the sponsors by name.
- A Short Bio of the Company – I read about each sponsor before the summit, but this served as a quick reminder. Pretty handy for those senior moments.
- The top 5 Products I’d Like to Try – Researching ahead of time what products the company offered allowed me to narrow things down. Not every product would be a fit for my family.
- Social Media Links/Hashtags – I live tweeted and posted to Instagram during the Summit. Having these written down made it easier to tag sponsors.
- Why & How I’d Like to Partner With Their Company –
- Blog Post/Promotion Ideas –
- Notes – Several of the Sponsors conducted workshops. This section was were I jotted down notes and things I learned.
I realize that this might not be every blogger’s cup of tea, but this is the system that worked for me. What do you guys think? Also, what do you use to prepare for Blog Conferences?
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