Blogger Conferences: Top Events to Attend in October & November 2019
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Somehow, it’s already October and we’ve entered the final quarter of 2019. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to attend events to help you boost your blogging skills.
The coming weeks are filled with opportunities to learn and network. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and attend one of these popular conferences perfect for content creators.
Various Dates: WordCamp
These locally-organized conferences cover all things WordPress. Depending on the community, WordCamp topics may differ, but the events generally help attendees learn how to get the most out of WordPress, teach them how to use plugins and themes, etc. They are great for blogging newbies, WordPress pros, and anyone in between. In October, you can attend WordCamps in Jackson, Mich. (Oct. 4-5), Salt Lake City (Oct. 12), and Dallas (Oct. 19-20), with more coming in November.
Oct. 3-5: ShiftCon
Bloggers, get ready for three days of health, wellness, and sustainability learning to grow your blog. ShiftCon, the “Eco-Wellness Influencer Conference,” will offer classes on food movement, ingredients, research, and more. Purchasers of the Elite passes also will have access to business-focused courses on photography, SEO, and marketing. This year, ShiftCon will go down at the Grand Hyatt in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Ga.
This one-day event is all about traffic and analytics. Hosted by FLOCK, the conference will welcome content creators, bloggers, and influencers and teach them how to analyze their sites’ traffic and utilize the data to make adjustments and keep readers coming back. The learning session will take place at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Oct. 10-12: Wine Media Conference
Formerly known as the Wine Bloggers Conference, this year’s Wine Media Conference will be held in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia. The conference changes location each year to expose attendees to a new wine region and its wines. Wine bloggers can network and learn more about blogging, social media, and communications. Qualified wine media members can register for a discounted rate in exchange for blog and social media posts.
Oct. 12: Blogger Week UnConference
The theme of the 5th annual UnConference is “Celebrating Multicultural Digital Media.” Hosted by Black Bloggers Connect, bloggers, journalists, and social media experts will have more than 20 workshops, panel discussions, and sessions to choose from in this jam-packed day. The event marks the end of Blogger Week and will be held at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Oct. 11-13: 2:1 Conference
Geared toward Christian influencers and bloggers with a focus on homeschooling, 2:1 is now in its seventh year. Incredibly, the tickets to the event are free — a $200 fee holds your spot and is refunded at check-in. The conference will take place in Herndon, Va.
Oct. 11-13: Exposure & Profit
Hosted by Kelly McCausey of Love People + Make Money, 2019 marks the sixth year for this content marketing event. Session topics will cover tips for building your brand, creating impactful content, social media strategies, and more. The event is structured to appeal to both introverts and extroverts who “want to build or grow a long-term stable income leveraging the internet.” Attend Exposure & Profit at the Atlanta Airport Marriot in Atlanta, Ga.
Oct. 17-19: Hispanicize
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Hispanicize welcomes Latinx trendsetters, content creators, and newsmakers. The event is packed with musical performances, keynotes, live podcasts, and more. This year’s venue is the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles.
Oct. 18-20: Gen Z Social Summit
Hosted by ConnectHER Media, the second Gen Z Social Summit of the year will take place on the west coast and will bring together “forward thinking Gen Z influencers with brands and leading organizations from across the nation.” Experienced content creators and rising influencer stars, plus their families, will come together for educational workshops and hands-on activations. The summit will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, Calif.
Oct. 19-20: BlogJam Atlantic Retreat
Now in its fifth year, BlogJam will slow things down at this year’s event and provide a hands-on retreat focused on preserving your blog, rather than just “growing louder.” Targeted to bloggers in Atlantic Canada, topics will cover blogging, social media, and supporting local businesses. Attendees will have the chance to “breathe, connect, learn, and grow” at the seaside Oak Island Resort in Nova Scotia.
Oct. 21-23: Declare Conference
Declare Conference brings together Christian women who work as bloggers, writers, podcasters, social media gurus, etc. They will have opportunities to meet with agents and publishers, pick up plenty of swag, and network with fellow content creators. The event takes place at The Sanctuary event space in McKinney, Texas.
Oct. 22-29: 7in7
Calling all remote workers! 7in7 is the conference for you and believes “location independence” is “one of the pillars of the future of work, not to mention an amazing way to live.” The week-long conference includes a hackathon, workshops, game night, and volunteer opportunities. This year’s event will take place at the national library in Wellington, New Zealand. Can’t make it this year? Mark your calendars for 2022, when they plan to host the event in Antarctica.
Oct. 30: Vemex 2019
Vemex (Visit Europe Media Exchange) gives travel writers the opportunity to meet with European representatives to discuss their countries, regions, local attractions, museums, and more. One-on-one meetings are available in addition to open networking sessions. Journalists can learn about the latest in European travel at this “all in one day, under one roof information bonanza.” Vemex will be held at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City.
Nov. 1-2: Pinners Conference & Expo | Utah
If you couldn’t make the Dallas event in September, this next Pinners event may be the one for you. As the site describes the weekend, “Learn something new. Create something cool. Connect with your friends and your new friends.” With myriad classes to attend and plenty of shopping opportunities, this event is a Pinterest content creator’s dream. Check it out at the Mountain America Expo Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nov. 4-5: State of Search Conference
Digital content creators need to understand how online search works in order to successfully promote their brand and reach their target audience. This two-day event presented by the Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association will cover topics like WordPress SEO, local SEO, email marketing, and social media. The event will take place at the Gilley’s Dallas event space in Dallas, Texas.
Nov. 4-6: World Travel Market London
This global event for the travel industry gives you the opportunity to learn about travel trends and innovations from industry leaders in sectors like wellbeing, sports travel, music travel, and technology. Attendees have access to almost 5,000 of the world’s leading travel and tourism companies. WTM London will be held at the ExCeL convention center in London.
Nov. 6-8: Mediavine Conference | Austin
The second Mediavine Conference of the year will take place in Austin, Texas. The site explains it best: “Aimed at experienced bloggers, the Mediavine Conference will continue to leverage those connections to help you take your blog to the next level in sales, marketing, videography and more.” Learn about content optimization, website security, success tips for Pinterest, and more at the Fairmont Austin hotel.
Nov. 8-9: Pinners Conference & Expo | Scottsdale
This is the last Pinners Conference of 2019. The pre-holiday timing is perfect for crafters, DIYers, cooks, and photographers. Check it out at WestWorld events facility in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Nov. 14-16: Blissdom Conference
Blissdom is “a conference and community for women and moms who want to take their business and life to the next level.” Available tracks include Business + Entrepreneurship, Writing + Speaking, Photography + Video, and Podcasting. The conference takes place at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 15-17: TMS Family Travel Conference & Summit
Learn about the latest in family travel trends, techniques, and technology at TMS Family Travel. There are no registration fees for members of the media who pre-qualify. This is an invitation-only event, so fill out the media questionnaire as soon as possible. The event will be held at Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, N.J.
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