I know this is a personal finance blog and many of you come here for money tips and to learn more about biblical financial stewardship. However, I thought you might be interested in hearing about my trip to the financial blogger conference (FINCON) in Denver this past weekend. After all, the time invested in the FINCON conferences has HUGE impact on my blogging here at One Money Design.
This was my second financial blogger conference (last year’s was in Chicago). The conference was created and hosted by my friend Phillip Taylor from PTMoney.com. PT lives here in the Dallas area and we became friends based of our common interests in blogging any personal finance. Phillip is a genuine guy that has helped me a lot with running my blog and it’s been great getting to know him better over the last few years.
PT and his team invested a lot of time to bring approximately 400 bloggers and sponsors together from across the country. There was even an international visitor this year! I honestly can’t imagine the amount of planning and work that must go into organizing a large event such as this. Especially to make it run as smooth as it did.
Going to a conference for something you’re passionate about is a lot of fun. This conference was a 3 day adrenaline rush of meeting people and drinking from a fire hose of information that’s shared by expert bloggers, writers and website specialists. Each night is a celebration of the conference. Sponsors host happy hours and parties and everyone gets together to continue the networking, talking about their blogs and learning from the different experiences.
The financial blogger conference served two purposes for me this year – meet and build relationships with other bloggers and learn how to provide more valuable content to you, the readers. I was especially interested in attending sessions on writing and content. The content is the most important part of a blog and why most of return to the same blog for more. I have many pages of notes and tips to digest. All of them will be worked into a plan for future articles and the blog.
As an aside, I’m sure many of you have an interest or hobbie. Perhaps there is an opportunity for you to join a conference or local meet ups to network and learn more about your interest. I think doing this is especially important if people want to turn interests into small business opportunities. The return on investment you receive from meeting people and learning from their experiences is immeasurable.
I’m already looking forward to FINCON13. I remember the adrenaline rush from last year’s conference and feeling bummed out for days because the event was over. I suppose that’s how I feel as I type this post. The excitement of the FINCON12 weekend is over, but the new blogging relationships I’ve formed and everything I learned at the event has motivated me to continue the story of One Money Design and helping people along the journey to financial freedom.
I’ll wrap up by mentioning my sincere appreciate for PT and his team’s great work in bring all the financial bloggers together.
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