This weekend I attended the Financial Blogger’s Conference. Hosted by Philip from PTMoney it was a great conference that I hope will be repeated again next year. Not only was it great to put faces and voices to the names and blogs I have been reading for years, it was wonderful to learn so much. From Ramit’s (IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com) presentation on his business model to Amanda’s (DailyWorth) email marketing session, and every session in between I learned so much. The conference was meaty, full of great info, and informative sessions.
I spoke on a panel on working with traditional media alongside the awesome Farnoosh Torabi, Julia from BargainBabe.com, and Kim McGrigg from Money Management International served as our moderator. We talked about getting comfortable in front of the camera, the difference between traditional and social media, and more.
Phil was gracious enough to allow me to speak as well. I hosted a 20 minute session called “Beyond Blogging: How to Use your Blog as a Platform for Other Opportunities.” (see it embedded below) Attending a conference is just another way to move beyond just blogging to create lasting relationships that can lead to other revenue streams, partnerships, and of course friendships. No one understands our geekiness like other bloggers.
I titled my session “Beyond Blogging” because my blog doesn’t earn money the same way most personal finance blogs do. I thought this would be a great topic, especially since many of the bloggers were fairly new in their blogging careers to know about other options. While my blog started as a personal finance blog it’s now developed into a lifestyle blog with a focus on family finance. This is more authentic to my life since when you’re a parent you often can’t just focus on one aspect of your life.
It also allows me to show you these adorable faces more frequently:
The conference also gave me the chance to meet so many people I respect and admire, others I consider friends and some that have been supportive since day one. I had dinner with the awesome people from Savings.com (see their money saving widget here). We ate way, way too much food and had a blast. I also had the opportunity to finally meet my former employers at WiseBread in person, as well as enjoy meals and conversation with Ramit (yes, he’s just as sharp and funny in real life), JD Roth (who is as insightful and modest as you’d expect), and so many others including my long-time blogging buddies J. Money and Adam Baker. I also made new friends like Kylie (who traveled all the way from Australia!) and Marci (who works at Wall St. Survivor) who was my ride buddy from the airport and my partner in shopping.
The highlight of the weekend for me was the charity event that kicked off the conference. About 80 attendees helped LoveDrop drop some love on Phil’s Friends a faith-based organization whose mission is to spread some joy and love to those battling cancer. The simple act of stuffing cards, and moving furniture around their space does a lot for their organization. I was touched by Phil’s personal story, the money we raised on the spot from the attendees, and the sheer number of people I addressed envelopes to. The fact that some of them were children did not escape me.
It was an amazing conference, many thanks to Phil for organizing it, and thanks to everyone who took the time to chat with me at the conference. You ALL rock.
If you’re interested in my presentation I’ve embedded it below. Look for more info on the Financial Bloggers’ Conference site if you want to see info about the sessions, slides and more.