As probably everyone in the blogging world knows, BlogHer is this week. My RSS feed and twitter feed have been inundated with posts about parties, packing, planning and all things Blogging Conferences. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little envious watching the blogging community at large prepare for their big NYC excursion. Especially envious because this year one of my best friends from back home is going, too. This year, more than ever, I would love to be going if only to catch up with an old friend and experience something new. But I’m not.
My husband I agree that blogging conferences are not for everyone. The cost is not worth it for everyone. Some bloggers, who make money off their blogs and do marketing stuff and big time thingies, might really get something out of a blog conference. Others are just paying money to have an excuse to mingle. I guess. Do I consider those people dupes or do I admit that they, at least, are going out and doing things. Having adventures. Mingling. While I sit at home.
I can’t afford it. So there’s that and I can just say, “Too bad I can’t afford it. Maybe next year.” But what makes me think next year I will be in any better of a situation apart from the fact that hopefully we won’t be saving for a house. But I’m sure there will be something to save for that is vitally important. Some scheduling conflict that makes me say, “Eh, not this year.” Especially because I’d be essentially spending money to take myself on vacation, alone.
Yet still, honestly, there is an interest. Maybe just a deep sense of curiosity – like I might spend the rest of my life wondering what it would have been like or I could go once and get it out of my system. My friend Karen and I agree that Blissdom is actually the blogging conference that appeals to us the most. For three years now they’ve been meeting annually in Tennessee to provide “a welcoming oasis in the ever-changing blogging world. Speakers and panels featuring the best blogging public relations and social media pros will be gathering to mentor new and old friends alike.” This feels more my speed maybe, and less hustle and bustle than BlogHer. I could be wrong.
I’ve done the math and give or take the expense of flying versus driving, cheap hotel versus the swanky Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, I’d need to save around $500-600 dollars to make this bloggy conference dream a reality. That’s a lot of money in my little world – and a lot of money to spend on a vacation just for me. It meets during the academic calendar year which means that after next fall I’d be unable to try and finagle it into a family vacation since MM will be starting kindergarten. Which means that Blissdom 2011 is really my only shot to bring the whole family – which really isn’t enough time for me to make something happen.
Yet I still kind of want to go, maybe in 2012? I’d have to save about $40 a month between now and January 2012 to pool together enough money – maybe less if I could find a roomie. Now there’s still that whole “convincing the hubby to even let me go” thing, but still, it doesn’t hurt to dream a little right?
What’s your stance on blogging conferences? Have you ever been? Would you want to go?
– edit – You know, the more I think about the logistics of this conference, I don’t see how I could possibly go until little BB is in school – Dan can’t exactly take a half week off from work to stay home with her and I’m surely not bringing her there with me! So, um, I guess I should say Bliss by 2015?