Conferences Put the “Social” in Social Media

The Blissdom Conference is right around the corner!  I am so excited to see all my online friends again in real life! I am also excited to be sponsored by Operation Christmas Child!

According to AdWeek:

Facebook friendships may improve real friendships, according to new research. Findings released in a Euro RSCG-commissioned white paper yesterday stated that 27.6 percent of American social media users said that their offline relationships are actually benefiting from online interaction via social media.

That is definitely true for me.  I was saying on Twitter the other day that for the first time in my life, I’m not totally terrified of moving. (Don’t worry, Mom, I’m not going anywhere!)  I have a few friends who are moving, and every time that happens, I always think, “What if we have to move?  I know everyone here.  I know how everything works!”  And I get anxious…

But now, I tell myself, “I know someone in every state now, the world is my small town!” Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to move, but I always run these scenarios in my head. My mom, however, would be thrilled if I moved closer to her, right Mom?

Anyway, all that to say that meeting my bloggy buddies in person is such a treat!  It really puts the “social” in social media! Conferences can instill a certain anxiety at first, if you’re not sure what to expect.  Blissdom ’09 was my first conference, and it was amazing, overwhelming, and nerve-wracking at the same time!

Julie, Dwan and I met for the first time last year

I’ve come to anticipate conferences with joy now that I’ve been to a couple. And although I’m not a complete conference expert (far from it), I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned on preparing for a conference.

  • Bring a wide range of clothes, from casual to semi-formal. Anything you are comfortable wearing, and will make you feel confident.  Many attendees will wear a t-shirt with the logo of their sponsor, or their own twitter handle/website logo.  If you go casual, you can really pull off the look with dark jeans. Others will go business casual or even business dress for the sessions.  The bottom line is to wear something that shows your personality, and make you feel like a rock star!
  • Bring business or blogger cards! I have used a card strictly for by blog in the past, but I’ve recently created a sort of “online resume/biography” with everything I’m doing, and changed my biz card to match. I know, it’s a little lame with my photo on it, but I always wish I had a photo to remember people by!

  • If you’re flying, tuck a duffle bag into your suitcase that you can use for swag! After the conference, put all the “extras” you pick up in the duffle, and carry it on, or check it.
  • Bring your laptop. I remember Molly Gold (@myGOMOM) at Type-A-Mom conference, having to get used to people pecking away during the session speakers.  Get ready for attendees to Tweet, Facebook, and blog at all times!
  • Connect with your “network” before hand, and plan to meet up with them at the conference. It’s much easier to walk into an unfamiliar room with someone, rather than alone!  To that end, Lisa at Simply His has started a Blissdom Blog Hop Linky for everyone who will be attending Blissdom!  You can sign it below, publish this linky on your own blog as well, and be sure to visit Lisa and introduce yourself in the comments!

Also, join me Thursday at 1PM est on MomTV for my web show “GET REAL.” (Click here to set a reminder) We’ll be talking about getting ready for conferences, how to be confident, what to expect.  Join us in the chatroom, or on your webcam to ask questions or share your tips!  You can watch playbacks right over there on the sidebar——->

This post is included at Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.  Go over there for lots more tips!

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Can’t wait to see you 🙂
    .-= Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam´s last blog ..Easy Homemade Waffles without butter =-.


  2. Chele
    Twitter: CheleChestnut

    🙂 That is a really big smile! Thank you for these tips! I want to watch your MomTV… as long as I can figure out how too, I’ll be there tomorrow!
    .-= Chele´s last blog ..Mom Bloggers 2010 at Ocean Isle Inn =-.


  3. Love the business cards. I was just reworking mine, still focusing on my blog, and wondering if I should make it more about me than my blog. Hmmm…
    .-= Musings of a Housewife´s last blog ..Potato Tastemaker 2K10: Blissdom Showdown =-.


  4. It will be so good to see you again! You’ve done SO much this past year. I can’t wait to see where you go next.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Zucchini-Garlic Pasta =-.


  5. Thanks for the tips! I LOVE your business cards! Hope to see you at Blissdom!
    .-= Staci Brown´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Brothers! =-.


  6. Oh amanda
    Twitter: oohamanda

    Your cards are GENIUS. Cannot wait to see you again!!


  7. Can’t wait to see you again! Love your biz cards. This time I’m not going to let mine OUT OF MY SIGHT!
    .-= sprittibee´s last blog ..When Someone You Know is in Haiti =-.


  8. I’m excited to meet you at Blissdom Sarah! This was a great article!!

    Kim 🙂


  9. Stephanie
    Twitter: stephsday

    Sarah, these are excellent tips! I agree with all of them. And I don’t think your business cards are “lame” at all! I think they’ll make an awesome impression. 🙂

    Have fun at Blissdom! I’d be there, but I didn’t want to leave my baby behind. Maybe next year…
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Stand By Me =-.


  10. Sheena
    Twitter: sheenatatum

    I agree that anything that makes you feel comfortable is what you should wear at conferences. At my first conference (SXSW ’09), I had no clue what to bring. I ordered clothes, I was a wreck.

    Greg was just telling me that if we pick up and move, I have nothing to worry about because I have online friends in like every state. Social media is a wonderful thing!

    Love your business cards, I have to design some more since I’m blogging at another spot now :).
    .-= Sheena´s last blog ..Popinjay: An Update From The Dork =-.


  11. Thanks, i love the business cards. I was just reworking mine, still focusing on my blog, and wondering if I should make it more about me than my blog.



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