Today I’m on the road to Blog Podium 2015! I can finally say it! Yay!
Back in May I took the big step to expand PMQ by signing-up for my first bloggers conference. I was looking for a Canadian one that would put me in contact with other Canadian brands and bloggers, and Blog Podium was what I settled on. Since then I’ve done a lot to bring my blog up to speed and make it conference ready.
Here we are 5 months later and I’m on a flight to Toronto to catch a flight to Vancouver for this years’ conference!
Here’s my blogger’s pre-conference checklist:
I’ve got a media kit! It’s super fancy and full of numbers and pretty pictures and by gosh if it doesn’t make you want to work with me I don’t know what will! I bought a template on etsy (until I can justify a fancy custom one) that I can edit on photoshop as numbers and pictures change.
I’ve got a professional email address that isn’t my gmail! From now on you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any and all blog and design related questions. The vanity email allows me to keep blog and other matters separate, while minting a professional facade for larger companies to interact with. No one, I repeat No ONE needs to know how many times I email Tom Hardy asking him if he wants to run away with me and design and then live in a stylish house with me. According to any and all posts about his myspace profile he seems like a swell guy and all…that’s an email mix-up that would be awkward to say the least.
All my ad networks are in order to handle any incoming traffic over the conference and subsequent weeks. With networks like rivet and google adsense, you’re paid on a CPM rate, so if you’re expecting a boom in traffic make sure you can take advantage of it!
I’ve got snazzy business cards! They’re not your typical card with a logo and corporate info, rather a traditional calling card from Rifle Paper Co with a likeness of myself on the front.
I know my analytics and numbers. I can talk the talk with any brands and get down to brass tax if need be. There’s nothing more sloppy than a pitch where the person pitching doesn’t know their sh*t. Being prepared will allow me to give a realistic view of my blog and the direction I’m going in to anybody who wants to listen to me talk about percentages.
My conference outfit is on fleek *hopefully, but given my extended travels after the conference I’m packing lightly so hopefully my outfit is a knock-out. It’s professional, comfortable and helps define my personal brand. Although because I’m packing lightly I’ll probably need to do laundry a couple of times along the way, so if I’m staying with you please let me do laundry. You know who you are.
Conference outfit pinspiration
Post Conference and subsequent vacation outfit pinspiration
My technology is conference ready: my iPad mini is loaded with everything I need for the conference and a workshop with Camp Tech, it’s setup to show potential brands my site on the spot, and it will allow me to connect with other bloggers more seamlessly.
All in all I think I’m ready to rock the conference! After the conference I’ll be sticking around Vancouver for a couple of days before heading to San Francisco and then on to LA (Passadena) for a dear friend’s wedding. You can follow along with the hashtag #pmqfortwotravels and see what I’m up to!