I was lucky enough to attend ROAM as my very first blogging conference experience and my head is still spinning. The information and motivation and overall awesomeness of the event was - and continues to be - overwhelming. There was this great supportive vibe running throughout the conference but it wasn't like we were holding hands and singing Kumbaya around the campfire; ROAM was about getting shit done. It was about explaining different platforms and how to use them to further your business and your reach. It was about dissecting the whys and the hows of social media. It was about connection.
I've been blogging for eight years. I've witnessed changes in blogging and I've changed as a blogger. I've fallen in love with various platforms (Instagram!) and I've shied away from others (Snapchat. Hold me.). I've met heartfriends and dreamers and geniuses. Blogging has given me so much and ROAM gave me even more. It's pushed me out of that comfortable little blogging box I'd placed myself in. It's motivated me to explore other platforms (Periscope. OMG.) It's encouraged me to ask questions, and reach out to people who are doing the cool things I want to be doing, and recognize the value in doing something that I enjoy doing even if I'm only doing it for myself and not for a million page views. It's reignited the love I have for blogging and social media.
It's been almost a month since I ROAMed and I've almost reached Inbox Zero (praise be) and I'm having fun playing around with social media tools I've found intimidating in the past. The momentum from ROAM hasn't waned for me and that's kind of a big deal (I unabashedly suffer from Squirrel! Syndrome).
I'm curious: are you a blog conference attendee? How do you keep your blogging spark lit? And most importantly: will I see you at BlissDom Canada in October?