I love conferences. I go to as many as I can, but most of mine are work related. I go start-up ones because I’m really interested in that sector and feel that there are great things happening in smaller clusters that most can’t see. I have never, however, been to a blogging conference before. This may be because I just started blogging last year, or because I don’t use my real name and it gets awkward.
I made a decision at the end of last year to attend at least 2 blogging conferences and hone my skills. Even though I write everyday (here, along with my company blog, and my personal one) I don’t consider myself a blogger. I considering this a hobby; a hobby that allows me to talk about things I like without worrying about the competitive aspects of doing this for a living. And while I don’t think I can make a go of this as a career, I do want make sure I am good at what I do, and meet the people behind the blogs that I read everyday.
Because I travel for work so much, getting on a plane and heading to a event venue isn’t a foreign concept to me. What is a rather different is having to pay for it all. All of my work travel is paid for by, well, work. I never really have to think about flight deals for work or hotels, or budgets. The account coordinators book them, and send me on my merry way.
The blogging conferences are coming out of my own pocket, and while one of them is in my backyard, I still have to set a budget and make sure I stay within it. This is a pf blog after all.
Conference Ticket: $200 Early bird
Flight: I live in Canada but I always try to fly out of Buffalo. The flights are cheaper and normally lack any lay-overs that appear when flying out of Toronto. The total cost of my flight was $157 taxes in. That is cheaper than getting a rental car and paying for gas. Its only an hour flight.
Hotel: This is where I am torn. I have budgeted $500 for the hotel costs and am genuinely debating using AirBnb or One Fine Stay instead. I normally stay at a chain hotel, but the costs add for 4 days in Manhattan. I am also open to getting a roommate, but I may have a friend coming to visit during that weekend and I don’t want to make it a crowd in the room.
Spending money: I mean food, transportation, and well, fun money. I rarely go to NYC for fun anymore and I can think of a million places to go and visit. $300 (hoping that I won’t need that, but its nice to have).
Conference Ticket :$100
Flight: Buffalo to Denver $316. Did you see that fellow PF bloggers? $316! So lets not make any excuses and get on that airplane so we can meet up in Denver.
Hotel: Sharing a room with the lovely S, from American Debt Project. Under $300
Spending money: I’ve been told that everything is pretty much covered so $100 should do.
I am beyond excited to FinCon12. Most of my blogging friends are going and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in real life.
Conference Ticket : $50
Hotel: My own bed. I live 40 mins away.
Spending money: $200. Its really easy to spend money in Toronto. Plus I promised a few friends from out west to show them around the city.
Total : $250
What I would love to do is team-up with brands and develop a mutually beneficial sponsorship package for any of the events above. So if you’re interested in sponsoring me, get in touch!