Blog Conference Prep: What You Need to Do Now to Prepare

blog conference prep 42 days til Blissdom.

It might seem like it’s far away, but it will be here before you know it.  Ashley from My Front Porch Swing and I are continuing our Blog Conference Prep series to help you get ready. Last week, we tackled the financial with How to Get a Blog Conference Sponsorship and How to Anticipate Blog Conference Costs. This week, we’re moving on to what you should be doing now to prepare for Blissdom!

While you don’t need to have your suitcase packed quite yet, there are some items you need to make sure you’ve taken care of!

*Book your room. I highly recommend staying on-site for blogging conferences. That way you can run back to your room if you forgot something or you can easily go get a few quiet moments during the day. The parties tend to go late into the night: it will be a lot more convenient to only have to walk back to your room rather than driving or getting a shuttle/taxi to another location. Keep in mind that the special rate for conference go-ers usually has a deadline and the hotel can book up, so book now!

*Find a roommate. If you have a friend going, great! Share a room to save on conference costs. But, if you don’t know anyone going or if you are looking for more roommates, you can always ask on twitter. Use the conference hashtag and ask! If you missed out on booking your room, tweet asking if anyone has a spot open in their room.

*Plan your travel. Take a look at the conference schedule to see when you should arrive so you don’t miss out on any fun activities! Bliss Newbies: be sure to be there in time for the First Bliss meet-up on Thursday at 2:30.  Book your flight or look at how long of a drive you will have. If flying, you can tweet about your arrival time so that you can share a taxi with another conference go-er. If driving, tweet about where you are driving from- you might be able to carpool with fellow bloggers!

*Plan for childcare. Whether Daddy is going to take off work to stay with the kids or if they’ll head to Grandma’s or you’ll use a babysitter, make sure plans are put into place now. If your household is anything like mine, it’s mama who knows all the details about the kids’ schedules. Things go a lot smoother when I leave notes for my husband about our daily routine, along with reminders about special activities going on while I’m gone- like a birthday party that your child is invited to. Download your While I’m Away List now and get it ready for your time out of town.

Be sure to head over to Ashley’s blog to find out what you should be doing on your blog now to get ready for Blissdom and to download a blog card template.

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  1. I have got to get this list ready to go for hubs. I definitely feel more prepared this year than last!
    Ashley {at} My Front Porch Swing recently posted..Blog Conference Prep Series: Prep your BlogMy Profile

  2. These are really good tips.

    Some day I’ll attend a big blogging conference. Some day.
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  3. Awww… that sounds so much fun! I’m afraid it’s not in my future this year though. Still nursing my little one and coaching my daughter’s basketball team. Doesn’t lend itself well to running away from home, even for a weekend.
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  4. Wonderful tips, Shell!
    I am beyond excited. It’s going to be soooo hard to leave the baby especially, but I knew if I brought her I’d be too distracted and not have as much to take away ….plus wouldn’t have as much fun. And I”M NOT SORRY! I need this me time!
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  5. Great tips Shell – especially the last one!!

  6. Thanks for this great series! I’m so excited to be heading to Blissdom, but I just bought my ticket yesterday so this stuff is great for me to reference. I need to get on the ball!
    Tiffany Manley recently posted..Train Up a Dog #ILoveMyk9My Profile

  7. One of these days! One of these days!

    Great tips. I’m sure you all will have a fabulous time. *Sniff*

    And now, I’m going to be a little late to the gym today, because I’m going to sit down and catch up on your life. I miss you, girl, when I’m away from blogland.
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  8. You and Ashley rock for putting this together. It’s making me a little less nervous. My kids will be in Nashville, but with my parents and grandma. I COULD make a list, but grandma & grandpa are going to let them do whatever they want anyway, so…shrugs shoulders…

    • When mine go to grandparents, the schedule is out the window. But mine will be home with dad, who needs to know when things like school are. LOL

      I cannot wait to get to meet you!!!

  9. I’m wishing I was going to this. But Type A isn’t too far away, right?
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  10. I love that you included a list for those going away. I have ended up using post it notes all around the house.
    JDaniel4′s Mom recently posted..Helping to Build with Couch CushionsMy Profile

  11. Great tips in preparation of BlissDom 2012! I’m really looking forward to the conference and I greatly appreciate the warm & friendly welcome I’ve received from BlissDom alumni.

    Of course I booked my flight & my hotel before finding this great information (I found a great deal online and snagged it right away!) My plane arrives early afternoon so I may miss out on some of the pre-conference fun on Thursday. And I’m staying off-site (my hotel is 1.2 miles from the Gaylord Opryland). Hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time and I’m used to attending Dragon*Con every year and traveling back & forth between the 5 host hotels all weekend long! ;)

    I’m going to have a great conference experience no matter what time I fly in or where I stay! Awwww… yeah! See you there!

    Chrysta Bairre recently posted..Keep it simple with one word goalsMy Profile

    • You will have an amazing time!

      My roommate and I were in a different hotel for half of the conference last year. I’ll admit that it was a bit of a pain- but you can definitely make it work.

  12. Im sooooo excited!! My kids will be in Alabama with my in-laws but I think I may print off that list just incase.

    Cant wait to see you there!
    Jessica recently posted..MotherhoodMy Profile

  13. You know, I have yet to attend a blog conference…more out of nerves than anything else. I’m just nervous around large crowds. But this was a great post to read, just in case I ever decide to hop out of my comfort zone!

  14. Another thing about the Opryland hotel is that you pay a lot to park if you stay at another hotel!

    • Very true. Or if you rely on shuttles from another hotel- they are a pain. We learned that last year when we had to stay elsewhere for the last night.

  15. Soooo jealous of the blog conferences. Wish I could go!
    Teresa (Embracing the SPectrum) recently posted..Precious Moments {PYHO}My Profile

  16. This is a really useful series. I’m bookmarking it. I’m not quite conference ready at a number of levels, but by July or August, I will be (which may mean I don’t go until NEXT January). So knowing some of these things early is a godsend. (Especially about the sponsorships.) Keep the great advice coming!
    Jessie Powell recently posted..Fast FoodMy Profile

  17. Ordered my new cards today. Went with the minimum number this time because I am constantly changing my mind about WHAT I want on them. Really looking forward to the whole experience!

  18. Thanks for all of the tips! I wish I was going to be there! There’s always next year.

  19. Great tips! I also wanted to add plan your pet care if your family is coming with you. The cats and dog need boarding arranged as well.

  20. This is great advice. Soon, I’ll be thinking about conferences – once the girls get a little older.
    Carolyn recently posted..Tilapia Fish SticksMy Profile

  21. Scared to death… Everyone else can relax; I will be the biggest dork.
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  22. I’ve done all of these already!
    Jessica recently posted..Because We All Need A Successful GardenMy Profile

  23. Such good tips, Shell! It’s nice to have these go-to “directions” for what to do!
    Galit Breen recently posted..Dinner ConversationsMy Profile

  24. I’ve done all of these already! Great list and I do love this series you and Ashley are running!
    Kimberly recently posted..Time Stands StillMy Profile

  25. Great tips. I may not be going to Blissdom, but I have my ticket, plane ticket, hotel and roommate for BlogHer. SO SO excited. Did I mention how excited I am? A week all on my own with girlfriends. Yippeeeeeee.
    Lady Jennie recently posted..Just a VestigeMy Profile

  26. Ohhh – jealous I won’t get to meet up with you and Ashley again at a blog conference this year …. unless you would like to come to London! I’ll be at a bloggy conference there in June – Britmums Live.
    Janmary, N Ireland recently posted..Family treasure – Jane Speers, who are you?My Profile

  27. Awesome, awesome tips. Since you whispered BlogHer in my ear, I’ve been finding ways to make it possible :)

    Have a wonderful time at this conference!
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  28. Parking at Opryland Hotel is $18 a day and to my understanding you are charged that even if you stay there! Yikes! I called today and asked because I was thinking of staying offsite. Still not sure what I should do. (I am a newbie and don’t have a sponsor trying to pinch pennies)
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  29. Great tips, Shell! Thanks for sharing.
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