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.