One of the things I love about being a blogger is all the great people I get to meet online and off. One of my favorite ways to meet my online buddies is when blogger conferences roll around. I’ll be honest and say it’s not the easiest to get me to a conference. My husband works a crazy schedule and unless they are local and fall on days he’s off or on vacation, it doesn’t usually happen for me. So when conferences are held on the East Coast, I try my hardest to get there. This year I was selected as one of Acorn Influence’s Blogger Ambassadors to attend Blogger Bash in NYC and to say I was excited was an understatement. I couldn’t wait for July to roll around so I could attend. I picked out my outfits, ordered new business cards and was ready for two fun filled days on the water learning, networking and meeting great brands. Oh and did I mention that we were on a yacht?! That’s right Blogger Bash was held on the Cornucopia Majesty Yacht this year!
My last Blogger Bash was two years ago and I was five months pregnant. While I had a great time, being sick and pregnant made it a little hard to really experience everything the conference had to offer. I couldn’t wait to head back this year and really take it all in. There’s way to much to cover in one post so I’ll be sharing a little more about Sweet Suite and the expos in another post.
Today I wanted to share my top 5 reasons why Blogger Bash a must do for bloggers:
1. Friendships that are more than just a computer screen
There’s no question in this online world of blogging you’re going to make plenty of online friends but when you have the opportunity to meet said friends in real life, it’s just so much more fun. Whether you’re just putting a name with a face or making a new lifelong friends, there’s just something to be said about hanging out with your blogging besties.
2. Great Learning Opportunities
Sure hanging out with your blogging besties is fun but I also want to make sure I learn a thing or two while I’m there. This year we had an amazing afternoon of learning with Dan and Rachel from Blogging Concentrated. I’ve heard wonderful things about BC but aside from some online courses with them, I haven’t taken a live class. I walked away feeling like such a better blogger just listening to them speak. I learned so much in just that afternoon that alone made the whole trip worth it for me.
3. Networking with great brands
Blogger Bash gives you plenty of opportunities to mingle and network with some great brands. Everything from toys to baby products to housewares and food is represented in one of their expos.
Sweet Suite give you a first hand look at some of the hottest toys on the market and even sneak peeks of those coming out just in time for the holiday season. But it’s not just about seeing the toys you actually get to bring out your inner child and play with them all! It’s not called the biggest night of play for nothing.
BABYPALOOZA brings in the hottest brands in the baby and toddler world for a first hand look at everything baby. This year I had a chance to see everything from a self-installing car seat (LOVED) to the latest in strollers including one that folds and can fit as a carry on when traveling!
At the New Products Expo you’ll have a chance to mingle with brands representing everything from housewares to food and pretty much everything in between. Your niche fashion? Don’t worry there’s fashion and lifestyle brands there. Only focus on food and recipes? There were plenty of food brands eager to talk to you. I met and learned about so many great brands that I’m still going through emails.
4. Plenty of events to keep you busy.
Day one kicked off with a fun Care Bears Brunch. Growing up I absolutely loved the Care Bears and was totally feeling nostalgic. Just when I thought my day could get off to a better start, I had a chance to get my picture taken with Funshine Bear but I even won one from Build-a-Bear. During the rest of day one, bloggers had a chance to do one on one speed pitching with brands for a more intimate connection. Then there were others who went on The Ride, a fun filled tour bus that takes you around NYC seeing all the sights the make the city great. Then there was an afternoon of learning with Blogging Concentrated where I learned so much.
(Photo credit: Blogger Bash)
Day two offered plenty of speakers, Babypalooza and the New Products Expo. Followed by the epic closing party (which I sadly had to miss!) which involved a cruise around the Hudson on the gorgeous yacht Majesty. Talk about a way to end these whirlwind two days!
5. A Party Like No Other
I’ve been to a few blogging conferences in my life and it’s quickly becoming addicting. Blogger Bash goes out of their way to make the time you spend with them totally worth it. From top notch speakers to amazing food and more fun than you can handle, (hello conference on a gorgeous yacht and closing party with a cruise around the city!) Blogger Bash really delivers! I cannot wait for details on next year’s event. If it was anything like this year, it’s going to be amazing!
Will you join me in the fun? I hope you do!
To keep the Blogger Bash celebration going, the #AcornBBNYC Blogger Ambassadors and I are sharing this funtastic giveaway. You could win your very own Sweet Suite Swag! Just follow the entry form below for your chance to win 1 of these 3 prize packs (1 winner for each prize pack) from JAKKS Pacific, VTech and Skylanders!
Disclosure: As a 2016 #AcornBBNYC Blogger Ambassador I received a free ticket to Blogger Bash. No other compensation was received.