The great thing about hundreds of bloggers getting together for a conference is they all write about it afterwards. On the internet. So after you’ve read this post, scroll down and click through to read other posts about Problogger 2016.
Did you go to Problogger? Link up your post below! I look forward to reading it. Bec x
Professional development and networking opportunities form a fairly linear hierarchy. At the bottom is the casual coffee date where you pick a colleague’s brain for a few minutes and say nice things to them in the hope that their brilliance will rub off on you and you’ll get swept up in their success.
As you move up the P.D. Pyramid you’ll pass infographic series, online articles, webinars, online courses, seminars, industry dinners, workshops and short courses.
The shining gold star at the top of that pointy structure is Attending An Industry Conference. I speak with authority, having just returned from the industry conference for professionals who write on these here interwebs.
Conferences tick all the boxes for professional development and networking – several days of unfettered access to industry experts, dozens of fascinating and intense discussions with hundreds of like-minded people and structured learning.
But surely the best part of attending a conference is this – you get to relive your childhood from the time you step into the hotel until the moment the airport shuttle drags you away from the shiny kerb and back into the reality of adult life.
Don’t believe me? Try this:
1. Somebody else makes your bed
Truly. They bring you fresh towels and everything. Just like mama used to do.RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast – just gorgeous.
2. Breakfast is ready and waiting for you every day
Croissants and waffles and bacon, oh my! Also – you don’t have to make anybody else’s breakfast.
3. You get to go to classes and learn useful things
Two days of back-to-back seminars, workshops and speeches. Whew! Lots to take in. This session was definitely a stand-out. There was barely a dry eye in the room as Sarah Rosborg told us about her incredible fight to fund Rafiki Mwema, a home for children in Kenya who have experienced trauma that no child ever should.How to use your influence for good…
4. Wagging classes is super exciting
I don’t know how we managed to do it back in the day, but concentrating on embedding new information into your brain all day is REALLY TIRING. So wagging a class or two is entirely understandable. Especially when you have the Gold Coast sunshine and these gorgeous ladies waiting for you.L-R: Amy from Handbagmafia, Moi, Mel from Hugzilla, Rachel from Toilets Aren’t For Turtles.
5. The food just keeps on coming
No meal planning, no shopping, no cooking. The food just magically appears, day after day. Thank you RACV Royal Pines!Well of course there was pineapple. It was Queensland.
6. You get to hang out in tents
Enormous tents were set up outside for the Friday night party. thanks to Katalane Tipis. We kept them company during the day too.L-R: Rachel from Parenting Central Australia, Amy from Handbagmafia and my fabulous roomie – Em from Em Hawker Blog.
7. Halloween can happen at any time of the year
It also appeared to have taken up residence in one of the lifts at the resort.Mel seems a little perplexed. But she has tea. So it must be okay.
8. There are dress ups!
The theme of the Friday night party was ‘Reach for the Stars’. Some of us were more on-trend than others.L-R: Em Hawker, Rach McDougall, Bec Bowyer, Mel (Hugzilla), Helen from Home Base and the stunning pregnant flapper chickie on the right is Jess from Peachy Keen Mumma.
9. Throwing food is a thing
We enjoyed some very tasty teppanyaki at the resort’s Japanese restaurant, with our own personal chef. Her aim was very impressive – she could flick pieces of fried egg straight into our open mouths!Teppanyaki at the resort’s Japanese restaurant, with our own personal chef.
Sadly all good things – including conferences – must come to an end. It was, however, also wonderful to come home to my two gorgeous boys and my gorgeous husband. Big shout out to my mum and Mr D for making it possible for me to be set aside my adulting responsibilities for 4 days. Thank you x
Cure for FOMO – ProBlogger Virtual Ticket
Missed out on the conference? Here’s how to re-create it in your own home:
- Grab a tent
- Fill it with delicious food and a glass of champagne
- Charge up your laptop and purchase your ProBlogger Virtual Ticket * – access to all the recordings from the event!
- Grab a beer and Skype all your blogging mates to talk about what you learned.
Almost as good as the real thing.
* That’s an affiliate link – if you buy a ticket after clicking on this link I’ll receive a commission. I promise to spend it on useful things like feeding and clothing my kids 😉