After taking a couple of days to think about what the Financial Blogger Conference has meant to me, as well as reading everybody else’s trip recap, I can honestly say that this conference was one of the most inspirational events I’ve ever been to. I initially just went there to network and meet other bloggers, but now that I’ve taken a step back and reflected on what I’ve learned, I’m completely energized and ready to focus my attention on my freelance writing.
The trigger moments for me were listening to keynote speaker Ramit Sethi (I Will Teach You To Be Rich), as well as Adam Baker (Man vs. Debt), and Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income). Truthfully, before I heard their presentations, I didn’t know much about them. But each of them were able to inspire me in their own way. And even though they all make huge amounts of money off of their blogs, brand, and products – it was their passion for what they do that really motivated me. I’m not interested in turning this blog into a huge money-maker, and realizing that the majority of people at the conference wanted to turn their blog into a business was kind of a shock, yet now that I think about it, not really unexpected. We’re personal finance bloggers, after all. :)
People at the Financial Blogger Conference were talking about sponsored tweets, selling products, affiliate advertising, creating e-newsletters – doing anything to generate more income from their blogs. Me? Even though I do make a little money off this blog, I’d rather earn through writing, and that’s where the majority of my freelance income comes from. Sure, sometimes I’ll post up some advertisements, and the odd time I’ll throw up a sponsored post. But this blog was created with the intention of holding myself accountable for my goals, and creating a community to share, laugh, and learn from our mistakes and achievements – not to become rich off of it.
Anyway, I also met up with some fabulous friends at the conference – Blonde and Balanced, Fiscally Chic, Finance Fox, Her Every Cent Counts, Punch Debt in the Face, Budgets are Sexy, as well as my Canadian pals, Dividend Ninja, Mike Holman, and my editor, Adam Mayers. I’m hoping that next year, more of my PF friends will be able to make it to the conference. It is truly amazing to meet the people I’ve been connecting with for the past few years online.
Also, seeing my editor again was great. He always has a way of motivating me to be better. I can be quite critical of myself and my writing (and perhaps with good reason), but when the person who matters the most actually thinks I have talent and believes in me, well it gives me the confidence to keep going, despite whatever negativity comes my way.
FINCON11 Spending Recap:
$45 checked luggage ($20, $25)
$150.39 hotel (3 nights)
$45 taxi rides
$62 miscellaneous (food, drink, tips, etc.)
Considering my original goal was to stay under $1,000 for the Financial Blogger Conference I think I did fairly well. Drinks were free for the entire weekend, and there were always snacks available during breaks. Shout out to Eddie from Finance Fox for buying us all dinner on Friday night (so nice of him!), and Justin from AWeber Communications for picking up the dinner tab on Saturday night. :)
Thanks for the great memories, and I can’t wait to see everyone again next year.