Last year, they had a financial bloggers conference – the first ever. With encouragement from my then girlfriend (now wife) I signed up for one of the early bird tickets and promptly forgot about it, because of all the travel to be in other peoples weddings, conferences for work and a fun in alaska. Last year, I got back from alaska about less than 2 full days before H and I took off for chicago – me ready to attend what she dubs the “nerd conference” (and propose) and her ready to hang out with some of our friends that live in the city.
I didnt know what to expect at all, and even though I consider myself to be a friendly person, I had absolutely no idea how to manage all of the ‘relationships’ that I had built in the financial blogging community without ever actually meeting them face to face. As I walked around, I tried to put faces with blogs people that didnt have pictures up. Ninja was super easy to identify, because he was wearing his own shirt, and J$ had the mowhawk, but other than that, I really wasnt sure who was who. I had a great time talking to all of the people whose blogs I read, and even more fun at the conference – and I learned a lot.
Since I had so much fun last year, I decided to get a group of people together and have a discussion for the panel. I think we’ve got a great presentation lined up (don’t tell me otherwise, because I made it) about how to use a blog network to build relationships and grow traffic. There are some great yakezie members on the panel, and we’ve packed it with a bunch of helpful tips on how to build traffic, wether or not you’re in a blog network. Our talk is on friday, so if you’re one of my awesome readers and are looking for ways to grow some blog traffic – I hope that you stop by. (Or if you just want to stop by and introduce yourself, that would be great too).
For the 2nd straight year, I’ve been nominated for a plutus award (given to the best of the financial blogosphere). I’m very excited, as the plutus awards are pretty prestigious (though I must admit, I wouldnt join any club that will have me as a member).
So, if this will be your first fincon, just remember to relax – you’re there to have fun first off, and learn more about blogging second. If you’re worried about getting stabbed, I’m pretty sure that no one got stabbed at last years conference, so that should comfort you. If you happen to be one of my readers and you’re at the conference, come to my talk or come say hello during a mingling hour or in the halls – I’d be happy to say hello. If you catch me at the right time, you may also be able to meet my wife – she’ll be around for a portion of the conference as well.