While trustworthy statistics are difficult to come by, it’s safe to say that many millions of new blogs are launched each year, and that has made for one of the most competitive and difficult professions in the world. Struggling bloggers working to make ends meet are a common breed, and it is that fact that makes competition in every niche so very tough, which itself only leads to more struggling bloggers – a recipe for disaster, to be sure!
Luckily, being a broke blogger doesn’t mean that you can’t be a better blogger, getting ahead of the curve and rising to the top! Get travel inspired by checking out these blogging meetups for a shoestring budget:
No matter what niche you blog in, you’re almost certain to be utilizing WordPress, and there is no better place to learn how to exploit every one of that platform’s excellent features than at WordCamp! You’ll discover how to protect your website against hackers, how to make every article you write jump out by utilizing media, and even how to contribute to WordPress itself – with more than 30 keynote speakers expected, no topic will go undiscussed.
Like all WordCamp events, attendance comes cheap and the topic is hyper-focused, making it a very useful stop on any blogger’s conference to-do list – especially when that list is a short one!
When and Where: Join your colleagues in Phoenix, Arizona from January 18-20, 2013 for this particular WordCamp iteration.
If your budget will only allow you to visit one major blogging conference this year, ConFoo is the place to be! Five days of sessions, workshops, keynotes, and networking opportunities will teach you everything from utilizing popular blogging platforms to building custom applications for the web, helping you to evolve into a unique web publisher worthy of a bigger and better audience.
ConFoo packages don’t come cheap, but between the five days of learning and savings of up to $145 currently on tap via the event’s official website, it is a more than economical option for a blogger on a budget!
When and Where: Visit Montreal, Canada from February 25 through March 1, 2013 for a full five days of web and blogging goodness! To keep things on the cheap, check out the unbeatable rates on accommodations at here
If you happen to be both a woman and a blogger, BlissDom is the premiere conference for you! Offering a focus on what it means to juggle a family, friends, and your professional endeavors, BlissDom aims to make you a better writer, a more effective publisher, and a more successful blogger, all at a super affordable rate.
Male bloggers take note: while the focus of BlissDom is on the ladies, everyone is invited!
When and Where: BlissDom 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas, Texas from March 21-23, 2013.
Get away from it all while getting into it all at Camp Blogaway, a unique getaway for bloggers that promises to energize and inspire, all in one shot! Workshops and breakout sessions are combined with outdoor activities, taking into account the fact that you are a multifaceted person as opposed to a simple blogging machine, guaranteeing that every attendee will leave with new skills, new motivation, and many new contacts!
At only $325 per person, a Camp Blogaway ticket provides you you with two nights lodging, all-inclusive meals, and access to every workshop presented, making this an amazing deal for a unique, unforgettable professional experience.
When and Where: This year’s Camp Blogaway will be held from May 24-26, 2013 in Angelus Oaks in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, just outside of Big Bear, providing you with a rustic weekend that still manages to immerse you in the latest blogging technology.
Additional tip: Use the following lists to create your conference calendar: International blogging conferences and technology conferences for 2013