Being a full-time blogger or small internet business owner means making every dollar count, and that can make it tough to get to the places where networking opportunities show themselves most obviously. With conferences aimed at your niche held in some of the most tourist-friendly cities in the world, the trip, accommodations, and other expenses often prove to be too much, leaving you to improvise where networking is concerned.
If you want to rub shoulders with your colleagues in the name of furthering your business, but on a strict budget, check out these four blogging meetups where you don’t need to spend too much money to network:
If you live on or plan to visit the Canadian west coast, consider making an edition of the Vancouver Blogger Meetup Group part of your itinerary! These meetups are absolutely free to attend, bringing together some of the brightest minds in blogging in a city known for its technological prowess.
When and Where: Meetups of this group are held about once each month in locations around Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, meaning that there is one for you to attend whenever it suits you!
Held with great success for several years now, the Chicago International Blog Awards dinner is set to host about 150 bloggers and businesspeople from around the Windy City as awards are handed out, great food is eaten, and networking opportunities that simply cannot be beat rain down upon everyone in attendance.
At only $34.95, even bloggers on a budget can easily afford to get in and rub shoulders with the award-winning best of their niche, making this an excellent place to network on the cheap.
When and Where: The 2013 edition of the Chicago International Blog Awards is set for a date at the Chicago Cultural Center on February 28, 2013. Need a ride to or from your hotel of choice? Check out Cheapcarrental.net for great rates on temporary wheels!
Aimed at blogging women in particular, but open to men in the business, as well, BlissDom 2013 hopes to bring together more than 1,000 attendees who are interested in finding their bliss through professional blogging. Besides nearly endless networking opportunities, BlissDom will offer workshops and lectures aimed at making you more successful in every aspect of your online endeavors, from various blogging tips to marketing.
With a price tag much lower than most comparable conferences, BlissDom offers a unique way to meet up with like-minded bloggers in a comfortable setting, all without the need to spend on a fortune on building your contact list.
When and Where: BlissDom 2013 will be held in Dallas, Texas from March 21-23, 2013, offering the historic comforts of the American south alongside a focus on the technologies of the future.
One of the most unique blogging events in the world, Camp Blogaway invites its attendees to enjoy luxury camping facilities with an eye towards development as a blogger, providing a series of workshops and lectures held in a comfortable setting that encourages each person in attendance to get to know one another. While the agenda shows a full slate of activities, there will be time to relax with your fellow campers, as well, making this one event not to be missed if networking is your primary goal.
The $325 fee to attend Camp Blogaway may seem steep, but do note that it includes accommodations for the weekend, all of your meals, and even goodie bags to be handed out when you leave. If that’s still not cost-effective enough for you, consider combining a weekend adventure getaway with an opportunity for professional growth, killing two birds with one inexpensive stone!
When and Where: 2013’s Camp Blogaway is set to be held in beautiful Angelus Oaks, California, deep within the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, from May 24-26, 2013.
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