Congratulations, Lisa and Natalie Simmons!  Hope you enjoy your time at Bloggy Boot Camp.  Be sure to come back and tell us which one you decided to go to!

Learning how to blog can be really overwhelming but you’re not alone! So to arm you with the success secrets of full-time bloggers here are recommendations of 6 must-attend blog conferences as well as a giveaway to my favorite one of all ~ Bloggy Boot Camp!

It’s a$149 value and perfect for those who are considering starting a blog or a brand new at blogging. Be sure to leave a comment below to enter the giveaway.

A while back, Laurie asked a question that got all of our attention:

Do you want to blog like a micro-celebrity?

Of course we do! To achieve the success that Laurie has in blogland would be an absolute dream come true!

Except how do you know where to start?

Lucky for us, Laurie is willing to share her secrets.  Her number one piece of advice to catapulting your blog to stardom is to attend Bloggy Boot Camp.

Making the decision to attend a blog conference is not always easy.  It requires time away from family, a financial commitment, and above all, the willingness to attend an event in person and network with other bloggers.

I still remember my first blog conference.  Although I was incredibly excited, I also had a number of questions floating around my mind: Will I know anyone there?  What will I get out of it?  And most importantly, which one should I go to?

As you can see in the conference listing in the sidebar on the Blog Conference Guide for the (Un)Experienced website, there are tons of conferences to choose from.  You can attend conferences on food, fitness, Twitter, and even pets.  Navigating these choices and selecting a conference that works best for you is not always easy!

That’s why I put together a list of our top recommended blog conferences!  {Squeal!!}  We want your decision on which conference to attend to be an easy one.  Read on to learn which conferences we feel stand out from the crowd and why you should attend.

And before you go, be sure to enter our giveaway for a FREE ticket to a conference that may be showing up in your own backyard this fall!

Bloggy Boot Camp

Thanks to Bloggy Boot Camp, an extension of The SITS Girls community, bloggers have an opportunity to increase their understanding of blogging and social media, while sitting next to their favorite people from the online world. WhatÂ’s more, our conference series is hosted in a variety of major cities around the U.S., boast one of the lowest ticket prices around, and cover everything from photo-editing to social networking to branding.

More Details…

  • When & Where: Six different locations around the U.S. happening at six different times of year
  • Cost for full conference pass: $140 (Early ticket prices range from $80 to $115)
  • What makes it different: Bloggy Boot Camp offers a “nuts and bolts” approach to blog conferences.  Besides the obvious benefit of lower costs, and less time away from family, speakers are limited to 40 minutes and present at least 3 solid action items attendees can take home and implement immediately. It is the perfect “first” conference that everyone should attend.

EVO: The Evolution of Women in Social Media

Evo focuses on helping attendees take their blogging and business skills to the next level through case-study based panels and hands-on workshops.  For example, imagine youÂ’re a food blogger. At Evo, you’ll be able to spend an afternoon cooking, photographing, writing, and learning the essentials of taking a post from start to finish with 40 of your foodie peers. The environment helps you not only learn real-time skills, but also build a community of friends to connect with after the conference.

More Details…

  • When: July 7-9, 2011
  • Where: Park City, Utah
  • Cost for full conference pass: $399
  • What makes it different: When they say that EVO is like summer camp for bloggers, theyÂ’re serious. ThereÂ’s no need to pack your prom dress or stiletto heels.

Mom 2.0 Summit

Mom 2.0 gives bloggers a platform to talk shop with social media influencers, industry leaders and leading brands. Most of the education is focused on discussing ways to improve your approach to marketing your blog and discovering social media tools that engage your audience and build relationships.

More details…

  • When: May 3-5, 2012
  • Where: Key Biscayne, Florida
  • Cost for full conference pass: $449 (Early ticket prices range from $299 to $399.)
  • What makes it different: Mom 2.0 is targeted towards intermediate to advanced bloggers.  For those of you who have been on-line for a while, this is the conference for you.

Blogalicious

The Blogalicious Weekend conference is aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media. Over the course of the event, bloggers ignite a sense of unity within the multicultural blogging community, as well as educate marketers on the importance of their demographic in today’s marketplace.  All of this is accomplished while networking and building relationships.

More details…

  • When: October 21-23, 2011
  • Where: Washington DC
  • Cost for full conference pass: $200
  • What makes it different: Blogalicious is run by a dynamic group of women focused on celebrating the diversity of women in social media.  It is a one-of-a-kind educational and networking event.

Type-A Parent Conference

Type-A Parent Conference is designed to help social media/blogging parents and the companies who want to connect with them take it to the next level. The conference features some of the most influential, admired and insightful bloggers and social media thought leaders talking about topics like power networking, branding, blogging, finding your voice, and turning your passion for blogging into a real paycheck.

More details…

  • When: June 23-25, 2011
  • Where: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Cost for full conference pass: $200
  • What makes it different: Type-A is the only blog conference with all-day programming for the entire family. Options include a family pass so moms and dads can attend, as well as the Kid Con for children ages infant to 16.

BlogHer

BlogHer brings thousands of attendees together from all over the world to share hands-on learning, rich discussions, opportunities to meet with the brands that support them and plentiful networking opportunities.

  • When: August 5-6, 2011
  • Where: San Diego, California
  • Cost for full conference pass: $298
  • What makes it different: BlogHer is the original blog conference for women.  It is also far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing together most everyone in the social media sphere.


Are you ready to dive in?  Then let’s get YOU to a blog conference.

2 Free Conference Passes!

There is NOTHING like sitting in a room, surrounded by women who are as inspired and in love with social media as you are.  Laughing, sharing, and networking with a group like this is an unforgettable experience and one that Laurie and all of us at The SITS Girls want you to experience firsthand!

That’s why we’re giving away two FREE conference passes today: one to the Denver Bloggy Boot Camp on September 17 and another to the Atlanta Bloggy Boot Camp on October 22.

Enter to Win

To enter to win, simply leave a comment telling us what you’d
love to learn at Bloggy Boot Camp.

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Contest ends next Saturday, July 9 at midnight.

Exclusive Tip Junkie Discount:

P.S. For those of you who are ready to dive in now, why not just buy your ticket and secure your spot asap?  As a special gift to Tip Junkie readers, we are offering a $30 off coupon code.  Simply enter TIPJUNKIE30 at check out.  Tickets for Denver can be found here and tickets for Atlanta are here.

{Happy dance!}

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  • Before we sign off, we’d like to take a moment to thank both Laurie and Angie for allowing us the opportunity to post on Tip Junkie over the past few weeks.  Their hard work and dedication is what makes this phenomenal community possible.  We are very lucky to be able to include such wonderful women in our circle of friends.  xo

    Francesca is 1/3 of the SITS team and thrilled to be here!  She’s a mom to three children, ages 5, 3 and a just a few months old.  Since starting her personal blog, Francesca has received multiple awards, including recognition by Nielsen Online as one of the Top 50 Power Moms. Her interest in marketing prompted her to earn her MBA in the field and launch her own consulting company, Social Girl Media.  In 2010, Francesca joined Tiffany as a partner on both SITS and Bloggy Boot Camp.  Prior to joining the on-line world, Francesca studied Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis, worked at various wineries in both California and Italy, and was employed for many years at the biotech company, Genentech.