Friday, April 12, 2019


The annual Thrive blogger conference took place almost two months ago. I've wanted nothing more than to share my witness with you, but I've been focused on implementing a lot of the things I learned into my blogging practice.

We’ve seen so much change in the social media industry, and it’s now challenging to stand out in this now crowded space. While I think an online presence can be a lucrative business and a great way to let your creative juices run, I want to be upfront – real life human connections are still greater than the ones made on Instagram. And that’s why I absolutely recommend in-person networking at blogger conferences in order to meet like-minded people and advance your professional career as an influencer.

If you’re not familiar with Thrive, it’s one of the most effective social media conferences, attracting creatives all over the US. I say that because whether you’re a blogger, vlogger, podcaster, instagrammer, or the like, when you invest in this conference, you will undoubtedly gain something from it.

The majority of the speakers at the Thrive conferences are social media experts and pros who are full of insightful success tips and interesting information. And even if you’re like me, not the social butterfly type, I still recommend you push yourself a little, because even just one encounter can grow you and/or advance your career. Don’t let the networking piece alarm you!

As with any conference, everyone is there with the same goal as you: to grow their business, to meet bloggers and influencers, to pitch to brand partners etc. Each person who walks through the door invested in a ticket and took the time out of their busy schedule to attend. So, rest assured that you have that in common. Also, Thrive developers are brilliant - they will offer a series of methods to make it easier to meet people, be that games, breakout sessions, small group meetups, even dancing. I witnessed people open up and blossom by the afternoon on day 1 – it was pretty fabulous!

The same goes for the panelists and keynote speakers - they're approachable, too. And that's another aspect I value about Thrive – albeit high in quality, the intimacy of the conference allows one an opportunity to approach the speaker right after their presentation, ask questions, and possibly even snap a selfie. For example, Erin from Cotton Stem, pictured above, shared a laugh and a casual conversation with a conference attendee. Talk about cool!

Treat this as an investment in your blog and your business. After all, you want to get a great return on that investment, right? Going in with an open mind will make your time at the conference productive and, even more importantly, enjoyable.


  1. I have been wanting to attend a blog conference, but wasn't sure which one would be worth my time. I think I will make Thrive my first one.

    1. I am an introvert, so large conferences can feel really intimidating for me. Thrive is the perfect size -- small enough to engage with speakers and large enough to blend in when I want to.

  2. Got a chance to attend this conference and it help me keep on the ball with my blogging and networking practice! xo


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