What to Wear to a Blog Conference – The FUN Version
Blog conferences. They’re intimidating. They’re big. And they are full of people. But they’re also a necessity if you are looking to grow your blog. Now having a few conferences under my belt (Thanks Type-A and FL Blog Con), I think I am at liberty to say what bloggers should consider wearing to a blog conference. Whether your first conference of your 50th, making sure that you are looking and feeling your best the WHOLE time is important! Here’s my top 5 things you need to wear to a blog conference. And yes, that pair of undies matters.
1. A Smile
I think this is the BIGGEST tip you can take away from this post. Your smile, your friendly face is going to have the biggest impact on your blog conference. Your smile will gauge your interest, your approachability, your willingness to learn, grow and be a blogger. Though you may be an introvert like me, try not to shy away in the corner of the room or be fiddling with your phone when you should be looking up, engaging being positive. Smiles are not just for those folks, but for you too!
2. Your Personality
The last thing you want to be is someone else. Let your personality shine through. Just like your blog posts, brands and bloggers want to meet the person behind the words. Don’t be afraid to show yourself. This can be tough in a large setting. I totally understand.
3. Something Memorable
When working with brands and networking with other bloggers, you can seem like a small fish in a big pond. How do you make yourself memorable? Well, besides your winning smile and awesome personality, consider wearing something that is memorable. Whether it’s a funny t-shirt, a piece of fabulous jewelry, cute shoes or a printed dress, make sure you have one statement piece. But let’s not overdo it. You don’t want to be remembered as the worst dressed or the “oddest” duck in the pond either. Memorable but not headline news. So when the brand goes “who was that blogger….” they can remember that you were the one that wore the bright blue necklace and carried the cute green clutch. Got me?
4. Comfort In Your Own Skin
The days are blog conferences are long. Like 8 hours long. Not an option to wear thpse pajamas like you normally do to work, make sure that whatever you plan on wearing to a conference, you feel as comfortable as possible. Squeezing into those shoes that give you blisters or that tummy tucking jeans may seem like a good idea at the time, but might make you crabby later.
5. Your Superstar Stance
Hands up in a VEE, or on your hips, be prepared to bring your A-game to a blog conference. Wear some super power underwear if you have to, just to remind yourself how awesome you are. Go in like a winner so you can leave feeling like one too. Prep yourself to go outside of your comfort zone, talk to someone you may not know, pitch to a brand with a fabulous story. Give yourself the “Pride/Power” pep talk – Did you see Cool Runnings? – and do a few cheerleader cheers before heading in. You can do this!
Getting back from Type-A Parent this weekend, reminds me how important it is to make sure to be YOU the whole conference. Don’t worry about what you’re wearing or if you’ll be too shy, too goofy, too weird. People love your blog because you’re you. So make sure you have your YOU in what you wear!