I started my blogging journey in 2009 when I was a broke college student. The very first blogs I had ever started reading were Fashionably Broke In The City, Well-Heeled and Give Me Back My Five Bucks. At the time, I was trying to make better financial decisions and had recently gotten into personal blogging, so it just seemed like the right fit. Although I didn’t attend the very first FinCon in Chicago, I’ve made it a real point to be at all of the other ones ever since and I am so glad that I’ll be going to New Orleans in a couple of days for FinCon 14. What am I most excited about?
- The energy. If there is one thing I am most excited about, it’s the energy I always feel at FinCon. It’s amazing to connect with so many like minded people in one room at one time and to bounce ideas off of each other and get creative feedback. Motivation, ideas and creativity are definitely not in short supply at this conference which I appreciate the most. The conference has amazing keynotes this year and I’m definitely most excited about my personal mentoring session with Dr. Daniel Crosby through the Bloggers Helping Bloggers mentoring session that will take place on Saturday.
- The people. Not only have I met other bloggers, I’ve made relationships with other bloggers as well. I’ve gone on vacations with other bloggers and stayed at their homes. I even started dating another personal finance blogger earlier this year and there is no way I ever would have met him if we both hadn’t blogged. Besides building personal relationships, I’ve also start professional ones as well and have gotten writing & social media gigs over the years by networking at this conference. Huge bonus to me and my growing online business!
- The Plutus Awards. I’m the social extraordinaire for the Plutus Awards this year and it’s something that I take pride in! Not only have I done the social media this year but I’ve also planned the Happy Hour that takes place right after the awards. Last year I planned the Plutus Awards After Party in St. Louis and we had a blast. One of the last social events of the year, we’ll be catching up, exchanging contact info and congratulating this years winners!
- New Orleans. I’ve always wanted to see The Big Easy and I am so happy that this year required me to travel there by default. I’ll be arriving a day early to explore as well as staying a few days later. Not only am I hoping to soak up the culture, I’m also a big sightseeing buff so you know I’ll be touring the French quarter, stopping by Pat O’s to listen to the dueling pianos and seeing a cemetery or two. I can’t wait!
If you’re going to FinCon, what are you most excited about?