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2012 Blogging Conferences

by Stephanie Suire on January 10, 2012

We are just a week into 2012 and I am still excited to start working on my 12 goals for 2012.  Yesterday I started Goal #9, Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer, which means I can barely lift my arms today.  By the end of the week I will have worked out every body part, so I predict my soreness will confine me to the couch this weekend.  

On the bright side, being confined to the couch will give me more time to research Goal #5, Attend a Blogging Conference in 2012.  When making my goal list, I realized that I could spend a small fortune trying to attend several conferences so I am trying to select just two.  Even after narrowing my options, based on my personal interests and niche in the blogosphere, I have the following conferences to choose from:  

Fitbloggin 11 - September 20-23, 2012

  • Description – For bloggers interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. Two days of education, networking, friendship and fun.
  • Location – Baltimore, MD
  • Registration Fee – $199 (Registration Opens January 11th)

 BlogHer Food - June 8-9, 2012

  • Description - BlogHer Food ’12 will bring food bloggers together to learn, share, inspire, and of course, to EAT!
  • Location – Seattle, WA
  • Registration Fee – $298

 BlogHer – August 2-3, 2012

  • Description – THE Pinnacle of Blogging Conferences, this one is a MUST for every blogger to attend at least once.  Thousands of bloggers will come together to connect, learn and inspire.
  • Location – New York, NY
  • Registration Fee – $198

 Blend Retreat – May 4-6, 2012

  • Description – A weekend retreat where bloggers and friends become blends
  • Location – Boulder, CO
  • Registration Fee – Cost TBD

 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference - June 22-24, 2012

  • Description – This is the premier conference discussing the communication of cutting-edge fitness and health information to the public via the internet with the goal of combating obesity and improving wellness
  • Location – Boulder, CO
  • Reigstration Fee – $250

 Bloggy Boot Camp - September 15, 2012

  • Description -  This conference will increase your understanding of online and social media and is a way to connect with members of the online community and grow these relationships in person
  • Location – Dallas, TX
  • Registration Fee – $99

As you can tell, I have a lot of choices for 2012.  Note that I have not included the Healthy Living Summit, which I attended last year, on this list because a 2012 date and location was not listed on the website.   I am sure that I am missing some great conferences on this list too, so send me your suggestions for blogging conferences that focus on food, fitness, healthy living, writing, social media, and connecting with other bloggers. 

What Blogging Conferences are you attending in 2012?   What conferences have you attended in the past that you would recommend?  What conferences sell out quickly, making registration deadlines very important?

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1 Kati @ Around the Plate January 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Great list Stephanie! I’m thinking of going to FitBloggin’ this year, but we’ll see. It would be nice to see a familiar blogger while there.

And also, just to give you a heads up, we’re going to be making a special announcement this week about our own virtual conference we’ll be hosting via Around the Plate in September. Not that I’m biased or anything, but that will probably be an event you don’t want to miss. ;)

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2 Stephanie January 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Fitbloggin is high on my list too. However with the date change this year (from May to September), I am not sure I can take time off of work to attend because I will be at the beginning of my busy season.

I can’t wait to hear about the virtual conference in September! That would be very easy for me to attend – no travel costs and I can still attend without work conflicts! Thanks for giving the heads up!

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3 Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I’m not sure if I’ll be going to any this year, but if I could only recommend one, it would be the Blend Retreat!!!!

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4 Laura January 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I say you should get to attend the one in Dallas without using one of your two choices….no travel, no hotel, heck….you could take in a “boarder” to cover your conference fee! (signed the little devil sittin on your shoulder….you know…the sore one!)

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5 Stephanie January 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I like how you think! So I am defitely going to sign up for Bloggy Boot Camp in Dallas… and I guess I need to spread the word that I have a room in my house that can be rented for a small fee that weekend for anyone else who wants to attend! ;-)
BlogHer Food is also in the running, I like any conference that focuses on FOOD! BlogHer in NYC is out because I would miss Sophia’s birthday and that would make me feel like a bad mommy.

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6 Jackie January 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Nice! Thanks for sharing! It can be difficult to know which events happen where, I often find myself missing events because I hear about them after..would be so great if you added a few of these to this list of 2012 Blogger & Social Media Conferences > http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/SkinnyScoop_Staff/blogger-and-social-media-conferences-for-2012

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