I went to the first Financial Blogger Conference in 2011 because I was ADDICTED to blogging and was super excited to meet all of the bloggers that I knew online. It was amazing. I was worried that the experience couldn’t live up to the expectations in my head, but it was just as great as I was hoping and then some!!! I’ve gone back every year and have never been let down.
What FinCon Is About…
FinCon is a 3-4 day blogger conference that concentrates on networking, learning sessions, and having fun. Do you love blogging and want to grow? Want to look into online entrepreneurship? Or want to meet your favorite bloggers? If you said yes to any one of those, #FinCon14 is for you too.
To be more specific, FinCon itself starts on Thursday with everyone registering and grabbing their name badges. Then you mill around meeting people. There are sponsored meet and greets and tons of time to start networking. The Plutus Awards happened last year on the first night, so there are awards and more time to make merry with everyone afterwards. Friday and Saturday are packed with sessions to attend – you can choose from 2-3 every hour based on what topics interest you the most. If you have to miss one that you wanted to see, you can catch it after FinCon with your virtual pass.
Between the learning sessions, any dinners with the big bloggers that you sign up for, and simply meeting and talking to other bloggers, you will be pumped to throw yourself into your blog/online business. You’ll leave with a ton of things on your personal to-do list, and hopefully you’ll have made some great friends.
Another option is to get a ticket to #FinCon14 that includes the FinCon Camp (although there were only a couple of dozen of these passes left as I am writing this). The camp happens the day before FinCon and is limited to 75 people. It’s a full day of pure info and networking. There are “skeleton sessions” that simply are small groups that decide to tackle a specific subject. Then there are “tear-down sessions” that mean that bloggers will get an entire group to concentrate just on their site for a little bit. At the end of the day, we all go to a karaoke party and get to eat, drink, sing, and joke around with each other for a few hours of pure fun.
I helped to organize the camp last year, and it was a true success. Bloggers that didn’t go actually came up to me to congratulate me on the success since they heard about it from the bloggers that attended. I’m helping to run it again this year too, so I may be biased…I think it is the event of FinCon. 😀
The Cost of FinCon
All of this said, FinCon does cost money. The FinCon Camp is Wednesday, September 17, 2014 and FinCon14 is from September 18-20, 2014. This year’s ticket prices range from $200-$500 right this second PLUS travel and room and board in New Orleans, Louisiana. Altogether, you may be looking 5 nights (Tuesday through Saturday night) at the conference’s hotel, the Marriot, at $139 plus taxes/fees per night.
In short, it will probably run an attendee $750-$1500 total depending on the ticket they buy, whether they get a roommate or not, travel expenses, and any meals that aren’t covered.
That said, it is totally worth it if you can maximize the experience. If you make connections and pay attention, then the conference could pay for itself overall.
If you are interested, please click on any of the the banners or links here to register. They are my FinCon affiliate links, and I am using what I make from them to help others. Specifically, I am hoping to bring in enough to help a few less fortunate bloggers make it to FinCon and sponsor a giveaway here if possible. Thanks!!!
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