Blogging in 2016 — Will It Be a Conference Free Year?

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 I was surprised that when I went to inquire further on the workshops and conferences that had been so successful in the past, that many appear to be on hiatus

We are now almost three months in to 2016, another three and we will be half way through the year. At start of the new year in this post I looked at where blogging is going in 2016 and why bloggers blog and what blogging means to them. And it seems this is about the time when all those New Year’s resolutions start to fall by the wayside and get overlooked by the stresses and responsibilities of our daily lives. As I was feeling a bit stuck I decided to take to the internet to see what was out there in terms of classes, workshops and conferences related to blogging. When I first started my blog I signed up for and I attended a number of the Lucky FABB conferences. I felt the conferences were invaluable for inspiration and networking with other bloggers, though I felt the emphasis was not focused enough on actual blogging and in fact the last conference was more about building your own business and being an entrepreneur. Although it was no accident that the focus shifted a bit, this shift was in response to a survey on what attendees wanted to learn more about and it seems that everyone wants to be a self-made “girl boss”. But do you think this sustainable? That everyone can be self-made entrepreneur?

Originally this post was going to be a round up of classes and conferences that could help bloggers take their blog to the next level and grow or even launch a business. But I was surprised that when I went to inquire further on the workshops and conferences that had been so successful in the past, that many appear to be on hiatus. Of course the Lucky FABB conference is no longer held as the magazine itself has been shuttered. The last IFB conference appears to have been in the winter of 2013, and Design Love Fest ended their traveling Blog Shop and now only offer LA based classes on calligraphy with the occasional photo session or meet and greet event. The highly successful Blogcademy has nothing posted in regards to 2016 be it in person or online, the Alt Summit also has nothing posted on their site for 2016, and even the all-online blogging school The Blog Class states registration is currently closed, with no updated information on if or when it will reopen.

What is going on here? What exactly does this mean? Has the novelty worn off? Is this the dot.com implosion revisited? What say you? I am not sure what to think. I was planning on taking or attending at least one conference or workshop this year, but I am afraid I may be out of luck. I will continue to periodically check the status of future classes at The Blogcademy, The Alt Summit and The Blog Class, and hopefully one or all will happen. There is always The Simply Stylist conference, which is not tailored specifically to blogging but could still be a great resource. And if any of you know of any classes or workshops taking place this year please feel free to share.

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15 Comments
  • Angela Hamilton
    March 21, 2016

    This is really interesting! I write another blog called The Blog Market and we’ve had on the calendar forever to talk about blog conferences this year. Just as I was starting to research, your post popped up in my bloglovin’ feed. It will be really interesting to see how the next few months play out! Personally I always feel like I know about them a little too late anyway – so I hadn’t thought much of the lack of activity. It DOES seem like many of them are geared toward the girl boss thing now. Great, sure, but not so focused on blogging specifically.

  • Stephanie
    March 21, 2016

    It’s actually really interesting to see what’s going on in the blogging world. I’m also not sure where the future of blogging lays. I do think that it’s evolving. It certainly seems that most popular bloggers are expanding their resume to other ventures now, whether it be clothing lines or becoming personalities. I guess only time will tell!

  • Hello Allie!  Thank you very much for your insightful comment. 😉 Very touching 😉

  • Rachelle
    March 21, 2016

    That’s interesting, mmmh I wonder if they are no longer getting the same amount of interest.

    xo
    PinkSole

  • Royal Wang
    March 21, 2016

    Well i believe everyone started blogging for different reason , someone does blogging for fame which is suck and very tough . someone (like me ) started blogging just in the need of a place to spread their mind to the world which could be very individul . I consider myself as an issue editor covering fashion and high-culture , No matter what the goals we hold , it is necessary to blog from your heart so that we can let people know our thoughts through our personal website .

    http://www.fashionculturediary.blogspot.it/

  • Jackie Harrison
    March 21, 2016

    Interesting I did not know their were workshop about blogging this is the first time. It will be sad if they stop giving them when it could be so helpful.

  • Rowena
    March 21, 2016

    I’ve never attended a blog conference but I’ve been curious about them. I have ot say that I question how useful they are aside form a networking function cause information on blogging can be found all over the internet and they all pretty much regurgitate the same information alot of which is common sense.

  • elle the Elle Diaries
    March 22, 2016

    Allie,
    I have also never attended a conference like this, but am interested in the future of blogging. I do think that the impetus will be for bloggers who ultimately want to become “brands”, and networking of any kind will be helpful. The styling conference sounds fun. But I do worry as we move to a faster paced world will the blogging message, as it may be thought off?, could just go to a Just-give- Me -A Photo platform ala Instagram.
    The main focus seems to be 1- what is new 2- where can I buy it ?

    Commerce . Advertising. Pretty pictures. = the blogs of the future . Me thinks.
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

  • Akaleistar
    March 22, 2016

    I’ve never been to a blog conference, but it is something I have wanted to do. I’ve, also, been looking out for conferences this year and have been so disappointed by the lack of them.

  • Mónica Sors
    March 22, 2016

    So interesting 😉

    XX

    Mónica Sors

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  • Shireen L. Platt
    March 22, 2016

    Hmm, this is interesting indeed, Ali…I wonder why myself. It would be interesting to see how things unfold in the next few months.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Shybiker
    March 23, 2016

    You raise a good question. I don’t know — but I study the blogosphere and sense major change. The role and number of blogs seems to be fluctuating. I can’t predict the future and hope blogging, which is my favorite outlet, continues to be popular.

  • Floortje
    March 23, 2016

    Cool!

    Xx,

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  • Diana
    March 23, 2016

    I never did too!

    http://WWW.QUEENHORSFALL.COM/

  • coffeeslag
    March 24, 2016

    Something I’ve never really thought about but definitely noticed. Have you checked out General Assembly? I did a few classes there last year on how to grow your blog, how to use social media, etc.

    coffeeslag

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