This is the sixth in a very exciting series we’re bringing to you on IFB in anticipation of the upcoming #IFBcon. Each day in the month of August, we’ll have a different post designed to help your blog become – you guessed it – bigger, better and bolder.
One of the very cool things about #IFBcon is the diversity of our attendees, and the places they come from. We always get so excited to meet fashion and style bloggers who come from as far away as Australia, or as close as New Jersey to learn, network, and socialize.
Now, it's one thing to talk a big game about coming out to New York, meeting people and networking (using your blog business card and jazzy opening line), but let's be real – it's intimidating, isn't it? Walking into an enormous room where you don't know anyone can be totally terrifying, and we get that.
Why not save yourself from the paralyzing fear by setting yourself up for a rendezvous or two?
Here's what you do:
- Go into your newly spruced up Twitter account, and search the #IFBcon hashtag.
- Look for peer bloggers who are using the hashtag, and see if they're planning to attend the conference. (This means bloggers who are around your same level with followers, comments, etc.)
- Pick a couple or a few bloggers who seem like people you'd want to meet – and shoot them an email! Be honest about how you found their contact information, and suggest meeting up for coffee before the conference or finding each other to grab seats together.
- Follow up a day or so before the conference begins.
Why it's a great idea:
- Everyone at the conference will most likely be looking to meet people, connect, and talk – but it's often nice to have someone to brave the crowd (and break the ice) with.
- You could make a lifelong friend!
- If you will already know a few people, and your new rendezvous buddy does too – you can make tons of interconnections and grow your offline network of bloggers (and friends).
- New York City is full of bars, restaurants and shopping – all of which are great to experience with other people. Why not hit the town with your new aquaintences?
We don't want anyone to feel intimidated or hindered from attending the conference for fear of spending it alone. In our experience (7 seasons of it) the conference has provided a wonderful enviornment for people to introduce themselves, make friends and make the most of their experiece. If you're a little shy, or just love having a buddy – this is a way you can ease into it all.
To get your tickets, head to the Eventbrite page and buy either:
Regular One-Day Pass: $125
Regular Two-Day Pass: $185
Corporate/Non-IFB Member Tickets: $600