This past weekend saw the first Traverse conference for travel bloggers take place in Brighton. It gave travel bloggers with full-time jobs an invaluable chance to fit some great networking and learning opportunities into a weekend, leaving their busy work schedules intact.
As a conference first-timer, I was both apprehensive and excited about attending. This was undeniably a big deal for me. But the air at the Clarendon Centre was thick with smiles and enthusiasm, and it felt good to be demonstrating my commitment to all things travel blogging by being there, both from an educational and social point of view.
With so much to absorb from the workshops I chose to take part in (SEO for Beginners, Writing, Pitching/ Media Packs and Social Media), I admit there were times I felt slightly overwhelmed. But it can be a good thing to feel out of your depth – it pushes you forward. Certainly, in the case of Traverse, I think it proved that there was huge value for attendees at any and every stage of their blogging career.
Post Traverse, I’ve got the feeling that something has fundamentally changed for me. This conference has given me both the tools that will help me evolve my craft, and the drive to transform my blog into something bigger and better. I’m beyond inspired.
And despite this whirlwind weekend only allowing me a whistle-stop tour of Brighton, the lessons learned at Traverse were what mattered. Brighton will still be there when I manage to make a return trip. Though hopefully next time, I won’t be too busy to enjoy some fish and chips with that sea view!
Did you go to Traverse? How did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear about your own experience in the comments.