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12 Apr, 2016

Are you coming to the BConnected conference?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Publishing/writing/career stuff

Confession: I am a jaded conference goer. I have high expectations, not just of the speakers but of the whole event itself. If I’m going to give up a day or two of my life for learning and networking, I need to get something out of it.

BConnected ConferenceLast year around this time I attended the BConnected Conference. I was on a panel about media using social media and my co-panelists included Katherine Dines, Ian Mendes, and Catherine Clark. It was a rich topic and the questions from the audience were very good too. And then I went on to thoroughly enjoy the rest of my day.

I’ve been in the web/blogging/social media sphere for many years and I often feel like there’s not much left to learn. (This is a mistake, I know, but I can’t help how I feel.) Well, this jaded conference goer – and I’ve been to many conferences – went home from BConnected last year with plenty to think about, not to mention a to-do list of practical things to implement as well as a renewed sense of purpose. What’s more, I connected with some great people. For me, this is one of the most important benefits of attending conferences like this one.

Although I have drastically reduced my speaking and media engagements this past year I felt really strongly about being involved in BConnected again in 2016. This year I’m leading a roundtable about media kits and rate cards. This is a topic I am very passionate about and I love love love the roundtable format. I like to encourage bloggers to strike out on their own and create their own revenue streams: whether it’s from direct ad sales, sponsored content, or a combination of the two. This roundtable will help bloggers – no matter whether they’re starting out or a little bit more established – learn from some of the mistakes I made along the way and set out on their own path.

Apparently there are only a handful of passes left and sales are wrapping up April 14. So if you’ve been waiting to buy a ticket to BConnected, I recommend you do it sooner than later. And if you see me there, please come over and say hi! I would love to meet you.



3 Responses to "Are you coming to the BConnected conference?"

1 | Alina

April 14th, 2016 at 11:52 am


I have been looking for a blogging conference to attend and I wish I would have found out about this one sooner :(.

Is it always in Otttawa?

2 | andrea tomkins

April 14th, 2016 at 1:02 pm


It has been in Ottawa, yes. But moving forward I can’t say for sure whether it will remain here. You should reach out to the Lyne, the organizer: http://bconnectedconference.com/speakers/lyne-proulx/

3 | Alina

April 14th, 2016 at 3:41 pm


Thank you, Andrea. I will.

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