3 Months to IFBC 2014

Calling all bloggers!  It’s 3 months to the International Food Bloggers Conference 2014 in Seattle.

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Have you all registered yet?

I certainly hope so, because I expect to have all of my peeps here.

This year, I will not go alone and be alone.  So one of you sign-up, stat!  Do not make me come over there and hit the ‘Register Here‘ button @ Zephyr Adventures for you…mmmmm, k?  🙂

If it’s your 1st time attending a Food Bloggers Conference, you will have fun, and I am here to help.

How do I know so much?

Well, last year, I had a LOT of anxiety about it, and I don’t want any of you to go through that.  What an incredible waste of energy!  It was a blast, and I’m so doing it again!

My Top 10 12 FAQ

1.  Apparel

Wear comfortable clothes.  This is not a dress rehearsal for you.  Yes, jeans, shorts, dresses, slacker-wear, and completely casual is OK.  IFBC is there for you to learn and grow your blog.  No, I’m sorry….you are not there for them.  So, wear your PJs and slippers if that makes you the most comfortable!  (p.s. choosing this option probably will get you looks from the other bloggers. And, I will probably be one of them.  🙂  At least you know you’ll have a friend there.).

2.  Freedom

You’re free to come and go as you please.  Stay the entire day, retire to your hotel room, or don’t show up at all if you don’t want to.  No one is taking attendance.  🙂

3.  Food

No, you do not need to pack snacks or bring food stashed in your back-pack to eat throughout the day.  You will be sampling a lot of new items and vendors will be throughout.  Trust me, you won’t go hungry.

IFBC 2013 SWAG Food  | Inspiration Kitchen

4.  Luggage

Pack very lightly (or bring an empty suitcase), you will be taking bucket-loads of sample foods home, on the plane, with you.

IFBC 2013 SWAG

Here is the IFBC SWAG I took home in 2013.

5.  Socializing

Yes, there are a lot of bloggers there and you can meet a lot of people.  Yes, if you are shy or an introvert, you will need to step outside your comfort zone if you want to meet other bloggers (I did not do this, and I regret it; I came home with LOTS of food and no new relationships).

Imagine…these bloggers may be as shy as you are – so they are waiting for you to talk to them, as much as you are waiting for them to talk to you!  Don’t miss the opportunity!

6.  Networking

Yes, vendors will want to talk with you. It’s a great opportunity to not only try new brands, but to potentially develop partnerships for Reviews, Giveaways and Sponsorships on your site.

Inspiration Kitchen Business Cards  | Inspiration Kitchen

So, whatever you do – do not forget to bring a lot of business cards!

7.  Technology – Camera

This is where I get all personal on you. I highly recommend you bring your good camera.  I didn’t and that was a big mistake.

Nikon D600 Camera - Inspiration Kitchen Here’s why:

  • you’ll want to take good pictures so you can blog about it later, and the lighting isn’t great inside
  • the camera phone is great, but likely won’t capture the details and essence of what you want to convey to your reader
  • you are sitting a lot (through seminars and such), so it’s not like you’re packing the weight all day anyway

8.  Technology – Phone

Yes, bring it to the conference, but keep it on silent.

That way, you can sync up with your new friends through text message while they are sitting in a different session than you are.  Also, you may need a quick shot if your camera isn’t handy.

Besides, who knows?  You might need to phone a friend. You can never be too prepared.

TIP:  Use your cell phone to take a picture of the slides during the presentations so you don’t forget all the great stuff you are learning. 🙂

9.  Technology – Laptop

Absolutely a must-have…bring your laptop!  They will have live blogging sessions and down-time where you can blog the day and you’ll want to take notes.  Remember the backpack I mentioned earlier?  This is why you’ll need it. Oh, and also to store the SWAG they’ll give you.  🙂

If you aren’t a great typer, bring pen and paper – you will need to write things down.

10.    Mobility

Bring what’s comfortable to carry throughout the day.  This may mean a backpack, a cool looking purse that’s really a camera bag (like mine below) that will also hold your laptop.  Or, bring a simple tote.  Whatever will carry your laptop, camera, phone, purse, and lots and lots of other stuff!

Ephiphanie Bag  | Inspiration Kitchen11.  Blogging

Yes, this is a working 2.5 days.  You will be blogging.  In fact, you will likely be blogging LIVE (yes!  in the moment – it’s fun and intense!!!)  No, you do not have to miss a post.  But, if you are a recipe poster only, you most likely will not be cooking at IFBC 🙂 so plan to blog differently (try blogging about the conference!).

IFBC 2013 SWAG Food 02 | Inspiration Kitchen

You’ll blog about products you’re trying. It’s a LOT of fun and fast!

12.  Learning / Fun

Yes, you will learn a lot and have a lot of fun at the conference.  The most important thing (other than learning) is getting to know others that have the same passion and love of food that you do.

Isn’t that what life is all about… LOVING . LEARNING . SHARING.  ???

Now get on it!  I need friends. So, go and register.

p.s. NO, I was not compensated for this post (dang it!).

I hope you’ll join me!

Comments

  1. says

    You totally have me all amped up and ready to pack my suitcase, but I really don’t think I’m going to be able to swing it. If I can, I will! I’d love to hang out with you, and I’d love to hit a conference and learn how to grow my blog. I will mark it down and try to make it happen — it sounds great! 🙂
    marcie recently posted…Salted Caramel Cocoa BrowniesMy Profile

    • says

      Ahhhhh!!! Marcie, I would LOVE to have you here. We would have ssssoooo much fun. So girl, if you wing it and make it, plan to get your party and eatin’ pants on – because we are so having a great time!!!

    • says

      That would be ssssoooo fun Cindy! And you don’t live very far :-). Check out the agenda and see if there’s something that peaks your interest!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing your post on the FB group page! This is my first IFBC and I’m really looking forward to it. I love your tips, especially the info about live blogging which I’ve never done. Time to make sure my WP app works on my iPad 🙂

    • says

      I’m so glad you found it helpful Lisa! Especially about the live blogging 🙂 it was a lot of fun, but it was intense! I’ve never done that before. Do you want to get together for the meet-up we’re planning? If so ~ email me ~ the link is on my home page!

  3. says

    I sat down to search for what to wear to IFBC and am excited I found your post. I’m getting ready to pack and I was going to bring a dress for Friday and business casual for Saturday and Sunday. I think I’ll tone that down a bit. I actually had a really fun t-shirt made for my blog and might even wear it on Sunday. No PJ’s for me, but maybe a pair of jeans will do. Thanks for all the great tips. See you there!
    Beth @ Hungry Happenings recently posted…Captain America M&M’s Cookie Cake, Candy Jar, and More Party TreatsMy Profile

  4. says

    Thanks for the comprehensive review of the conference!! I’m heading up there this year and as this is my first conference ever, I had no idea what to wear, etc. I feel better making a casual wardrobe work, and I hadn’t thought of bringing extra room to bring things home! I usually travel all carryon, packed in the most sensible bag I have that fits. Wouldn’t have had spare room for much more than a magazine! I think I will actually check a bag… haven’t done that in years!! Appreciate the post!
    Kim – Liv Life recently posted…Mexican Chicken Tortilla and Rice SoupMy Profile

    • says

      Yea!!! I’m so glad you like it Kim! I wrote it because I was ssssoooo confused my first year. I figured it would help visitors that were just like me – rookies! I’m so happy to hear that it helped you. Yes, you will come home with lots of food! 🙂 If you want, a bunch of us are meeting up at the conference, and I would love to include you if you want to join us. Just let me know and I’ll add your name to the list. I’ll send you mail this week if so! Congrats on your first conference! I hope you love it!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to see you there!!!

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