Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Being a Conference Blogger

I've been to homeschool conferences.  In fact, in my 8 years of homeschooling, I've been to 6 conferences.  Three of those conferences have been since we've lived in North Carolina and I've attended the NCHE Conference.  In fact, last year, I was selected as a blogger for the NCHE Conference.  

Wait.  What does that mean?

  • I live-tweeted/instagrammed what was going on throughout the weekend. 
  • I spoke with vendors about their products.
  • I even hosted a giveaway sponsored by a vendor!
I'm thrilled to tell you that I was again selected to attend this year's conference as a blogger.  


As I prepare to attend the conference in just a few days, I've got to start getting everything ready to go.  What do I need to take with me, what can I leave in my room, what can I leave at home?  That's what I'm about to tell you!

I have two separate lists, though.  I have a list of what I need to take with me as a conference attendee and what is coming with my mostly for blogging purposes.  (Naturally, there is some overlap of the two lists.)

Conference Essentials

Pens -- I know, of course.  But one year I forgot!!
Notebook -- I'm a big note taker.
Tote bag(s) -- One bag carries all of my gear, the others carry all of my purchases.
Cardigan -- Because the rooms can be freezing, but the outside is warm!
Pre-printed address labels -- used for entering vendor giveaways.
Cash -- I don't carry cash exclusively, but it's nice for small purchases.
Comfortable shoes -- because there's no way I can last all day with pinched toes.
Conference schedule -- I'll get one at the conference, but I will have already printed one out and made notes.
Reusable water bottle and flavored drink sticks (because I love them).

Blogger Essentials

Laptop -- though it stays in the room.
Phone -- charged and in a rechargeable case.
External battery -- because I can kill an iPhone battery in no time.
Business cards
Apps on my phone -- I will be live tweeting and instagramming the weekend, some apps help turn quotes into a graphic that I can share with followers.  

What are your conference essentials?  Have you ever been to a homeschool conference?  If so, what have I forgotten on this list?  

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