Camp Blogaway, which takes place May 14-16th near Big Bear in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, is a social media conference that is geared towards food bloggers; a “food blogging university of sorts.” With that said, all bloggers can benefit from this fun retreat. Not only will you be learning about blogging, but you’ll be enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking and of course, s’mores. And just because you are staying in mountain cabins doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice pampering; this conference come with its own spa and trained massage therapists! Blogging, outdoor fun in the sun, and professionals in the food/food-blogging industries…this blog conference is definitely unique.
Patti Londre, the creator of Camp Blogaway, was nice enough to take part in an email interview with me in order to share even more information about this conference.
1. What makes this conference unique?
It really IS “Camp” — a full weekend in a serene mountain environment away from the hassles of home and work to focus entirely on your blog. Sessions and meals are in our huge but homey lodge. The $325 fee is all-inclusive of accommodations, meals, sessions, workbook and a lot of camp fun thrown in. Oh, and we build a spa cabin for massages, ahhhh.
2. What are some of the highlights or features of this conference?
Besides a roaring fireplace, whispering pines and hearty camp chow, this is blogging bootcamp! Here, you learn food styling tricks, mastering your camera settings, Photoshop insights, two PR pro panels, how to run your blog like a business, SEO tips, recipe writing 1-0-1, understanding monetizing, plus face-time activities with incredible sponsors. Return home a MUCH better blogger.
3. Does this conference have different learning tracks or focuses?
This is a food-focused weekend, and all sessions are together as a group. We totally deconstruct the food blogging process and focus on learning about specific skills to better our blogging.
4. If you could share your top 3 tips for conference newbies, what would they be?
(1) Read your registration packet thoroughly, it spells out everything. Ours includes a detailed packing list, travel instructions, a full newsletter on what happens at Camp.
(2) Leave expectations at home. You will relax and be able to absorb more.
(3) Sit with strangers. Sure, you want to hang with friends, but the simple act of sitting in a different spot maximizes your learning by getting to know so many more bloggers, sponsors, speakers!
Tickets are still available for this conference. If you attend Camp Blogaway, please be sure to tell us how it was and even share a post about your experiences. And don’t forget to practice up on your camp songs!