Word on the street has it there is a little blogger get together going down in the fall. Phil, who blogs at PT Money, is the mastermind behind Financial Blogger Conference 2011: “a two day conference designed to bring together the best of the personal finance community so that we can network and learn.” These financial shenanigans are going down the first weekend in October. There are currently over one hundred PF bloggers signed up to attend. Guess who’s not signed up…
1) I’m still convinced there is at least one person out of my 1,400 subscribers that is a creepy, ninja loving, serial killer. If I sign up, said stalker could potentially fly to Chicago, break in to my hotel room, and cut my skin off while I’m sleeping. It gets creepier. They would then proceed to put my skin in zip-lock bags to preserve it for their long trip back to Nebraska (FYI all serial killers come from Nebraska). They would then use my skin to make “Flesh Bracelets” and sell them on their Etsy shop for $9.99. Call me crazy, but I don’t want you wearing my skin, it’s weird.
2) Chicago isn’t Seattle. When I lived in San Diego, I made the 1.5 hour drive to Irvine a few times to meet some So. Cal PF bloggers. It was quick and easy. Chicago, however, would be a whole different beast. I’d be looking at a minimum of 7 hours travel time (driving, getting to airport early, etc). Since the conference happenings are on Saturday and Sunday, I would have to take the Friday before (and probably the Monday after) off. My days off are very precious to me, I don’t like the idea of using them to sit on a plane all day.
3) I’m not a super serious blogger. I’m sure you’ve noticed I don’t run this website like a business. I’m not spamming you with sponsored advertisements, obtrusive popups, and I’m not trying to sell you a Stick Figure E-book (although I should consider making one of these). I’m also not SEOing the bajezzus out of my content just so it shows up a few ticks higher in the Google search engines. Side Note: You can usually tell when a post is SEO’d because it has a lame title like “10 Ways to save money” and then the phrase “Save money” is used 86 times throughout the post in really awkward spots. I know that if I turn my focus to income generation and SEO hacking, I’ll burn out quick.
4) J. Money is going. Need I say more?
5) Cost. What kind of PF blogger would I be, if I said the cost wasn’t a HUGE factor? Looks like tickets right now are around $400 round trip. Taxi from Chicago to the hotel runs $25 each way. The hotel is $82/night x 3 nights. Let’s say $110 for food over the weekend. And the conference itself is currently priced at $129. All said and done I’d be lookin’ at dropping a minimum of $935. Ouch.
I’ve had a handful of bloggers check in and see if I’d be attending. At this point I’m going with “probably not.” I’d love to meet the people behind the numerous PF blogs I read, but not sure I want to meet them $1,000 bad. If the Financial Bloggers Conference was a little closer to home I’d be all for it, but Chicago might be a bit too far for this Ninja.
- If you’re a PF blogger, are you going? How much do you think the weekend is going to cost you? What was the biggest draw?
- If you’re a PF blogger and NOT going, why?
- Non bloggers, have you ever met up with a bunch of random online strangers? Was it weird or totally worth it? Would you go?
p.s. I expect all you fabulous bloggers that are attending to take copious notes and write about your experiences so I can get all the details and live vicariously through you