If you follow me on Twitter this is super old news, but still – 2016 will mark my very first FinCon experience and, best of all, it’s in my own town! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the money blogging world, FinCon is an annual conference for personal finance nerds (so, imagine Comic-Con but without the cosplay… although, we should seriously rethink that).
For four days, hundreds of finance geeks and money bloggers will meet up at the same hotel and attend a bunch of workshops, lunches, an awards ceremony, and – of course – parties. Basically, it’s the who’s-who event of the personal finance industry, and a great opportunity for the blogging community to connect with one another.
But, Katasha – you’ve only been blogging about money for 8 months. Why are you going?
Great question, smartypants! I’m actually going for a few reasons:
- The people. Without a doubt, this is the top reason why I’m going to FinCon. Even though I’ve only been blogging for 8 months, I’ve been pretty fortunate to make new blogger friends from all over the country. These people have made this financial journey worthwhile, and they’re the reason this blog is still running. Getting to meet my new blogger friends in person is totally worth the ticket price, and – of course – I’m excited to make many more friends as well.
- The opportunities. From what I’ve heard, FinCon is an excellent place to meet new clients for writing gigs. I’ve been thinking about picking up some writing projects to help me pay my debt faster, and – as I casually mentioned in my last net worth update – just started Cat Alford’s course on pro-writing. If I manage to pick up one or two clients at this event, I could definitely say that the experience was worth it.
- The knowledge. As a digital media professional, I’m obsessed with the behind-the-scenes work of making a blog successful and creating an influential online presence. At FinCon, there will be tons of workshops taught by media experts which will cover all aspects of the blogging process. I’m sure at the end of this conference I’ll have all the tools, tips, and tricks I need to take my blogging skills to the next level.
- The inspiration. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about being surrounded by people who nerd out on the same things you do that makes you fall in love all over again. Sometimes it’s tough staying on this road to financial freedom, especially when you have to be frugal while all your friends are splurging. Either way, it will be a nice change to hang out with people who totally understand, and I’m looking forward to getting some renewed energy from hanging out with my tribe.
Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to September, and think this event will definitely be one of my major highlights of the year. With new friends, new opportunities, new skills, and a renewed love for this awesome journey, I’ll be ready to take on anything.
What about you, friends – are you going to FinCon this year? Let me know so I can stalk you online until September comes!
**Also, side note: Because FinCon is in San Diego this year, I’m opting out of the ridiculously expensive hotel option. BUT – if a few of you ladies want to split the cost of renting a house by the beach through Airbnb, I’m totally down!