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Insight into the Problogger Conference

  • August 24, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
  • 16 Comments
Insight into the Problogger Conference
Mr Problogger Darren Rowse

Mr Problogger Darren Rowse

Along with 700 other bloggers, I attended the 2015 Problogger Conference a week ago to gain an insight into the fascinating world of blogging. What is the official definition of blogging you may ask? I think a lot of people think it’s a personal diary or journal of daily events of bored SAHM’s (stay at home Mums)!

However I have learnt that blog is actually a truncation of the expression weblog. Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject ie: photography; others function as more personal online diaries ie: travelogue; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company ie: beauty products.

I entered the world of blogging approximately three years ago when I saw an opening for a ‘bright young thing’ like me to express her feelings on becoming a half centurion, an empty-nester and a grey nomad (all in that order). At the time everyone thought I was a crazy old bat entering the blogosphere and putting myself out there on the net. Hmmph, that was like a ‘red rag to a bull’ to me because it made me all the more determined to make a success of my blog.

So I managed to start up my own blog and almost three years on it is idling along quite nicely with a good following and a few offers of sponsored posts happening. However, like all things in life, we can’t get too complacent and there is always something new to learn and implement to make your blog more attractive to your followers.

Hence, I decided to venture into the world of ‘problogging’ and off to the Problogger Conference I went to see what I might learn from some of the experts in the blogging world.

RACV Pines Resort Conference Venue

RACV Pines Resort Conference Venue

The event, fortunately for me, was held on the Gold Coast at RACV Pines Resort and commenced Thursday afternoon with registration, a ‘newbies’ orientation to the conference, drinks in the bar and then a pre-arranged dinner with other Travel Bloggers.

Me and some fellow bloggers

Me and some fellow bloggers

When I walked into that bar the noise was deafening. Can you imagine 500 to 600 women all in one bar all trying to talk at once! Luckily I spotted a young friend of mine, because I didn’t know a soul. The evening then progressed to dinner where I got to meet some other lovely travel bloggers, swap business cards and talk about the world of travel blogging.

Saturday morning we all arrived at the Royal Pines in keen anticipation of the day’s events with a selection of workshops and presentations to attend. That was the most difficult choice that I had to make over the two days of the conference – which presentations to attend. The day started with an extremely motivational presentation by Mr Problogger himself, Darren Rowse and then moved onto another inspirational presentation by Jadah from Simple Green Smoothies.

Problogger Conference Presenters

Problogger Conference Presenters

I was very fortunate to register for two fantastic Olympus photography workshops over both days where I improved my photography skills immensely and finally worked out how to get my camera out of the auto settings.

One of the highlights of the conference was a talk by one of most awe-inspiring young men I have ever met. Brandon Cowan of Beauty and the Geek TV show fame, spoke about his life of dropping out of school when he was 12 years old, his progression into alcohol and drug taking, then more failed attempts at returning to high school plus university and then masterminding a couple of brilliant phone Apps and becoming an overnight success. What a story! He has now given up all the fame and glory of designing Apps to work in a Sydney animal shelter.

Mr and the two geeks - Brandon Cowan & Darren Rowse

Me and the two geeks – Brandon Cowan & Darren Rowse

RACV Royal Pines provided top quality facilities for the conference and the food was to die for! I was expecting a cup of tea and a biscuit for morning and afternoon tea, however we were treated to themed treats of fresh strawberries, strawberry juice, strawberry melting moments on Friday and then on Saturday we had pineapple themed delicacies! The buffet lunch was a delicious spread of fresh salads, seafood, cold meats and hot dishes.

Some of the yummy food at RACV Pines Resort

Some of the yummy food at RACV Pines Resort

There were many top quality speakers and presenters at the conference that offered extremely helpful and solid advice about blogging. I have pages and pages of notes and ideas that will probably take me the next 12 months to get my head around!

I think the ‘one thing’ I got out of the conference was that I need to utilise and develop my Instagram account to show off my travel blog to its benefit. I have literally thousands of magnificent photos that I need to show off and Instagram is the perfect platform for this.

But also, I am thinking of writing an eBook regarding my travels around Australia in 2014 which I will promote via my website. Exciting times ahead!!

Did you attend the Problogger Conference? What was the one big thing you got out of it?

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By 50 Shades, August 24, 2015 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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16 Comments
  • Johanna
    August 24, 2015

    So glad you enjoyed it and got so much out of the event. Come hell or high water I shall be there to meet you next year.

    • Kathy
      August 24, 2015

      I did enjoy the conference Jo. I got a lot out of it and met some other lovely bloggers in the process. I’m so glad I attended. :)

  • Lyndall from Seize the Day Project
    August 24, 2015

    A great recount of the Problogger event this year Kathy. It was lovely to meet you and find out we live so close to each other! I really enjoyed the conference. Of course, some speakers resonated with me more than others, but that will always be the case. Now the challenge is to put all our knowledge into practice :-)

    • Kathy
      August 24, 2015

      Thanks Lyndall. It was also great to meet you too. I’m still trying to get my head around implementing what I took away from the conference. That will be the next challenge! :)

  • Sharleen Greer
    August 24, 2015

    So wish I had listened to my gut and asked for a 50 + niche before event. I felt like I was stalking middle aged women. Loved your blog and let’s stay in touch.

    • Kathy
      August 24, 2015

      Thank you Sharleen. If you do get that group going I am definitely interested. I got a lot out of my first Problogger Conference. It was great to mingle with like-minded people. :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    August 24, 2015

    Love your EBook Idea – I think that would sell like hot cakes. Hope you are recovering from your Problogger inspired Flu. Only the best people succumbed I hear (umm I did not lol). It was an inspirational time and I can’t wait to watch the recorded missed sessions. Also wished I had been to the two Olympus workshops that you did. Next Time :) The main thing I took away from the conference was to concentrate more on promoting posts through Instagram or Pinterest. Jadah was inspirational and Brandon was a breath of fresh air. In fact all of the speakers were wonderful and I too have pages of notes…

    • Kathy
      August 24, 2015

      Yes I think we agree that Brandon and Jadah were the two best speakers. I found them very inspirational. All I need now is the time to implement all the great information I acquired! I did have a play with my camera on the beach yesterday whilst all the information was fresh in my mind. I also made a start on my eBook since I have been house-bound with the Flu.:)

  • Jenny P
    August 24, 2015

    Sounds like it was an inspiring event. I agree that an ebook about your trip around Australia with really practical information about caravanning would be a winner.

    • Kathy
      August 24, 2015

      Jenny it was a very informative and inspirational conference. I am really looking forward to writing my eBook. It is something I have been thinking about for a while now. I know how difficult and daunting it was for us setting off on the big loop around Australia. I believe I can impart a lot of useful information to people planning a trip like ours. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    August 24, 2015

    Who’s the good sort next to you on the grass? Lol. A very thorough wind up Kathy. The eBook is a brilliant idea. I’d read it. I think thousands would.

    • Kathy
      August 24, 2015

      Aww Michelle it is you – you gorgeous lady! I’m glad you think the eBook is a brilliant idea. I have already written a plan and started writing about the different places we visited. It’s all very exciting! :)

  • Janet Camilleri (@middleagedmama1)
    August 25, 2015

    The food looks amazing! I love Instagram – so I look forward to seeing lots of your travel pics there :-)

    • Kathy
      August 26, 2015

      Hi Janet, the food was one of the highlights! It was a great conference and I did get a lot of inspiration from the guest presenters. I am loving Instagram. It’s such a simple and fun way of displaying photos.

  • Red Nomad OZ
    September 7, 2015

    I’ve thought a few times about attending these events, but never had. But you’ve made it sound like an accessible and useful experience. Maybe next year!!

    • Kathy
      September 8, 2015

      Yes the Problogger Conference was a very worthwhile couple of days, particularly the photography workshops. I have finally got my camera out of the auto settings – hooray!!

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