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New Conference for Midlife Bloggers + #Giveaway #BAMC15

BAM-FB-cover-2We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to tell you about a new blogging conference designed for midlife bloggers. The Bloggers at Midlife Conference or BAM Conference, is focused on the unique topics and challenges experienced by women bloggers in midlife. This is the first conference of its kind and One2One Network is proud to be a BAM Conference 2015 Community Partner!

BAM Conference will be held Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville, TN. There is an amazing line-up of speakers including the fabulous BlogHer co-founder, Elisa Camahort Page, who will be giving the keynote address. Make plans now to attend this groundbreaking conference!

Now here’s the really good news- as a Community Partner, we are pleased to be able to giveaway one complimentary conference pass ($199 value) to a One2One Network member! Mandatory entry for the giveaway is to leave a comment answering both questions listed below. Use the Rafflecopter form to confirm your entry and see additional entry options.

  1. I want to attend BAM Conference because….
  2. As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is….

To be eligible to win the conference pass, you must be a One2One Network member with an updated profile and be displaying an O2O Influencer or Proud Member badge* on your blog’s sidebar. (Need to update your profile or join us? Go for it.) Giveaway runs Wednesday, January 14, 2015 through Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

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**No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Entry period will run from Wednesday, January 14, 2015 through midnight (ET), Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Entries must be received in those time frames to be valid. Contest is open to One2One Network members, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States of America or Canada. Conference pass recipients will be chosen via random draw and notified via email. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email accepting their prize. If no response is made within 48 hours, a second winner will be chosen. Winner will be announced once prize acceptance has been confirmed and no later than February 28, 2015. Approximate cash value of the conference pass is $199. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash value. Winners are responsible for any taxes. Offered prize is one (1) Full Conference Ticket. Travel and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the winner. Please see Official Rules for Giveaways.**

44 Comments

  1. I want to attend BAM Conference because I believe that I could learn a tremendous amount from a conference focused on blogging and attended by a lot of fellow bloggers.
    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is finding time to blog when I have competing interests of a full-time career, family and studies.

  2. I want to attend the BAM conference because I think it will be a stellar opportunity to connect with other women who are doing something similar to what I’m doing, and to learn from the very exciting group of panelists who will be speaking. One of my biggest challenges as a Midlife Blogger is utilizing social media in the most effective way to promote my blog.

  3. I want to attend BAM Conference because….I am a midlife blogger! I would love the chance to meet other bloggers my age. The biggest reason I want to attend would be for the chance to go outside the state of Texas!! I would love the chance to go outside my home state!~ LIKE WOW ~ who would not want to go to Nashville, TN to mingle and network:)

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is….blogging about the everyday challenges of being an older blogger:) I dont blog about diapers or formula. I blog about Poise and sneezing 😉

    note~ I am a proud One2One blogger with a badge on my blog.

  4. I would love to learn all I can about blogging…My biggest challenge is trying to do it all!

  5. I want to attend the BAM conference because I have just entered midlife and want to connect with other bloggers that are the same age as me and get valuable information to grow my blog.

  6. I want to attend BAM Conference because as a midlife but not quite an empty nester I find it a real challenge to meet all the demands of blogger, mom, grandma and wife while remaining open to help others. My tag line is Seeking the Simple in the Chaos and that couldn’t be more true than someone in my place in life.

    I have so much experience to share with younger moms, wives and bloggers walking the path behind me. We need to share with those coming along so they to not have to recreate the wheel or blaze the trail as we did.

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is energy levels not being what they once were.. As in the song, this old grey ain’t what she used to be.. Keeping up with technology does take me longer now than in years past, but there are so many wonderful new tools that we didn’t have even five years ago!

    I am a proud One2One blogger with a badge on my blog.

  7. I want to attend BAM Conference because I want to connect with other bloggers that can understand some of the same things I go through in the blogging world today.
    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is that since I am older (43) I don’t have children other then my niece and nephew to post about. While there are so many “mommy” bloggers out there, I have to bring new topics to the table. In a way that is better because it makes me more unique – but it does make things harder just the same.

  8. I would love to attend this conference! My biggest challenge is finding the time to do it all – work full-time, take care of the house and family and make time to create recipes and blog about them. There are so many things I would like to do to improve my blog and grow my reader base.

  9. I would love to attend BAM to connect with other bloggers near my age. It seems so many are younger than me.
    I don’t really find much of a challenge as a midlife blogger.

  10. Networking with my peers is key as a blogger, so being able to attend this event would be perfect as a blogger who is looking to grow this into a full time business. Learning about new trends in the blogging industry will keep my readers engaged and connected with well known brands.

  11. Attending the BAM Conference will help me embrace, relate to midlife challenges with other bloggers. Tennessee is often cold during the month of March, the location couldn’t be better! Hot flashes relief for sure!

    As a midlife blogger, one of my biggest challenges is networking with younger mommys and being part of conversations I’ve already lived and experienced. Another one, the pitches from Brands directed to young mothers with kids, how about us?

  12. I want to attend BAM Conference because I think it would help me learn so much more about blogging by connect with other bloggers.

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is I feel left behind on some of the technology and it seems like all the sponsors are interested in bloggers who are in their 20s and early 30s.

  13. I want to attend the BAM Conference because it is centered around content and in context that is focused on my blogging experience. Because of that what I can learn and glean will give me so much value and help make this the year my blogging career propels forward.

    Being a Mid-aged blogger puts me in the center of it all, and gives me a unique opportunity to speak from my current journey, from the path I’ve travelled and to look forward to the places I want to traverse. My biggest challenge is believing I have the right and authority to command this dream!

  14. I would love the chance to attend the BAM conference because I love to learn! There are so many fantastic speakers that will be there- and I would love to chance to connect with bloggers who are in the same age range as I am! As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is balancing the fact that I am at midlife (I will be 49 this year) with the fact that I also write a great deal about raising my 6 kids ages 9-14. It almost feels as if I am a part of two completely separate demographics!

  15. I would love to attend this, being a midlife blogger certainly has its own set of challenges. Would be a great resource to attend and then share with others !

  16. I would love to attend the BAM conference. I have never been to a blogging conference and it would be a great way to mingle with other bloggers, get lots of interaction and ideas. Plus a chance to meet companies who want to work with older women. Also hoping there would be help for improving and growing my blog.

    My biggest challenge is finding companies who want to work with older women. So many just want the young moms and couponing bloggers.

  17. I feel like my age is about 10 years ahead of where I feel that I am! As a blogger there are so many things to learn and I’d love the opportunity to hear what this amazing group of speakers will be discussing. That combined with making new blogging friends makes this an incredible opportunity.

    There are so many things that one can be doing, exploring, learning that it gets crazy sometimes trying to figure out what steps to take next! And, perhaps more importantly, what steps not to do at this juncture!

  18. I want to attend BAM Conference because I could learn so much from my mentors! And the opportunity to meet with other bloggers my age would be heavenly!!
    My biggest challenge as a older blogger is keeping my audience entertained even though I don’t have a lot of time to write. I need to be more organized.

  19. I want to attend BAM Conference because I find that many of the bloggers that I know are significantly younger than I am and I would love an opportunity to meet some people who are a bit further along in life and who can offer their thoughts about how we can all be better at what we do.

  20. I want to attend BAM because I’m a brand new midlife blogger.

    I don’t think I’m brand new to midlife; I’m turning 50 in May, but the hot flashes that have become my most insistent night time companions for over three years insist that I qualify.

    My blog is, however, very new. My biggest challenge so far is making sense of all that I need to do to make a go of this. Writing has always been my dream and now, with my son grown and flown, I can finally do it. But how? What’s the best way? My brand new husband has faith in me and my writing, and my son is cheering me from the sidelines. I don’t want to let them or myself down.

    I get differing opinions from different ‘pro-bloggers’ and I’ve been getting the sense, lately, that it’s a closed club. One expert actually said that if they don’t like you, you don’t have a chance. Yikes!! It’s high school all over again! Or is it?

    From what I’ve read so far about BAM, I might actually find ‘my people’ there. One thing I do know for sure, no successful blogger is an island.

  21. I want to attend BAM in Nashville, because I am a travel blogger who has NEVER been to Nashville!
    As a midlife Blogger, my biggest challenge is technology and anything related to the computer!

  22. I would love to attend the BAM conference because it would be my first ever blogging conference! Since I live in the area, I would be able to attend without upsetting my families routine too drastically. Which leads me to my biggest challenge, being a work at home Mom with a teen and a tween, I need the energy of a 30 year old to keep up with all I have to do on any given day. Thank you!

  23. I want to attend because I am just coming out of a ten-month blog sabbatical and I want to completely change my blog as I re-enter the blogging world. I need advice, help and encouragement! I want to do it right this time, get some advertising, narrow my topics and get a better name for heaven’s sake. The idea of a mid-life blogger conference is very appealing. At the previous bliss conferences, the young mommy bloggers were a little overwhelming. I felt like a librarian or schoolmarm or . . . (sigh). . . a stick in the mud. Looking forward to this new chapter in my life as well as the new chapter in the blogging conference world!

    My biggest challenge is to limit my blog to a specialty. It’s always been a “personal” blog with a lot of family focus and creative writing. I need to narrow the topics and find a specific audience. And then possibly create a few more blogs for more topics, right?!

  24. I want to attend BAM Conference because of so so many reasons. I want to be with my friends, my people. I want to feel inspired and motivated and educated and so so much more.

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is – well – it varies. Am I midlife? Some people might not think so. I think because my daughter is only seven and they’re experiencing things that are so different from what I experience right now it might appear that I’m not one of the midlifers, but at the same time – well, I am – so there’s that. 😉

  25. I want to attend BAM Conference because…. I feel like I can constantly up my game when it comes to blogging. I can never learn to much, get more advice, make more supportive connections among bloggers that are in the same stage I am in. I find conferences are a great place to hone skills that get left by the wayside or forgotten because we’re too busy focusing on doing other things when we don’t step back and evaluate.

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is finding content that is true to me and my audience, while still remaining relevant to readers that have followed me during other stages. I went from being a homeschool mom who blogged a lot about family and education – to an empty nester with a college student – which significantly changed my content. I get pitches for things for little children when obviously that is no longer something I’d be blogging about. Finding connections with brands/pr and companies that are servicing a mid-age population with their products and services is something I’d like to improve on.

  26. I want to attend BAM conference because I’d love to meet all these awesome people face to face! One of my biggest challenges is finding the balance between oversharing (letting my inner millennial out) and being age appropriate!

  27. I need organization tips

  28. I want to attend the BAM conference to become a more effective blogger and become an asset to the communities I blog for.

  29. I want to attend BAM Conference because I would LOVE to be a part of this movement. The BAM conference is needed in this arena and hopefully it will bridge the gap for us and start paving a new and better path for us 40 and over.
    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is being counted out before I am counted in due to age restrictions and/or young children. It appears the opportunities are slim for mothers of children over 18 or 21 and the learning curve of technology. It is ever changing and I have several challenges as far as building and maintaining my blog.

  30. I want to attend BAM Conference because I found that blogging conferences are wonderful opportunities to both learn from experienced speakers as well as engage with other bloggers who may be able to share conversation and partnerships.
    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is choosing my focus and remaining on task in regards to the content I develop for my blog. My biggest challenge is knowing my audience and writing posts that engage them as well as keeping them coming back to the conversation day after day.

  31. I want to attend BAM Conference because I’ve been blogging so long I’ve gotten lost. I need to find where I fit in now. Plus, I’m a fan of many of the other bloggers and would love to learn from them.
    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is finding my new focus. I’m not who I was when I started blogging almost 10 years ago. I’ve changed. My blog has changed and I’m feeling unsure of how I fit in to the blogging world which has changed drastically as well.

  32. 1. I want to attend BAM Conference because I miss going to social media conferences. I’d love to get back into blogging regularly, reconnect with friends, and make new friends.
    2. As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge adjusting to recent life changes and balance my new life.

  33. I want to attend BAM Conference because….I love Nashville and want to learn more to improve my blog and make more money!

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is..learning all the new things there is to know about blogging.

  34. I want to attend BAM Conference because….The Gaylord Resort in Nashville is on my bucket list to stay at! Plus it would be my first conference as a blogger and I would love the opportunity to network with other bloggers. I would also love to attend so I can learn to monetize my blog as well network more with companies/brands.

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is….trying to balance my blogging schedule with family and life. Another challenge is also trying to become more social media savvy.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. I want to attend BAM because it will be great to meet new and old blogging friends. I look forward to learning from the guest speakers and my colleagues. My biggest challenge is catching all my ideas and getting them down on virtual paper. Second is organizing my time.

  36. I want to attend BAM Conference because….I would like to learn more about blogging.

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is….keeping up with the younger bloggers!

  37. I want to attend the conference because I am a midlife blogger and I’d LOVE to connect with other midlife bloggers! My challenge blogging as a midlife blogger is that so many other bloggers are in their 20s or 30s, so it can be a bit harder establishing a community with other bloggers. I’d love to attend this conference!!

  38. I want to attend BAM Conference because I need to learn how to do more, efficiently so I can spend more time with my family! As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is becoming a parent all over again and learning to balance blogging and my family.

  39. One tough thing about blogging is the work-life balance. While it is great to be able to be home, it seems as there are so many more distractions because of everyday tasks that need to be done.

  40. Michelle VanHuss says:

    I want to attend because I would to learn more about blogging successfully. As a midlife blogger, I am finding it a challenge to balance time with work and family and blogging and I feel like my focus is changing so how do I change what my blog is about without losing the audience I do have?

  41. I would like to attend BAM Conference for a few reasons. The speakers look great and I’d love to hear what they have to say. I’ve also taken a lot from the two other blog conferences I’ve been able to attend, and would love to have the chance to meet and connect with bloggers in my demographic. Plus conferences always give you that burst of “I can do this!” that would be great motivation through the sluggish spring months.

    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is finding the right balance between work and family life. I realize that if I were in an office, I’d actually be “out of sight” for multiple hours a day, but when I’m home, sometimes I feel like I should be unplugged and spending that time with my family.

  42. I want to attend BAM Conference because to network and learn how to broaden my reach and become more professional and take my blogging to the next level.
    As a midlife blogger, my biggest challenge is being scared of change! I keep holding myself back from applying for speaking opportunities or offering my services in a class to help others.

  43. I want to attend BAM Conference because I am trying to do it all and need some help. I am a stay at home mom, wife, blogger and struggling with a mom in stage 4 cancer. I love blogging and just want more advice tips on how to make time to blog your very best! I have never been to a blogging conference so this would be amazing!

  44. I want to attend BAM Conference to find a mentor to guide me in the blogging process. I don’t want to be siloed as a mommy blogger but rather as an individual blogger. I am looking to learn the building blocks on what makes a blog successful for understanding basic SEO, creating valid content and just making my voice heard. I am also hoping to create new relationships with bloggers and brands and have the growth spurt after the last 2 years of inconsistency from my own procrastination.