It took me a while (there were some negotiations involved with my wife 😉 ) but I can now confirm that both my partner and I will attend The Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago this October. For the record, it’s now my conference (mind you, I thought of charging Phil Taylor from PT Money, the creator of this conference for using The Financial Blogger 😉 ). However, I thought I should go just to “protect” The Financial Blogger’s trademark, lol!
But seriously folks, this is the first financial blogger conference ever. There are a lot of conferences about personal finance and many seminars about the internet and blogging. However, nobody had thought of combining both finance and the internet at the same conference until now. Since there are probably more than 500 financial bloggers around the planet, I guess that there is definitely a market for such a conference!
Since the conference is in Chicago and we are based in Montreal, we took a couple of months to decide whether or not we should go. The weekend will probably cost around $1,500 to $2,000 so it does represent an important investment, even though we can recover the cost within the same month.
But when I look at how many great people were attending, I decided to make the jump. The truth is that I don’t know how much to expect from the seminars and the speakers. However, I know what to expect from networking with these guys:
The Financial Blogger Conference Attendees:
Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income
Definitely the most inspiring guy of the moment. I’ve referred to him as Spiderman in my Financial Blogger’s Superheroes article. I’m definitely looking forward to speaking with him in person. However, this will be a hard task as I can tell you that he will be the “star” of the conference.
Tom Drake from Canadian Finance Blog
He’s a fellow Canadian Blogger and I’ve been corresponding with him since the beginning of his blog. He is in the same business as we are as he is developing several sites aside from his main blog. It will be a great to share our techniques throughout this conference!
Jeremy Vohwinkle from Gen X Finance
Probably one of the funniest financial bloggers attending the conference. I don’t know much about Jeremy but he is always of a great help when I am shooting questions to him via email. He is now living from his online income so he is a great inspiration for me too!
Mike Piper from Oblivious Investor
Mike’s model is pretty interesting as he is making most of his online money through selling his investment related books. Since I want to write more E-books in the future, this is definitely a reference to speak with in this area.
Mike Holman from Money Smarts Blog
Mike Holman is literally my Toronto Alter Ego. His name is Mike H (my name too), he has 2 kids (about the same age as mine) and he is a financial blogger… If he is bald, I will have to believe in human cloning!
Jeff Rose from Good Financial Cents
I admire Jeff because he is able to combine both his financial blogs along with his career as an independent financial planner. If you look at his main blog, you will see automatically that is he probably the most knowledgeable financial planner in Illinois!
Gyutae Park & Andrew Schrage from The Money Crashers
We have been dealing business with these guys in the past and we recently met Andrew in Montreal for a beer. They have built a financial blogging empire bigger than ours (so far 😉 ). This will be a great pleasure to meet with them.
Peter Anderson from Bible Money Matters
I’ve been doing a lot of business with Peter since the beginning of our company since he also owns Logos for Websites. It’s always fun to meet people that you are dealing with! Peter was also a great reference when we used to own Gather Little By Little since he authors a Christian personal finance website.
Ryan Guina from Cash Money Life
I’d say that Ryan is one of the most accessible financial bloggers I know. His blog is super big and still, you can send him an email and he will reply as fast as he can. He is also very helpful when I have questions and doesn’t hesitate to share his knowledge.
Philip Taylor from PT Money
Philip is the guy behind The Financial Blogger conference so I am really looking forward to buying him a drink ;-). It was an awesome idea and I know that it’s a lot of work. Kudos to Phil for putting this together!
J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy
I’ve talked to J over Skype and via email as well, he is a very nice guy! He also owns a few websites so it will be interesting to see how he manages everything. I’m sure we will have a great time together as we had a lot of fun over our conversations!
Adam Baker form Man Vs Debt
This guy is so amazing that I have written a full post about how this guy is brilliant. He has helped me a lot through coaching sessions in order to put my ideas in order and have a clear direction for each of my websites.
Martin Dasko from Studenomics
The last but not the least; one of my VAs! Martin has been working with us for about a year and I have only good things to say about him. He is motivated, creative and I love the special touch he includes in his articles.
There are still tons of other people I want to meet but writing about them would take me another hour ;-). I’m sure the Financial Blogger Conference will be a great hit! Will you be there?
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