Campers Share Their Experience at Last Year’s FinCon Camp
FinCon Camp is an exclusive, day and a half event happening just before #FinCon14, on September 17th and 18th! The camp is a unique experience perfect for anyone who wants extend their FinCon experience and participate in a more intimate set of sessions and networking opportunities.
It’s also a lot of fun! But don’t just take our word for it! We asked Andrea Amir, from Smart Money Chicks and Tom Drake, from Canadian Finance, what they gained from last year’s FinCon Camp and why they’re returning this year:
Did you have any expectations going into FinCon Camp last year?
Andrea: I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I figured that just being in a room with other cool PF Bloggers would be worth it alone.
Tom: I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first FinCon Camp. I knew we would be tackling topics a little more hands-on and it would give me a head start to meet up with friends and network with some new people.
How did you benefit from FinCon Camp?
Andrea: It allowed me to spend some time talking to really great people in a non threatening environment that wasn’t rushed at all.
Tom: I went into FinCon Camp with a list of challenges and goals and was able to tackle many of them through Q&A sessions in one room and at breakout tables in another room.
What was your biggest takeaway?
Andrea: My biggest takeaway was knowing that everyone at some point, regardless of where they are now, started somewhere and had tons of questions and still do not have it completely figured out. Also, that everyone is knowledgeable in something.
Tom: The biggest takeaway for me was some tips on increasing affiliate revenue. I was able to immediately implement them and it certainly made the cost of FinCon Camp worthwhile!
What surprised you the most about FinCon Camp?
Andrea: How open everyone was and FUN!
Tom: The most surprising thing about FinCon Camp is the range of bloggers in attendance. There were people there who were new to blogging, but there was also more established bloggers like J.D. Roth and Jaime Tardy.
Do you think it’s worth the extra time and money to attend?
Andrea: Absolutely! It was the first part of my registration. I wanted to take advantage of this go around.
Tom: FinCon Camp is definitely worth the extra time and money. Just one breakout session might get you over a hurdle that makes it all worth it. Plus, that includes a couple meals for extra networking… and an awesome karaoke party!
What type of person would benefit the most from FinCon Camp?
Andrea: Everyone. I look at it like this: It is an excellent opportunity to spend time with a smaller group of people who are doing the same thing you are doing. It is a great way to build rapport. It is a fantastic way to meet people if you are shy. It is also a way to go in depth on a subject or with a person that you may not have the opportunity to do once the conference starts. Plus it was FUN!
Tom: Anyone stuck on a certain aspect of blogging will benefit from FinCon Camp. Whether it’s how to get more traffic, start a podcast, or monetize your site, it’s hard to beat sitting down with a table of people who are all working towards accomplishing the same goal, or being able to get direct advice from someone who’s been there.