Why are blogs so important to event management professionals? Personally, I enjoy writing about this topic, because it’s not just one topic, it’s hundreds. One of the most significant lessons learned since Strategic Meetings Management Programs were first adopted, is that this industry is constantly and rapidly evolving at a rate that we must all grapple with. Couple this with the rate at which a meeting planner’s role is evolving, and it is no wonder blogs have become a leading information source for event industry pros. Blogs work best when they focus on what matters most to the reader. With over 6.7 million blogging sites out there, how do you know which is good for your business? People from all fields and interests are successfully blogging with the hopes of connecting with readers just like you who have an insatiable hunger for knowledge. In this second installment, I’ve compiled a list of the top 15 blogs designed specifically for event planning and event management professionals. With categories ranging from technology to travel, these must-reads are sure to offer up something interesting and inspiring, and without further ado, here are your Top 15 Event Planning Blogs in no particular order….I leave that up to you.
1. Event Manager Blog
2. Conferences That Work
3. Velvet Chainsaw’s Midcourse Corrections
4. Liz King Events
5. Strategic Meetings Management Consulting
6. Successful Meetings: How-To Tip of the Day
7. MeetingsNet: Face2Face Blog
8. Corbin Ball’s TechTalk Blog
10. Smart Meetings Blog
11. Event Leadership Institute
12. BizBash Daily
13. Special Events Blog
14. Connect Meetings Blog
15. SignUp4’s EPIC Blog (Event Professionals Industry Communications)
The meeting and events industry is a difficult enterprise to navigate, but whoever you are, there is a definitive gain from reading/writing a blog, and that’s knowledge. The more you read and research, the more you will know, which if applied effectively, will make you a more successful person.