ProBlogger 2016 Recap

ProBlogger 2016 Recap

I started writing a post about the 2016 ProBlogger Conference the day after it finished; while I was still at the venue. (Forewarned, this is more personal and less bite sized than my posts usually are!) Only what it was really saying was “be confident that you are doing what you need to”. I had no real lightbulb moments this year. This was not to say the conference content was bad, but that the entire experience lead me to say “yep, I am right where I need to be and I am doing good”.


ProBlogger 2016 Recap


ProBlogger 2016 Recap


You may have seen that my goal was to meet more people this year. I think I did it, but I also think I could have done better. You see, I had been sick for the three or four weeks leading up to the conference. The week before it, I found out it was low iron & I started taking supplements in of the type & quantity that my GP advised.


But one week of tablets is not much rejuvenation  to fling yourself into something that is as intense as a conference. I struggle with people overwhelm at ProBlogger, which I usually manage by staying on site so I can go to my room for 15 mins breaks. But this year I had that and fatigue from my iron problems. It was hard. I tried so hard all weekend. And I think I did really well. Frankly I’m not sure at what expense trying so hard will come at! Leading up to the event, I was actually quite nervous & anxious about how I would cope. The Thursday night was very difficult for me but the actual conference days were much easier, probably because they were all about sitting.


Towards the end of the event, Darren got up on stage & said how this had been the most chilled conference. And I agree. I hadn’t put my finger on it before he said that, but it was such a different vibe to other years. It was relaxed. It’s a little bit hard to explain where I was before the conference; and why I’m happy I didn’t have any lightbulb moments. I think the best way of putting it is that it’s good to frame your knowledge against the presenters.


For example, last year I went to the day ProBlogger Event in Brisbane and attended an Olympus Intermediate workshop. I didn’t like it. This wasn’t that the content was bad, but that I knew it all. For the workshop, anything off of auto was considered intermediate. I learned to take photos on a film SLR when I was a kid, so for me, knowing what aperture & shutter speed are & how to use them are basic, because that was literally the only way to take a photo when I was a kid. (I don’t actually share my photos online because photography is a private/offline hobby to me.)


And I had a bit of a similar thing this year in the podcasting workshops. I am far (very far!) from knowing everything but I do know a fair bit. It turns out I do apparently listen to my audio nerd husband talk about microphones and music and settings and stuff… So I still learned some really useful tips but pretty much I was affirming that I knew where my knowledge was for that topic.


Of course, the hardest part of conferences is the multiple sessions & inability to be everywhere. Though I did like Stacey‘s suggestion of a Time Turner… Anyway, things I’m looking forward to when we get the recordings & slides:



I am not skilled at this for so many reasons. But I was in Shayne Tilley & Paul Cunningham‘s session on product launches. Sadly (?) they know so much we didn’t get to the long tail marketing section of the presentation, and that’s what I was really looking forward to. First stop when we get access!


Blogging Law

Because laws are struggling to keep up with the reality of the Internet, and because lawyers are expensive, I would like to listen to this session. Lots of people told me they liked it & it was really good.



I’m not sure if there will be slides or recordings from the Olympus videography session but I am hoping so! I have started playing with videos on my personal blog but I would like to know more. I’ve known the basics of video editing for some time now (I taught myself in pre-Mac, camcorder owning days) and while I will not call myself an expert, I can certainly work most of it out with relative ease. But what I want to know is about style. Effectively I want to know how to avoid whatever the video equivalent is of using Comic Sans … Rookie style errors.


Like I said, what I have taken away is that I am really happy with where I am in blogging right now. I have a decent skill set to work from. There is always more to learn but I am equipped enough for what I need. Now I need my university semester (and the Graduate Certificate I’m studying) to be over so I can dig into all my projects!


If you didn’t go to the conference but want to hear the sessions, you can purchase a virtual ticket here* to get access to all the recordings.


Did you have any specific take aways from ProBlogger 2016? 


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Vanessa Smith


  1. Hey Vanessa. I did go to the Olympus video workshop. It was focused on how to film decent video & included camera settings. Not much talk of editing. I loved it but it was over some bloggers heads because Michaela talked ISO, shutter speeds & aperture. It was find for me because I shoot in manual & edit RAW files in Lightroom. I reckon you would get some good tips. I did my first practice shooting this morning. Going to teach myself editing when I get home!

  2. Hi Vanessa, who knew this was your blog? Not me till now. LOL. So, it did seem like you did the very best to self-care at PB but really get into the social side of things and the learning too. I find that not all sessions at any conference resonate as you already know so it can be disappointing to miss others that end up sounding better. Do you guys get the content afterwards anyway? I imagine so. I bet you are tired today!! Thanks so much for joining in the first week of my new blog link up called Life This Week. Denyse
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    • Haha Denyse I have FAR too many blogs! I’m trying to control myself but I do have a big case of Shiny Object Syndrome 🙂 We do get all slides and recordings a week or so after the event, so it will be really good to review sessions.
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    • Haha yes I added it a little while ago and so far no one has said they hate me for a pop up! I tried to make the settings as unobtrusive as possible. Need to log in and see how (if!) it’s actually working though.
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  3. Hey Ness, it was so good to meet and hang with you over the weekend, I was impressed at how you kept up a steady stream of social media updates for the benefit of those playing at home. I’m posting my take on Problogger tomorrow, like you I felt very much affirmed in what I was doing. I got lots of practical things to try too which I’m excited about!
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  4. I’m only really starting out in the world of blogging even though I’ve been writing one for a year. I feel like I don’t actually know anything yet. Your recap of ProBlogger made me realise how much I don’t know. Thanks for the post and also best of luck with the iron tablets.

    • There will always be more to learn! I will keep on learning for as long as I blog, I’m quite sure. The difference is that my curve isn’t as urgent or sharp as it once was. There are still heaps of things I could learn, but aren’t critical. The start is always the steepest learning curve – and I think the best way to learn is to do 🙂
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  5. Hi Vanessa, I’ll be listening to all the audio from PB as I couldn’t get there this year. I always do learn lots but have found then I don’t have time to actually put them into practice! But usually a few things do get done. Missed the socialising, glad to hear you looked after yourself. Hope iron levels are up soon.
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    • The other conference on my goal for next year is the Artful Business Conference (in Brisbane, too!) – maybe that would suit your current direction better than ProBlogger? I’ve never been to Artful but I have hashtag stalked it.
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    • Ingrid, pretty much everyone has that; lots of bloggers are introverts 🙂 I am certainly an introvert (just not a shy one) – I get people’d out really easily. If you do come along next time, I recommend staying on site and doing what I do – just go to your room whenever you need or want a break. It helps a lot.
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  6. Great overview! I went to an Olympus video session and it jumped around a bit. Mostly about good lighting, tools to use from starting out to expert, and I must have been in the one that a commenter above wasn’t in, because she spoke a lot about editing. How to line up audio if you’ve recorded it separately, how to superimpose shots etc. Quite useful. I don’t know if it was recorded, though. It was also quite specific to our questions, so even if it was, I’m not sure how much you’d get out of the audio. x
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  7. Whilst I didn’t go, it seems like you absolutely made the best of it all. I’ll have to stalk your social media for the best parts 😉

  8. I didn’t notice you seeming low-energy and you seemed to know a stack of people, so I think you were great at ProBlogger. You went to quite a few different sessions to me so you’ve reminded me I’ll have to check out the sessions when the recorded versions go live!
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  9. Aaaah yes I forgot about your health issues leading up to the event. You’ve done bloody well to get through that – even in peak form it can be exhausting and overwhelming.

  10. Great points Vanessa (and nice to have at least a 30 second hello at the drinks session – I have a face to a name now). I’m looking forward to the audio coming out too – for me, the conference was pitched just right, and I have a lot more to learn still! Hope you’re feeling better soon too
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  11. Sounds like you did well just to get to PB, let alone make it through the weekend! I love that your take away is that right now you’re doing it right! Go you! Hope you feel loads better soon and that you get your pesky uni paper done and dusted. Then you can look forward to the great exhale…

  12. Nice recap. I would have loved to have gone but with one child injured, another super-clingy due to certain reasons, and being too exhausted myself to go down the next day (it’s a 4-5 hour drive from here) and recovering from a vitamin deficiency myself, I feel your pain. I just couldn’t make it. Hopefully Ill be able to listen to the recordings. Not a replacement for catching up everyone though!
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