I’m still trying to decompress from what I feel was the best TBEX conference to date. We’ve definitely come a long way from TBEX New York and Copenhagen even, both of which I enjoyed because I got to hug and chat with friends I’ve known online for a long time.
There’s been a lot of online chatter about what people liked and didn’t like about TBEX. Personally, I view TBEX and travel blogging conferences as factories (in a good way, hang with me…). Newbie bloggers go in raw through one end of the factory, learn all the tips and tricks, collect tools, and network as they move through the conveyor belts, and they come out the other end armed and ready to make the most of their passion and potentially build it into a business.
This also answers that question for experienced bloggers who seem to be frustrated after every TBEX. You’ve already gone through the factory. You already know what you want to do. TBEX is continually inspiring and nurturing new bloggers who would like to be like you.
So as experienced bloggers, you can come back to TBEX every year to run alongside those conveyor belts saying “You can do it! You can do it!” and be a source of inspiration for newer bloggers by sharing your expertise even if you feel like you’ve personally outgrown it.
Or we can keep bitching about it. And you’d be surprised that you’ll still leave every conference with a handful of “I didn’t know that!” notes as well. I know I did, especially during Ian Cleary’s superb Social Media tools talk.
For me though, TBEX is and always will be about the people – new and old – that I meet and get to know so I wanted to share a few of my favorite portraits from Toronto below from the photo walk as well as hanging around.
I took over 100 portraits so if I took your portrait, check out my Toronto – People here and let me know which ones you’d like to personally have.
For more shots from Toronto including landmarks, markets, and lifestyles, check out my general Toronto – Gallery.
And if you missed my travel photography session, check out the slides – Telling Your Stories Through Travel Photography.