I spent my weekend at WordCamp Chicago. WordCamps are WordPress conferences organized by volunteers and they are super affordable, as in free, or up to about $35.00.
Many of the slides from this weekend are online:
Here’s the schedule, if you want to get a feel for the type of presentations there are:
Many presentations are about the technical side, but many others are relevant to bloggers — covering traffic, SEO, plug-ins and more.
There may be a WordCamp near you! Here’s where to find one: