I finally attended my very first blogging conference. Bloggy Bootcamp ATL hosted by the SITS girls to be exact.
I had no idea what I was in for, but grabbed my notebook, my phone and camera and headed out the door (at 7:15am to be exact). That’s the pros and cons of it being in your same city. No hotel or travel expenses, but it’s quite the trek downtown for me.
There were so many wonderful and fabulous women. And, some blogging rock stars, too. And guess what? They were just like everybody else there!
Besides the awesome presentations and talks (which were just the right length to keep us engaged and give us tons of information), I figured out some blogging conference things, too. Next time, I’ll bring a smaller purse, and I won’t lug my DSLR camera. However, I was thankful for the handful of business cards I grabbed and the fact that I opted for good old paper and pen instead of bringing my laptop with me. But, the camera? Too much for me. This is the only picture I took all day. Nice view of the skyline from the rooftop, right?
I also learned that a room full of women at lunch, can chat up a storm. It’s amazing we ate lunch (but we did, because we were all going so fast that we needed to keep up our energy). With all of the learning, I looked down and realized it was 4:00pm. That was the first time I looked at the time all.day. I don’t even remember being that engaged before.
I made so many “to do” lists and bullet points, it’s going to take me quite some time to get through them all. Since I’m such a giver, I thought I’d pass along my main bullet points. Of course, I haven’t done them all, but they are on my list!
- Check my about me page. Would you be surprised to discover this is your and my most popular page? Make sure it’s up-to-date.
- Add a pinterest button to my posts. I had no idea people were pinning things from my site, but they are.
- Leave the comments open on all posts. I link back to older posts, but nobody could comment on them. I was worried about spam, but I haven’t noticed a difference at all.
- Start an editorial calendar.
- Add navigation to the bottom of my site so people don’t have to scroll back up if they’d like to go to another page.
Oh, and one last take home message, the wine tasting party at the end of the evening? Not nearly as fun when you can’t drink any of the wine. But, it was really nice to be able to meet more local bloggers and some not so local bloggers, too!
And, because I’ve always heard that blogging is totally narcissistic (nope, don’t agree at all), I’m including the picture they took of me at wine night. Because it’s the only proof I have that I was there. Wait, that’s not true, I have a notebook full of notes, a handful of business cards, and new friends on twitter and my blog!
What is the best thing you’ve learned while attending a blogging conference or get together?