As you may know, I attended Blogher Boston on Saturday, October 12 (yesterday). It was definitely beneficial. There were a number of seminars that are great for beginning bloggers. I didn't attend any of them. Since I am also a marketing professional on the side (until this blogging thing catches on), I attended the seminars on social media. I have a number of clients who are interested in learning what social media can do for them and I thought this would be helpful for putting together their plans. The first session ended up being different ideas to grow your readership (which helped the blogging side, Yay) and the second was some of the leading social media marketers from the Boston area which can definitely help the marketing side.
There was some great swag there. I got an amazing pair of slippers from Shine from Yahoo and some cute stuffed animals for the girls from Leapfrog. I tried to convince the people from LG to let me have one of their new, cute purple phones, but I got a pen (it is a very nice pen, with a laser pointer and USB drive, but I can't get it to make phone calls).
I know a few of my readers are bloggers so I am going to share a few things that I wish someone had told me...
Bring business cards: Apparently all bloggers (except me) have business cards for their blogs. Make sure you bring them with you. People expect you to hand them the cards so if you don't have them, you just feel dumb (trust me, I experienced this first hand).
If you don't have a well-defined subject, define it before you arrive: Obviously, I am the lamest blogger out there. The first question another blogger will ask is, "What do you blog about?" The other bloggers are talking about subjects like parenting, marketing, politics, cooking, etc. Interesting, informative subjects. All I could think of were the 2 posts I did about coloring my hair. Yes, I really am this shallow, get used to it.
Bring a laptop: This one I actually did. You may want to check something online during the sessions or read your email when the panel starts babbling (not that any of the panels I attended included babbling, nope, never, wouldn't dream of it).
Overall, I recommend the conferences, especially if you are new to blogging and looking to grow or monetize your site. They also offer tech help from a professional tech guru so you can ask all of your bloggy questions to someone who might actually be able to answer them.
On another note, we (mostly my techie husband) are going to be moving my blog from blogger to its true home at www.smalltownmommy.com. It might be ugly, but I am going to try to make it as easy as possible for you. I will keep you posted.
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