Stuff I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp

I’m pretty sure by now that all of y’all know that I went to Bloggy Boot Camp this weekend and that I thought it was amazing. Yesterday I told you all about the fantastic sponsors of the event. Today I want to tell you all about the great speakers and what they taught us.

Balance Your Workload
Laurie Turk of Tip Junkie fame spoke about managing your time on line to ensure that you are achieving your goals and actually doing the things that need to get done.  One of her many of her simple, smart tips… do the important stuff first.  Yeah before you get on Twitter or Facebook and find yourself chatting and achieving nothing, do what you came to do and then if you have time do the other stuff go for it.  More cool tips from Laurie to improve your blog:

  • Post at the same time every day.
  • Clean up your side bar.
  • Use social media icons.
  • Get a Facebook fan page, and use it for more than just sharing your current blog post.
  • Guest post!

I loved listening to Laurie.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and she is a wealth of knowledge.  Smart and beautiful. What’s not to love?

Laurie (aka Tip Junkie) and Gretchen (aka Texan Mama)

Privacy and Your Blog
Admittedly this is not something I worry a lot about, but online social media guru Jessica Gottlieb can definitely make you sit up and take notice.  She went through several different areas that you need to watch out for because your personal information is out there and is available.  I thought her advice about “give them something to find” was fantastic.  I also loved when she said that Facebook is owned by a 26 year old man, and he does NOT care about your privacy.  The thing I really took from her was to be smart and to be aware.  Always great advice.

SEO for Dummies… Like Me
Angela England an SEO guru and the creator of Blissfully Domestic and the Untrained Housewife brought SEO down to my level.  And that is saying a lot.

SEO = What you search for

Basically, think about what YOU would search for if you were looking for information on your topic and use those words in your title, subheading and in naming your photos.  I also loved when she said, “be AWARE of your key words” but you don’t need a specific plan or template.

Write Better
Kerri Jackson from Damn You Little Rock spoke in the afternoon about improving your writing.  Her two main points were know your audience and know your goal.  Everything else should build off of those two points.  Every time you write you should ask yourself those questions to be sure that you are maintaining your focus.

The other thing she said that I loved was that “simple writing is good.”  Your posts don’t all have to be eloquent masterpieces full of big words and fancy dialogue.  In other words, Keep It Simple Stupid, which is something business writers use ALL the time so it feels very at home for me.

Fantastic Photos
Amy Locurto from I Heart Faces gave us simple tips for improving our photos and in turn improving our blog.  She also recommended some great photo editing software, Photoshop Express and Gimp.org.  She also recommended resizing your photos smaller for the web.

Expert Advice
Probably my favorite part of the whole conference was when Tiffany and Jessica spoke about things you can do to improve your blog and your brand.  They are both talented, beautiful, funny, smart women that have been through it.  In their own words they have made the mistakes and are trying to teach others how to avoid them.  Main tips: Believe in yourself, Be fearless and Anything is Possible.  They are super inspirational and I could have listened to them all day.

I learned so, so much at this conference that still two days later I’m trying to process it all.  I’m sure I will come back to my notes later and realize something that struck me while I was there.  I wish I could cover everything I learned, but it just isn’t possible.  My advice, look at the schedule, find a conference close to you and GO!  I so wish there was another conference close to me next year and I’m so happy that I did not pass up the opportunity to go.

Tomorrow is all about the great people I met while I was at the conference.

Comments

  1. Great wrap up! I'm bookmarking this because you took way better notes than I did.

    I can still hear your fantastic laugh in my head – that's a good thing. So great to spend some time with you!

  2. That is a great recap!! I really hope I can make it to the Chicago one!

    By the way, my updated posts aren't coming through for everyone. So, if you aren't getting them, the feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheDailyDribbles and you'll have to update that in your reader and/or blogger dashboard. You can also subscribe via email in a widget on my blog.

  3. Great recap!

    When are you going to post about wild after parties?

  4. parentingBYdummies says:

    You got to meet a ton of great people. Accept for me:(. Other than that, I'm sure you had a blast!

  5. Elaine A. says:

    Excellent job on summarizing some of the best stuff! I may link to this from my blog. I'm pretty sure that would be okay with you, right? :)

  6. Bloggy Blog Designz says:

    Stopping by from SITS! I wish there was one closer to me and sooner rather than later! The Neuff

  7. Losing Brownies says:

    BBC sounds amazing! I can't imagine learning so many useful things to improve blogging. I'm seriously jealous!

  8. TheBabyMammaChronicles says:

    You're definitely selling it Momma. I want to go too but there aren't any close enough to me right now.

  9. DiPaola Momma says:

    I love me my SITS girls!

  10. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Stopping from SITS! This conference sounds wonderful. I loved learning from what you learned.

  11. Thanks for passing on the highlights.

  12. Wait, did you happen to go to Bloggy Boot Camp by any chance?! No way! Really?! LOL One of these days I think it would be fun to go to one of those. Feelings of being a little fish in a big pond would need to be reckoned with first, I'm afraid.

  13. Great recap! It was great meeting you! I would love for you to link-up to my Bloggy Boot Camp page.

    http://foster2forever.blogspot.com/p/bloggy-boot-camp-linky.html

  14. I think it sounds awesome, but I am now glad I didn't go to the Philadelphia one. The truth is, I am a nobody and while I like having comments and more readers, I am not in it for sponsors. I just like to write… and I like fooling myself into thinking I am good at it. I get way too overwhelmed in the presence of the serious bloggers.

  15. Great recap! I'm so glad that we got to hang out. You are so beautiful and so kind.

  16. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    This post was selected one of my great posts of the week. Here is the link: http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2010/10/great-posts-i-came-across-this-week_30.html

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