I’ve been home from NYC for over 24 hours now and I feel I can rightly process the intensity that was Blogher10. Being it was my first ever blogging conference, it’s only right to announce that it was:
The most inspiring weekend of my life!
It’s true what everyone says about blog conferences. The best part is all the people you meet.
There were SO MANY more people I met but I was so busy being chatty that I forgot I even owned cameras. Honestly though, to be able to connect with like-minded individuals makes the whole conference fee worth it (no I was not sponsored.) The best was our lovely healthy living / fitness community because we are definitely the nicest gals on the net. I admitted some of my biggest ideas and fears about my blogging career to many of these ladies and I was always given the best advice or just a pat on the back saying “you can do it.” A weekend can’t get much better than that.
The one part of Blogher that was a bit disappointing was the brand representation. The mommy or family friendly brands were definitely in full force. Less of the brands that I would typically support / do business with were around.
But I visited everyone none the less. Mostly for picture opportunities.
The picture above is me sorting through my swag and wearing an Iams dog bandana hahaha.
Now onto the sessions. I had to wonder why so many people announced that they don’t attend sessions, because for me this was the meat and potatoes and I learned SO SO MUCH. I believe that the sessions will be posted on the Blogher website and I’ll let you know when they are. I will be checking out some of the sessions I couldn’t make it to. There were seven choices of session per time slot.
Here’s what I attended:
Usability For Beginning Bloggers
This was the session where I was told “your blog is broke, you need to stay after the session.”
This Year You’re In! Fashion Blogging Is Serious Business
Admittedly I only stayed for half because I decided I am definitely NOT cool enough to attend a fashion session. What was I supposed to do, raise my hand and say “Hi yes I’m Morgan from Life After Bagels and my boyfriend picks out all of my clothes so that I don’t wear pj’s all day and night and I was wondering what you thought of the most recent (insert cool designer) collection?”
Social Media Is Bringing Sexy Back – Do You Have The Social Media Strategy And Tools For Success?
AMAZINGLY informative. This one specifically inspired me to look into video blogging, because what’s funnier than Morgan in print, Morgan on video my friends. I also never thought of newsletters before. The panelists discussed Twitter and Facebook a lot. They mentioned that there are over five million (correction: five hundred million) people on Facebook. The biggest message I got was to put yourself out there in many forums because you’ll hit different people and obtain new followers at a greater rate.
Professional Blogging: Your Stats Are A Business Asset
This one was the most informative session I went to. What I took away from this session:
- I need a mission statement and a goal so that I know what drive to action I’m creating for my readers
- Influence is more important than visitors
- Content will always be the best way to keep visitors, build trust as a content provider
- Use internal, inbound, and outbound links in a smart way to create community and build trust with your reader
- If you truly want to make your blog a successful business, write a business plan
Fitness Blogging: Motivate Yourself And Your Readers
It was so nice to be around “my peeps” in this session. It was nice to be in a room with people that shared a similar mindset to mind. There were lots of great questions and answers in this session.
I’m not sure why I went into this session armed with pad and pen to write down the exact science of being funny. This session was not a how to, in fact these ladies kind of said – if you’ve got it you’ve got it – in regards to the being funny aspect. I will tell you that this session ended up being so inspiring to me. I’ve never really been one to get into a very serious “women unite and conquer the world” mindset. I’ve never really been one to think about the gender struggles that women still face today. Probably because I work in a female dominated industry. The session got serious for a moment when Jessican Bern, one of the panelists, made a statement about women in comedy. She said; “don’t stop . . . because there’s power in numbers.” I took this to apply to the many goals I have about my writing and career right now. Sometimes when forging ahead at this very new passion of mine I think “this is too hard!”
And thanks to some funny girls, I will remember; “DON’T STOP”. I hope you will take that advice as well.
What is something you’re working on right now that gets too hard at times? What goals do you have that you need to be reminded “don’t stop?”