Friday, November 30, 2012

Why You Should Attend A Blog Conference




Guest Blog Post: Sharon Graham of Sharon The Moments 
I would like to introduce you to my friend Sharon Graham. Sharon and I met at Bloggy Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio this past Fall. Sharon writes about her life at Sharon The Moments. Do take a swing over to her blog, as Sharon is an amazing writer and photographer!
Why You Should Attend A Blog Conference
When I first entered the world of blogging, I felt it would be an easy transition into the blogosphere.  After all, I love to write, I love my family, and I love taking pictures; three great attributes that make a great blog, right?  I thought so. 
But something was missing.  My puzzle pieces were not fitting together and I didn’t know why. 
What I forgot to factor in was the aspect of a strong readership base, a network of sponsors and supporters, an understanding of my brand, knowing how to utilize S.E.O., and just plain having a network of other bloggers that have the same goal as me to support one another.   These areas are components that make a great blog greater.   Then a friend suggested I find a blog conference and attend.  And so I did just that!
That’s when I realized the reason I was unable to complete my puzzle was because I didn’t have all the pieces.   Attending a blogging conference gave me those missing pieces and so much more.  
  I learned how to identify my brand and what it means to have a brand. 
  I learned that social media comes in many forms, not just Facebook.
  I learned the value in utilizing each area of social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn     
  I learned the value of pictures in a blog post.  
  I learned how to define my niche in my writing style. 
  I learned I need to create a schedule for my posts and to be consistent. 
  I learned that dinner with other bloggers can and will lead to dancing in the isles.
  I learned to write as I write, not trying to write like someone else. 
  I learned the value in being professional in my blogs and other social media communication. 
  I learned the need to evolve, to be ready to change. 
  I learned great techniques for writing humor posts. 
  I learned that content is king.  
  I learned about another wonderful bloggy conference scheduled for March 2013 BlissDom.
And that was just in the first day! 
But of all the wonderful things I learned while attending my very first Bloggy Conference, the best gift I took away was the friendships I made that will last a life time!!   So whether a newbie or a seasoned veteran blogger, I can promise you, attending a Bloggy Conference you will leave with smiles, loads of information, fond memories and new found friends.   You will not be disappointed. 

2 comments:

  1. Great post Sharon. Sara thanks for sharing. It was great meeting you both there.

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  2. Thanks so much Sara for the offer to be a guest blogger. I love checking out all the wonderful information on your blog. Thank you for sharing.
    ~Sharon

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