July 29, 2008.
Unlike the other 3,000 attendees at BlogHer last weekend, I had to sort through my notes and chew on what I learned. The other bloggers have already posted on the whole shin-dig, and this may be a total repeat of what is out there, but here goes:
I have not been around that many women at one time since college probably, and even then I know it was only about 500 maximum. If anyone is considering going to this event be prepared to talk, and talk about yourself a lot. Bring business cards, everyone asks for one. The new thing was Moo Cards (which I knew about but could not get in time) and they were very cool, very hip and um, well no I was not sporting one. You can imagine what it is like with that many women together, especially if we are at, oh I don't know a cocktail party, with cocktails - we girls get all chatty and all. I wish I had stayed through Saturday night, I then might of seen the drama unfold, but I missed that part of the party too.
After the first night my throat hurt and I was seriously intimidated. There is a right of passage at these events it seems, and most of the bloggers were veteran bloggers, popular bloggers, famous bloggers and super-famous bloggers - all doing a huge amount of business (it seemed to us newbies) on their blogs. I did not even know till later that there were some parties that I did not even know about - you know the "private ones". I was extremely impressed and intimidated at the same time. Ah, and here I thought I was going places!
The Politics of Blogging
I had no idea there were so many rules about blogging, oh wait I did know that there were rules, I just thought I was following them. I try really I do, but every once in awhile I kind of do the whole, "doh!" I did that once.
Now, when reading blogs I see other bloggers doing what I did and I think, oh ouch did you not get the memo? But, apparently we all start our blogs pretty much in the dark, and (like with our businesses and our children) we got no instruction guide. I am going to try and list some tips and unknown rules that the seasoned bloggers know, and were kind enough to share with the rest of us.
It Takes a Village
Writing a blog is not like writing an article in a paper, nor is it like a book. It is an interactive experience between the readers and the writer. The best part of writing a blog is meeting and hooking up (no not that kind of hooking up) with other like-minded individuals. Another perk about being involved in the blogosphere is you can create a community, a group of people just like you! Hence why these rules (or suggestions if you don't like that word) are so important. Not following by these spoken (or un-spoken words) will ensure that your blog stays in obscurity. Getting an open dialog going with readers is a huge bonus, trust me I don't have any ceramic artist mompreneur types in my neck of the woods.
Be A Part of the Community
One of the break out sessions we learned about a community, and how to create one. I know other bloggers that refuse to look outside their comfort zone and this is sad. Why not post things that others would find interesting? Why not try and have a personal relationship with people that read your blog. Hell, I found one of my best friends from this very blog. Don't be afraid to reach out to others - they can be there for you when things are not so great.