I know that if you didn’t go to Blissdom, you might not want to hear all of the stories of what happened at Blissdom. Not unless they are really juicy and can give you some fun gossip….but I’m not posting any of that here. Hey, if I do that, someone could have a story to tell about me in retaliation! Though if you missed my Blissdom pics, you can find them HERE.
There are also fun stories that happened, but telling inside jokes isn’t funny unless you were involved, so I’ll save those for twitter.
Instead, what I’m going to share are things that I learned from Blissdom that anyone could learn from: most blogging and social media things, some just “life” stuff. Instead of typing out the pages and pages of notes, I’m going to share a few tidbits.
These are some of my notes from the conference. While most are not credited to their original source, most are just general impressions of what speakers were saying, not direct quotes. But, they are what I learned, not my original thoughts.
Though, I’m actually going to start with some great points from @unmarketing’s closing keynote:
*Social media isn’t hard, you are just caring about people.
*People don’t spread ok stuff, they spread awesome
*Create the awesome and then the SEO
*Don’t force your blog audience to read your blog a certain way just because it’s what you like: you need to give options(most don’t know what RSS is!)
*Only 1-3% of readers comment
*Social media doesn’t make you better, it just amplifies whatever product you have- if it sucks, it sucks harder on twitter
*There is a difference between giving constructive criticism and being an ass
Some other great takeaways from other sessions:
*If someone else is doing something that you want to be doing, don’t say why not me, ask how you can get there, too.
*Know your story, know your niche: that will tell you whom you should be working with.
*Your blog traffic does matter, but engagement, having something unique, and being respected counts for more.
*Everything you do online, everything you say, do, whom you work with: it all defines your online personality. People see it all.
*I tweeted this during the conference after the VERY audible groan when word verification/captchas were mentioned and it was retweeted and retweeted and retweeted: “The collective groan in the room when captchas were mentioned says a lot. Take them off your blog! #blissdom”
*Social media is about being social. Meet people.
*There are so many fabulous bloggers, so get over any feeling of entitlement.
*Keep doing what you are doing. Brands are watching.
*You have to have boundaries. Say no and have 30 seconds of feeling uncomfortable instead of saying yes and being resentful(from @brenebrown)
Once again, thank you to LeadCheck for sending me to Blissdom and thanks to all whom I met who listened to my story about my son’s lead poisoning and about LeadCheck’s products.
And thanks to Fresh Produce for giving me a cute outfit to wear, too!