Approaching the 3rd anniversary of this blog and I'm at a slight loss as to why I am still blogging.
|A great day out with highly motivated and interesting, |
I know why I began but I am not sure why I am continuing, so what did Blogfest do for me?
It made me realise I am a contradiction, I am a small fish in an ever enlarging sea of the internet. There are so many passionate women (and men) out there writing wonderful posts about all sorts of things they have a burning desire to share that in actual fact it is overwhelming.
Blogfest was smoothly run, time management was fantastic and apart from one hiccup, although quite major, we could not really hear the live link from Canada of the wonderfully talented Margaret Attwood, the day seemed to go without glitch. But what did I learn?
There is so much to share that I am dividing the post into two, Blogfest ~ the speakers
The day was divided up into 9 slots, nine!! Lots to learn and take in. There were 3 'breakout' sessions where we could choose in advance what we would like to learn more about, I chose 10 things to learn from Buzzfeed, Building your brand and How to be a YouTube sensation. So, what did I learn?
The buzzfeed session blew my mind away in the speed of delivery by Digital Mums, co founder, Kathryn Tyler. She is a font of knowledge but the time slot we had there was not enough time but to gloss over this huge subject. I came away still not really knowing what buzzfeed was or really how to use it other than I should and that I should have a buzzfeed button on this blog and allow people to share my post with their own buzzfeed. As said I'm overwhelmed and need to look into this further...
That said, looking over my copious notes I made in this session, maybe I did learn more, but just need to digest it further and supplement it as said. Do you use BUZZFEED? What advice or experiences have you had, please share and help me.
The second breakout session was branding and this I was excited to attend. Jude Brooks, ex Tesco marketing director was presenting. Yet another highly qualified speaker who helps people connect through digital marketing communication. She came well prepared with slides galore but it was so aimed at BIG brands that I lost a lot in translation. She spoke much of the guru, Simon Sinek and the 'golden circle' but more importantly towards the end of her talk she mentioned his work on 'start with why'. Be clear, she said about why you are blogging, be clear why you are sharing this particular post and be clear why you have this purpose. What did I learn in this session? Be more focused, more strategic and schedule more, what do you think? She also stated that our blogs were already a brand and that we should start thinking like one, I guess I have much to learn and am learning...
|Why, remember why you do things ~ Jude Brooks|
YouTube sensation was the last break out session and by far the most practical and best of the day. Having never considered making video tutorials before this Blogfest, Kate Rushworth, from YouTube took the session and held our hand from showing us videos that did not work and why to showing similar ones that did work. It was a practical session full of facts and statistics yet practical both for the beginner and intermediate. Having never thought about a video tutorial, it is now on my periphery vision, who knows, maybe one day... Have you watched or created video tutorials, what do you think of them, should I give it a go, would it be useful?
Tomorrow I share with you anecdotes of some of the great speakers throughout the day.
How do you schedule your posts, on a specific day, time of day? How do you work out what to post? Lets start a discussion... and if you don't blog, what would you like to see and how do you know when there is a new post?
All feed back really appreciated, I'm trying to find my feet... ♥