Friday, November 12, 2010

I'm an Official Twit!

Call me crazy (I've been officially diagnosed), but I'm taking a last minute trip to a blog conference.  Bloggy Boot Camp is being held in St. George, Utah, on Saturday. This was something I had heard about earlier in the year and was determined to go to.  Unfortunately, job and financial situations in our household got in the way.  Just two days ago, a series of very fortunate (nearly miraculous) events happened to make attending Bloggy Boot Camp possible.

You may have noticed that I have a link to Twitter on the blog now.  I had decided to give it a try and now I'm glad I did.  My less technologically advanced friends have now branded me a "Twit" for making this leap.  Learning the lingo and how it all works is definitely going to take some time, but I'm impressed at how quickly I was able to connect with people.  Not only was I able to get the Bloggy Boot Camp opportunity, but I found a carpool buddy on Twitter as well.  I have a feeling that I will be learning more about Twitter this weekend and I will try to pass along some advice.  My one warning so far is that it can be addicting (maybe even more than Facebook) to watch the messages coming in...

If you're wondering what the big deal is about attending a blog conference, let me explain why I am so excited about this.  There are so many nuances to blogging and it's so much better if you can find some help and guidance.  Blog conferences have workshops with established bloggers and you can learn a lot more about the business of blogging and how to improve what you're doing.  There are also plenty of opportunities to network with other bloggers, make friends, and have fun.  As I follow other blogs, I notice that some of the more successful ones seem to have a group of other bloggers they cross promote with.  Each one helps the other by linking and referring people to the other blogs.  Some have more formal alliances and offer companies promotional opportunities that will be shown on all blogs in that group.  How will this help my business?  More traffic coming to this blog will make more people aware of Native and Pilgrim and hopefully result in more sales.  I'm a little nervous, but I think it will be a fun weekend.

2 mad comments:

beth said...

I'm glad you are coming! I live here in St. George, so it makes it easy to go, but I would never have been able to convince my husband to let me purchase a ticket on my own. Thank heavens my work is amazing and wanted to pick up the tab! Can't wait to meet you!

Julie said...

I SO wish I could go with you. Alas, I have other un-moveable commitments. If you start your own network, I want to be part of it. I'd love to have more followers! and to not look like such an idiot where blogging is concerned!

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