Ann About Town has been around for almost 2 years, but its only this last year that I began seriously looking at what I’m doing here. I’ve joined several Facebook groups specializing in blogging, as opposed to the groups I’ve joined for networking with my business. Plus, I was lucky enough to win a free ticket to attend Bloggy Boot Camp in Las Vegas in October this year; which worked out really well for me, especially since I had already decided I was going to attend!
BBC Lesson–Creating My Tribe
Friends and family are an important support-system for anyone. Something I had been doing for the last few months, was one of the big take-aways from Tiffany Romero of SITS; creating a support-system for my fledgling blog. I was extremely lucky to have found the SoCal Lady Bloggers (or maybe they found me–either way, this group of women is my Tribe!)
They are a wonderful support system, a whole new group of friends and a wealth of knowledge for the blogging world and more!
I listened to several great speakers who talked about design–Laurie Turk, Cynthia Wheeler,Trina Finton, Tiffany Romero and Francesca Banducci. One of the first things I’ve done is to upgrade my camera; I found a sweet deal on Woot to implement this one. Soon, you’ll be able to critique my (hopefully better) photos!
Earlier this year, I made some changes to the appearance of my blog, but there are several more things I need to consider–so I’ll be tweaking my design here and there on these pages. Please let me know what you think.
The Business of Blogging
As much fun as I have with my blog, I need to remember to treat it like a business–consistency is the key! Laurie Turk and Gigi Ross gave some great pointers that I need to use–Where you put your attention is where you will get your results. I’ve also created a to-do list for this area of my blog/life.
- Create a wish list of brands/companies I want to work with
- Make opportunities where none exist (think outside the box!)
- Create and use an editorial calendar and a pitch calendar; set “office hours” for blogging
- Create a Media Kit and keep it up to date
- Know where you want to end up and work backwards from that point
There are so many more things I could add to this list; and so much more I listened to and tried to absorb in my first Bloggy Boot Camp. But I think the best advice came from Tiffany Romero, when she said not to get overwhelmed with all the information. Take just a few things at a time and perfect those before moving on to a few more things;, and so on, and so on.
If you think about it, that’s also a great metaphor for life–there’s so much out there; so many things to try, to do, to achieve. You can’t possibly do it all (at least, not all at once); so pick and choose–because after all, it’s all about the journey.
P.S. See you at the next Bloggy Boot Camp!