Mini Bloggy Bootcamp NYC Recap + 3 Things I Learned
I was lucky enough to get an invite to a Mini Bloggy Bootcamp NYC this past weekend. I had already been salivating for my one day Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte, NC. So when I heard about this one I was all over it, especially that it was free and so graciously sponsored by Invisalign.
It was held at The Muse Hotel which is just steps away (6 blocks) from my job. I was a bit tardy because I was scheduled to usher the last service so I ran over there (church outfit and all) and walked in as the fabulous Tiffany and Fran (founders of the SITS girls) started dropping knowledge.
From the moment I sat down I was furiously scribbling notes. Usually I love to live tweet bloggy conferences but this one was so packed with so much good info that I simply could not get distracted or I might have missed something!
I’m no bloggy conference expert…yet. However, this mini bloggy bootcamp flipped all my bloggy knowledge on its head. Their expert knowledge on SEO had people oohing and ahhing, and having lightbulb moments! I have taken an SEO course prior at a conference and it came no where close to the hour we got with these ladies.
After that session (which had me reeling) we got a really good presentation from our sponsors Invisalign. We had live patients before and afters, and by the time we were done I think I wanted some Invisalign for myself! (I certainly needed it as a teen!)
When we were done with that we had some nice cocktails and appetizers. I only had appetizers and ice water but the selection of drinks looked pretty fab.
During this time we also got to mingle and I finally got to give Michelle from A Dish Of Daily Life a big hug (I told y’all I was a hugger!) and we got to take a picture. And in case you were wondering she is just as sweet in person!
I got to meet a few new bloggers and Marie from Raising Great Men. She and I exchanged very similar stories of our male children and it was nice talking to someone who got it. Even if it was for 15 minutes 🙂 (she runs a really great twitter chat on Fridays for moms with boys!) so even though we didn’t know each other blog wise, we were connected through twitter. Proof why twitter is my favorite social media platform by a million. Even if I stopped blogging twitter will always be my BFF, it was there for me wayyyy before blogging but I digress.
Next after eats was how to write a killer sponsored post. This session was filled with little nuggets on what brands are looking for including the fact that you do that’ve to be the biggest blog, brands often want blogs who are very engaged with their audience.
Top 3 Things I Learned from Mini Bloggy Bootcamp NYC
- If its not a hell yeah then it’s a no. – if it makes no sense for your blog don’t sell yourself out just for the opportunity which leads me to the next–
- Pay It Forward: if you get an opportunity that does not fit your brand, refer another blogger in your network. Example: you get a pitch from a maternity company but you aren’t pregnant. I’m sure you know someone in the bloggy world that’s pregnant (is it me but it seems like somebody is always with child?!) so you can send the brand their information. Makes perfect sense. I have had some (a good amount) of pitches that just didn’t fit me…next time I will pay it forward.
- Go back and SEO your old posts: This is a seriously good tip. WordPress users if you use Yoast make sure you are going back tweaking, creating new images, using the alt tags in your images, tracking titles, even reposting old posts your newer bigger audience.
I felt like getting up in the middle if the conference room and singing in my best Jennifer Hudson voice “and you , and you, and you gonna lovvvvvvee meeeeee (google)”
We wrapped up close to my bed time, I introduced myself to our lovely presenters and headed home.
Thanks so much to the SITS Girls and Invisalign for such a wonderful event! If its coming to a city near you don’t hesitate!