Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Bloggy Boot Camp Philly 2012. My mind was blown. Literally. I left the Radisson Warwick Hotel with so much information, I didn’t even know where to begin. It was, after all, my first official blog conference. {I know right}. I couldn’t have picked a better blog conference for my first one. It was small and I had a chance to meet new bloggers and remember why I loved “old” ones.

To help myself digest all of the valuable information, I sat down last night and wrote a top ten list old school style. In my notebook. Handwritten.

10 Things I Learned at #BBCPhilly

1. Pick a good roommate. Or you might wake up to find they tweeted a picture of you sleeping. {True story}

sleeping in a hotel

Yes, folks, my dear friend Kelly of The Turnip Farmer did in fact take a picture of me sleeping and then tweeted it out to the interwebs. She was just jealous that I was sleeping and she was going out for a run!

In all seriousness, pick a good roommate! They could make or break your blog conference experience.

2. You’re only as good as the company you keep {via Laurie of Tip Junkie}. I was so fortunate to be surrounded by my fellow Philly Social Media Moms at Bloggy Boot Camp. It was apparent that we have each other’s backs. I have never been part of a group that has been so supportive of everyone’s goals and dreams, no matter what they are.

3. Work with Intention. I felt like Laurie was speaking directly to me. Working with intention is all about organization. From working on the most important task first, to setting up office hours {I really need to do this}, to only reading email twice a day {gasp!}, they are all things I really need to implement. This week, I am going to try one of these. Setting up office hours. And then next week, only check my emails twice. Baby steps, people!

4. Create a six word story. Cecily of Uppercase Woman shared Ernest Hemingway’s Six Word Story. “For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.” Basically, pitch yourself in 6 words because after those six words, people aren’t listening anymore. It was hard for me to come up with my own. But roomie of the Year, Kelly, was there to help me out. Give me coffee or I’ll snap. As we were riding around today enjoying a family day out, I finally came up with my own. Capturing the extra shots of life.

5. Have a Thick Skin. Colleen of Classy Mommy shared her vlogging tips. I am still hesitant to vlog {I hate my voice} but Colleen pointed out that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. I think if I can throw that thick skin on and just have fun with it, I might actually enjoy vlogging. You’ve been warned!

6. Start small. Sharon of Mom of 6 shared her amazing story about how she took her blog from a small blog to a large blog in about 5 months. I told you it was amazing. To do this, she set small goals and chipped away at them. One step at a time. This was a great ending session because by that point, I was so overwhelmed with all of the information I had heard. After hearing Sharon’s approach, it made all of those bullet points I highlighted in my notebook seem doable, if I just start small and go one step at a time.

7.  Find Your Voice. All day, we kept hearing “Know yourself”, “Find your voice”, “Know your why”. It was almost repetitious but when you think about it, finding your voice and knowing who you are is the heart of your blog. If you don’t know who you are, how will your readers know who you are?

8. Sometimes you have to pick up the phone. Did you just shudder at the thought of that? Me too. However, a phone call can a lot further than an email. This is going to be a hard one for me but something I need to learn how to do again.

9. Content is Queen. If you want to stand out, you need to write content that stands out. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Fran of SITSGirls, Jill of Scary Mommy, and Cecily of Uppercase Woman shared some tips on writing killer content.

  • Take your time.
  • Create value.
  • Think about your reader’s experience.
  • Offer variety.
  • Readability.

10. Have wine. The true sign of a killer conference? Having it sponsored by a wine company! Thank you Mirassou!

Not only did Bloggy Boot Camp Philly, get me charged up to take my blog to the next level, but I can not wait for BlogHer ’12 New York City!

What did you learn at #BBCPhilly?

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