Yesterday I attended Bloggy Boot Camp hosted by the SITS Girls. Prior to attending I did a lot of research to make sure that this would be something remotely beneficial for me, and where I’d like to go with my blog. Here is what I knew going into this: I am a beginner and I have a lot to learn. Here is what I didn’t realize going into it: I am such a beginner it was like bringing an infant to Kindergarten.
Now that I’ve had a full 48 hours to reflect on the day and what I learned, I can say that I am happy that I chose to attend. It took me outside of my comfort zone and challenged me to find a vision for my blog. The event was held at the El Dorado Country Club in McKinney, TX which was a stunning venue, decorated with rustic holiday decor (YAY!).
Walking in was not as overwhelming as I believed it to be and I was happy to learn that seating would be assigned. I sat down at my table and boldly introduced myself and was greeted with warm faces as we all chatted about the focus of our blogs and our most viewed topic. Then….I got lost. To my left, was a lively conversation on Live Blogcasts (what??) and to my right was a women explaining her recent stint on a morning news show. Ok. I’m not going to lie and tell you that I didn’t almost run out screaming “I’M OUT OF MY LEAGUE.” I held my own, nodded, smiles, looked delightfully intrigued all the while making a mental note to look into these things after the conference.
I won’t bore you with our entire schedule for the day and my thoughts throughout, but we received presentations on: Landing Sponsored Content, Periscope, Pinterest, Diversifying Your Blogging Income & ended with a session on Social Media. I will be honest and say that a lot of this did not pertain to me and my blog at this particular time. I would love to move forward and make an income with this however my blog is not where it needs to be (I knew this going in) but I can say that I know the steps to take and what my goals are for 2016.
My only complaint was there was not enough time to mingle with other bloggers. I gained most of my information and took the most notes while sitting at our tables during the quick 15 minute breaks speaking with other bloggers. At our lunch table sat two ladies who have been blogging for a few years and had several helpful websites and tidbits to share with us on what worked for them and what did not. It would have been great to end the conference at 4pm and use the last hour to socialize with fellow bloggers. I do feel like I made the most of the breaks they did give us by speaking with people at our different tables and passing out my business card but I know I missed the opportunity to meet most of the women in that room.
Have you been to Bloggy Boot Camp? I am actively looking into attending a longer 2-3 day conference next year but I haven’t yet decided which.
I can say this- I have a lot of work to do on this blog so keep your eye out for some big changes coming soon…