This is the second time I’ve been to Bloggy Boot Camp. Since I have been blogging for over seven years and been to a number of bigger conferences, one would think I’d be twiddling my thumbs at this one. One would be wrong.
I am here to tell you unequivocally that Bloggy Boot Camp is the absolutely best, most-value-for-your-money blogging conference out there. Why? Here’s what I think the answer is:
- Rather than a huge yearly blowout serving thousands, Bloggy Boot Camp is offered throughout the year at different locations within the U.S. The first one I went to was in San Francisco; this one was in Las Vegas; next month it’s in Chicago.
- Because it’s small, its very personal. You can actually meet all your fellow conference-goers. “You’re not going to be best friends with everyone in the room,” says Tiffany Romero, “but you will really connect with some of them.”
- The vibe is non-competitive, nurturing, happy. And there’s wine at the end of the day, from Mirassou Winery!
- It’s a one day event that is very reasonably priced.
- The “takeaway”–what you learn from the sessions, not the swag–is exceptional. I’m giving you a taste of it below.
- Tiffany Romero (@TiffanyRom) is a dynamic social leader. Her energy is amazing. Her social and business skills are fantastic. Her willingness to share what she knows with all of us is boundless. See, I told you this was a love letter to her.
2. Laurie Turk (@TipJunkie) detailed–and I mean detailed–her ten top tips for blogging success. Here is just part of one of the ten:
The company you keep will determine the trouble you meet. So,
- Create genuine relationships. Friends first, favors later.
- Collaborate with your tribe. Link trading group. Barter advertising.
- Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work.
- Be seen IRL. People need to know how much you care before they care about what you know.
3. MidLife-Beauty is back this week with a cautionary tale about the toxins in skin care products. Here’s a cautionary photo: blogger Brenda Clevenger, who wrote the post, was brave enough to include her photo taken in the ER.