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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Top Tidbits from Blissdom Short Enough to Tweet

I know that if you didn't go to Blissdom, you might not want to hear all of the stories of what happened at Blissdom. Not unless they are really juicy and can give you some fun gossip....but I'm not posting any of that here. Hey, if I do that, someone could have a story to tell about me in retaliation! Though if you missed my Blissdom pics, you can find them HERE.

There are also fun stories that happened, but telling inside jokes isn't funny unless you were involved, so I'll save those for twitter.

Instead, what I'm going to share are things that I learned from Blissdom that anyone could learn from: most blogging and social media things, some just "life" stuff.  Instead of typing out the pages and pages of notes, I'm going to share a few tidbits.

These are some of my notes from the conference. While most are not credited to their original source, most are just general impressions of what speakers were saying, not direct quotes. But, they are what I learned, not my original thoughts.

Though, I'm actually going to start with some great points from @unmarketing's closing keynote:

*Social media isn't hard, you are just caring about people.

*People don't spread ok stuff, they spread awesome

*Create the awesome and then the SEO

*Don't force your blog audience to read your blog a certain way just because it's what you like: you need to give options(most don't know what RSS is!)

*Only 1-3% of readers comment

*Social media doesn't make you better, it just amplifies whatever product you have- if it sucks, it sucks harder on twitter

*There is a difference between giving constructive criticism and being an ass

Some other great takeaways from other sessions:

*If someone else is doing something that you want to be doing, don't say why not me, ask how you can get there, too.

*Know your story, know your niche: that will tell you whom you should be working with.

*Your blog traffic does matter, but engagement, having something unique, and being respected counts for more.

*Everything you do online, everything you say, do, whom you work with: it all defines your online personality. People see it all.

*I tweeted this during the conference after the VERY audible groan when word verification/captchas were mentioned and it was retweeted and retweeted and retweeted: "The collective groan in the room when captchas were mentioned says a lot. Take them off your blog! #blissdom"

*Social media is about being social. Meet people.

*There are so many fabulous bloggers, so get over any feeling of entitlement.

*Keep doing what you are doing. Brands are watching.

*You have to have boundaries. Say no and have 30 seconds of feeling uncomfortable instead of saying yes and being resentful(from @brenebrown)

Once again, thank you to LeadCheck for sending me to Blissdom and thanks to all whom I met who listened to my story about my son's lead poisoning and about LeadCheck's products.

And thanks to Fresh Produce for giving me a cute outfit to wear, too!

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Blogger FreeFlying said...

Alright. I'm taking the leap! Captchas are over. Thanks for sharing all of this helpful info.

February 1, 2011 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

I have NEVER liked or used Captcha on my blogs anywhere.. I loathe them with a passion and most platforms now have a spam filter so they are useless as a rule

February 1, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Great tips and I SO appreciate your public announcement regarding Capthcha, it drives me insane!

February 1, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Heather In The Land Of Mom said...

Those are some wonderful tips! Capthcha drives me nuts.

February 1, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

Thanks for the tips! I think it is so important to keep that "online personality" in mind. You are what you tweet.

February 1, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger bigguysmama said...

Wow, I appreciate this one: *Only 1-3% of readers comment

It gives me hope! LOL Thanks for sharing all the tidbits!


February 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Very interesting to hear that only 1-3% of readers comment. I need to work on getting over my obsession on comments and just focus on creating great content.

February 1, 2011 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

It is so good to see in print that only 1-3% of readers comment. Deep down, I know this, especially since I don't comment on everything I read, but it's good to see it in print and hear others talking about it.

February 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

I hate captcha!!

Glad you are sharing this with us :)

February 1, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Ooh - now I've learned the lessons. I just need to somehow find the gossip and it'll be like I was there!

February 1, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Sounds like a great time, they taught you some good stuff! Really great stuff.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

February 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

That last quote is my favorite...because I'm a yes-person and hate that about myself. I need to write that quote in front of my laptop.

Thanks for this short and sweet post on Blissdom. It's hard to read all of the insider stuff when you didn't attend...this was useful and I appreciate that!

February 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I know some people use word verification for a specific reason, but in general, it needs to go away! Can I also add that music should not be on a blog?

These are some great tips!

February 1, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

Create the awesome then the SEO is so huge to me.

February 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger MiMi said...

Those are great tips!

February 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Cheryl D. said...

Excellent sound bites! Thanks so much for sharing!

February 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Thank you for sharing. Those are some awesome things to learn.

February 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I'd love to go to a conference one day. :)

February 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger John and Allie Fields said...

Thank you for sharing! =)

February 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

Blissdom sounds like so much fun. Maybe next year . . . I can dream, right? lol :)

February 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Oh I really like that last one- what a great thought, it is hard to say no but sometimes just needs to be done.

February 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Twincerely,Olga said...

great tips!!Thanks for sharing!!!

February 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

People don't spread MEH. Still one of my fave quotes.

I need to go through my notes. I started yesterday, but got distracted.

February 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Funny...at first glance, it all seems like common sense...like, "well, DUH, I knew that all along in the back of my mind!"

But upon further reflection, I'll admit that I didn't know all of this. Rather, it resonated within me and confirmed quite a few of my instincts. Thanks for the virtual Blissdom experience!

February 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Aphrodite's Mortal Friend (ME) said...

I still am not over the lead poisoning thing- it amazes me that that can happen in our society- I mean it sort of sounds like a condition that our advances should have grown out of long ago. Hope you are hab=ving a blast!!

February 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

These are great, Shell! I thought Scott had a lot of spot-on "rules to live by" type things.

And stuff from the other session...it really is up to each of us to work towards and make our own opportunities.

February 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great advice from Blissdom!

February 1, 2011 at 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Ilana @mommyshorts said...

It was so nice to meet you at Blissdom! I took away a lot of the same notes. Look forward to seeing you at another one of these shindigs:)

February 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Great post! Thanks for "bringing it home" for those who didn't go to Blissdom! :)

February 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Everything you do online, everything you say, do, whom you work with: it all defines your online personality. People see it all.

I really like that one.

Down with captcha!

February 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

Don't you just love all the take-away nuggets we got? :)

February 1, 2011 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I love all of these tidbits! I'm totally going to copy and paste them for myself! I'm so glad you had fun. I haven't had a chance to stop by in the last few days, but it looks like your trip was wonderful! :)

February 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

...and can I just say, I have no idea what a captcha is??? What does that say about me?? I'm such a blog virgin! LOL

February 1, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

THanx so much for sharing your info!! It is much appreciated. I don't know if captchas are on mine or not...I'm flying blind I guess. I'll do some looking and see what I can come up with. THANX!

February 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Sounds like a lot of great things were talked about. Thank you for sharing with all of us that weren't there!

February 1, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

What fabulous advice!

Know your story. I believe that so much.

And gaaaa, why can't we rid the world of word verifications! We should have a National Rid The Blog World Of Word Verification Day where everyone of us is responsible for personally forcing a blogger to get rid of the damn verification.

Some of my best comments are from spammers. I had one last week ask me if I was a robot.

Glad you had a fabulous time.

February 1, 2011 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

I remember that you tweeted, "Almost none of the big blogs are run by just one person #blissdom" and I have been thinking about it ever since!

February 1, 2011 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

I SO wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing some of the highlights. I especially love the message about word verification. So annoying!!!

February 1, 2011 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

You went to Blissdom! Was it in your city? Did you get to have a vacay?
I need to go read back posts to find out!!!
Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

February 2, 2011 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Big Mama Cass said...

Sounds like fun! Sad I am missing it.

February 2, 2011 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Amen on the captcha...hate them!

I can't believe only 1-3 percent comment...that was a shock to me.

Did you happen to meet Jenny from Jenny on the Spot? I met her at the GWL and I know she spoke on vlogging...and was involved in the flash mob. Super sweet!

February 2, 2011 at 1:54 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Nice little gold nuggets you shared!! Thank you :)

February 2, 2011 at 2:48 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

These are super practical! Great tips!

February 2, 2011 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

Wow - thank you for these!!

February 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger The Empress said...

You and LeadCheck are the most perfect fit.

I'm so glad they saw that potential.

February 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger MrsJenB said...

I just loved Scott Stratten's speech, it made so much sense but at the same time, it was eye-opening. It's really fantastic when someone can present such common sense stuff in a way that makes you have an "A HA! moment. I was sitting on the train, watching on my phone, and kept murmuring "yeah...yeah...true!" :-)

Thanks so much for sharing the intelligent points from Blissdom!

February 2, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Yet the captchas are STILL there!

February 2, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Goodnight moon said...

I absolutely LOVED your second grouping of takeaways! I think that alot of people forget certain things about "real" life that needs to apply towards your blog.

Great reminder tips! Thanks!!!!!

February 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Boobies said...

*Only 1-3% of readers comment


February 3, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Anonymous kevin blumer said...

one to 3 percnet of people dont comment that is right hmm let me think im am glad of this in a way becuase i have about 60 to 70 comments everyday the ones i let threw real people not bots and sometimes its very hard to distingwish ive been blogging about 4 mounth now its a bit like that sayingof gta ive 98% of my audience now time for the commercials i get them everyday some are more entertaining than others my latest had me baffeled there was no web address left i had to investergate this is a new one to me it didnt have a hyper link anyway looked up on google found a car company didnt think that was to bad did a bit more reseach it was a escort agency very good to them they kept me baffeled for a bit

February 4, 2011 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Ginny Marie said...

Thanks for this post! I was getting a little tired of hearing about Blissdom since I didn't go. This was a great way to include those of us who couldn't attend! :)

February 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM  

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