On Saturday, I went to Blog Camp with Tots 100 and have come away with a notebook full of notes, a head full of ideas and more motivation to do ‘stuff’ with my blog than I knew was possible.
It’s dangerous this blogging lark. I was ready to ‘give up’ back in January as I was suffering with a poor (blog) work-life balance but having taken some time to reflect recently and understand what I want from my blog, I’m even more determined to make a bloomin’ good go at it.
Blog Camp is always a fab blogging conference for me; it’s held in Birmingham city centre which is just a twenty minute train ride away from home, it’s in a city I know well and the ticket for the event is free (thanks to their event sponsors Wood Window Alliance.) I met up with my beautiful friend Lucy (of Mrs Bishop’s Bakes and Banter) and armed with an agenda and an empty notebook we were ready for the day ahead.
Here’s what I’m taking home from Blog Camp this year..
1) I need to really get to grips with my DSLR. I need to understand what ISO, shutter speed and F5.6 really means!
2) Pinterest is the future for bloggers. Pinterest users will search for content up to TWO months before key events (Mothers Day, Back to School, Halloween and Christmas) so this content needs to be ready and pinned at least two months before the event to capture the potential traffic!
3) Explain your pins on Pinterest. Using the description ‘cake’ of a birthday cake won’t help you get your images repinned, use full descriptions e.g ‘a moist chocolate and salted caramel layer cake ideal for birthdays with a rich chocolate frosting‘
4) You will see lots of familiar faces, say hello across a crowded room, promise to catch up after coffee / going to the loo / or the next session but then the sessions start and you miss them. But it’s okay, it’s completely normal at a blog conference as everyone tries to catch up with everyone and it’s just not possible!
5) When taking headshots, focus on the subject’s eyes and if they’ve got arms like sausages, make them stand with their upper arms against the side of their body with the lower arms out to the side (like a stick man!) it’ll make their arms appear slimmer. Thanks to Jen for taking this fab photograph of me during our session!
I think this photo that I took of @mrsshilts at #blogcamp this morning is lovely, she has a beautiful smile #photography #simplepleasures #nothingisordinary #Liveauthentic #happyday #beautifulday #flashesofdelight #humansofjoy #thehappynow #simplethings #livebeautifully #thepursuitofjoyproject #lifecloseup #myhappycapture @tots100 #capturingmoments #camera #bloggerlife #blogger
6) Focus on not wasting time instead of attempting to save time. Use keyboard shortcuts for repetitive tasks, close down social media when trying to write a blog post and use a timer if you’ve got lots on your to-do list to keep you focused.
7) Affiliate marketing is a great way to bring passive income to your blog. Use affiliates programs to tap into an income that could be yours if you spend the time setting it up so it works for you and your audience!
There is SO much to think about, many plans to put into place and lots and lots to do… best get cracking!