Bloggy Bootcamp SF

I had a great time at Bloggy Boot Camp. It was inspiring, educational and fun. It was also nerve-wracking, overwhelming and slightly terrifying. There are some great summaries already up here and here. I also realized once again why I tried to only take morning classes in college – I really struggled to pay attention in the afternoon sessions. It isn’t that they weren’t interesting, Ted Rubin had fascinating things to say about Open Sky; my brain was just done.

After I dealt with the nearly insurmountable hurdle of walking in the room, I sat at my first assigned table, exchanged cards, and listened while everyone chatted. This is a mistake I would continue to make through out the day. The first speaker was Jessica Bern of BernThis who was hilariously informative about vlogging. You probably won’t ever see a vlog on here, but she was great. She was followed by Julie¬† of Angry Julie Monday who discussed privacy. Her tips can be found here.

Great tips were shared by all of the speakers and Tiffany the host throughout the day. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) was discussed and apparently if you want more traffic, you just need to write about bacon, especially bacon cupcakes. Also, a How To post is a great way to increase traffic as it shows up when people type “how to not make an ass of yourself at a blogging conference” in to google. (Note: that is not answered in this post.)

Following those two lovely ladies were talks on product endorsement, social media usage, open sky, legalities of blogging and then the day wrapped up with a speaker who discussed the art of writing. I’m not kidding when I say it was a lot to take in. I actually completely forgot one of the speakers until I read someone else’s recap of the event. I would recommend searching #bloggybootcamp in twitter and reading the recaps. There is so much to learn and everyone’s take-aways from the event differ. So interesting what different people felt was important or memorable.

At a table change

I was so freaked out by the networking/talking to strangers aspect of the event that I couldn’t absorb all of the information. And I didn’t take notes. So dumb. I also failed to take notes on people’s business cards for the people I did talk to, so I have a huge stack of cards and I am not quite sure who anyone is. I especially was not a fan of the tables where people just passed their stack of cards around. Unless I already knew someone, I have no clue who anyone was at those tables.

The view from the conference room was amazing.

I didn’t really network. I am bad at it. I did get to meet some twitter friends (@ITSMoments, @emmie_bee and @BringUpBee) in person which was awesome.¬† And I sucked it up and went to the after-party at Slide alone. I had to hide in the bathroom twice before anyone I remembered showed up. I did get a chance to chat with AngryJulie and got up the nerve to say hello (and OMG get a hug) from Her Bad Mother herself Catherine Connors. I left the party early and got back to the room to a very unhappy baby who missed his bedtime and his mama, but that got resolved with some jammies and some kisses.

All in all, I am glad I went. I know what I did right and what I did wrong. I might just have to go to the San Diego Bloggy Boot Camp in March. I would love to listen to great speakers again, but really would like to try again at networking, maybe have a better elevator pitch about my blog and be able to stay out and party with the big girls at the after-party.

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10 Responses to “Bloggy Bootcamp SF”

  1. You had the great bag! I saw you hug Catherine. I also was star struck, along with @motherbumper her friend. So wonderful having the chance to chat with both of them.

    If I had know you were hiding in the bathroom I would have come in, introduced myself and bought you a drink.

    Next time my dear.

    Kathleen

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  2. Julie says:

    I’m so sorry that we didn’t get to meet! I totally understand the “overwhelming-ness” (<- is that a word?) of the whole networking thing. Wish that I had seen you at the party and gotten to know you then! So easy (or safe?) to stay in the groups of people you know. :(

    Hope you had as much fun as what I did during the events!
    Blessings.

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  3. Wait, did I write this? How did you get in my head? This was my same experience…except for the after party. I was a complete zombie by then.

    Great post. I really like your voice (maybe because you sound like the one (ones?) in my head.

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  4. Jen says:

    I’m not sure if we met at the event (I don’t have your card). I do okay at these things, but certainly could have done better. I didn’t make it to the after party, but I’m with you – San Diego in March sounds awesome!

    I’m finding I’m bonding more now with some of the conference attendees on Twitter. Are you on? Follow me and I’ll follow back! @wantapeanut

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  5. Lou Ann says:

    I so get what you are saying! I went to the Bloggy bootcamp in Baltimore and felt the same exact way. It was totally outside my element. I did meet a few people but feel like I missed so many opportunities to meet other great bloggers due to my lack of networking skills.

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  6. I promise it gets easier and you get better at it with each event you attend.

    The fact that you came is a big deal- lots of people are way to nervous t even do that!

    If you do decide to come to San Diego, there will be time in the afternoon for smaller group interaction (conference veterans- like you!).

    We call it boot camp for a reason- its a lot to take in just one day- keep interacting on twitter!

    And, email me with any questions, any time!

    T

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  7. Nichole says:

    You did far better than you’re giving yourself credit for, my dear.

    It was so lovely to get to know you better. I could have sat on that little couch and talked to you all night long.

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  8. If it makes you feel any better, I wanted to hide in the bathroom also. I start to feel bad because I can’t meet and talk to everyone….seriously, I do. I feel like an ass after because I can’t remember anyone’s names. You get better after you get some more conferences under your belt.

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  9. Holly L says:

    I know we sat at the same table…I know who you are…I have your card…but really I am so out of practice at networking…and horribly shy. It took me awhile to warm up. I luckily came with a real life and bloggy friend..otherwise I would have been in the bathroom with you. I am thinking about San Diego!

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