Happy Sunday! In my last post I mentioned that I signed up for Online BlogCon or OBC. Today I’d like to talk to you a little more about the conference and my experience with it.
OBC was created by Ashton of Something Swanky and Dorothy of Crazy for Crust. These two ladies had an idea to create an online conference that was affordable and you could attend it from the comfort of your home or anywhere you can take a computer. The first OBC was last year but I didn’t know about it. I became aware of this year’s OBC when I discovered Dorothy’s blog earlier this year. I looked at the site and read what it was all about and decided to sign up. I really liked the idea of not spending hundreds of dollars traveling to a conference when I’m still so new to blogging and it’s a part-time gig for me. I don’t know what the future holds for me but I don’t see myself ever making a living from strictly blogging. I make a few extra bucks a month through the ads I run on my site and that allows me to buy ingredients and supplies to maintain a hobby that I have a passion for. I’m always looking for ways to improve myself as a blogger and I felt this conference was a great way to do it.
So what did I learn from the conference? Well I’m still trying to make my way through reading the thirty six posts but I’ve learned a lot from what I’ve read so far. Mainly it’s important to be yourself. Speak how you would speak in real life and let the words flow naturally. If you say things like OMG and dude in real life then speak that way on your blog. Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. This was very hard for me when I first started out. I didn’t know what to say and how much to share. I followed some bloggers who were so witty and shared so much of their personal life in each post. I didn’t know if I could be that type of blogger. As time has gone on and I’m approaching my two year blogiversary I have become much more comfortable sharing myself with others and speaking in my natural voice. Slice of Life Sundays has helped by allowing me to share my interests outside of sweets with my readers. It’s important to let your readers know who you are so they can establish a personal connection with you.
I also learned about social media and the importance of using it to promote your blog and gain new followers. Social media has always been tough for me because I work full-time and I can’t be online all the time. I learned tips on how to schedule your posts and be active on the different social media sites.
I won’t go into detail about everything else but some of the topics covered were blog design, photography tips, blogger “burn out”, the importance of networking with other bloggers, monetizing your blog, etc. If there is another OBC next year I would highly recommend signing up for it. Some of the topics may not be for you and you may not be interested in doing everything discussed but there is plenty of information to help you take your blog where you want to take it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and I’m so happy that I signed up for it. It was well worth the money and was extremely reasonable compared to traveling to a conference. A great perk of joining OBC is that there is a Facebook group for members and it’s filled with bloggers of all genres. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone better.
I hope you had a great weekend. Let’s make this a great week!