I love going to conferences because of the people I get to meet and interact with. That being said, I managed to make it to a few sessions this year! The two sessions that I most wanted to attend were Gen Y Passionistas: Making Your Passion “Work” For You and Fitness Blogging – Motivate Yourself and Your Readers.
Since BlogHer was a little bit ago and I didn’t really take notes during my sessions, I just wanted to share with you the main ideas that I gleaned from these to sessions. If you want to check out the entire session “transcript” you can find the live blog links below. Actually, if you want to check out any of the sessions of BlogHer, you can check out the live blog for the session. Cool, huh?
Gen Y Passionistas
For me the major take away was be happy. Find what your passionate about and do it! Think about what’s stopping you, write it down if you need to. Look at the list and come up with solutions. For me, it might be lack of knowledge or training. So, I’d start spending my free time doing tutorials or reading about the subject.
This was a really great session moderated by Roni of Roni’s Weigh (and four other blogs!), who in my mind is a fitness blogging celebrity!
- Be real. People come to your blog because you have a unique perspective which has been made up of different experiences. Be yourself. Readers like that.
- Be transparent. Much like being real, being transparent let’s you readers know that what works for you might not work for them.
- Be as personal as you want to be. This is your space, so you define it. If you don’t want to get into a bunch of personal details, you don’t have to. If I want to throw in a post about my new favorite pair of shoes (because my shoes are a big part of who I am), I can do that if I want.
Even though I may have a had a McDonald’s Big n Tasty last night for dinner (some plans fell through 😦 stupid migraines), I feel much better than I did a few days ago. Today has been really good so far. Of course, it’s only 10:20 in the morning, so things still have time to go sideways, but I’m thinking positive! Today I’m going to head to the Boulder Reservoir, pick up my packet, rack my bike, and walk around the expo picking up all sorts of cool stuff! I’m not concerned about my time tomorrow, I just want to finish and I’m 98% sure that I can do that.
Tonight I might be making a tomato pesto puff pastry pizza for dinner and some peach cobbler for dessert. I’m quite excited. I might even unpack my desk a little or fold clothes. I’m really looking forward to a casual night, an invigorating weekend, and getting back to training next week!