Tomorrow I’m headed out for my first blog conference ever, and it’s a big one: BlogHer 2013!
I know some of you are bloggers too and I bet you wish you could hang with me for the next three or four days! I’m in for lots of great sessions, meeting some fun blogger sponsors, parties, swag, and probably some Chicago style pizza, too. But if you’re not coming along to BlogHer this year, I’ve got a mini-session right here, just for you.
1. The key is consistency. Pick a topic, pick a schedule, and stick to it. Most blogs fail because the blogger gets inconsistent or quits altogether.
2. Have fun. Pick a topic you like, and one that you’d actually pursue if you weren’t even blogging about it.
Hi, my name is Sonja Foust and I’m an introvert. You might not think that, based on my online persona, but it’s true. Crowds exhaust me. I love talking to people, but after a while, I just need to be by myself. And I imagine at least half of you feel the same way – probably significantly more than half, as the writing profession tends to attract introverts!
Worry not, fellow introverts! This introvert is here to give you a quick-and-dirty little guide to having a great time at conference, even though there will be scads and scads of people there.
My first sneaky-ass dirty little trick is to find an extrovert and make friends. If you already know someone from your chapter or critique group or whatever who fits the bill, all the better. This is not one of those ice-breaker games where you are required to choose someone you’ve never met. (Ick! I hate those!) Have someone in mind? Perfect. If you don’t have anyone in mind, don’t worry – chances are, they’ll find you. Extroverts are good at that.
I’ve been to a few RWA National Conferences and picked up some things along the way. I’ve written about a lot of these before, but since I know a lot of you are going to the conference this year (I’m not– cue weeping), I thought I’d share some of my best tips.
1. If you sit in the front row, you can see a whole lot better. Duh, but I mean sometimes it takes one of my overachieving buddies to make me sit in the front row for me to figure that out. (As Caren pointed out, though, don’t sit in the front if you might have to leave during the session.)
2. There’s some author who’s come up with some anal plan of action for every piece of the craft of writing that you can possibly think of.