I just got back from an awesome weekend at the Type A Parent Conference in Atlanta. Despite the name, it’s not a parenting conference and it’s not for Type A people (specifically, anyway). It’s a blog conference!
I was a speaker, too! (Here’s me and my co-presenter, Heather.)
Most of you know that my main blogging activity goes on over at Pintester, and I attended as Sonja Foust, the Pintester, but that blog doesn’t really lend itself to recaps and musings, so I’m doing that here, because I have some musings, people.
Specifically, I want to talk about the Town Hall meeting, which was unique to this conference (at least in my experience). It was a chance for bloggers to get up and talk about an issue that was important to them that may not necessarily have been on the program.
You wrote it. You published it. Now, let’s sell you some bookage…
In honor of the fresh, hot release… (next we’ll be writing erotica) of Market Like a Mofo: How to Sell More Copies of Your Badass Book, we have our sexy new Indiana Jones whips out and are shredding every damn thing in sight. And you thought marketing your book was going to be dull.
/insert fierce and shockingly loud whip sounds/
As soon as you get your copy, you’ll dive in and take the opening quiz, which is based on how much time and money you want to spend, and whether or not you are self-publishing or working with a traditional publisher. Then plummet straight into one of our four non-techie, done-for-you, can’t-possibly-miss marketing plans.
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.