Tomorrow we pack up and end over to the West Coast.
My time in NYC has been broken into two parts – BlogHer ’12 and after-BlogHer ’12. I moved so quickly into the after-BlogHer ’12 mode and have so tightly filled the days since that it’s incredible to believe that just one week ago I was sitting in sessions at a conference that attracted close to 5000 fellow bloggers.
As an aside, you know what was really incredible? Despite the sheer number of bloggers in attendance, I managed to run into the other Australians (there were only about 25 of us) at just about every session, over lunch … or on the dance floor at Sparklecorn!
To be honest, after the first day of BlogHer I was left feeling a little let down from what I’d heard in the sessions I’d attended. You know how you can have menu envy at a restaurant? I had that with my choice of panels. Apart from the iPhoneography session and Martha Stewart’s keynote, I was left wanting.
I had come to BlogHer to be inspired, to be educated and to learn from some of the biggest female bloggers in the world. What I learned on that first day is, just like any conference, a panel of speakers is only as good as its moderator and the preparation each of the panelists brings to the table.
Day 2 of BlogHer ’12 was another story.
The topics were spot on for me. The speakers were smart, sassy and super prepared. I came away with a big smile on my face and the inspiration I was looking for to take my blog into 2013 and beyond.
Here’s just a snapshot of the things I took away from BlogHer. Some I’ve taken on already. Some I’ve noted. Some I’ll tackle as time permits.
What you choose to do with them is up to you.
The overwhelming message that came through for me during my time in and around BlogHer ’12 was that it’s VERY OK to make money off – or because of – your blog.
This is something that US bloggers have been leveraging for more than six years.
Many of the big-name bloggers I spoke to were quite surprised that this was even an issue for blogging and bloggers in Australia.
Martha Stewart said we should not have a problem with monetisation and Saturday keynote, Katie Couric, who’s just about to launch her new talk-show, has already recognised the power of bloggers … allocating two seats to each of her shows to bloggers.
Oh, and President Barack Obama addressed the BlogHer ’12 conference live, via video. Yes, he did.
We are bloggers. We are smart. We are important.
And that’s good to know.
Which of the 22 points above held meaning for you and your blog?
* Most of these key learning came from two sessions attended on Day 2 of BlogHer ’12. Thanks to Amy Bradley-Hole, Ana Lydia Ochoa-Monaco, Cecily Kellogg, Monica Barnett, Alli Worthington, Lyz Lenz, Paula Gregorowicz and Sarah W. Caron
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