Blogging is generally a lonely game.
Not lonely in the sense that we’re not hanging out on Facebook or Twitter, connecting and *chatting* with others.
Lonely in the sense that most of us are going it alone in “remote”
lounge rooms offices in all corners of the world.
We’re a bunch of independent publishers trying to navigate our way through this new media business. And generally we’re doing ok.
Yes, we can discuss ideas and ask questions of other bloggers in online communities such as Aussie Bloggers Forum, Digital Parents and Independent Fashion Bloggers but some of the best tips and advice I’ve received is from other bloggers. In person.
I KNOW. In Real Life. Crazy!
I’ve been lucky enough to have now met dozens of bloggers. What continues to blow me away is the passion each and every one of them has for blogging – and their blog in particular. And that’s how it should be.
They’ve all had wins and losses along the way and each day seems to bring a fresh challenge to the blogging table.
What I’ve learned is that if you take the time to talk with other bloggers, most will be happy to share their advice with you. Particularly if you do a little sharing yourself.
And that’s just what unfolded over lunch yesterday at a “mini-blogger meet-up” following the Brisbane book signing of Melbourne blogger-turned-author Nicole Avery (aka Planning Queen).
I drove away refreshed and inspired by each of the women present. Each is confident in her blog’s brand … what they will and won’t write about? How they work with brands (if they do at all)? Each was also keen to bounce ideas off the other, all the while respecting that each blogger has a valid place in the blogasphere.
It reaffirmed that getting together with other bloggers at meet-ups or conferences is a crucial way to improve your blog.
1. You find out that other people are probably going through the same issues you are.
2. You can learn from the experience of others.
3. You can support other bloggers by offering them your experience.
4. You can build up a network of blogging friends who you can call on for specific help or advice.
Best of all, it’s perfectly acceptable to Instagram, Tweet or Facebook through the whole experience. In fact it’s mandatory.
Which brings me to the next big thing on the blogging horizion: Blogopolis.
Blogopolis is a one-day series of seven blogging master classes organised by Nuffnang Australia. And I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking on the panel for two of the master classes: Improving Blog Content and Editorial vs Advertorial.
The event is being held in Melbourne on July 30 and tickets have been selling fast. At last count there were only about
30 22 18 16 9 5 left (IT’S SOLD OUT in four days!). Those 150 attending will be able to network with other bloggers and get some amazing insights into the blogging success of some of Australia’s top bloggers.
Most of us will be arriving Friday and the gorgeous team behind Hello Events has organised pre-Blogopolis Drinks (don’t need to ask me twice!). For details check here.
… but I know you want more
A few weeks ago I was interviewed on Sky News Business’ Media Week following my win in the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2011 competition. It’s taken a while but I now have the footage and it is loaded on to my YouTube channel. Look out for some cameo blog appearances from other Australian bloggers.