This time next week I will have achieved the following:
I will have attempted to successfully pack for two days in a Melbourne winter.
And, I will have survived the first of many squealing moments as bloggers re-unite or meet for the first time.
Yes, this time next week I’ll be at Blogopolis, a one-day blogging masterclass program that has attracted 300 attendees from across Australia.
It’s not my first bloggers’ conference – I attended Aussie Bloggers Conference in Sydney earlier this year – but I know I’ll be buzzing for days and weeks afterwards. The reason? Mostly we’re all going it alone in this blogging game. So, whenever you get together with other bloggers it’s like “coming home”. It’s ok to Tweet and talk. It’s ok to talk about unique visitor numbers. It’s ok to talk about the obscure PR pitch you received the week before.
Eyes will not glaze over and no-one will think you are a displaced member of The Big Bang Theory cast (as an aside, I got informed last week that I looked like Bernadette from TBBT. The gentlemen in question may have had a couple of drinks but I’m happy to go along with it. Thoughts?).
If Nuffnang Blogopolis is your first blogging conference, then here are six tips to help you make the most of it:
1. Do make the first move. Introduce yourself, and don’t be afraid to include in that introduction your Twitter handle and blog name – and hand out a business card. It’s a huge help when putting a face to the online persona you’ve been connecting with for months.
2. Hit other bloggers up with questions. Is there something you really like about their blog but have never been game to email or Tweet them to ask? Do it now.
3. Make the most of breaks in the official part of the program. Yes, a visit to the loo is probably essential, as is a bit of sustenance, but use this time to maybe catch one of the speakers from the previous sessions to introduce yourself and ask a question.
4. Do attend the official before and after events. This is a great way to REALLY get to know the blogger behind the blog. Which means you’ll probably know me as the champagne-and-shoe-loving-blogger who wished she’d been in the movie, Coyote Ugly. You know, dancing on the bar. Just kidding. Sort of.
5. Be like a giant sponge. Speakers (including yours truly) are covering such a diverse range of topics, even if you think you’ve got a certain aspect of your blogging covered, you might find a different way of doing something that actually works better for you.
6. Tweet and blog what you learn (iPads, tablets, notebooks and phones are definitely the go). There are plenty of bloggers unable to attend Blogopolis. Make them feel like they’re there, sharing the information you’re learning as you hear it. The Twitter hashtag is #nnb2011
Most importantly, have fun. I know I will. But you know, if I’m having too much fun and start eyeing off a bar top, somebody stop me. St. Murphy, put done that martini, you’ve got my back, haven’t you?
Are you heading to Blogopolis? Leave a comment and your Twitter handle below. If I haven’t already met you, I want to!