My daughter is finally old enough for Mommy to have a social life. Go Me! Since my social life and my entrepreneurial life have to be one-and-the-same due to my responsibilities, Blogging made perfect sense. I can cover events, interview folks, recap Outings and share my thoughts on a plethora of topics (#Thinkpieces), with Mini Me in-tow. Ive already maintained 2 blogs in the past and have experience with live interviewing as a former host on The Conscious Mindset (Pacifica Radio). So, with my Little One being old enough to communicate her needs and keep herself entertained while Mommy works, I began podcasting. Then came the Blog Page... Insert <Life>. And here we are.
"Here" is a recap of the first event Ive attended hosted by a professional group for Content Creators. (Thats what they call Bloggers now, 'Content Creators.' Sounds important right?) The Blogging Bootcamp was hosted in a beautifully furnished office space with an open community room that proved the perfect location for this event. We were comfortable and well accommodated while overlooking the North-West part of town. The chairs and couches were plush and comfortable, while the speciality tables were ideal for real-time blogging while passively listening to the speakers. Bonus: The rental space and the event caterers were Black, Women-Owned! Kudos to the HAAB Planning Committee.
As best I can summarize, the themes for #HAAB2017 Bootcamp were:
(1.) Creating and Growing Relationships for Branding ($$$).
All the speakers emphasized mastering the skill of leveraging relationships. Most of us in attendance agreed we were interested in working with brands and obtaining repeat clients- folks wanting to pay us for access. The speakers shared their personal experiences building their blogs and how they carved a niche for investors to recognize their worth.
(2.) Technology 4 Bloggers.
In 2017, technology can make or break a business. From eye-catching photo designs to protecting data to software for marketing to apps for scheduling posts to navigating social media. Bloggers need to have a basic understanding of what's available and how to effectively incorporate technology into their blog(s) and their business model(s). Mmmmm, I will be honest... I listened attentively to this panel. And I really want to be more tech savvy.... B.u.t. much of this panel's discussion went over my head. The speakers started talking like the pro's they are and I kinda got lost. See, I need tutorials for the tech stuff. For instance, I understood what they meant by 'analytics' and the significant of accessing them and considering them in the creative process... Something about HootSuite..... Lost. Lol. Eventually I will be there; not there yet. Next year, with more #bloglife experience and more studying what works, I plan to grasp more of the blogger-podcaster techno jargon.
Yep. Count me in for next year....
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