Luckily, I arrived at the conference accompanied by my husband, Mike, and Honey who both believed in me more than I believed in myself.
The conference got better and better the longer it went on. Was it the conference? Or just my attitude. I guess it doesn’t matter.
Rescue Ink Keynote
We began our first full day of activities getting a “talking to” by two founding members of Rescue Ink.
Pup Fan captured some memorable quotes in her post on the keynote with terrific photos (love the Scarface reference in the title, don’t you?). And Eryka at Kahuna’s K9s gave her own “talking to” when she got to interview Joe Panz and Big Ant. With such great posts, I won’t say anything more.
Workshop: Publishing Options in Today’s Digital Environment
Not the workshop I planned on attending but a mix-up led to my first choice presentation being cancelled. But all three presenters (Dorothy Hearst, Susan Daffron, and Penny Sansieveri) were engaging and well-organized. I just don’t know that I’d ever have enough to say in a book or the skill to write one.
What it covered: Working with a traditional book publisher, self publishing, and marketing for authors.
The most important thing I learned: Create a website for your book before you write it.
What’s probably more useful/interesting to you: In traditional publishing an author’s share of the proceeds is typically 7-20%.
Workshop: Reach. Relevance. Design. Presentation.
Speaker, Dino Dogan is the co-creater of the new social media platform, Triberr.
What It Covered: Getting more people to see your blog.
The Most Important Thing I Learned: Someone can be respected, successful, and popular without knowing basic spelling, grammar or logic.
What’s probably more interesting/useful to you:
- Create a customer “avatar”–an ideal reader/customer you’re working for. What do they look like? Where do they live? Who are they? Work to give them what they need.
- Check out triberr if you want to leverage the social media of your friends.
Workshop: Wonderful Widgets of Oz
Presenter Lauren Spencer works for Fetching Communications, a public relations that specializes in pet-related businesses.
What It Covered: Using plugins to link your blog to social media.
The Most Important Thing I Learned: Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
What’s probably more interesting/useful to you: Check out the following links to find plugins that will link social media to your blog.
Workshop: StumbleUpon – How to Create, Share, and Discover Great Content
Vijay Vachani shared a primer on using StumbleUpon to discover interesting websites and encourage interest in your own.
What It Covered: How the social media site, StumbleUpon, works.
The most important thing I learned: StumbleUpon has 54% male users and 75% of users are between 18 and 34 years old. Which means that very few Something Wagging readers are there (Roxanne Hawn of Champion of My Heart is the only one I know of). But it could be useful tool for my first time home buyer blog if I clean up my visuals (30 is the average age of a first time home buyer).
What’s probably more interesting/useful to you: StumbleUpon claims that websites with StumbleUpon badges increase traffic by 20-25%
Spooky Buddies Premiere
I have no words. Here’s a sneak peak for those of you who like talking puppy movies.
Phew, what a long day. I’d better get to bed.