We attend conferences for the learning. But sometimes what you learn is not what you expect.
Cat People are Cooler than Dog People
I’m not saying cat people are a little cooler than dog people. I’m saying cat people are like sipping cocktails on an outdoor patio at the French Riviera and dog people are like drinking warm broth in bed with your hot water bottle.
Dog people come to BlogPaws wearing flat shoes, clothing with pockets stretched out by poop bags and treats, and a look of grim determination to learn something. Well, we’re not quite that bad. But many of my doggy bloggy friends agreed. We need to step up our game and learn from our kitty contemporaries to have a bit more fun.
Any suggestions for adding some drama to the doggy delegation to BlogPaws 2013?
The Best Learning Comes From Others Doing the Same Thing
Two of my favorite sessions focused on other bloggers making improvements to their sites. Friday afternoon, I attended the PetSmart Blog Business Case Study featuring Snoopy’s Dog Blog and Puppy in Training. Bloggers competed for a chance to get coaching from PetSmart social media staffers on taking their blogs to the next level. Check out the short video that helped Colby of Puppy In Training win.
Colby and Annette shared lots of great tips about social media and blogging. But they said one of the best things about their experience was having a blog buddy to share ideas and ask questions. Hopefully you’ll see their presentation on Slideshare soon.
Saturday afternoon I also enjoyed Lena West’s blog makeover of a blog chosen at random, Cheshire Loves Karma. I took four pages of notes and will definitely check back to see if blogger Robin Bisha takes Lena’s advice when she returns from her Utah vacation.
Was glad to see that even with my “undesigned” blog, I’ve managed to be clean and consistent if also terribly, terribly boring. Time to get some inspiration and redesign my blog like I’ve been threatening to do for more than two years.
Flash Mobs are D*mn Scary
Imagine listening to Betsy Saul of Petfinder speak about the biggest challenges in animal welfare and how to get past them when a gaggle of gals in matching t-shirts run up onto the stage with their flat pets.
Dancing to “I’m Too Sexy for My
Pet Shirt” the flash mob treated us to quite a spectacle. Crazy animal people.
I’ve Gotta Get Pinterested in New Things
I’ve been holding off on Pinterest although I know lots of people who love it. Is it time to dip my toe in?
Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair gave a great talk about using simple analytics to figure out if anyone is paying attention to all this work we’re doing. A program in beta, called Pinerly, will soon allow folks to track how their “pinning” does with their fans.
Guess who just added something to her “to do” list?
BlogPaws Without Paws is a Four Letter Word
Yes, I know people who said that managing their dogs made it hard to concentrate on workshops. And I understand the feeling of mortification when your dog decides to greet every cat who walks by with a big woof. But I missed having Honey at BlogPaws.
She’s a great traveling companion and a natural ice breaker. Honey is definitely going in my suitcase for next time.
The More the Merrier
BlogPaws 2013 is returning to the Washington D.C. suburbs in May of 2013. Due to computer glitches, they’ve extended the half price discount to Saturday. So register now to save your spot at $99.