I am an avid fan of learning, in any shape or form.
I particularly love attending conferences, as it is an opportunity to learn from the masters, hopefully meet them in person, and network with other people who have also come to learn to. (read my post I don’t fit in – forming connections at Blogopolis)
I’ve attended so many conferences around the world and my motto has been as long as I learn one thing, then it will be worth it.
But it’s more than just the learning. We can fill our head with as much knowledge as it can take, but it becomes worthless if we do nothing with it. Conferences can be so overwhelming as there is so much to take in, on top of all the new friends we make.
The real value from a conference will come with what you do after it. (Click to tweet)
Will you contact those people you met and attempt to form deeper relationships? Will you make an effort to reach out to the business and companies present and start the beginnings of what could be a lifelong partnership? Will you make that media kit? Will you change that blog design? Will you snap up the opportunities you learned about and start firing ahead with your business?
What really amazed me during my podcast talk was when I asked the audience to put their hand up if they listen to podcasts. I’d say two-thirds of the room did, yet when I asked how many have their own podcast, not one person raised their hand.
That got me excited. That gave me a massive kick up the pants to start being more serious and committed to my podcasts. I can’t ignore an OPPORTUNITY like that. But, how many other people who attended the conference will? How many will see the opportunity, get over their fears and just do it?
You will never have success unless you DO.
What learnings are you going to take from Nuffnang Blogopolis and put into practice?
Don’t worry about thinking you have to do it all in the first week. Taking small steps is fine as long as you take them.
My steps are tiny, but I have a plan and I’m implementing starting last Sunday.
Nuffnang Blogopolis- Implementing the lessons
Content Idea Sourcing- Imogen Lamport
I wrote down a few headline ideas during Imogen’s’ talk and am going to turn them into blog posts. I am also paying attention to headlines in magazines and newspapers to see how I can use them for my content ideas.
SEO and Google Analytics tips- Jeff Tan
I’m learning to embrace and love SEO. I knew the majority of what Jeff taught us but I just never did it. He really inspired me to get serious. I have gone through old posts and optimizing them and I am being so thorough now with my new posts.
I have used the Google insights tool and discovered a trending keyword for y travel blog. I wasn’t sure what I could do with it. This morning I received an email asking me to be part of a photo competition. Guess what! It is centred on that key word and it will include linking from other sites and social promotion across other networks. Had I not discovered that trending keyword, I maybe would have said no to the opportunity!
I have also being paying more attention to the Google Analytics tools he mentioned and implementing his suggestion o have most popular posts featured non the front in our new site design.
Creating a Brand for your blog- Nicole Avery
I was really excited to hear Nic’s talk, not just because I really admire her and always learn so much, but because we are going through a site redesign for y travel blog and Mojito Mother. A massive part of that is refreshing our brand.
I learned so many tips which I shared with Craig last night the minute he came home from Darwin. We had a planning session and feel excited about the new look we have for our site. We are already deep into the planning session so am unsure if I can get a survey out in time before the work starts, but I am definitely paying attention to the feedback we received from our community via so many other channels.
Pinterest and You Tube Christina Butcher and Janice Wong
I’m definitely going to put more of an effort into Pinterest and making our images stand out. When I really put the effort into one post on Campfire cooking recipes, we had a lot of repins. For me it’s mostly a time factor, but we are keen on finding ways to stand out-especially in the travel niche, good photos are key.
I wish I could do more video, Janice’s talk has me thinking more about how I could implement it. When it comes time to doing it I will be contacting her more.
They were the key things I am taking away. The other sessions were a refresher or confirmation for me that we are on the right track. We are definitely continuing on the path for our blogs and have so many amazing opportunities coming our way.
A couple of things that I really want to work on, but have not yet started (still mulling on the ideas)
- Two new free eBooks for my newsletter sign ups.
- Creation of a travel guide and Mojo Making ecourse.
- Getting some traditional media coverage.
I really enjoyed the Nuffnang Blopopolis event. I met some great people, ate some delicious food and learned a lot. Thanks to the Nuffnang Crew and Twinings for hosting a great event. You can download the speakers slides from their presentations on the Nuffnang blog.
Many thanks to Vibe Hotel North Sydney for hosting my stay for the event. I LOVED the hotel. Stunning harbour views and easy walking distance to the city – a great start to the day walking over the bridge. Check out the photos: