24 April 2012

5 Things I Learned at BlogCamp

Tots100 BlogCamp parent blogger events
Saturday I joined more than a hundred bloggers and made my way down to Birmingham for BlogCamp UK. It was a brilliant venue, there was plenty of coffee to drink, cake to eat, and loads of bloggers to chat with. There are lots of posts out there telling you the ins-and-out of the day, but rather than repeat their fine work I thought I’d just share the key facts I learned.

  • You are your brand – You’re selling your voice and personality.
  • If you want to be a snark...you have to be a snark in the first place. Sense of humour also required.
  • Turns out my long rambling blog posts are actually a good thing – at least in SEO terms. Blog posts with 500+ words give your pages authority and long tail keywords.
  • YouTube is the world's 2nd biggest search engine!
  • Google+ can really boost your SEO. Likes, tweets & +1’s all count as SEO backlinks.

So what does this mean for Another Goldfish? I think it’s pretty clear I need a Google+ page, which may mean I need to come out of the anonymous closet. Hopefully this will also give the blog a bit more personality and character.

I haven’t yet decided if I’m coming completely into the open or if I might create myself a pen name. I seem to be a magnet for bullies and stalkers, so I’m not sure about using my real name. I’d love to say I have a tough skin, but I find bullies and conflict quite traumatic.

I met loads of fabulous ladies including Nickie of TypecastAnne Smart of  Oh My Geek! who found my session indecision entertaining, Kate C of The Five F's Blog who kept me company on the trains to and from Birmingham. And finally it was lovely to finally meet Ruth of Geek Mummy who's offered me kind support on my IVF journey.

The final bit of BlogCamp advice I have is: if you want to meet bloggers you don’t know, send out a tweet! I asked people to say hello and gave a quick description of my jumper and ladies all around me introduced themselves.

It was a brilliant day out and I'll be first in line for the next one! Thanks very much Sally & the Tots100 Team.