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Monday, September 13, 2010

Bloggy Boot Camp

So sorry I didn't have a post yesterday, but believe it or not, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Philadelphia does not have free WiFi!  And I am too cheap to pay for it, especially after what I had to pay for a room!  Why was I in the City of Brotherly love, you ask?  Okay, so you didn't ask!  I'm going to tell  you anyway!


I just got back last night from Bloggy Boot Camp.  Did I hear someone ask, "What's Bloggy Boot Camp?"  (I'm pretty sure I did....)

What is Bloggy Boot Camp (BBC)?


"Bloggy Boot Camp is a one day blog and social media conference for women hosted in major cities all around the U.S. In a time when blog conferences are growing more popular, Bloggy Boot Camp remains one of the most convenient, inexpensive and co-operative events around. Everyone, from brand new bloggers to experienced social media mavens, can benefit from this experience." 

I borrowed the above quote from the SITS Girls blog.    SITS stands for the Secret to Success is Support, and that's what SITS is:  an organization of bloggers who support each other by reading blogs, commenting on them, and supporting each other with suggestions and help.

On Saturday, I spent the day at Bloggy Boot Camp in Philadelphia, networking with around 100 other bloggers, and taking part in presentations by more experienced, seasoned bloggers on how to be  successful.   Topics from blog design, social media etiquette, photography tips, to search engine optimization were part of the program.


Some brought their laptops with them; others did their texting from their cell phones or ipads.


Here, one of the Presenters, Cecily Kellog, a blogger since 2004, takes a question from the audience.


There were over 100 women in attendance; that's a lot of progesterone in one room!  Here we're having lunch, but the talk was mostly about blogs and blogging.

I caught Karneisha of Hit Send Let Go going for a sugar overload!  Caught in the act!


Bobbi of highfamily4 assured us that she was prepared for anything with her cell phone and post it notes!


Here, Cecily Kellogg of Uppercase Woman   considers a comment from the audience.





It was an amazing day; I learned much, met many other bloggers...even one who is also a Mainer, Erin of I'm Gonna' Kill Him!   

At one point I was asked to pose a question I have, so I asked about Twitter;  you may remember my post last week about being a Tweet Twit.   I mentioned that I really am confused by Twitter and I'm baffled as to the value of it.  Tiffany, the Queen of the Conference said she is going to make me her project.  She is determined to teach me to Tweet or Twitter, or whatever!  That should be interesting.  Later in the day, several women whispered to me that they are unimpressed by Twitter, too.  I'll be anxious to see if Tiffany can convert me; sure, she's pretty, but looks only go so far!

One thing bothered me about the conference.  There were many who were texting on their cell phones, or sending email or tweeting on twitter while the speakers were presenting their programs.  Maybe it's my age, but I thought that was rude.  I know some were actually taking notes on their laptops, but many were just communicating with friends or whatever.  Am I behind the times?  I was always of the belief that it was common courtesy to pay attention at an event like this.  Maybe multi-tasking is acceptable?  Maybe it's a leftover from my days as a classroom teacher;  if I took the time to prepare a lesson, the students darn well better pay attention while I was presenting it!  Or do the old rules of etiquette no longer apply?  Anyone?


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25 comments:

Kristina P. said...

It looks so fun! I'm starting to get a little nervous now!

And I am with you on the etiquette thing. Funny enough, my topic will be blogging etiquette.

Vodka Logic said...

Interesting.. I would like to go to BBC but I'm waiting for the one in Boston next year.. I'm cheaper than you, I can drive to Boston. :)

I'm wondering if in the blogger world it is acceptable to multitask since so many bloggers I know are social media fiends..

As for twitter... I love it. Not sure why but I do. I like knowing what my friends are up to, and I also follow bands and learn where they are playing etc.

Good luck with the twitter training and when you log on add me.. LauraBlue24

JackieA said...

I wish we had a BBC or its equivalent here in Kuala Lumpur!! The support would be so useful to us in this part of the world...
Eva, I am totally with you on the etiquette thing! Looks like its the same regardless of where we are from!

Brian Miller said...

that does sound like fun...sometimes i am jealous as these seem to be geared toward women and i have yet to see one for me...just saying...

i think the multitasking is acceptable these days...and i dont know how they would do otherwise...

natalee said...

wow.. it looked like fun... i agree with you about the texting.... hugs

Gaston Studio said...

I think it's definitely rude, but then, I'm from the old school that says the audience should pay attention or leave.

DJan said...

It's a changing times thing, the texting while listening, I think. Plus there might be a little attention deficit disorder going on with the younger ones, too. I look forward to hearing what you think of Twitter after getting all these tips. It seems inane to me.

Nicki said...

I agree. It is rude to text and play with the phone/computer during a lecture. What happened to good ol' fashioned doodling on the paper when you are distracted? Whenever I teach a drill at the firehouse and I see someone texting, I stop and tell them I will wait for them to finish so that my lecture doesn't interrupt their conversation. It is old-fashioned and some may say I am being too sensitive but just like you said, I didn't waste my precious time putting together a lecture to be ignored. I could have been playing Bejeweled for crying out loud!

Pat said...

I agree with you about the texting; but maybe we're old farts. It DOES seem equivalent to talking while the person is up there teaching. As far as using the computer - they could be taking notes.

How would someone find out about BBC in their area? Through SITS?

It's Always Something said...

I'm with you.

As one old fart to another, I'm thinking that we were taught proper class etiquette by those who had been taught before us. Now the tables seemed to have turned and a model for techno-etiquette has not yet been defined.

Hey! Maybe we can start a techno-etiquette uprising!

Good question Eva. Love your blog!

Joann Mannix said...

I am trying my best to stay away from Twitter.

Here's the thing, I spend so much time social networking, I really don't want to add one more thing to the mix. I know I'll love Twitter as much as I love blogging and I don't need any more addictions right now! Every day, those Twitter folk are trying to woo me over to their dark side, but for now, I'm staying away.

JEN said...

Now, it's no matter where you are there is someone texting....even visiting, or out to dinner! What did these people do before..oh, yeah, they had to wait to talk in PERSON.......DAH!!

Steven Anthony said...

that sounds like so much fun ;)

glnroz said...

this sounds like great fun with a lot of good opportunity to learn. I also agree with you about the "texting" thing when people are talking.. i think it is RUDE,, lol

Helene said...

First off, I'm so envious that you got to meet Bobbi in person!!! I've followed her blog now for awhile and I think she's just the sweetest lady...and her kids are precious!!!

I don't get Twitter either. I try...like I'll post links to my blog posts or try to have a conversation with people, but it all moves to fast that I end missing most of it. I'll go to check my @messages and realize I've missed a ton and then it seems pointless to go back 2 days later and try to respond.

I get Facebook so much more...I keep up with that way more often!!!

lakeviewer said...

It looks too professional for me! Too much pressure on improvement and goals, and upgrading! Ouch! Didn't we those goals behind when we retired? I guess if we had a service or product and used blogging as a marketing tool, this then makes sense.

I'll wait for your enhancement to occurr before I pass true judgement. Just, don't lose your sense of humor, or I won't recognize you.

lakeviewer said...

p.s. I just joined Facebook, and it isn't as scary or confusing as I thought it would be. So, maybe...

SITS Girls said...

A social media conference is the ONE place I think its okay. Many of the attendees were actually tweeting what the speakers were saying, so others were following along.

I LOVED meeting you and can't wait to turn you into a full blown twitter addict.....

xoxo
T

Bucksome said...

Are you sure the attendees were tweeting? It's common at blog conferences to tweet highlights from the presentation. How else can the rest of us learn along with you?

I'm glad you had fun; can't wait to attend the one in San Diego next March.

The Retired One said...

I made fun of Facebook and now I am addicted, but I also have not tried Twitter..I don't have texting on my phone either, so I guess I couldn't Twitter unless I went on my laptop CONTINUALLY! ha And who and the heck gives a hoot what you are doing 24/7 to post on Twitter anyway??? haa
So anyway, I will be on the edge of my seat to see how they convert you...keep reporting to us Eva on that!

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: It can be annoying, but I've been told in the comments above, it's accepted behavior at media events....they are tweeting the highlights to others who couldn't attend.

Nicki: See my comment above to Jen. I still think it's rude.

Steven: It was a lot of fun, plus I learned a few things.

Glen: I guess we're just old fogies!

Canadian Blend said...

Why is it the less I am asked to pay for a room, the more likely it is to have free Wifi?

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

during the presentations, yes, there are a lot of us who will tweet as we are hearing the speaker. This allows us to share what we are hearing for folks back home who aren't able to be there. Think of it as a 'virtual information stream' for others.

erica said...

I will second what DIanna said... I used Twitter as a way for me to take notes and share key takeaways from the speaker with others who may be following the stream. Totally acceptable (and encouraged) at social media conferences!

Great to meet you! Can't wait to read more from you!

Eva Gallant said...

erica: I stand corrected; I guess I'm just not up with the times.