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.
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.
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?