My first Indiblogger meet... my first blogger meet ever
I didn't know what to expect. I reached around 9:25 am, expecting hardly anyone would be there. I was so wrong. There were quiet a few bloggers around.
Through the day, there was an excitement in the air. Excitement and enjoyment of being a blogger.
Renie Ravin said that there's no way to describe bloggers.
There's no such thing as a 'typical blogger' - something I realised as I looked around. There are different types of blogs and the same goes for bloggers.
I blog because I like to write. My blog is mostly about poetry and fiction, with my rare travel experiences thrown in.
It was a inspiring to meet writers who blog for a living, or want to blog for a living.
What I learnt -
- Discover your passion.
- Give accurate headlines to your blog posts, even if they are not always attention-grabbing.
- Do not follow anyone else's style. Be inspired by others, but work on being unique.
- No guest blogging. (I am not entirely convinced about this, but I know the pros and cons better now)
- Never give your content for free.
- Spring clean your blog. Get rid of the old irrelevant stuff. Let go when needed.
- Rethink the ads on your blog. Think of the readers first.
- Interlinking the posts is good for the blog.
- Use google webmaster tools and google analytics.
- Sell yourself. 'Apne Muh Mia Mitthu' / Blowing one's own trumpet is good for a blogger.
- Have your own website. Ditch blogspot.com (I have decided not to do so, at least for now)
- Snighda Manchanda's presentation on 'Creative Writing' was a delight, explaining the seven basic story plots with reference to the famous movies and books.
- Do not overdo the social media sharing.
- Set a deadline for monetisation of your blog.
- Don't create content for yourself or your friends.
There was a lot of talk of SEOs, typography, blog design and other technical stuff. Not all of it made sense to me, but I do know more about it now than I did before.
I learnt a lot through the day, met bloggers whose blogs I read and appreciate, had a lot of fun, had good food, met people passionate about what they do, enjoyed a stand-up comedy performance and was even entertained by good music.
Prizes were won... I didn't win anything though :(
Despite not winning the vouchers and the phones, I got a backpack, a speaker, lots of great information, tons of motivation to write more, a day spent with fellow bloggers and good food at BluFrog.
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