Thursday, 16 October 2014

My first Indiblogger meet #WORDUP





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.


#WORDUP experiences of other bloggers

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your nice thoughts!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Geetanjali...

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  2. These kind of new experiences in life always want us to achieve more.

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    1. Agreed, Davinder... I do try to experience these experiences whenever possible!

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  3. Nice reading about your experiences in the bloggers' meet!

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    1. Thanks. I am glad you enjoyed reading about the meet. It was certainly a great experience...
      Welcome to my blog :)

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  4. thanks for sharing ur experience...had cancelled my registration as my kid was not well

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    1. Oh... I can relate to your experience, Sweta. I have had to cancel a couple of registrations myself... mother's job calling :)
      I am glad you enjoyed reading about them though.

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