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Bloggy Boot Camp, San Francisco CA – 8/21/10

by TerriAnn

Event: Bloogy Boot Camp by SITS Girls
Date: August 21, 2010
Location: Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco CA
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

What a fantastic introduction to blog conferences! Bloggy Boot Camp graced San Francisco yesterday. The group was small (~100), we played musical tables (after each speaker), and everyone was tweeting like crazy. SITS (The Secret is in the Support) created a great opportunity to meet and talk to some amazing bloggers.

Friday I was frantically searching to see if anyone was selling their ticket. After spamming all tweeters with #bloggybootcamp, I was able to get one. I’m glad I did. The whole ‘women and social media’ conferences were a bit of a mystery for me.

I think these are great for those just starting out to get a better idea of the basics. As the focus of each blogger was different there were bound to be some parts that were more applicable than others. These are the points I was able to take away and can hopefully implement:

  • Keep it short. For vlogging pay attention to movement, lighting, angle, and background. Listen to constructive criticism. – Jessica Bern
  • Careful of what you post online as almost everything can be tracked. – Julie
  • Marketing is not ‘icky’. You are a consumer with strong opinions. “We see, we like, we share.” – Ciaran Blumenfeld
  • People can unfollow just as quickly so respond to tweets/email/etc. Be careful what you tweet as it can be held against you. – Jennifer James
  • You own your text and images. If you make money create a separate bank account. Use capitals and puntuation. – Linsey Krolik
  • Affiliates hijack your traffic. Opensky allows you to be the retailer, not the referrer. There is no contract and Opensky takes care of everything else  for you. – Ted Rubin
  • Choose your brand/name carefully as it sticks. Tweets should always be genuine so do not use bots and engage people. – Tiffany from SITS Girls

I also got a chance to meet local bloggers as well as those a bit further away. Some new bloggy friends: Michelle, Ana, Julie, Holly, Jenn, Jenny, Gabriela, Karen, Peaches, Venus, and more (I just can’t remember their names or didn’t get a business card so message me if you see this). The conference part was educational but the real benefit, at least in my eyes, was the great networking experience!

Victor’s Palace on the 32nd Floor

Conference Check-In

Name, Twitter handle, seat assignments

Conference set up and Julie from Angry Julie Monday speaking

Delicious lunch sponsored by FRS

Julie from Dutch Being Me and me, private after-party at Slide

‘Swag Bag’ from amazing sponsors

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Holly L August 22, 2010 - 11:38 pm

Hi TerriAnn!

Great to meet you this weekend! What a fun and unique experience! It was so nice to see some faces in person!

Everyday Kathy August 23, 2010 - 8:00 am

Great wrap up post! Nice to see some pictures… my camera broke the day before so I have nothing!

Thanks for joining my Boot Camp Hop!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} August 23, 2010 - 10:20 am

It was sooo great to meet you…fabulous post!!!!

TerriAnn August 23, 2010 - 9:40 pm

It was so fun to meet you too – especially since I had recently found your blog. You were a great speaker and brought up fab points – thanks!

Stefani August 23, 2010 - 10:38 am

Sounds like you had fun!

TerriAnn August 23, 2010 - 9:41 pm

I did. Next time we need to figure out a way to meet 🙂

Everyday Kathy August 23, 2010 - 11:31 am

Great Post! Loved it so much I featured it over on my Everyday Mommy blog! I also created a Bloggy Boot Camp Post Link-Up opportunity so please stop by when you get a chance.

Thanks again for taking pictures!

TerriAnn August 23, 2010 - 9:42 pm

Thank you for the linky love! Cute page and nice idea for a post.

Shell August 23, 2010 - 6:17 pm

What fun! I got to go to the one in Baltimore and had a blast!

TerriAnn August 23, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Really? I’m sure you met some amazing bloggers there as well. Bloggy Boot Camp has a nice atmosphere so you can get to know a few people and talk.

Heidi - Heart and Home August 24, 2010 - 4:48 pm

Hi Terri Ann,
It was nice meeting you afterwards, in the lounge! The day passed so quickly, we hadvery little time to interact and I would have loved more of that. I appreciate your recap, nicely done and you caught all the key points.
I am nicely defrosted now, finally!
Take care,

TerriAnn August 24, 2010 - 10:32 pm

I know, it was freezing. Nice meeting you also. Maybe we can make a point to get together at the next meet-up! Thanks for stopping by and reading the post.

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