7 things a Newbie learned from Bloggers Connecting

Bloggers Connecting

What a difference a week makes.  This time last week I was with 60 other New Zealand bloggers as part of the Around the Table – Bloggers Connecting conference held here in Christchurch.  It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other bloggers, gain techie tips, get ideas and figure out how I want to tweak This Mum Rocks.

Fast forward a week:  A rainy Saturday night, with an evening to focus on This Mum Rocks and reflect on what I gained from attending Around the Table.  Here is just a sample of what I learned:

1. Choose a blogging platform that suits your needs.  Most Bloggers Connecting attendees were using blogger.  As you can see from the address, I use WordPress and am now more confident that I made the right decision.  It works for me and what I want to do with This Mum Rocks.

2. Photos, Graphic Design and Visuals: I should probably think a little more about photos and the whole visual side of things.  Would you believe I didn’t take a single photo over the weekend.  I spent a lot of time listening  and meeting new people, but since I live in Chch, I wasn’t doing the whole tourist thing.  Also, there’s an art to taking posed shots or selfies. Trust me to be the one always with their head down or looking in the other direction.

3. CHCH retail tips:  There’s a tea shop, Teasme , on Riccarton Road that I need to check out.  Thanks Jen from Utterly in Love for the heads up.

4. I need to Redo my About Page: It’s time to update my About page to better reflect who I am and the focus of This Mum Rocks.  This Mum Rocks used to be a blog that supported a radio programme I hosted.  Now that I’ve shifted to Christchurch, the gears on This Mum Rocks have shifted as well.  The About page updated is officially on the To Do list!

5. Privacy Issues need to be addressed: The Mayor of a small town where we lived is a friend on Facebook.  Before clicking submit/send/publish I say to myself  “Do I really want the Mayor of South Wairarapa to read this?” Everyone has differing opinions on privacy and disclosure. Regardless of whether the blog is personal, topical or business related, it is important to figure out how much you want, can and should disclose and reveal about your life and the lives of those around you.

6. I might be a walking Emma Makes advertisement:  On any given day I am likely to have 6 Emma Makes products with me.  The people from Felt were doing soundbites and asked who my favourite Felt seller was. I looked down at my Custom made Emma Makes bag, opened said bag and pulled out a Knitted Skulls notebook, a Plans & Schemes Notebook, an Orange Jandal notebook, and a Bite Me Pencil all stored inside a plaid Emma Makes iPad case.  Umm, yep, I’m a bit of a fan.  Whats even better,  Emma gave every attendee a notebook and Pencil in their goodie bag with a little note to the bloggers inviting them to connect with her. Talk about switched on.  Emma, you rock!

7. People can mistake my sense of humour for being serious:  There is a knack to making light social conversation.  You know the type of chit chat that goes on at happy hour events and networking sessions.  I need work on that a bit: Made a cheeky straight faced comment about Gore and fashion and the lovely Kelly from Kiwi Women’s Style thought I was serious. (note to those reading, Gore is lovely, and one of my fav songs is a punk song Girl from Gore, circa 2004).

I realise I’m a little late to the party with my post conference reflections, but hey, better late than never.  :o)

Thanks to all the bloggers who organised a fantastic weekend full of learning and laughter.

9 responses to “7 things a Newbie learned from Bloggers Connecting

  1. It was so good meeting you! 🙂 I hope you get the time to pop into the tea shop sometime soon, sometimes if they are quiet, they will let you try some of the teas, that’s if the smell of them isn’t enough to convince you to buy them! 🙂

    I’m so glad that you learnt so much too! You did better than me though, I only JUST posted my post about the weekend 😉

    • After seeing your amazing beverage last week at C1, I’ve got some of those blossoming teas on my wish list. And I reckon that by posting your reflections later on it just extends the post blog conference endorphin high 🙂 (I even managed a little photo editing for my next post…yay I figure out how to crop!)

      • What are you using to edit your photos? “Gimp” is a great and it’s completely free. Back when I was working for a company (before freelancing), the programmers would use “Gimp” when on days I wasn’t there to edit images. It looks pretty easy to use, it does as much as Photoshop, in terms of basic editing that is 🙂 You should have a nosey at it!

        More info: http://www.gimp.org

        Yes! The blooming tea is so good and so pretty! 🙂

  2. i soooo want to go to that tea shop, AND i am plotting a large emma makes splurge! i am curious about your radio show, and have video killed the radio star on a loop in my brain now!

    • Haha Max, I used to have that tape…I think I wore it out. (much to Mums relief) I thoroughly recommend the Emma Makes Shoulder bags…I can fit 3 nappies, wipes, change of clothes, lunch kit, drink bottle, little pony, Mrs Bunny, iPad, wallet, keys, sunnies, & mobile! I don’t think Emma really intended it to be a Nappy Bag/purse, but it works for me now that Hannah’s a bit bigger.

  3. Ooh that tea shop is just across the road from work- I may have to go and explore in my lunchbreak!
    Thank you for coming, I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and got something out of it!

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