Friday, February 4, 2011

Top Seven Things I Learned by Not Going to Blissdom

So last week was a big deal in the blogosphere. A conference called Blissdom happened. It's a conference where bloggers share ideas and learn new things. A lot of my bloggy friends got to go. They met each other, they had a good time together. They learned stuff about how to grow their blogs and market themselves. 

There was even a flash mob. A flash mob, people! Have I ever expressed my desire to be a part of a flash mob? It's a burning desire in the core of my soul.

And I wasn't there.

All I have of the experience is cryptic Tweets and blog posts from blogger friends involving new names and inside jokes. *sigh*  

So, in honor of Blissdom and all the things people have been posting this week, here's my Blissdom post:


Top Ten Seven Things I Learned by Not Going to Blissdom

7. Most lists have ten things. I didn't learn enough to have ten. If I'd gone to Blissdom, I could have made a Top Ten Things I Learned from Going to Blissdom. I'd have learned so much! But I can't, so I'm stuck with seven. *sigh*

6. People at Blissdom dance like crazy, even when sober. And even when they're not part of the flash mob. I could have shown off my funky fresh moves. Now the world may never see me get down with my bad self.

5. I clearly do not Tweet enough. Blissdom people do, and they use Twitter to grow their blogs. Not me. I use Twitter, but not as effectively as I could use Twitter.

4. Blissdom people learn how to make pretty blogs. Mine is the ugly stepchild of Blissdom blogs.

3. I don't know as many people as Blissdom people do. They can squeeze eight, ten names into a single tweet! I don't even know what they're saying, but they're saying it to and about lots of people. People they've actually met now.

2. I'm not effective at marketing myself. Blissdom people do a better job of that. I'm learning that social media is a full-time job—one that I don't know how to do very well! But I'd be a pro if I'd gone to Blissdom.

1. Cool kids go to Blissdom. Next year, I'm going to be a cool kid.

So that's my top ten seven list. Next year, I'll have all sorts of neat things to share. But for now, I'm going to wallow in self-pity. And watch some Buffy. And eat some cookies.

Don't miss Blissdom, kids, or this lonely cookie-eating, Buffy-watching will be your fate!

17 comments:

  1. You are cracking me up!

    You definitely need to go to Blissdom!

    And I agree - Twitter is where it's AT! Tweet with people as much as possible!!

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  2. If you kept up with all of those Blissdom folks, you'd lose what we identify with you the most about! The rest of us lazy Christians would start to wonder!

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  3. Touché, Sara! I can't really rock the lazy if I'm being all productive and stuff. lol

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  4. Although, cookie eating and Buffy watching are both glorious pursuits.

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  5. You MUST come next year! It's so fun! Like a giant slumber party with wisdom and classes and yummy food and new friends and more and more and more

    I hope you come and I hope that I get to meet you if you do.

    Thank you for the smiles this morning :-)

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  6. I'm out of the Blissdom loop as well. *sigh* I consider myself to be sort of tech-savvy but I still haven't gotten the hang of Twitter.

    You crack me up, btw.

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  7. I'm going to go on record that you can absolutely be world-class lazy and still enjoy, learn, and benefit from/at Blissdom. *wink*

    Hope you make it next year!

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  8. I totally hope you go to Blissdom next year.

    But I'll say this: I responded "who?" a lot while there.

    Someone would say "Oh I just met The Next Big Thing." And I'd say "Who?" They'd say "The Next Big Thing. I'd say "Who?"

    It was like an Abbott and Costello routine.

    So I don't know that many people.

    But those that I do? Twitter.

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  9. Well, pass me along, sister! I'm following like a hundred blogs to meet new peeps! I need to find more bloggers in my niche, though. Most of my bloggy and Twitter friends are awesome mommy bloggers, so I think I need more faith bloggers in the mix.

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  10. LOL, I found your blog by your Twitter #blissdom!! I didn't go either and was just going to swallow in pity a bit more. I even begged someone to tell me that they were disappointed in being there. One person lied back to me. We need to make a pact that next year we ARE GOING TO BE THE COOL KIDS!!

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  11. I feel your pain - I didn't go to Blissdom either! Hilarius list!

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  12. I have this constant push-pull with blogging. I just can't keep up with returning emails, visiting everyone and leaving a piggy yet clever comment.

    It's a challenge. But I will say that Twitter really helps.

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  13. You will get better at Tweeting! I felt weird about it at first. Julia at Work, Wife, Mom...Life! did a great post with tips. I think you'll really like her blog in general. http://www.workwifemomlife.com/2010/10/twitter-tips.html

    Also, blog tips can be found over at KludgyMom.com. Gigi did a Back 2 School/Back 2 Blogging thing last fall. I learned a LOT from that. Here's the link to the first post: http://www.kludgymom.com/back-to-school-back-to-blogging/

    I wanted to go to Blissdom, and someday I will meet my bloggy friends IRL, but for now, unless one happens in KC, I will just have to dream about it. :)

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  14. This was my first year going- felt left out last year.

    Hope you go next year!

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  15. Girl, I was at Blissdom and don't think I can come up with a top 5 list. My list would be done in all caps, it would utilize too many exclamation points and it would include the word, "awesome" entirely too much. You're way farther ahead than I am by not having attended. Hee.

    But fer realz, you gotta be there next year. Hope to see you there!

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  16. Giggle. I can relate with your lonely, cookie-eating, Buffy-watching self. I didn't go to Blissdom either.

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  17. I hope you do go!!! That would be so great!!! I'm so happy to have stumbled across you on twitter. :)

    I know what you're saying about marketing. I am terrible about marketing myself and self-promotion. I shy away from it completely. I turn down so many opps because of that. It just feels like I'm patting myself on the back, so I avoid it all.Dumb, huh?

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