Saturday, July 16, 2011

Central Florida Blogger Conference 2011

For a social media newbie, starting a new blog is tough. Luckily, I attended the Central Florida Blogger Conference this past weekend and got myself up to speed. While I wasn't busy being distracted by all the Clark Kents walking around with their laptops and sexy glasses, I learned all kinds of interesting things to help me with my blog. 

Branding and Connections- I have a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, so I already have a good sense of what it means to brand my image. However, since I've been out of the loop for the past seven years (busy being a teacher!), it was great to get a crash course in current branding trends via social media. I also owe a HUGE thank you to Central Florida Top 5 curator Bess Auer, for introducing me to so many fabulous bloggers and PR reps. I have so many leads and connections, I almost don't know where to begin!

#Hastags - I seriously had no idea what these were or how to use them. Let's just say I've been hastagging my tooshie off on Twitter for the past 48 hours and it's been both fun and rewarding.

"Taking Your Blog Offline" - This was my favorite presentation of the day.'s editor Mark Baratelli shared useful knowledge about taking your blog offline and sharing it with others at public events. His presentation was a refreshing mix of endearing charm and wit. I immediately started putting his words of wisdom to use, and I've already reaped a lot of benefits.

I will definitely be coming back next year and hopefully, I'll be bringing some of my fellow newbie bloggers with me! BlogLve!

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