|Me at the Disney World luncheon|
I had the amazing opportunity to come to the blogging conference, SheStreams, as a guest of BSM Media and the conference’s corporate sponsor, AT&T. All I had to do was get myself to Ft. Lauderdale and soak up as much knowledge (and Florida sun) as I could. I am so glad I was able to go! I feel genuinely blessed…like it was by divine intervention that I was selected for the sponsorship. I learned so much and really had a great time!
To try to process all that I learned I thought it would be helpful to concentrate on my three top take aways from the weekend:
1. Just add video to your blog/website. It doesn’t have to be fancy! I have resisted the whole vlogging trend because I thought I wasn’t good/pretty/smart enough. I didn’t like the way I looked or sounded on camera and I thought I needed expensive equipment and editing software to do it right. Well I learned that I just have to be me. Apparently people want to hear what I have to say in addition to reading it. Speakers spouted statistics about video blogs being more credible and engaging and having a greater effect on any ‘call to action’ I might be looking for. In short, just do it. (You’ll see more video on here soon!)
|Disney World’s Laura Spencer|
2. Just socialize! I’m not a natural networker and since I can’t drink in my present (pregnant) state, I thought about skipping the cocktail hours. I’m so glad I didn’t. I spent one hearing about an awesome new virtual assistant company, Time Dog, that specializes in providing assistant services to moms. Genius! I also chatted up the vivacious Laura Spencer, head of Social Media for Disney World (!). I felt dowdy and outclassed by this amazing woman but she was so down-to-Earth and nice. Just being around fabulous people like Lara, can make me want to step up my game.
3. Just go. I debated going to SheStreams because…well..I don’t “stream” and it seemed like an advanced type of blogging conference. Plus it was 600 miles away and I’m 8 months pregnant and…there were many more excuses but they were just excuses. I was offered a sponsorship and I am so glad I took it! I brought the whole family for a great Spring Break trip. We tagged on a couple days in Palm Beach at The Breakers (more on that soon) and had an amazing vacation. I learned a lot and met some really cool people (and the swag bags were pretty awesome too). I’m so glad I went with my gut and didn’t let my excuses win!
Disclosure: I was given a sponsorship for my SheStreams trip from BSM Media and MomSelect. I was not asked to write a post or do anything in exchange for this sponsorship. As always, all opinions are my own.