Friday, September 10, 2010

Social Media Overload or Why I Need Bloggy Boot Camp

It started out simple enough a few years ago.  Start a blog and and write.  I like to write always have.

Then it happened ...comments.  People read what I wrote and liked it!  They even took time to tell me they liked it.  Then I started reading other people's blogs then they read mine...followers!  I blogged daily, sometimes more than that.  I came up with "My Island" and people loved it!  I met up with a blogger in Massachusetts, As Cape Cod Turns, while I was on vacation and we hung out.  It was awesome!

Then I was a featured blogger on SITS.  OMG!  The comment love was so addicting!  I met more bloggers and followed more blogs until...

B U R N O U T

I didn't blog for a long time.  I thought about it often and I admit...I lurked.  I felt guilty for not nurturing my blog.  I missed writing.  I watched too much tv. 

So I started again, a little at a time to get back into the swing of things.  It made me happy so I decided to put more effort into my blog.  I bought a domain name but wasn't sure how to migrate it also, it seemed the game had changed.  Between Facebook, Twitter, something called BlogFrog...what the heck is that?  Keeping up with all those Tweets should be a full time job oh and was I writer on my Facebook fan page or a business?  If I was going to participate in Health Living Blogging could I only write about healthy stuff?  Am I persona non grata at BlogHer now that they pulled their ads from my tiny blog?  What about stats and how much should I care about them...and how do I get to do reviews and giveaways? 

I must be doing something wrong. :(  I started to get lost again and then...


Da da da da!  

I saw it, help from the gals at SITS!



And it was coming to Philadelphia.

It was like a bunch of things all fell into place the week I discovered I could go.  Finally someone, actually a lot of talented someones, would all be gathered together to help each other make the most of what they love doing, writing, blogging, networking and I could get some help!

I am so excited to share a freezing hotel conference room on Saturday (and Friday night at dinner) with a ton of other funny and talented writers I can barely contain myself!  It is going to be a crazy weekend for me but it will all be worth it I know.  I will gain knowledge, insight and most of all...

a new bunch of friends who blog.  Can't wait to hang with you all!

8 comments:

Los said...

So, I never really heard back - are we (me, you and Kat) hanging out after the blog dinner tonight? If not, I understand - lots of bloggers to talk to.

As Cape Cod Turns said...

So cool! Have a great time and it is nice to have you back blogging :)

Mama Kat said...

Can't wait to meet you! I hope it inspires you to keep writing! We need to get Karl to meet up! There has to be a way to manage that...are you staying for the cocktail party on Saturday?

Andrew Green said...

I, too, would like to take part in more blogger interaction-type stuff, but it's just so darn hard to find the time....
I salute those who can network better than I. Have fun at boot camp!

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Aww man, I so understand what you mean about keeping up with the blog, following other blogs, commenting on other blogs and keeping up with your own comments... as well as the day job and fitting in other interests!

Do tell if you learn any secrets at your blog conference and enjoy yourself!

Beth Dunn said...

That sounds like SO much fun. You'll have to share with us what you learn. I get lost with my blog too but in general I love all the great supporters/blends
xoxo
SC

all.things.fadra said...

I haven't heard your stunning conclusion. Well.... ?

Julie said...

I'm sitting here on the edge of my seat too... so, what did you think?? ;-)

Oh yeah. I haven't written my conclusion yet either. I should really get on that.