Just over a week ago, over 100 bloggers converged on Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord in North Carolina for Reviewer’s Retreat 2012. We listened intently as speakers from the blogosphere shared their blogging wisdom with us all. We learned, we partied, and we tweeted each other from across the room. As Katie from Charlotte Mom Favorites said, it was great to meet others “who don’t consider it rude to type and talk at the same time.” I wasn’t the only who noticed the friendly atmosphere, and watched as new blogging friendships and connections were formed all around me.
I don’t know about you, but I learned so much! So, here’s a few of my top tips I took away from Reviewer’s retreat, and a few of yours:
- Are you blending in? You shouldn’t be! (And one way to become forgetful is to work with too many brands.)— wisdom from Jennifer James (posted by Anitra from The Mama Zone)
- If something goes against your personal brand, walk away from it. Be true to who you are. – wisdom from Ted Rubin (posted by Heather from Acting Balanced)
- Find your niche! I heard this so many times at the conference. No more a little of this and a little of that. Want to reach your audience? Create your own voice and niche.
- Brands and other bloggers read your About Me Page – Make sure it’s up-to-date and add links to your favorite posts – giveaways, reviews, content posts… use it to tell your blog’s story and yours too! (posted by Heather from Acting Balanced)
- Create multiple blogs to generate numerous revenue streams. – wisdom from Jennifer James (posted by Gina at Mom-Blog)
- When a brand pitches you, pitch them back with your creative ideas. They just might be interested, and this will open the door for a lasting relationship with the brand rather than a one-time review!
- Your blog is your brand and it’s more about you & your reputation than it is about numbers & your stats. (posted by Misty at C.E.O. of Me)
- Want to create pinnable pics? Turn off the Flash! (posted and taught by Stacie at The Divine Miss Mommy)
- Engage with your readers and fellow bloggers on social media. Don’t just post links to your blog posts!
- The more media experience you have the more valuable you are to a brand. – via @MomCentral, tweeted by @MomBloggersClub
And don’t forget to check out Ted Rubin’s one-liner tweets!