Last weekend approximately 120 bloggers descended on the centre of Birmingham for the first of this season’s blogging conferences – BlogCampUK. I had been to a previous BlogCamp event in Manchester last year, so I was hoping for something very much along the same lines but a bit bigger, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. It was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It even provided me with the opportunity to make my public speaking debut as part of a panel discussing the thorny issue of selling text links on your blog.
I did things differently this time. Rather than sitting with my head pressed into my iPad for the whole day taking copious notes, I took the organisers’ advice and just sat and listened to the speakers, trusting that someone else was taking notes that I could refer to later. And I think it was doing that which led me to a bit of a blogging revelation…
The lovely Muireann from Bangs and a Bun was the first speaker. She talked about finding your blogging voice, keeping your blog fresh and, most interestingly for me, her experience of branching out and starting a second blog. This was of particular interest to me, as I have a couple of ideas kicking around in my head at the moment for other blogs that I might start. In fact, I already have the first few posts in mind for each blog, and domain names purchased, but I’m struggling to find the time to keep one blog running at the moment, let alone start up any more. Muirrean talked about how her new blog grew out of a series of posts she started writing on her main blog, and it was really her reader’s reaction to those posts, and the amount of writing she wanted to do on the subject that led to her setting up a new blog.
So what she did was let the new blog grow organically out of her existing blog.
And that’s when revelation hit me – that’s what I need to do! Rather than hold off from writing things I want to write because I think they’d be better on a separate blog, I need to write them here first and see what you guys think of the topics. That will help me develop my writing style, and “test the water” so to speak. So simple. But it had just never occurred to me. So there might be a wider variety of posts appearing here over the coming months as I put this into practice.
I had a couple of other revelations too. First of all I had my first opportunity to experience the geekdaddy in action as I attended one of his photography workshops. He’s actually quite good at the photography training thing you know! And second of all I realised I need to think about taking more photos when I got home to discover that I’d only taken one photo during the day, and that was a picture of the sign on the ladies toilet door! Is there something Freudian in there I wonder?
Thank you Tots100 and everyone else involved with BlogCamp – sometimes it helps to take a step back and think about what you’re doing, and this conference gave the perfect opportunity to do just that.