Blogcamp is a day for bloggers to get together, develop their skills and share creative ideas. This year’s was also my first blogging event, and to be honest I think I was more excited about meeting the people behind the blogs I follow than attending the sessions (or maybe that was the anticipation built on Twitter during the days before the event). My video summary is at the bottom of the post.
Here are the main things I learnt at Blogcamp 2014:
- People are often not recognisable from their online presence – probably including me as my current Twitter image is wearing a blonde wig and the picture on my blog is several years old
- I associate some people more with Twitter than their blog; perhaps it is connected to where I first ‘met’ them
- A day is not long enough to meet everyone, so sorry to everyone I didn’t talk to
- If you want to write for a magazine pitch your ideas in an email including your angle and why you should be the one to write the article in about 100 words. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get a response as they get many pitches a day; keep trying
- You can have one idea and develop it in different ways for different locations, such as your blog, a magazine or company website
- Book editors like the social media networks that bloggers have because it is great author platform to help promote a book via word of mouth
- Back up blog regularly, both database and files
- Keep WordPress and plugins updated for security purposes
- Have as few plugins as possible, 10 is a good number (I’m not going to mention how many I have inactive at the moment)
- If you change your theme it is good to keep something the same as the old one, such as background pattern or author photo, as it will help people know they are at the correct site.
- Blog loading time is important as people don’t stay if it is slow and this can be bad SEO as Google is likely to register this. You can find load times through Google webmaster tools, and tools.pingdom.com shows the order things load and how long they take.
- Loading images from more than one location such as blog badges can slow the loading time
- You can embed social media events into blog posts, this provides additional information to readers and promotes social media accounts, for example
with: Tom Arber
- A good photo is one that means something to you
- Brighter pictures have more details and are more flattering, so you can take them over exposed and edit them down a bit if they are too bright
- Use snap / pre focus when taking pictures of moving kids and take the photo when they are in the position you have prepared for (can do this on a phone camera by pressing and holding on the screen)
- When taking a full body shot make sure to hold the camera parallel to the person to prevent body distortions
- Don’t crop photos across joints e.g. knees
- Photograph different things in a way that interests you
with: Ruth Arnold
- Communication is 93% body language and people retain more if they hear and see something
- YouTube is the second biggest search engine and 57% internet traffic in 2012 was video and this is increasing
- Vimeo offers more choices on how to share videos than YouTube so they can be used in different ways such as training videos on a blog that can not be embedded on other sites
- Using LED or daylight light source can be good to help photographs and video look better when there is limited natural light
My Blogcamp thank yous
Thank you to the Tots100 team for organising the Blogcamp, TalkTalk for sponsoring the event and all the speakers listed above. I wish I’ve been able to attend many of the other sessions, but as you can see it was already a very busy day (sorry for my shaky camera work I wish I’d used my camera instead of the my phone).
What is the best blogging tip you’ve picked up?