Monday, May 9, 2011

7 Things I Learned at Bloggy Boot Camp

I attended Bloggy Boot Camp in Boston on Saturday and despite my fears that I talked about, it was really worth it. I learned a few things in the process and most of it was stuff I do does not optimize my blogging potential but honestly, my blog was not meant to optimized the direction a lot of blogs go.

Here’s a few things I learned:

1. Lists are good. Ha!

2. I should use pictures more. When I talk about depression or my other demons, I didn’t think I could really incorporate pictures.

by: Solaro

 

3. Pictures should have the right license for use if not your own pictures. The above picture if from Flickr, Creative Commons.

4. Someday I should get my own URL for Losing the Shadow. Blogger is not really preferable. I like blogger at the moment and I am not changing for now.

5. Bostonians have long URLs and blog names. Losing The Shadow Behind Me fits in that category.

6. My reason for blogging is that blogging is a form of therapy for me. That is why I started this blog. It is my journey getting healthy inside and out.

7. I met a lot of great bloggers and made some friends that I think could be lasting. I definitely networked. I didn’t let that voice in my head shut me up. I had a great time. I strongly recommend you attend one if it is your area.

So, I give it my two thumbs up.

I have started the Self-Compassion book and I can’t wait to write my first post about my thoughts tomorrow. I am finding it really interesting.

10 comments:

  1. It was fabulous to meet you and I'm looking forward to reading your blog! Good for you, going despite fears you may have had. I was afraid that the bloggers I love online and was meeting IRL for the first time would be waaaay cooler and funnier than me and I'd be totally tounge-tied around them. Which was basically true but they were awesome enough to hang out with me anyway. ;-)

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  2. I agree with JD. Guess we all lucked out, huh? I'm cracking up right now, though... after having met you, I can now "hear" your voice when I read this post! ;) Thanks for hanging with the out-of-towners.

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  3. I also give it two thumbs up! Great to meet you!!

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  4. Wow I didn't realize there was such an art to blogging! I've just recently started my own kindred--spirit.blogspot.com so I appreciate the pointers. Like you, my main goal of blogging is the self-therapeutic aspect, but the more others can gain, the merrier.
    I enjoy your blog. (And I guess I am not alone. Congrats on having 100 fans!)

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  5. Jen, so glad I had a chance to meet you. Like you, I didn't set set out to have an "optimized" blog, either (that whole discussion was eye-opener for me). I say go for the custom URL! : )

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  6. It was nice meeting a fellow Bruins fan! You can totally get your own url and still be with Blogger. Go to GoDaddy.com and buy losing the shadow.com. It will switch over automatically and is only $10! That way you lose the "blogspot" from your url address.

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  7. So glad we got to sit together at lunch. And, you don't have to leave blogger to get a .com!

    Would you believe it if I told you there were urls even LONGER than yours? ;)

    I am so glad you have found comfort in blogging and I look forward to hearing more about your latest endeavor!

    xoxo
    Tiffany

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  8. Jen: It was great meeting you! I too have a long blog name. I so want to shorten it, but oh well.

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  9. Great lessons you picked up from BBC! I don't think we got to meet, but I enjoy your blog :)

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  10. Awesome summary of what happened! I’ll bookmark this page so I can keep returning to it for little refreshers. I think it’s a good idea to go to different BBCs because I betcha each group, each one is different and there’s different parts that resonate with you..

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