Well, we are still up in Utah enjoying the holiday weekend and spending time with family. Not only that, but the last couple of days I had a great time attending the first annual Casual Blogger Conference. Wow, what a blast! 300 women (ok, there were a few men, maybe four) who all have the same hobby and passion, most from the area, and all laughing and visiting with each other. I met some fant-abulous ladies, including a few whose blogs I follow (and am a huge fan of) like Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom, Becca from Blue Cricket Design, Julie from LeeLou Blogs, and Kari from UCreate. I also made some new friends and some great connections.
I will tell you what a bad blogger I am. First, I couldn't find my camera before we left so I have no pictures. Second, I didn't bring my laptop with me so I couldn't blog along like others. And third, I don't text, tweet or have a Blog Frog community. Wow! I am really behind in the times, aren't I?
Friday we learned alot about search engine optimization, FTC guidelines, and social media. I know - geeky to some, fascinating to me. Even if you don't get the appeal you have to respect the power of the blogger. Here are some interesting facts about blogging:
- People are 4x more likely to trust a blog than any other online media.
- 85% of blog readers make a purchase decision based on a blog.
- Over the next year the people reading blogs will double.
- 22 of the top 100 Google-ranked websites are blogs.
My mind is buzzing with new ideas. I have a thousand and one projects in mind and at least a million new items on my to-do list. Stay posted for updates on how I end up filtering them down (or as Rustin Banks of Blog Frog would say, pivot).
And PS - I can't wait for CBC 11. I think I am hooked on these things now!!