Friday I attended the first BlogPodium, a quarterly conference series in Toronto, ON. The inaugural session was a conversation on blogs and media. That it was a first of this series was perfect for me, because this conference also marked the first blogging event I attended.
Organized by Jennifer, Shannon and Lindsay, BlogPodium was a fabulous morning of learning, laughing and being a little starstruck. Margot Austin, Kimberley Seldon, Kate Moore, Jennifer Flores and Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault sat in front of a room full of beaming bloggers and happily, and frankly, gave us advice to blog better and successfully connect with media. The conference was top-notch: well organized, fun and informative (click here for photos).
With a geeky, fabric-covered notebook in hand I took pages of notes but a few suggestions really stood out:
- Post your own photos (Kate Moore)
- Edit your blog and focus on your brand & identity as a blogger (Kimberley Seldon)
- Add your own opinions/ideas/comments/thoughts to recycled photos, if you don’t post your own (Kimberley Seldon & Margot Austin)
- Have a fresh, original voice (the entire panel agreed) & be fun (Kate Moore)
- Network with other bloggers and always put your best foot forward (Jennifer Flores)
- Make your pitches to media clear, concise and demonstrate your talent, but also your fun side (Kate Moore)
- Pitch to the medium (Kimberley Seldon) & study the magazine/website you are pitching to (Margot Austin)
For other recaps of the talk, take a look at Jen’s summary on Rambling Renovators or read what Britt had to say on My Daily Randomness And, for any bloggers reading, be sure to keep your schedule clear May, 2012 for the next installment of BlogPodium.
If the fabulous information doesn’t lure you, maybe the fun swag will:
|There is swag in this bag!|
Sponsors included: Delta Faucets, OlioBoard, Home Depot Canada, Chapters/Indigo Books, CB2, Pure Green Magazine, House and Home Magazine, Benjamin Moore Paints, The Penny Paper Co., and Butter Avenue. But our swag bags (I keep wanting to call them goodie bags, but isn’t that what kids get at B-day parties?) had goodies from other folks as well, including Beatrice (who included a gift card for a free print from her shop) and Milk & Cookies, a Toronto-based shop that offered a sweet coupon.
We also received a copy of the gorgeous, print-edition of Pure Green Magazine, volume one. I actually met Celine, founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine, at BlogPodium. She is amazing: so down to earth, approachable and really interesting – having met her made it even more enjoyable to flip through the magazine.