So, I’ve been in Vegas. I might have forgotten to tell you guys about my upcoming travel plans, but I *gulp* got on a plane and headed off to Sin City to attend the largest blogging conference in the world–Blog World Expo. This thing is big, big, big. There were some Mom bloggers there, but there were also tons of PR people learning about how to use social media better, owners of huge web sites, and company representatives. Honestly, I felt like I met more non-bloggers than bloggers, which was kind of weird at an event called Blog World Expo.
But anyway, I learned some good nuts and bolts stuff about blogging, Facebook pages, writing, organizing your writing–stuff I love. I also learned a lot about why businesses are so interested in social media and why people need to behave ethically when they use it. Here’s a hint: If you suck online, people notice.
Blog conferences can be really tough–there’s a lot of talk about money and monetization. There are people who get a million page views a day and sell really expensive ads. There’s this and that and you can feel really tempted to take your blog in a direction that you never intended it to go.
This time it was easier for me. These days I can say easily and without hesitation–I blog to inspire, I blog because I love writing, I blog because I love community. That is enough for me. Yes, I stuck some ads up in my side bar, but I can assure you that if it wasn’t right for the fabulous people who come here and read, I would take them down. My goals for this place are getting clearer and clearer the more I do this.
So. . . I’m still getting my thoughts together, but I have tons of stuff to share with you guys. Til then I’ll leave you with this great picture of Charlie and some pumpkins. Because let’s face it, y’all are only half here to read my words and the other half is all about this little guy: