A long, busy, week began for me yesterday (well, actually Saturday) and as part of it I am writing and scheduling blog posts for every day, Wednesday through Sunday, on this blog and The Opinionated Pussycat.
I will be taking my laptop and also plan to blog daily on the cat blog and on Mad Macedonian, as well, as time permits.
I will be attending a lot of presentations, taking pictures and notes, meeting many people I only have known online, and expect to learn a lot.
The conferences are a great way for pet bloggers to connect with other pet bloggers They gather to share expertise, tell stories and support one another. The sessions offer educational training and insight from industry experts in all sorts of topics such as SEO, Branding, Publishing, Video, Email Marketing, Photography, Writing, Blog Platforms, and a lot more.
This year I finally get to attend!
(This post originally written on 5/12/13 and 5/13/13 - See introduction)
There are just a few days before the BlogPaws 2013 Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference and I want to share with you what’s on my agenda for those 3 days and a few other thoughts from discussions, today, with fellow members of the Blog Paws Community Conference Newbies Group.
On day one there will be a Be the Change presentation on animal rescue at Sandy Hook and a Bloggers vs Vets discussion on how the 2 sides can work together and network.
There will be an evening welcome reception as well.
On day 2 the opening keynote speech is by Steve Dale then I plan to attend these presentations:
1. Facebook: Building fans to your page.
2. WordPress for beginners and converts.
3. Purina will be hosting a pair of presentations and I chose to attend the 2nd one:
A. The Link Between Diet and Domestication: 10,000 Years of Dietary Influences on the Canine Genome presented by Arleigh Reynolds.
B. Pet Welfare in America presented by Brenda Bax and David Meyer (of Adopt A Pet).
4. Using social media to be an effective advocate,
On day 3 the opening keynote speech is by Clara Shih, author The Facebook Era.
The presentations I want to attend are:
1. Foundations of reporting for pet bloggers.
2. How to write and print on demand your book in 90 days.
3. Taking Twitter beyond a Tweet.
4. Standing out in the popular niche of pet blogging.
The evening will be centered on events connected with the BlogPaws 2013 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards and the “Pawty” afterwards.
There will be an exhibition hall, and plenty of free swag,
I am looking forward to meeting many of my fellow pet blogging friends and also meeting my friend, the creative idea gal, Amanda Socci.
It was announced today that BlogPaws Sold Out and there would be Livestreaming (Details about the livestreaming included).
I went onto the Blog Paws Community website for the first time since before my eye surgeries to catch-up and hopefully learn a few things to help this newbie survive the experience.
The hotel will have free internet for conference attendees, and many attendees will be bringing their laptops and even using them to take notes during presentations.
Me? I’ll bring my laptop, but will be using good old fashioned notepads and pen for note taking.
While the evening events will require business casual, or fancier, attire, many people will be wearing casual during the day, including t-shirts with their pets on them.
I will be bringing mine and will see about wearing it. It would definitely help people familiar with Nikita and Elvira to pick me out of the crowd.
I will be bringing all my Opinionated Pussycat business cards (around 200) and expect to be exchanging cards with many people.
I expect to learn a lot, make some useful connections and who knows what else. Most important I expect to have fun, loosen up, and relax among friends, people who understand me and my love of this particular niche of the blogosphere.