The sessions at Type A Con were very inspiring and informative.
Patti Digh did the Opening Keynote and she was brilliant.
There wasn't a person in the room that wasn't completely attentive to her dynamic speaking style.
She was the type of speaker that leaves you energized and motivated for hours afterwards.
I also really enjoyed a session about Breathtaking Blog Photography - lots of great tips and I definitely need to work on my photos. I just need more time in the day!
A few key things that I learned and am working to put into place - it was recommended that bloggers who would like to do some reviews and giveaways be on LinkedIn. I have reservations because I'm wary of connecting professional life with personal life in that way, but I went ahead and started an account. Another recommendation was to pitch locally, and try to set up a presence where you live - even joining the Chamber of Commerce. Foursquare and Yelp were both mentioned. Be reliable to brands and put what you want in your twitter description. I don't think there is any magic way to be the perfect blog, but there were many good tips about increasing traffic and providing quality to readers.
Friday evening I went to dinner with Holly, the co-founder of The Blog Frog, and my roomie Andrea from Good Girl Gone Redneck.
We went to Mayfel's, a creole-style restaurant, and enjoyed some fun and relaxed conversation.
I ordered shrimp and grits - a true Southern dish.
It was spicy as all get out but had the most wonderful flavors.
Right across the street from the restaurant was a huge drum circle.
It was fun listening to the drums while eating, and the weather was so mild and perfect.
After eating, we checked it out.
Then back to the hotel for the Bloganthropy Awards and Reception.
I got to meet Blueviolet from A Nut in a Nutshell.
I've followed her blog for ages, so it was fun to meet.
And she was happy to solve my most burning blog question - one that I've asked many people and never found an answer for (how to figure out how many unique visitors a blog gets a month - if you want to know drop me an email!). Thanks Blueviolet!
Come back tomorrow for more from Asheville and Type A Con.