My brain is on blogging overload today! I just returned from Megaphone Summit 2018 where I made a last minute decision to attend this local blogging conference. And boy did it pay off again! Last year was my very first Megaphone and I walked away with such a kick in the pants that really got this whole blog thing on track. They lit an even bigger fire in me this weekend and now I’m processing all the things. If you have ever wanted to blog, or maybe you’re wondering what does she do behind this computer screen all day, then your questions are about to be answered as you enter into my jumbled mind. Here are my Top 5 Megaphone Summit Take Away’s – Blogging Tips & Tricks.
Top 5 Megaphone Summit Take Away Blogging Tips & Tricks
1 | Community, Community, Community
My number one take away is the importance of community. I’ve always heard the benefits of having a Tribe, a true group of influencers who you can lean on for all the unknowns in this world. I understand that I really need this, but the trouble has been how the heck do you find a tribe? This year, I went to Megaphone with the mission of networking (which had this introvert shaking in her boots.) I had been introduced to several local influencers last year and this year I got to hone in on those relationships and meet some other totally awesome bloggers. But it doesn’t stop with the end of Megaphone, I’ve reached out to those who had sessions I loved and told them so through social media. It’s totally paid off…literally…I just landed a sponsorship all thanks to one of the sessions and the totally amazing speaker.
2 | SEO
I attended two very amazing sessions on SEO or Search Engine Optimization. This is the term used in the online world to describe the process (and it’s a very lengthy process) of setting up your website for Google to say Hey, I think you have some relevant information for Sue, here Sue take a look at this site. SEO is a two-fold strategy. First, you have to optimize the techy parts of your site, and then you have to optimize your content. These sessions were jammed packed, so if you want to learn more about SEO, I highly recommend SEO Boss Girl Taylor Bradford.
3 | Video is King
Video is King! How many times did I hear that this weekend? With the addition of IGTV, have you checked out my content there, plus social media platforms favoring video over images, Video is the wave of the future for influencers. You know that introverted girl I talked about, this has her so anxious. But getting out there, doing it, and honing my skills of video editing is what this coming year will be about.
Are you more prone to watch videos?
4 | Brand Relationships
With the announcement from The Women Bloggers (who hosts Megaphone Summit) that they are joining Soapbox Influence, several of the sessions this week was all about working with Brands. What does this mean for you? As I grow, yes there will be sponsored content and you will see words like #AD pop up from time to time. These posts are where I really need your help. Like, comment and share these posts. I promise that my sponsored content will be for product/services that I know you will benefit from. I will never be smarmy or just one big commercial. But I do have to pay for this blog and growing means investing.
My why behind The Fogue Abode is to create a source of income for my family that isn’t dependent on my location, to give my husband the freedom to expand and grow with his career, no matter where that takes us. <<– That was kind of scary putting that out into the world, but it’s real life yall!
5 | Girl Just Wants Ta Have Fun
At the end of the day, this blog is about things I enjoy in life. A beautiful home to live in, happy kids, loving my husband and the freedom to live the life I dream of. I love the potential this Blog has. It’s fun to sit down and craft a post, as trying and difficult as it can be sometimes, it’s fun! And I want my fun to radiate out into your lives. That you have the courage to create your dream and find a sliver of joy in this world. So Girl, we just want ta have fun!
If you saw my crazy shenanigans last weekend and wondered what the heck I was doing, well this was it! I had a fun weekend of learning and crafting my skills. Meeting amazingly talented ladies (and gents) who shared and encouraged me in my endeavors.
If you are a Blogger/YouTuber/Influencer of any kind and are interested in more, visit the Megaphone Summit website. I would also love to talk to you about this more, feel free to email or DM me on social media.