|Ashley Ambirge delivers the keynote address at the 2015 NEPA BlogCon|
The last two presentations, from Catherine Shefsky (www.catherineshefski.com) and Ashley Ambirge (www.themiddlefingerproject.org), were the most memorable for me, and the ones from which I took a lot of takeaways. I'd love to compare notes with other attendees and see what they found most memorable and useful.
(Mark your calendars - the 2016 NEPA BlogCon is penciled in for October 15, 2016!)
- People won't take your blog seriously if you do not take it seriously.
- Your blog is a place where you give yourself permission to be you.
- Your blog isn't a little thing you do on the side, it's your very own publishing company - and you should treat it like one.
- Give your readers something to relate to, to see themselves in your posts.
- It's easy to lose your blog readership by giving up and walking away. It's harder to get them back.
- Don't sell yourself short. Your blog is valuable - and so is the network of contacts you've built through it.
- Don't give away your work for free. Otherwise, you may find someone else making a profit from it.
- If your readership stays with you, they will grow and change along with you - and your new interests may become their new interests.
- You have a book in you. You've probably already written it. It's easy to put it together as an eBook and sell it online.
- ...maybe even a coloring book. Coloring books are the new cupcakes. Do you have original images that you can turn into black-and-white coloring book pages?
Those are just some of my takeaways. I'm sure over time I will think of some more. Were you at the NEPA BlogCon? What did you take away from it?