I promise this will be the last post I’ll be making about Blogcademy, in case you’re all tired of all the raving. The fact is that a few weeks have passed and I have now had time to digest information properly. Blogging is a work in progress and it takes time to fine tune everything to an optimal stage. I decided to write a list of what I learned as a review of the fabulous weekend spent at Blogcademy, also as a reminder of what I need to focus on. (I also wanted to have an excuse to share the fab photos Dave McNeil took of the event. It’s not every day that one gets nice, professionally taken photos). So here it goes.
- I discovered I’m not as bad as I thought I was – having good feedback from the pros was very reassuring.
- Knowing this allows me to not worry about what I’m doing well and invest the energy on the things I need to improve.
- Blogging is important but interaction on social media is also very important.
- Social media is about other people, not us.
- I discovered the importance of having a network of bloggers who are you the same page I can share and discuss ideas with.
- Blog designs should be uncluttered, to let the content shine.
- The best content helps people solve problems and I should start producing more of this content.
- I need to work on my photography a bit more. I’ve already started experimenting with a few things that I hope will work.
- I also learned that there are best and worst times to post content on social media. Who knew?
- I need to spend more time on Twitter
- I need to organize my posting on the blog and the social media, to make it more time efficient so I can have more time to devote to reading other blogs and creating great content you’ll want to read.
- Consistency is key.
- Speaking of consistency, I need to be more consistent with my regular features.
- I also organized ideas in my head, as to what direction I want to take the blog.
- I decided I want to use it as a tool to experiment and learn more about social media and online marketing.
- Being yourself is the best thing you can ever be when you are writing. No two persons are the same and being unique is what will make you stand out from the rest.
- Websites should be easy to navigate and that it is very clear what each section is about before you click on them.
- Images draw readers in.
- Good images make content more shareable on other platforms.
- Edit Edit Edit.
- Don’t post too many repetitive photos.
- Always set your standards high and blogging should be no exception.
- Putting together a business plan helps keep the focus.
These are the main ideas from the top of my head. There’s a lot of other things you get taught in the seminar – tips on design, monetizing, etc. If you want to make an investment in yourself I definitely recommend investing in a weekend at the Blogcademy.
Plus you get to hang out with fabulous people like the ones in the photo above! What is there not to like?