Dear 2016 NEPA BlogCon Attendee,
First, congratulations. You got out from behind your laptop for a hot sec and attended NEPA BlogCon. That is NOT a small feat. You prioritized your writing, your blog, your future. To that, cheers.
Second, thank you. You were a phenomenal audience and group of people to be around all day. There’s just something about our area in NEPA. We just “get” each other and I certainly felt that love yesterday.
Now, to the good stuff.
Are you pumped, or what?!
If you’re not, you might want to check your pulse.
You were exposed to hundreds of nuggets of truth and inspiration at NEPA BlogCon! If you are anything like me, this is how you woke up this morning:
— Brit Kolo (@britkolo) October 16, 2016
Squirrels galore in my head!
“Value, value, value!”
“I’m so in love with Twitter again!”
“Podcasting! New goal for 2017!”
“Over here on social feeling like Oprah, ‘YOU GET A LIKE!’ ‘YOU GET A LIKE!’ ‘AND YOU GET A LIKE!'”
“More live video!”
“More video forever!”
“Ooh affiliate products!”
“Stop holding your stories in. Let it go, let it go!”
“I need a cow!”
It seriously just went on and on…
And while that might’ve made you chuckle a little, (I know, I’m hilarious) that whole squirrel-brain-thing is kind of a problem.
Ideas and inspiration are valuable but only when followed by action. (#TweetThatSht)
To get my thoughts in order, I made a list of all the major actions I could take following NEPA BlogCon 2016 and who spoke on the topic.
Here it is:
- Leverage affiliate products to grow audience and monetize blog – April Holgate
- Use a template for daily social media posting – John Dawe
- Start and commit to podcasting – Jennifer Crawford
- Leverage events to grow audience – Sally Black
- Practice writing in my natural voice so my stories are more authentic – Indra Lahiri
- Rescue a cow and/or pig (because oh my gosh they were so precious) – Indra’s Beautiful Animals
- Continue to live stream video – Tim Gillette
- Produce video content – Valerie Deneen
- Get to know my audience better with data analytics – Christina M. Carrell
- Commit to branding my social media visuals consistently – Hey, that was me!
- Figure out what my customers want and need, then deliver – Amanda Fox-Rouch
- Prioritize mobile user experience – Tim Buckley
And then, (and this is where the rubber meets the road) I chose one.
And dearest NEPA BlogCon attendee, please do the same. Ask yourself, “Which of these actions will move my blog/biz/brand in the direction it’s meant to go?”
When I looked at it like that, it finally became clear – I NEED TO BUY A FARM.
HAH! JK. My cat Ginny would get wayyy too jealous if that happened.
Honestly, I decided that developing a podcast makes the most sense.
It also gives me the biggest knot in my stomach. But it’s funny how those things that scare you the most are the very things that will change your life. (My goodness I’m on a roll. #TweetThatSht)
So, dearest NEPA BlogCon attendee, what’s your ONE?
I seriously want to know. Go tell me what your ONE is somewhere. Anywhere! Twitter, FB, Insta, LinkedIn, email! Tell what you’ll be working on over the next couple of weeks or months.
And THEN (and this is where the REALLY good stuff happens) continue the conversation with the speaker you were inspired by.
We, as speakers, simply began the conversation. We want you to continue it. Ask a speaker questions. Follow them. Tweet at them. Like their FB page. Hop onto their next FB Live and ask them a question there. Learn from them!
Because there’s no way any of the speakers got up in front of you expecting to just give their talk and be done with you. Not a chance! They stood up there to add value to your life just in case you wanted to know more.
Go know more. Ask and learn and grow.
And before you know it, we’ll be right back together for NEPA BlogCon 2017!
Til then, congrats, thank you, I better hear your ONE thing somewhere on a social channel soon, and as always, YOU ROCK!