This post is a bit different, because I’m trying to earn a free ticket to the Minnesota Blogger Conference. To learn more about why I’m writing this post, and the conference, click here http://tprk.us/mnblog.
The most important thing I’ve learned from blogging myself, is that people are attracted like magnets to others who write authentically, personally, and in a way that really provides something useful for the reader. That’s why posts like this will always be more popular than “10 ways to fill in the blank here” posts. The best, most profitable blogs are written by those passionate about teaching others their specialty, not jabbering on about why the blogger and his or her product is awesome.
I think I ought to get the free ticket to attend the blogger conference, because I intend to spend my time speaking with those at the back of the room. I’m going to focus on listening to the blogging dreams of those who are so introverted or just so new to blogging that they feel like a mouse, and wouldn’t dare walk up and introduce themselves to anyone.
I’ve always been introverted, and have only been blogging since March of 2009. So I know what it’s like to be the shy, new kid on the block. Having someone take an interest in you often will be the thing you remember most about a conference, even beyond all the great advice I’m sure the speakers will share. So when I’m at the conference, I’ll be making others feel special simply by asking them why they came and what they love about blogging. Then I’ll stand back and listen intently, and care. What will I get out of it? Hopefully some great new friendships, some guest bloggers, and lots of ways to improve my blog.
Hoping to see you on Sept. 11 in St. Paul.
- Patrick Garmoe