I attended the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Masterclass a couple of weeks back which was quite timely as I have been suffering from a bit of a blogdentity crisis pretty much all year.
I will tell you more about said crisis in a new series I'm working on all about the freelance/blogging life. I'm hoping to chat about this weird life some of us have chosen for ourselves and share some of the lessons I've learnt over the last year as well as ask for some advice from you smart people about certain situations. Anyway. Hashtag coming soon.
For NOW, I wanted to share some of my notes from the Masterclass and thoughts in general from hanging out in a room of 100 other bloggers. It's kind of a brain dump so bare with me!
- The reason I attend these events are simply for the people. Taking online connections offline is so weird/awesome plus how can you ever go past hanging out with people who spend their time in the same way you do. So obviously the biggest highlight was catching up with blog friends, getting a chance to talk properly to friends I've only briefly met and meeting lovely new friends.
- Meeting Sneh from one of my favourite food blogs, Cook Republic!! I loved learning about her journey so far and the crazy quick way she produced her book. She is such a hard working, passionate, talented lady. In awe.
- Would I still be blogging if no one was reading/cared? For sure. You?
- Creative opportunities rather than blog monetising opportunities. The creative opportunities I've gotten through my blog has been so much more valuable than the $ if I directly monetised my blog. Actually, this talk really sums up my reasons/aims for blogging.
- Community and Online Presence. I get the impression that some bloggers are so obsessed with numbers and reach that they throw a too wide net (of hashtags). My aim is for a smaller, more personal community of likeminded pals. And you know, you guys are kinda the best.
- Don't be shit. Be consistent, valuable and excellent. Any questions?
- Facebook. There was an entire panel dedicated to this but it pretty much went straight over my head. For me, facebook doesn't come at all naturally and I don't use it a lot personally either. I have thought about deleting my blog's page but I guess it's important to connect to people where they are. Undecided on this one. Anyone?
If you have anything to add please do so! And if there is anything specific about blogging or freelancing that you want me to talk about in the upcoming series let me know!