I will have to admit it here: I am new to blogging. Sure, I have my Facebook account and do my status updates religiously. But blogging? It seemed like too much work to plan a website and lay it out and then update it regularly. What if the day comes when I have nothing to say? The pressure!
I know I have a lot to say, though. I have been talking and chatting up a storm for years now. I have a lifetime of stories to tell. I have often been asked why I don’t write a book. (That’s another story.) In the last few years I have lived a fairy tale life complete with a Prince Charming. We have traveled to warm, sunny beaches and been snowmobiling in the most pristine powder snow. I have something to blog about!
Since I am new to blogging, I needed to find out all I could. How do I start? What is the best way to get my stories into the world? Is it possible to monetize my site?
Where would a girl go to get all of this information? The Blog World & New Media Expo 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada of course. I had no idea there would be an expo for bloggers, but there was, and I was there. While in Las Vegas I met so many people who are already involved in blogging, podcasting, vlogging, and social media. I received pamphlets, books, stickers, pens… all about “new media.” By far, it was the best trade show I have ever been to, and I have been to a lot.
What did I love about the show? The people. I was able to walk into every booth and tell them that I was a new blogger. They took the time to explain everything to me. I was given good advice and direction about where to take my blog, where my blog could go, and the future of the industry. I had a great time meeting new people and learning. I was given information on how to make social media work for me. There are all kinds of tools out there to help a blogger make a living. I am still just touching the surface, but the possibilities are so exciting.