why type a parent is the first blogging conference on my 2015 calendar

It was a little over a month ago that I was in Atanta, GA attending my first .  Sure I attended the Bootcamp in Walt Disney World, which was amazing in and of itself, but I heard such fabulous things about Type A that I was so excited to be attending for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I got to my hotel I settled in.  I looked around for a place to eat for dinner.  The hotel suggested a great place Gordon Biersch right across from the hotel, and since I was a little early for dinner I pretty much had the place to myself.

 

dinner at typea dessert

 

 

 

 

That night I stopped at the VIP Reception and met some wonderful people.  Got the chance to meet Monique Johnson and Crystal Collins from DIY Mobile. Then it was time to head back for a full day of learning at the first day of Type-A Parent.

VIP reception

The morning started off with a great breakfast and networking.  I got to meet some really wonderful women.  Some I knew like Sara Broers who I met a few years prior at Bloggy Con, but stayed in touch. Then I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Susanne Young, Celeste Eatherton, and Alisha Lampley. The great thing about this group of ladies is every morning we sat together, and attended the parties at night together, even though we may have split up to attend different presentations during the day.  We felt a sisterhood, and I enjoyed their company.

Our keynote speaker was Mack Collier:

 

mack collier

 

Then we got to listen to the amazing Rachel Martin and Dan Morris from Blogging Concentrated.

rachel martin and dan morris

 

We also got to listen to some other wonderful speakers Julie Cole from Mabel Labels.

Love the panel discussions were so great to hear from fellow bloggers and to bounce questions off them:  

The one on one Vlogging session I had with Desiree Miller was so insightful.  Great opportunity to learn from the best:

So much learning and networking was taking place:   learning in progress at type a   That night I had the wonderful opportunity to join Rowland Day, CEO and Founder of Websafety at a brand dinner.  This was wonderful to speak to a brand that you want to potentially partner with.   brand dinner with rowland day from websafety why created websafety   After dinner we attended a Party.  I received a pirate mouse hat, which was perfect as it was “Talk Like A Pirate Day”. disney party   The during the day you got to meet the sponsors at their tables.  This was so wonderful to chat with them, figure out a way you can partner together or how their product can help your business and of course the freebies are always great.  Thanks Redfin for my charger.     redfin charger at type a   How can you not be excited about taking a picture with Lassie.  I can’t wait to work with this non-profit organization Save The Children.  They are doing such wonderful work keeping our children safe.   met lassie with save the children    Here is another great company that I plan to partner with. I think their product is wonderful!

The breakout sessions were great.  I learned so much from all of them.  So much information to take back and start implementing.

As I headed back to my room to decompress and get ready for tonight’s party. I decided to share a picture of the Must-Haves I bring to a conference:

must haves for conference

Must Haves for Blogging Conferences:

1) Plently of Business Cards
2) Tablet, Ipad or computer
3) Wireless mouse as you will be doing a lot of typing whether it’s tweeting, instagramming or taking notes
4) Nametag
5) Portable charger
6) Gum/mints
7) Planner
8) Essential oils (definite)

But we had one more party to attend, and that was the 90’s party.  These ladies and yes men know how to have fun after a day filled with learning and networking.

So I got on my 90’s Clueless costume and went down with my fellow Type-A Parent bloggers to have fun.

ready for the 90s party at type a

 

time to party at type a

We ended this wonderful conference with an amazing speaker, one that I truly connected with, Thom Singer. What he talked about was networking isn’t a digital thing. When you go to a conference you can’t always have your face in your phone or even with your family. I retweeted the following tweet from a fellow blogger because is exactly what he was talking about:

 

Here is another quote.

Basically what he is saying is get back to writing thank you notes instead of texting or emails. 2014 is the year of the handwritten note.

handwritten note

What a way to end an amazing conference.  Here is the tweet that I ended with:

 

Then a quick tweet to Kelby Hartson Carr the Chief Executive Officer of Type-A Parent:

So enclosing you can see why the Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, GA is already on my calendar for 2015. Ticket is purchased and hotel is booked. You will definitely not want to miss this next year, register at Type-A Parent Conference.

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This will be my first time attending the Bloggy Mom Conference in September and I can’t wait. Whether you are a first time blogger or a seasoned blogger I hear this is the place to be.

Bloggy Conference, presented by Bloggy Moms, is an event suited for those in social media who want to connect with their peers in a community setting while further developing their presence and brand. Designed for the beginning blogger as well as the seasoned blogger at Bloggy Conference you can network with others in your niche while honing your skill and authentic self.

Bloggy Conference was created to enable the members of the blogosphere to attend a conference where family can come along and enjoy the trip as much as conference attendees. Attendees will walk away from Bloggy Conference with a better sense of authentic self, community, education and direction.

There is such a wonderful lineup of speakers, you can click here to see who will be there.

What a great place to network with other moms and find women in your niche that you can network with, create relationship with and enjoy each others company.

Come join me at Bloggy Con!  And because I really hope to see you there, you can take advantage of this wonderful offer for SpecialMoms, just type in “marla” (lowercase) as the promo code :

 


Look forward to seeing you in September!

3 Easy Steps to Managing Your Social Media

social media

social media

Managing your business, your family and your social media can be tricky, but here are 3 easy steps to consider to “be social.”

3 Tweets

Set up 3 tweet updates to go out during high traffic times.  Those times are usually 9am, 12pm, and 5pm when people are usually checking their Twitter account.

You can schedule these tweets using programs like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twitterfeed.

 

2 Facebook Updates

Post consistently and throughout the day.  You don’t want to over post and become annoying or a spammer, but you want to make sure that your audience sees your posts.  You can manage this with scheduled posts by using Hootsuite or PostPlanner.

Keep your posts interesting with photos, links, a call to action message.  Varying up different multimedia content for your Facebook posts will keep your audience engaged.

 

1 Blog Post

Are you an impulsive blogger or do you plan your blogs posts?  You need to “blog smarter”  by planning your next week’s blogs by Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.

I know that people have a hard time blogging because they can’t always think of things to write about.  But there are different options to find great content:

  • Private Label Rights Articles (PLR) are a fantastic way to add new content to your website or blog and fill up your newsletter or autoresponder.
  • Hire Ghostwriters
  • Request “Guest Blog Posts”

 

To keep these posts organized it’s best you create a blog calendar.  I know a lot of people that use excel spreadsheets or Google Docs to coordinate your blog schedule.
Make sure to always use a “share” button at the end of your blog posts so your content can be shared.  You can see mine a the bottom of this post.
Create an RSS with like Feedburner, so people will be notified when you have uploaded a new blog post.