Top 10 Things I Learned at BlogWorld 2010 Today

I was planning to post some pics from Las Vegas, but I discovered that my internet connection in my hotel room didn’t work and when I restarted it to see if that would help, it decided that tonight it needed to install 18 updates.  After I spent what seemed like a half hour on the phone with the internet tech support guy for the hotel, he finally got it working.  Thank you!

So I opened up Photoshop Elements to upload the photos I took today and that program decided that it needed to update as well.  15 minutes later and it’s still updating.  Grrrr…O.k., I finally got some pictures loaded.  Here are a couple just for fun.  This is the view from my hotel room window this morning.  From left to right Mandalay Bay Hotel (that’s where the conference is), then the Luxor Pyramid, then the East Tower of the Luxor Hotel and Casino.

BUT, I didn’t want to go to bed without sharing just a few of the things I learned today.  Maybe this will give you bloggers some fresh ideas to swirl around in your head before your next post.

1. People do business with those they KNOW, LIKE and TRUST.  Be that person with your blog.

2. Be able to answer this question every time you create a post for your readers:  The readers want to know “What’s in it for me?”

3. Blog on topics that A) You know about and B) that people are interested in learning about.

4. Humor is gold!

5. Don’t confuse posting frequency with success.

6. If you don’t have something awesome to say, don’t create a post.

7. Make sure your blog is mobile-enabled.  Those accessing blogs from their phones and mobile devices is growing daily and you eliminate them if you don’t offer a mobile-enabled blog.

8. Offer multiple ways for people to follow your blog, like RSS, email, etc.  Don’t limit it to just your own preference on how you view blogs.

9. Define your target audience clearly to help you write with that specific person in mind.

10. Be authentic, genuine, compelling and don’t forget to share your emotional side in your storytelling.

These are great tips to keep in mind.  All were gleaned from the various keynotes and workshops that I attended.  Thanks BlogWorld!

This is one of the entrances to the Luxor Hotel and Casino.  If you’ve never seen it before, the hotel is actually a HUGE pyramid.  The black areas on either side of the sphinx are the sides of the pyramid.

Thought this would give you a feel for Vegas.  I haven’t been here for about 7 years or more and had forgotten how everything is bigger than life. It’s a crazy place!

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