The following post is from Amy of Blogging With Amy:Blogging conference season is upon us! I’ve been to two blogging conferences in the past and will attend two more in the next few months. The first conference I attended was a major milestone in my blogging “career” (if I can call it that). The second was also instrumental…and it was a huge amount of fun. I highly recommend them.
But I’ve got to say, if you’ve never been to a blogging conference, it’s kind of a strange experience. I mean, here you are, “friends” with these people and yet you’ve never spent a minute with them in real life.
One Problem with People on the Internet
Online, everyone is reduced to a 2-dimensional avatar. It’s convenient for the internet, but not so convenient when you’re trying to find someone familiar in a sea of real, 3-dimensional people.
At my first conference, I felt like I was milling around, looking at the other attendees, wondering if I knew anyone.
Well, it turns out I did. It just took me a while to figure out who was who because people I knew as an avatar looked really different as a real person. Once I started putting names to faces, I found myself thinking Oh! I didn’t picture them to look like that!
And I know people felt the same way about me too. It’s just one of those things.
A Simple Way to Fix the Problem
I almost didn’t make it to my first blogging conference. By the time I decided I wanted to go, it was sold out. Fortunately I was able to snag a ticket from someone who had to back out at the last minute.
Given the last minute nature of the situation, I wasn’t able to order business cards in time but I knew I needed to have something I could hand out. Without another option, I bought cute sticky notes and printed out my avatar on some mailing labels. I figured I would just write my name and blog address on the sticky note, stick on an avatar and call it good. It wasn’t fancy, but it was all I had.
As it turned out, I didn’t pass out a whole lot of sticky notes. However, I did put one of my avatar stickers on my name badge. It was one of those “accidental genius” moments.
I began introducing myself with my name and a handshake of course, and then I would point to the avatar on my name badge. For those who knew me online, my avatar sticker provided instant recognition.
I’ve got some bona fide business cards these days. The first thing I made sure was on them? My avatar.
Can you relate? Have you been to a conference and had a hard time figuring out who’s who? What advice would you give to a first-time blog conference attendee?
|Amy Lynn Andrews blogs at BloggingWithAmy.com where she explains how to start a blog as well as simple blogging tips any blogger can implement.|