I recently picked up Adrian Segar’s, Conferences That Work: Creating Events that People Love and was fascinated by the concept of peer conferencing. It turns out that peer conferencing uses an attendee-centered model that largely leaves the content of the conference up to attendees. There still needs to be some organizational framework that guides the attendees but aside from that, organizers are more like facilitators then authority figures that control the speakers and content. This largely user generated content (sound familiar) has a lot of similarities to what bloggers should try and build on-line.
A few months ago I started a blogging alliance for like minded bloggers. Our blogging alliance is a mastermind group where we help and promote each other’s blogs. Instead of talking about my personal experiences with our blogging alliance, I interviewed Michelle Salater, Owner of Sūmèr, LLC. Sūmèr, LLC, specializes in web copywriting, SEO copywriting, and the promotion and marketing of websites after they launch.
There’s all this talk about journalists losing their jobs and the “real” news media shrinking which could be seen as a disadvantage since there’s now more online competition supposedly. I have found it to be quite the opposite in my local area for a number of reasons:
Not too long after opening a Twitter account, I shamelessly plugged one of my blog posts with a tweet. I remember the day well. It was a Thursday. My blog traffic suddenly spiked. Then someone “retweeted” my tweet. Here’s the original tweet:
You’d be surprised what you can do in 30 minutes. Here’s my list, what would you do?
If you are on Twitter and have a sizable following, you can dramatically increase blog views and blog subscriptions by tweeting them following each new post. However, if you are into social media in any big way, updating Twitter, Facebook and posting to reviewing and bookmarking sites are all horribly time consuming. You can ease…