The conference took place February 28 and March 1 at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay. Due to work, I wasn’t able to attend on Friday but I did make it out on Saturday. I may have missed out on the first day but I learned so much on Saturday that my mind still hasn’t been able to fully sort through it all. I took notes like a mad woman throughout the day and I have over 18 pages of tips, tricks, and fantastic advice from some amazing bloggers who spoke at the conference.
The day started bright and early at 8am with a delicious breakfast. Around 9am I made my way to a smaller conference room to join in on the Latina Track. I can honestly say this was my favorite part of the day. The amount of information shared with us was unbelievable!
The Latina Track was broken down into 3 sections and each shared information that is vital to having a successful blog.
- The size of the pictures in blog posts should be the same width as the writing content.
- Add cultural elements to complement the item being photographed.
- Make photos Pinterest-friendly by making them vertical.
- Be specific in your title, avoid use of hashtags in titles.
- Utilize Google Adwords and add the yoast plug-in.
- To maximize SEO, include Spanish words, don’t forget to fill out the Alt words and descriptions of your photos.
- 5 ways to integrate your culture
- Arts and crafts
Those are just some of the tips that I gathered during Bloggy Boot Camp. Some may seem as if they are very simple but it’s the simple things that we tend to overlook and forget when we have a large vision that we are determined to share with the world. Sometimes what we need is a conference such as Women Get Social to remind us to take a step back and see what we are missing or overlooking.
We also took with us some great advice on how to balance blogging and life, that it’s ok (and recommended) to ask for help, above all to always choose happiness. Have fun with it!
“Stop chasing balance and start being present!”
For me, being a new blogger and often time feeling overwhelmed and intimidated by the blogging world, Bloggy Boot Camp is exactly what I needed to reassure myself that there are great resources out there and amazing fellow bloggers who want to help. Aside from all the information we learned, we also had the chance to network and make new friends! We didn’t get a chance to take pictures but my partner in crime Lua was also there with me, of course.
((I was secretly fan-girling after Xenia of Raised By Culture, finally got to meet her and made a new friend of Deanna of mommyGAGA))
After the conference we were treated to a delicious and macaroni and cheese bar and Mirassou wine. Those who know me well know that I am not much of a wine drinker but I had some of Mirassou’s Chardonnay and was impressed at the crisp, fresh, and smooth taste.