25 May 2016

What I learned at Blog Camp 2016

It is just over a year since I was last at Blog Camp, trying to find my lost blogging mojo. I was back at Blog Camp last Saturday, hoping to learn a few new blogging tricks and tips from some of the best in the business. The day did not disappoint.

What I Learned at Blog Camp 2016: Tips and tricks to improve the way you blog and your blogging experience.


Here is what I learned at Blog Camp 2016.


1) Collaborative blogging is not for the faint-hearted. It takes time and commitment and needs to be a team effort. And there is no guarantee that it will work. But if it does, it can be a lot of fun.

2) Poor neglected Pinterest deserves more attention that it is given. The lovely Sarah from Taming Twins talked about how Pinterest can help grow your blog and what you can do to make it work for you. Key things to remember:

  • Use longer, thoughtful Pin descriptions and no hashtags
  • Use ALT tags on pinnable photos to advantage by using SEO rich description
  • Pin regularly and consistently
  • Pin stuff that genuinely interests you
  • Make your blog Pinterest friendly
  • Something as simple as a 'Pin it for later' prompt at the end of the post can make all the difference
  • Use Rich pins to make your pins stand out
  • Use a business account on Pinterest
  • Verify your website on Pinterest
  • Refresh board covers
  • Think about key words and SEO in board titles and descriptions
  • You can get affiliate links and monetise Pinterest 
  • Use Pinterest analytics to find out what is working best for you
  • Cross promote your Pinterest via your blog and other social channels


3) I missed a vital session on time management for bloggers. Aby from You Baby, Me Mummy did the presentation along with Mel from Le Coin de Mel. The two have a very different approach to time management but with no difference to the end result - to be a fantastic blogger. It has me thinking about working to my strengths rather than trying to emulate someone else's working schedule. I can't change who I am and how I do things, but I can make it work for me. I need to make the most of the time I have rather than procrastinating and worrying about the time I don't.
By the way, I had no idea Facebook had its own scheduling, something that I intend to use going forward.

4) The creative writing session was by far my favourite of the day. The inspirational Kirstie Pelling helped me rediscover my love of poetry. I enjoy penning verses. It is my strength, my passion, and it is what I need to incorporate in all my writing.

5) The best way to write a fabulous product review is to weave it into a personal experience, a story. Be honest, but not blatantly so. Try and sandwich the negatives between layers of positives about the product.

6) There is money to be made from blogging. Affiliate marketing, advertisements and sponsored posts should help you make a reasonable income from your blog.

A huge thank you to Sally, Tots 100 and Wood Window Alliance for organising Blog Camp and for all the cake. So looking forward to the next one.

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What I Learned at Blog Camp 2016: Tips and tricks to improve the way you blog and your blogging experience.








10 comments:

  1. Hey honey, thanks a lot for the mention! When I saw your Tweet mentioning me, I though, "huh, I didn't spot you in my session!" It's so kind of you mentioning me anyway. It's funny you should mention losing your blogging mojo for a bit. We all do every few months, don't we? BlogCamp was amazing!!!

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  2. Hello! Thank you so much for the mention, I am so pleased that the sessions were useful. Let me know how you're getting on and if you have any Pinterest questions I can help with. I loved the day so much!

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  3. I am to have missed out on the blogging camp hoping I will join next year. I need to up my Pinterest game and post consistently

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  4. I am loving your Pinterest tips. I still need to master that platform! I have pinned this for later! ;) x

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  5. I loved Blog Camp last year and am so sorry I had to cancel at the last minute due to Pickle being poorly :( Great post and round up. Kaz x

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  6. I wish I could have gone but I was holiday. Thank you for sharing this, I really need to work on Pinterest and these were fab tips x

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  7. It was lovely to catch up with you at #BlogCamp :) you really made my mummy's day xx Fantastic round up! We found the collaborative blogging session a bit daunting!

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  8. I love blog conference season even though I'm yet to make it to one. All the posts I get to read afterwards are always so inspiring. I need to up my Pinterest game but I find it a total time suck when I really get going with it.

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  9. I love blog conference season even though I'm yet to make it to one. All the posts I get to read afterwards are always so inspiring. I need to up my Pinterest game but I find it a total time suck when I really get going with it.

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on blog camp on this post. I'm fairly new to blogging so I missed this one this year but I do hope to be in the next one!

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