One of the biggest perks of attending BATX is the Room for Improvement, a spot where you can get professional feedback on your blog site…
Room for Improvement started out as kind of an experiment at BlogathonATX 3, and has become one of the most popular parts of the conference. It’s not really tech support or a panel or a roundtable discussion. Think of it as group therapy for your website.
Two of our local experts, Nando Caban-Mendez (good cop), and Julie Gomoll (bad cop and yours truly), will be on hand to give you feedback and recommendations on your site. We can discuss whatever you want – design, SEO, messaging, marketing, information architecture, usability, best practices, cat videos… really anything you’d like to get a handle on. The cool thing is it’s a group experience. We concentrate on your site for 15 minutes, then move on to the next one. Everyone there gets the benefit of hearing everyone’s feedback.
So if you’re dealing in Super Top Secret Shenanigans or you don’t want anyone to see your Smurf/My Little Pony fanfic, this might not be for you.
This has turned out to be so much more fun and useful than we even imagined. Don’t be intimidated when you hear people say “I’m going in to get yelled at by Julie for 15 minutes.” They enjoy it! Really!
We’re making a change from previous Rooms for Improvement (Room for Improvements?). You will no longer have to sign up for your 15-minute time slot – anyone can come in any time. I, for one, am relieved. We should have done this years ago, amiright?
It doesn’t matter if your site isn’t done (trust me, it will never be done), or if it’s a mess, or if you don’t really know what you need. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t have a website. You won’t be chastised, I promise. You *will* learn a lot – I promise that too.
See you in September!