#BlogathonATX Twitter Highlights!
Hi everyone, it was so great to meet you all Saturday! It’s a perfect combo when you can mix good people and good information. And special thanks to Ilene, organizers, helpers, and sponsors!
I pulled a selection of 70 or so tweets from the #BlogathonATX hashtag using the tool my company is working on – to serve as a fun little archive of the event. Thought I would share it with you all!
P.S. If you have some down time and would like to be a beta tester, shoot me an email at tim (at) keepstream (dot) com. I don’t usually do personal advertisements, but I figure some of you might be interested in this kind of thing.
How to Speak in Public: Advice from Bloggers?!?
Blogathon was created as a great opportunity to blog in a communal environment. But I’m using it to write a speech instead of actually blogging. What I discovered, however, is that bloggers also make good public speakers (or at least givers of advice on public speaking…more on that in a minute).
A little bit about Blogathon: they’ve divided the separate rooms at Conjunctured into functional rooms. There’s the Techathon room, where people like Jeremy (@jeremya) and Eric (@txhoudini) were giving technical advice. Then there’s Writeathon room where people were actually blogging, and finally the Talkathon room.
I went into the Talkathon room to ask Tom Myer (@myerman) advice on how to give an interesting, relevant speech. While I expected Tom to give me some good advice, I didn’t expect what I got instead…awesome advice from two other people as well, Dara (@dquack) and Jennifer (@jenztweets).
A little about the Talkathon room: it’s where bloggers talk. Well, they also held a couple of stimulating roundtable discussions about blogging issues while livestreaming to the Internet. It was a free-for-all of ideas, passionate discussions, and laughter. I went in and asked Tom some questions, thinking that everybody else was absorbed in their blogging activities. Little did I know they listening in.
Dara, a college professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, immediately offered some advice. Tom and Dara then played off each other, and then Jennifer joined in with an additional angle.
I’ve summarized the four “wisdom of the crowd” golden nuggets I received from Tom, Dara and Jennifer:
- Don’t bore your audience. That’s the number one sin of public speaking, especially if you’re presenting after lunch and you’re behind a podium.
- As an antidote to boring your audience, you’ve got to immediately “click” with the crowd. Do some pre-presentation research on your audience. Talk to two or three people before your presentation and get their stories, goals and desires. When you give your talk, speak to them, and use them as examples.
- Talking about examples, use case studies to validate your points. If you’re giving practical advice, especially if you’re speaking to a younger audience (I’m presenting to college students) give them examples they can relate to that is immediately actionable by them.
- Finally, keep your presentation to three points, and leave 15 minutes for Q&A. Extremely valuable advice obtained during 15 minutes of free-form discussion in the Talkathon room at the Austin Blogathon.
Bloggers can dispense any types of advice (you can find a blog about every subject under the sun), and I just discovered they can help you become a better public speaker.
Blogathon Panel Take 1
A group gathered in the talkathon room and chatted about different bloggy topics. This is a quick and dirty rundown of what was discussed. If you’re starting a company/corporate blog, here are some of the things you want to do:
- Find other, relevant blogs. Read them, comment on them and provide links back to your blog.
- Follow people in similar fields on Twitter.
- Get your name other areas. Do it organically if you can. Get out there in the general space as well as in your specific business area.
- Find someone in your expertise area with a larger following and do a guest post.
- Interview an influencer/someone in your field for your blog. They will send the link to family, friends, etc.
- With a company blog give each person a personal brand and community. Go into the community and comment on other blog posts, promote blog – but do it organically – make sure promotion isn’t all you do.
- Find “juicy bits” to share with others. It will get people talking
Random ideas and topics discussed:
Give it at least six months to see if its working. Use google keyword tool to measure. Also use It’s imporant to understand your audience. Find out how many people are retweeting, commenting, count page views, visitors, etc. Get in the mind of your customer.
It’s important when dealing with clients to build relationship slowly. Could take a few months, could take a few years.
Engage and understand. Instant gratification won’t happen and companies don’t understand that.
Tools to use: Google alerts (not real time), socialping, activechat, Radian 6, Google Real Time search, Scout Labs
Put industry related blogs and people you aspire to be like in your RSS feed. Do search within feed.RSS feed – go to industry related blogs, people you aspire to be like – put in RSS – do search within feeder
Creating content: Figure out what your goal is. Why are you blogging? What is your ultimate goal? Also need to know who your audience is. Emotion only gets you so far.
Blogging needs to be organic. But at the same time, come up with a 6 or 12 month plan of posts. Social media, blogging and others are PR tools. Figuring out your audience and your theme will help leave time and space to be flexible. Respond to trending topics and have a plan.
Use your blog as a portfolio. White a piece you’d like to see in a magazine you admire. Make calls, include photos, etc.
Stop using your blog as a repository of random crap. Be intentional about blogging. Even though blogging should be spontaneous, write something others would give a damn about. If you want to be aware of audience and message, must be aware of planning.
Ideas: Designate certain days for certain subjects to help sement out ideas. Treat writing like a business. Turn off phone, set timer, if you can’t work at home, go to a coffee shop or somewhere else where you can work.
Being social and writing don’t overlap on a venn diagram.
Break writing up into 90 minute cycles. Write 90 minutes, then take a walk or get coffee. Go back to writing later. Let it out in tiny bursts.
The death of the dialog – people are only using quick posterous posts instead of long-form posts
You can’t sit down and predict which posts will get the most traffic.
The writing process never gets easy, you just have to do it. You edit yourself when you say you have writer’s block. Just start writing whatever, whether it’s “I don’t know what to write right now” or something else that’s random. Evenutally you will get to what you want to write about. Don’t worry if you’re grammatically correct.
An idea: Leave censors at blogathon for the month of September. Reconvene in October and see how everyone did.
Another idea: Use blogathon blog as a blogging community for Austin bloggers. Would be broad with a broad range of topics. Would get people to meet each other, comment, hopefully encourage others to write more. Others would be able to learn something from posts.
*Hope I didn’t leave anything out!
Why I am spending my day in an old house instead of on Lake Travis today.
It is a beautiful day in Austin, Texas. The kind of day that I would usually be on the lake, but instead have decided it with dozens of my social media friends and some new folks I am just meeting for #BlogathonATX at Conjunctured.
The energy, the chatter and the snacks are plentiful. Some people are being more productive blogging while others are chatting away. Have a feeling it is going to be a great day. I am going to force myself to focus and actually write some log form blogs and hope to learn how to take my Posterous blog to the next level with some customization and maybe play around with creating a Tumblr blog to see if I like that platform better. If one of my colleagues sends me the log-in for the Lotus Knows blog (which I have somehow misplaced) I may do a little real work too!
It’s Today, It’s Today, It’s Today! My Writing Shortlist (updated as needed)
The sleep won’t stay. It’s time to rise and shine bloggy peeps. wOOt!
I think I was non-volunteer (that is participant) numero uno. The first thing I asked was “How can I help.”
Something cool: A livestream from the Talkathon room.
The TECH ROOM solved a WordPress Theme issue for me and DELETED the HOME button from my menu. Clicking on the UBER.LA txt does the same thing. wOOt! Thanks guys. (will get genius’s name… or perhaps not, the entire room was successful) Did I say Blog-a-thon enough?
It’s frackin freezing in here. I’m not worried about the AC potency at this point. And I just sidled up to a nice 26″ Dell monitor. wOOt.
- The state of disconnect (done)
- Rock Body, Pudding Brain (done)
- A Deep Breath: An Emergency Pause (done)
- A First Date; or ReDating; or Offline Dating
- The new non-erogenous zones, that are kind of a turn on
- Entering the cone of silence (done)
- We are what we write (read, RSS, TXT)
- Oversharing, overblogging, overtweeting (TMI)
- I stopped following you months ago
- Going short (are you what you can communicate in 140c?) (done)
- Are you a mobile blogger (Going mobile?)
- At least one good Just Click It (Links) Post (done)
- Something I know NOTHING about: Contemplating a Tattoo
- Creating an infinite loop with RSS feeds (weird science you can do on your own)
- Together Alone (blogging in a room filled with women)
- What if I wrote a book instead of all this ceaseless blogging?
- Life may indeed be a race
And SURE I’ll take suggestions.
I’m a bit late to the party but I’ve been quite busy lately. I just got back from a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks where I got a much need break from the hassles of normal life and enjoyed some much cooler weather. It’s so nice to trade some cool, fresh Wyoming air for the hot summer days of Texas. Also, my dog, Pungi, managed to hurt his hind leg quite badly the night before I left for vacation – the worst things seem to happen at just the right (i.e. wrong) time don’t they? After an emergency vet visit and a couple more specialty visits he’s doing well and scheduled for surgery next week.
The Wonderful Blogathon Sponsors
Well, the debut of the Austin Blogathon is upon us – a chance to commune and blog our faces off all at the same time. However, although it would be possible to put on a blogathon without sponsors, it wouldn’t be sustainable, and it would probably die a slow, painful death.
Fortunately, since Austin is such a giving town, and local businesses love an excuse to get together, we’ve had some fantastic sponsors step up to the plate and make this a truly fun – and sustainable event.
These sponsors are providing us with some much needed sustenance, shelter, clothing and accessories so our bloggers can happily work in comfort, and go all day long.
Plus, sponsorship is already starting to work. Case in point: I didn’t know half of these companies before Blogathon (or maybe I’ve been living under a rock). I know who to order cupcakes from for my next event, who to hire to take pictures during my daughter’s graduation, and where to get pocorn for our stay-at-home movie watching.
I bet a lot of you are finding out about a lot of these businesses for the first time too.
Here’s a list of our sponsors…discover what some of these fine local establishments do, go give them your business, and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, and of course, your BLOG!!!
DrakNet Web Hosting
About: Formed in July of 1997, DrakNet (a privately owned, female owned, and completely debt free company) has excelled the web hosting market with a dedication to providing premium shared hosting solutions for small businesses, bloggers, and developers.
1309 E. 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702
About: Conjunctured was born in July 2008 from the coworking movement that started in San Francisco in 2007. Since its origination, the popularity of coworking has spread like wildfire. Coworking spaces can now be found in pretty much every major city in the US. Conjunctured was the third coworking space to open in Texas, closely following Creative Space in College Station and Caroline Collective in Houston.
Conjunctured is a coworking space with a growing community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and mobile workers who have grown tired of working alone. Along with the community aspect of coworking, Conjunctured provides all the essentials of a productive office environment.
http://pinqued.com/, @pinqued, http://ru-ru.facebook.com/pages/Pinqued-Interactive-Event-Production-and-Marketing/159935292389
About: Pinqued LLC creates the collision between the online and offline worlds. We are an interactive events marketing and management company co-founded by Jen Wojcik and Kate Buck in late 2009.
www.tabbedout.com, @TabbedOut, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Austin-TX/TabbedOut/208207016589
About: Austin-based ATX Innovation has developed TabbedOut to allow customers to securely open, view, and pay bar or restaurant tabs from their phone (free download on iTunes and the Android market with Blackberry under development).
About: Founded in 2005, Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture. With more than 30 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific news site reporting breaking web news, providing analysis of trends, reviewing new Web sites and services, and offering social media resources and guides. Mashable’s audience includes early adopters, social media enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, influencers, brands and corporations, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Web 2.0 aficionados and technology journalists. Mashable is also popular with bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users — an increasingly influential demographic.
Torchy ‘s Tacos
…”Torchy’s Damn Good Tacos”, a new South Austin stop on the trailer vittle trail, an anomaly in this weird corporate day and age we exist, but a little fist thrust in the air for quality, originality and personality, all things we need to sustain any quality of life and sense of community and self on this spinning chunk of carbon upon which we exist. Let it be known, far and wide, Magnus says, “Come one, come all, to Torchy’s Damn Good Tacos! Your horizons will be forever expanded, your taste buds dazzled, your pangs sated. Uh-huh.”
– Excerpt from Trailer Vittles, Pt. 3
Lux Bakery & Café
http://luxbakeryandcafe.com/, @luxbakerycafe, http://www.facebook.com/luxbakerycafe
3601 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX 78749
About: Lux Bakery & Cafe is a locally-owned eatery tucked in near the corner of William Cannon and Brodie in the heart of Southwest Austin.
The cafe serves a delicious variety of sandwiches, soups and salads, along with their famous fresh fruit smoothies and bubble drinks, while the bakery includes fresh baked pastries, muffins, cookies and much more. All these tasty treats can be custom ordered for parties, events, gifts for someone special, or just because!
Stop by for a real treat!
http://www.casabrasilcoffees.com @casabrasil http://www.facebook.com/pages/Casa-Brasil/157002955704
About: Casa Brasil wants to provide you the best cup of coffee available, directly reward those who produced the beans, and celebrate the culture of the beautiful country it came from. We approach artisan coffee producers with humility for their work and respect for the coffee they have grown. This sense of duty leads us to vacuum pack all coffee at source, import directly, roast in small batches, and cup every roast before it hits the shelf.
Our direct trade business model ensures we get the best coffee available and that these artisan producers are directly rewarded for their higher quality coffee. Direct relationships also mean opportunities for direct giving, and we encourage you to visit our progresso page to see how you can participate. Enjoy, and thank you for taking the time to visit our site. Obrigado e um grande abraço.
Treaty Oak Rum
Our rum was created with three important principles in mind:
- Make a superb silver rum that could compete not only with the best rums, but also with the best vodkas.
- Use only Texas ingredients.
- Make our rum by hand and from scratch.
While these ideals may seem very simple, we are proud to say that we are Texas’ first & only distillery to both brew and distill our spirit. For that matter, we are one of very few micro-distilleries in the United States that adhere to this labor-intensive production method. Simply put, we believe controlling all aspects of production results in a superior quality spirit.
Graham’s Texas Tea
http://www.grahamstexastea.com/, @grahamstexastea, http://www.facebook.com/grahamstexastea
About: Graham’s Texas Tea is a sweet tea flavored vodka made by hand, in Texas, with premium ingredients. GTT is brought to you by Graham Barnes Distilling, the makers of Treaty Oak Platinum Rum.
http://www.austincornucopia.com, @cornucopiapops, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cornucopia/36739818358
1914 Guadalupe St., Suite B, Austin, TX 78705
About: Walk into Cornucopia and you will quickly see what we’re about, variety and delicious gourmet popcorn! Made fresh every day, we have over 40 colorful & creative flavors to delight any audience. We’re always in the kitchen experimenting with new palates & ingredients.
Popped fresh in Austin Texas, Cornucopia is tired of the boring old movie theater popcorn. Each batch of corn is made in-store and by the hands of best friends & partners, Nikki & Nadia.
We invite you to find your favorite flavor and to share in the fun of popcorn with us.
The Cupcake Bar
http://www.thecupcakebaraustin.com, @thecupcakebar_, http://www.facebook.com/thecupcakebar
About: The Cupcake Bar originated as a branch of the Figs Catering dessert menu. After its studio party premiere, guests began booking the cupcake catering service for their own special occasions. This sugar sensation became its own entity and now offers customized desserts and entertainment in and around the Austin area.
As You Wish Photography
http://www.asyouwishaustin.com/, @asyouwish http://www.facebook.com/AsYouWishPhotography
About: Lori Luza and the staff at As You Wish photography are passionate about making their clients happy. Lori defines her photography style as “down-to-Earth,” allowing for real emotion to come through in the images. This philosophy holds true whether photographing a wedding, shooting a senior portrait, or capturing the love in a family. We want to put a smile on your face! Our on-location sessions and build-your-own packages allow you to customize an experience that is just As You Wish…
http://www.texasimprints.com/, @graphitees, http://www.facebook.com/CustomScreenPrinting
About: We specialize in custom screen printing. If you’re looking for T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Tote’s, Apron’s, Polo’s, Towels? You’ve come to the right people for the job. We also offer full color professional transfers for a single shirt applications.
http://www.couturedesserts.com/, @hate4cake, http://www.facebook.com/austinweddingcakes
About: Coco Chanel said that a girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous. Well…so should your cake!
When choosing a path in life, the choice is often out of our hands. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to choose not only our path, but who to walk it with.
We are best friends, turned baking partners. We believe dessert should always be the main course in life, and it should taste as good as it looks. That’s why we created Haute Cakes. Perhaps you find some of life’s questions difficult…paper or plastic, chicken or fish; but to dessert or not to dessert?
The answer is clear.
North By Northwest
http://www.nxnwbrew.com/, @nxnwbrew, http://www.facebook.com/nxnwbrew
10010 Capital of Texas Highway N, Austin, TX 78759
About: A message from Davis Tucker, owner of NXNW: North by Northwest came into existence from an idea that I had many years ago – that great craft brewed beer and fabulous food could come together in a fun and interesting atmosphere.
About: Entrepreneur. Crafty thinker. Marketing strategist. Clever schemer. Designer. Cocky geek.
• Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the changes in technology and media?
• Does your company need more visibility?
• Do you think social media might have some value, but have no idea where to start?
Let me help.
About: Hello I’m Jeremy (duh!) and I live in Austin, TX. I’m a professional web developer and have been for the past 10 years. In my free time I like to take photos, kayak, watch tv/movies, write and, as crazy as it sounds, code.
I like to keep busy. I’m currently working on a book on developing web applications for iOS, blogging on several blogs, creating plugins for WordPress, and hacking on a couple of projects that I’m not ready to tell the world about. I always have something in the works so stay tuned to this blog!
From 2 #BlogathonATX lists to 1
Smart people think alike and so both @ImtheQ and @webalicious graciously started twitter lists. After a intensive thumb wrestling war (ok, maybe it was just based on list size) decided that @ImtheQ would delete hers and we would only keep one list. This list contains sponsors, advocates and participants so please go make sure you are on the list.
Official list for the #coolesteventever AKA #BlogathonATX is: http://twitter.com/webalicious/lists/blogathonatx
Countdown has begun….
The seven immutable “blogging” rules to keep in mind and then crush!
The short form is here. Twitter, Facebook status updates, TXT, mobile, shorter attention spans. All of these things contribute to the death of the long form, or POST. BUT… if you are coming to blogathonATX you might have different ideas. I certainly do. While I love Twitter and the other channels of the “statusphere” I think I sometimes do my best work up in the 500 WORD range. Your opinions may vary.
Here are a few rules of the trade that I find breakable and I often make efforts to subvert them actively. I thought you might like to consider them today, as we will be sharing some air and bandwidth tomorrow.
- Make your posts short.
- Always put up your posts mid-morning to maximize exposure.
- Write about what you know.
- Never, ever go “negative.”
- Don’t do too much self-promotion of your blog.
- The blog is a dying publishing form.
- Always keep your goal in mind.
That said, please do keep the above rules in mind as you sally forth and blog your hearts out. And here are the short versions of my corollary ideas.
- Short posts often lead nowhere. One or two paragraphs of summary information with a “What do you think?” at the end… Well, I consider that post spam. Or post baiting. You can do it. But don’t be surprised if nobody forwards, tweets, or “best of” links you. Dig in. Be articulate and verbose. Know how to edit, yes, but don’t be afraid to WRITE.
- Post’m when you finish’m. And then promote them a couple ways and a couple of times during the day. If you have some followers who are not in your timezone, they missed your tweet anyway. So tweet again. Sure you might lose some “followers” but that’s not always a bad thing. Be afraid to be invisible. Be terrified of being bland.
- How do you know what you know if all you ever write about is what you think you know? Write about anything that makes you passionate. If you later come back to it and think, “what the heck was I talking about” unpublish it. Or better yet, UPDATE it with your own self-revealing comment. “I have no idea where I was going with this post.”
- Nobody cross promotes boring prose or posts. Don’t necessarily pick a fight, but when someone is trolling (being a virtual ass online) or speaking out in defense of something you find indefensible (Hummer love, for example) well pull out the guns and go for it. Don’t be an ass or troll yourself. Stick to the facts. Back up your conjectures. And if you are wrong, or change you mind, share that too. But to only write positive posts, would make for some pretty bland reading most of the time.
- Promote yourself. If you’re really good maybe one other person will care about what you write. And remember that Europe and Asia are waking up as you are burning the midnight oil. You might as well tweet to them if you have’m. You can tell if it’s working by looking at the stats in the 1 – 2 minutes following a tweet promo.
- Blogs are the free self-publishing of this century. And there are plenty of blogs that run their course in about 10 posts. But don’t give up when you run out of ideas. Good blogs, blogs with WRITERS and POETS are hard to find. But when you do, BOOM, you will understand why blogging exploded in the first place. (6.a Never pay for themes, never pay for hosting, use WordPress and FREE WordPress plugins.)
- Go beyond the goal. Look further into the future. You might keep your goal in mind within a single post. But expand your goals always. By reaching or stretching beyond what you think you know, what you think you understand, you may find a new voice that you didn’t plan on.
On Waiting Elegantly — To Blog
I’m prepping for a good ride with all of you Saturday – and in multiples of ways.
Somehow, this feels like a bit more than we’re creating a piece of Austin History.
There is a strong scent in the air – like when Spring and something all fresh and renewing arrives.
But – this is more literal. It won’t vanish with the wind or the first really, really hot day, the with the turn of the calendar. It’s more like we’re blazing a new in-road into what many do well here – blogging in Austin about what carries well beyond.
I’m betting what’s created here originally on August 28th by the amazing @IleenieWeenie and her (well beyond weenie) BlogAThonATx Team is to become an increasingly valued, periodically repeating Austin-calendared happening.
So – all that documented, I’m grateful to have been in on the birth of the idea, and on the periphery of the mid-wifing of this gaining a vibrant life in action.
The rub is I’m actually a blogger-poser right now. Not a real blogger.
Tho I write constantly, traditionally am a quite early adopter, adore social media, am active in most other “emergingly edgy” ways in this increasingly interactive world, (including being clearly chat-hooked, for example), I’m really NOT a writer.
Probably…have to also own up – I’m not even truly LITERATE! That’s a little scary to me to consider given I mostly like to do what I do well. ;(
It didn’t help much that I also recently ran across this “oucher” quote that catapulted me into a bit of a fresh mind-set of “Ready, Set, Go! – uncomfortable and all.
If you wait to write, you are a waiter, not a writer.”
While a REAL writer I’m not, becoming a blogger is clearly a whole lot better choice for my lifestage and style than being a waiter is.
AND…while I’m still a waiter, I want to be waiting elegantly like this fellow is pouring wine in a fascinating way.
As to what I’d like from our first BlogAThonATx day:
- to serve at the coming-out event – during the day as well as at the party to follow
- get some help with narrowing down themes and main topics to a more manageable set of choices
- gain some insight into structuring an archive of post drafts. (I’ve a LOT of content! It’s just not organized in a blogging sort of a way.)
- learn more about options for really terrific images – they seem extra important to me.
- see some well-designed, functionally organized blog layouts up close that are working well for some of you BlogAThonAtx participants.
The Lowry Group – Austin Texas USA
Facebook/LinkedIn: Sherry Lowry
Austin, Texas USA
So why is @katmandelstein going to #blogathonatx and is that a stuffed animal she is holding?
Hello ATX! This is Kat Mandelstein. By day I lead a worldwide team at IBM focused on our collaboration, social computing and web experience software solutions. By night I am a wife, mother and serve on the Board of Social Media Club Austin doing event programming, marketing and I’m one of the voices on our Social Media accounts. I am passionate about the evolution of the internet, adoption of social for better collaboration, and I am an active member of the local ATX Social Media community. If you heard me speak earlier this year at the Social Media Breakfast on 10 Predictions for 2010, you might remember I said the long form blog is dead. Why did I say that? Because with the advent of microblogging sites like Twitter, mobile devices and the speed of change and multitasking, few people have the time to either read or write the long form blog. Given that #blogathonatx is 12 hours long, I guess I have no excuses to at least attempt to write some longer posts and to explore some of the more recent blogging platforms like this one (posterous), tumblr, etc. and see how to most effectively use blogging to communicate in words and pictures. I look forward to learning from my peers, as well as having some good dialogue on effective blogging and where blogging is headed in the future. Since @myerman took the liberty of posting pictures of furry things that live with us, I am taking the liberty of posting a picture of Luna (aka Pom Puppy for my twitter followers), 7.5 pounds of furry goodness and love. Maybe since #blogathonatx is at Conjunctured she can come with me and sit on the porch (or maybe not) Have a feeling Wally will be joining her on this post (or the porch) at any moment, right @IleenieWeenie? ; – ) See you IRL or virtually on Saturday!
Hello ATX Bloggers!
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone I know and meeting everyone I don’t! I’ve been blogging for about 18 months but recently launched a whole new website in WordPress, and so I’m hoping I can chat with some WordPress pros about plugins widgets and things I should know but haven’t figured out yet. Plus I have a bunch of posts that are spilling out of my head and I’m looking forward to having some time to get them out! I’m a trainer and speaker and my work (and my blog) is about helping individuals and teams learn to control their attention and get things done.
Also, since I know many of you are tweeters as well, I help coordinate the Austin edition of the Social Media Breakfast (http://smbaustin16.eventbrite.com/, @SMBAustin, #SMBAustin) and the next one of those is the Monday morning after Blogathon (ain’t this town great?!) More free tix will be available Thursday & Friday. If you don’t get one but you want to go, find me at Blogathon.)
I’m also on the Blogathon volunteer schedule (aka, another one of Weenie’s minions =) so happy to help with whatever needs doing.
Joining me for at least part of the day will be my fabulous and handsome husband Shawn, who has a brand-spankin’ new WordPress site at http://www.shawnpthomas.com/ (and, BTW, a Flickr stream with some great shots of Austin – check out his latest of the work being done on the Capitol! http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnpthomas/)
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!
T: 424-22-Maura (424-226-2872)
BlogathonATX Twitter List
Yo yo yo!
Here’s a list I created from picking out the Twitter ID’s on this blog: http://twitter.com/ImTheQ/blogathonatx
If you are not on here and I missed you please comment on this post and I’ll add.
Also, let me know if the sponsors or any other folks should be added as well.
Let Us Stylishly Yet Geekily Unite With Official BlogathonATX T-shirts!
No event can be considered legendary without t-shirts to commemorate the occasion. That’s why the spectacular Ileenie Weenie has created the above-designed shirts for us to buy at a mere $12 so that we can wear them around town and spot one another for decades to come. It’s kind of like being in a cult, only with tacos!
Since all the food and beverages and internets are provided without cost, everyone will be able to afford both a shirt and a small donation to thank Conjunctured for hosting us.
Yes, I’ll be wearing pants….
Tom Myer here, @myerman on Twitter. I currently blog over at http://myerman.posterous.com, but I previously had the myerman.com blog from 2003 to 2009 (until I grew weary of the whole damn thing and sh*t canned it) and the TripleDog Blog for my company for about 3-4 years (ditto on the weariness). I also occasionally pen something for Technorati Politics (http://technorati.com/people/myerman/).
Although most people in Austin know me as a web developer, I’ve been a published writer since I was 18, lo these many years ago. I’ve written lots of business and technical articles, book reviews, travel pieces, news and how-to pieces, and published seven books. I’m currently editing a book on PHP security and am deciding on starting a new book on PHP. Oh, and I was a staff technical writer for 4 years, writing those boring old user guides. Let’s just say that I’ve written a bit of everything, including stuff that would disqualify me for political office if it were ever revealed. Hmmmmmm….but I digress.
The best time I ever had were my formative years as a freelance journalist doing those little assignments that brought in extra money while I was in college. There’s lots to be said for the boiler room environment of print media–sit your ass in the chair, punch out a lead, remember the who/what/when/where/why/how, put all the important stuff at the top of the story, focus on an angle, find the human element, all that stuff.
So, my shiny happy face will be in the Discussion Den from 1-4pm on Saturday. Ask any kind of question you like about content strategy, writing, editorial calendars, and the like. Hopefully I’ll have a good answer for you, and with any luck it will only contain 50% snark. I respond well to bribes and gifts, by the way. 🙂
PS, this is the possum who lives in our compost bin. We call him Compy.
Oh yes, I’m one of those. The dreaded mommy blogger…
I’m Trish and I’m a mommy blogger. I was trying to be a published writer for a while but getting my daughter out of diapers by the time she was 2 1/2 took precedence. In my spare time, I work for a conference management and online registration company. I’m also starting my own conference for moms which will include a social media and creative track, an entrepreneurial track and a lifestyle track. Hence the mommy blog, which I hope will help connect me to the community I’m trying to market to.
So, I’ll see you Saturday but in true form of my mommy-ness, I won’t be there until after I make breakfast for my daughter, take her to a two year old’s birthday party, coordinate with my husband on activities for the day, and clean the house because my in-laws are coming to visit. (yeah, right, good luck on this last one…) And, I’ll probably be wearing a hat, because, hey, who has time wash hair?
Trish Morrison, MBA
Are You There Bloggers? It’s Me, Katie.
Hey there! My name is Katie. When I’m not hard at work social media consulting (my amazing full time job), you will find me lugging around my camera and editing photos late into the night. I’m passionate about my photography business, Her Side Project, and I like to write about it. It’s a huge part of who I am and it makes me happy to share it with family, friends and strangers on the interwebs.
I love to capture people in their element, no matter if they’re brand spankin’ new, a gap-toothed kid, two halves that make a whole, a doting parent or someone simply celebrating one of life’s many milestones. Why? I am a lifestyle photographer.
When I signed up for Blogathon ATX, there was already a lengthy waiting list. So here I am, blogging and hoping a spot becomes available!
If I’m so lucky to attend, I’d like to:
- learn about advanced WordPress features (where I currently host my blog) and all the different customization/plug in options,
- learn how to make a smooth transition from a blog to a website – tips & tricks from those who have done it before me, an
- learn how other bloggers operate, particularly – what happens when you run out of things to say?
Oh, I’d also like to make some new blogger friends too! 🙂
Hoping to meet you all – fingers crossed!
The Community Has Already Started Buzzing (Not Google Buzz, Mind You)
So aside from bloggin our faces (or your faces) off, I have the sense that the momentum leading into Saturday’s “event” is due in part to the fact that writing is such a solitary activity. The idea that we’re going to be punchin keys in the same room, sharing jokes, inside jokes, outside jokes, cups of coffee, coed bathroom, couches, desks, heck just about anything… Has gotten a few of us giddy.
I just wanted to say thanks to Ileenie for having the inspiration to gather us and conjunctured the space to house us and… I’m almost in tears… (Not.)
I hope the verbosity lights up the web on Saturday. I can’t wait to start.
Can we get a twitterlist, or a follow-list somewhere of all the attendees, so we can start the lovefest, backscratching, linkedin endorsin started now?
Thank you, carry on,
JMac | uber.la | @jmacofearth
Ten Words: One of my BlogathonATX Projects
Hey Bloggers and Blogettes!
One of my BlogathonATX projects is going to be a video compilation of each of the attendees telling me why you blog in ten words or less. I thought I’d let you know ahead of time so you can start stewing on a witty response. Obviously if you’re camera shy or you think this is a totally lame idea, you don’t need to participate–but I do hope you will because I think this will end up being really funny.
[Tap, tap, tap.] Is this thing on?
Greetings, ATX Bloggers!
I’m Jill Hokanson, your resident twenty-something idealist. I blog at JillsJourneys.com about developing sustainable practices in a social media-saturated world. Or sometimes I just post pictures of my dog. Lately I’ve gotten into tweeting from @jilmah. Jilma is my Spanish class name, since “Jill” is 3/4 unpronouncable in the Latin American countries I sometimes visit. And the h is silent, or maybe it stands for Hokanson. It’s up for interpretation. Incidentally, Jilmah is also the name of a town in central Tunisia. (Or so Google Maps tells me.)
I started blogging in 2005 when I studied abroad, and have more or less continued ever since. Now I’m an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer and part-time grad student, and I’m interested in how blogs can be a resource for non-profit promotion.
I look forward to meeting you guys and learn more about the potential of our strange, post-modern art form!
Me In A Nutshell
“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”
‘Once In A Lifetime’- Talking Heads
not Eric “txhoudini” Weiss
You may ask yourself “Self, who the hell is this Eric guy?”
- Ex-graphic artist/silkscreen maker for a local promotional products company.
- Journalist/blogger for Android And Me, the largest website for news, reviews and rumors about the Android mobile platform (Yes, I got paid to blog!).
- Personal blogger at txhoudini dot com.
- Currently working on The Jewness, a soon-to-be revealed site devoted to listing and rating celebrities based on their Jewishness.
- President and sole employee of Houdini Audio Labs. I do the programming and arrangement for bands to make their music available as downloadable content for the video game, Rock Band.
Due to all these experiences I have become a quite the WordPress hacker. I will be able to help anyone with installing, configuring, and forcing WordPress to do your bidding via plugins, HTML/CSS and when needed, brute force.
According to Ileene I am the biggest geek/dork/nerd she knows (and that’s saying something considering the company she keeps…). So, I guess if you need advice on how to level up your Dark Elf Shaman in World of Warcraft I can help you with that too.
See y’all on Saturday!
Early Birds Get the PR/Blog Promotion Banter
PSA: I know that many of us are self-employed and will routinely go days without speaking to another human being. PLEASE remember to shower before you leave for Blogathon ATX. I fit this category myself, so I will be placing a sticky note on my ritualistic can of morning Diet Dr. Pepper just in case. You’re welcome for that.
With that out of the way, I’ve been asked to introduce myself. I’m LuAnn and I’m an indie PR strategist and business writer. I’m also a Twitterholic (@luannsaid). I don’t blog for myself right now, but I’d love to starting doing it again. Right now, I help write and/or promote corporate blogs for clients (among my other PR responsibilities). Two blogs particular: www.smarterwill.com and http://fearnoproject.com.
I’ll be the resident flack, er, PR/promotion expert on Saturday. Actually, if you’d like PR advice, you’ll want to be sure to arrive early because there will be two of us on duty. Dara Quackenbush (PR instructor at Texas State) and I are apparently both early risers and will be holding court in the Talkathon room the entire morning. Come and chat, stretch out on the green couches, help me write some posts for my own highly neglected blog and feel free to ask me/debate with me on any of these questions:
- Can you play devil’s advocate with my new blog/post idea?
- How can I get my 15 minutes of fame? …Tips on generating press (articles, new features)
- How can I get a corporate blog off the ground?
- I’m smart and nobody knows it: how can I use my blog as a thought leadership tool in my industry?
- What are the rules on ghost blogging?
- What other social media tools should I use?
- What’s the deal with personal branding?
- What plug-ins are helpful for PR?
- Do’s and don’ts: What the %#*& is BP’s social media problem? (Actually, you may want to wait for Mr. Myer at 1-4 on that one. He loves b*tching about that kind of stuff.)
- How do I connect the marketing dots: attracting readers, turning them into “buyers” and then making them my volunteer sales force?
- How can I help YOU customize YOUR WordPress site/blog? < That’s what I’ll be working on Saturday. It was recently manhandled by WP because my free theme was retired, and needs a lot of help – www.wordcove.com. I don’t even promote it right now, which is very counter-intuitive for a PR person. I’ve even hid it from search engines. I’m ready to upgrade. Feel free to drop by with recommendations!
See you bright and early! –LuAnn (@luannsaid)
An open exchange of ideas
Event encourages open exchange of ideas among local bloggers
Coverage of the event on News8Austin.com!
So many ideas…so few words
Hello fellow bloggers!
My name is Sarah Gerke and I manage several social media accounts for both work and pleasure. Most notably for work, I manage the @HyattAustin twitter and help with the blog of our concierge “Chasing Austin” For pleasure you can find me on twitter @SassySarahG and @passporttweets. The former is my day to day personal account where as the latter is a more travel-specific account. I have blogs associated with both, you can find them here and here. I also have an idea for a certain blog-zine concept that I am still developing.
At the moment, I feel like a kid in a candy store when confronted with all my social media ideas and options and dreams…I guess the ADD in me is really starting to show! I would like to use #BlogathonATX as an opportunity to refocus my efforts and devote myself and my time to more regular postings of my personal accounts. I’m embarrassed to say when the last time I posted something to my Passport Confessions blog, but hopefully being surrounded by such inspiring and creative people I hope to develop more writing ideas, refine my writing style, make new friends, and refocus my efforts and accounts…oh and did I say have a kickass time?!?
Looking forward to blogging with you all!
Many Blogathoners have indicated that sometimes the simple act of coming up with a post idea can be tough (raises hand!).
Come Saturday, there’ll be many smart and creative folks running around that are sure to help generate an idea or two, but if you need other brainstorming help — perhaps quieter, more private help — we’ve got you covered. Keep an eye open for the fishbowl full of tiny little pieces of paper. Then reach inside, grab one and go!
The little slips of inspiration won’t contain full ideas or headlines, but they will each have a couple of words just to help get the creative juices flowing. Share your words with someone around you, get their thoughts, come up with an idea for a blog post or series that leads to the book deal and worldwide fame and adoration!
Well, maybe our little fishbowl won’t do that, but we hope it helps keep the ideas flowing throughout the day.
Overwhelmed but excited
Saturday, Saturday, SATURDAY! …And here I am on Wed. just introducing myself.
Hi, I’m Omri. I’m new to blogging. I would say I’m new to social media, too, but that’s almost an overstatement — I just got a LinkedIn account, I’m not on Facebook or Twitter, and I’ve only hit “Email this article” about 5 times in my life.
No, I’m not geriatric or someone’s parent. I’m even pre-GenX — 1983, holler! But I’ve done pretty well in the “analog” relationships realm and have cool friends who are willing to text or evite their announcements and parties.
Plus, I’ve tutored high school kids for many years and I don’t want to be stalked by students or have to setup a privacy fortress. What’s the point in that?
Anyhow, I digress…
I’m working for a cool start-up here in town, MyEdu (used to be Pick-A-Prof). We’re going social media crazy now and I’ve been put in charge of the blog, in particular. Nothing fancy yet, I know. But I’m coming out to Blogathon because I’d like to get a solid chunk of writing in, to meet some other nifty writers, and, hopefully, to have some of that blog writing / managing / inventing expertise you amazing people have rub off on me.
It would be cool to learn about working within a team of writers, too — like setting up a posting schedule and revision cycle, breaking up tasks and maintaining accountability, etc.
Oh, and I’d love to invite anyone here to share any education-related pieces on our blog! We’re really open to that and have great exposure.
I feel like more of the “excited” than the “overwhelmed” came through in my intro… and that’s a nice change. Blogathon just has that power over people, ya know?
So glad to be included in Saturday’s event. It pays to wait.
I am a believer.
I believe that small business is beautiful as economist E.F. Schumacher says and not that a small business is not just a big business that has not grown. This makes me an activist when it comes to small business issues and a supporter of buying local including the Austin Farmer’s Market where you can find me some Saturdays in the Info booth. It is why I only work with owners of small, locally-owned businesses to create processes that get their sales and finances running right.
I believe that animals are companions and deserve a good home so I love volunteering to write cat bios for Austin Humane Society with my friend Julie Gomoll. You can read about some wonderful potential friends at http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/adopt/cats. (I have two dogs and two cats so dogs are ok, too.)
I believe in a global village and that we all have responsibilities for our neighbors and our neighborhoods. That’s why I have a City of Austin green business certification and love to promote my green clients. In 28 years, I have learned a lot about worms, compost, water quality, environmentally friendly products, and more. I am a Mac user and proud of it.
I believe that the inmates should not run the asylum and that blogs, technology, websites and everything else should be truly accessible and easy to understand and use by everyone. I look for input from others on accomplishing that and know that I have a ways to go especially with my website but it is a good goal.
I believe in balancing life and work. There is no reason to have a job or a business and not have time to enjoy friends and experiences.
I believe anyone can write with a little help and I do not believe in sock puppets. I was the editor of The Networker, have written two books (A Networker’s Guide to Success and Thinking Big, Staying Small), and host the monthly Bloggers United group meeting with help from Julie, Laura Falkner, and Lindsey Allen. We talk about our posts and then we write. I write about what I am passionate about or think business owners should be aware of at http://www.ownersview.com. I am a guest blogger for the Business Bank of Texas which has just launched their new site at http://www.businessbankoftexas.com. I am always looking for good ideas to share with others and hope to hear your story.
Finally, I believe I will meet like-minded people at the Blogathon and hope you will seek me out because I will definitely be looking for you.
Excited to meet everyone and get some work done!
My name is Anna Gonzalez (WebAnna on Twitter and Facebook). I’ve been trying to figure out how to explain what I do, and I like the buzz words multimedia content producer and new media broadcaster. J So what does that mean?
Basically, I like to produce all kinds of content, from text to videos to photos to audio slideshows. I also like to share information and report back live via Twitter updates, TwitPics, and Qik videos.
Most of all, I love to collaborate with other people. I just finished a project with local bloggers for News 8 Austin. We took a group approach to covering Austin Fashion Week: http://tinyurl.com/25brdeu
Besides working at News 8 as the Senior Online Producer, I also keep a personal blog: http://everzalez.com On Saturday, I plan on catching up on a series I’ve been working on.
Please come find me and say hello!
Better late than never
Can We Talk?
We’re attending a blogathon on Saturday. It’s gonna be too hot to be outside, so that’s okay, we won’t feel too self-conscious about being in-the-house. I’m sure there will be lots of coffee, Coke Zero and laptops. (Dohnuts?)
So what in the world are we going to do all packed together in the same house, the conjunctured space in East Austin? Blog? Yes. Surf the web? Sure. Commune? Yes, I think that’s the thing. At least that’s what I’m looking for. All this “virtual” makes for some lonely days. I mean, I’m not complaining, but I like peeps too.
And there we will be all day Saturday with a happy hour to end it all. (Hmm… will we still be blogging at that point?)
Here’s my way of saying hello, both to bloggers and folks following the really big typefest. I hope we get to chat, if not TXT. If you’re interested in learning more about me, my “blog” is at www.uber.la (kinda like shangri-la for tech) and my music is at www.buzzie.com. And beyond that… well, that’s enough I think.
JMac | @jmacofearth
Keeping the Bench Warm
Are you excited yet?
Blogathon is in just a few days… are you excited yet? I am! I went from hopeful volunteer to “expert” with the wave of Ilene’s magic wand… and I can’t wait to meet everyone, and lend a hand as needed. I’ll be around all day helping people, causing trouble, or whatever suits my fancy at the moment. I especially look forward to giving tours of WordPress and learning a trick or ten from my fellow experts who will be around to help people with technical issues as well as marketing and social media matters. If you’re attending Blogathon proper, or just coming out for happy hour, introduce yourself here!
Or, if you’ve already done so, why don’t you note what you hope to get out of Blogathon:
What might you blog about? What do you hope to learn? Anyone you hope to meet, or conversations you hope to have?
If we start the conversation now, we’ll all be old friends by the time Saturday rolls around.
I’ve blogged for a few years on my personal blog, It’s All About Me, which started out as a way to document the good times & bad in my life and has, in the last year and a half, rapidly become All About My Son. To say that children have a way of taking over your life is like saying the sun is hot.
You’ll find me at the Blogathon in the morning and evening, with a break in the day to have some family time. I’ll be there to learn, but I’m also volunteering, so please don’t hesitate to come up and say hi.
My first “a-thon”!
Hi everyone! My name is Gina Chavez and I’m a Latin folk musician here in the Live Music Capital.
I’m super stoked about blogathonATX not only because I haven’t seen Ilene since leaving the country for 8 months of mission work in El Salvador, but also because I’m in the throes of re-creating my website on WordPress–thanks to the help of Jackie Dana! (see below)
And though I am new to blogging, I’m in the middle of a blog challenge right now, have become a tweet-happy iphone junkie since returning to the States and am generally diving into all social media. I love meeting new people and would be open to any helpful hints, ideas, or a break from the limb-numbing computer screen.
Hello is this thing on?
My name’s Jackie Dana and I’ll admit, I’m somewhat blog-challenged. I always have ideas for what to post in my blogs but I never seem to make myself put words to computer screen and make them happen. When I’m not blogging (which I guess is most of the time!) I’m a
WordPress evangelist and am striving to turn everyone else into one, too.
In addition to my day job, I do WordPress training and consulting or people and businesses who want a website or blog, but for personal or financial reasons (or both!) want to do it themselves. (I can also build a site for you, but that’s another story).
I think the Blogathon is a great idea and would like to help in any way I can. I’m on the waitlist right now to attend, but my main
interest is in providing assistance if people want to get a new blog set up or want to change/relocate the one they have now.
You Are What You Tweet
A little bit about me…
I’m a graphic designer. I like poodles. I am clumsy. That pretty much covers it.
A couple weeks ago I sent out a tweet asking if anyone would like to spend a day blogging with me. Originally my hope was to get some accountability going since I’ve had trouble keeping up with my writing. Little did I know that one innocent tweet would end up in #BlogathonATX. Yowza!
There are few things I enjoy more than casual get-togethers with friends. That’s why I like co-working so much—Work doesn’t seem like work when I’m surrounded by smart, creative folks. BlogathonATX is a way for us to come together as a community to write, learn and have a few laughs. (And to eat. There will be eating.)
I’m really looking forward to spending time with you all on August 28th. Let me know if you have any questions about the event, and be sure to introduce yourself if we haven’t already met. Can’t wait to see everyone at #BlogathonATX!
Ilene Haddad: Graphic Designerd
**This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors and volunteers. Please be sure to say hi to all these helpful folks as you meet them throughout the day.
Hello blogger peeps!
I’m Jodi Henderson and I’m a blogging newbie. I started my blog (http://apatontheback.com) earlier this year. It’s not a conventional blog in the sense that I post content at some regular interval. Rather, it serves as a way for me (and you, too!) to put a spotlight on great customer service experiences. I also have lots of other stuff rolling around in my head that I think would make for a good blog; I just need some help finding the right voice. I’d also like to use this as a way to meet some folks and maybe learn a few new things about WordPress. That feels like a lot, but I suspect we’re all up to the challenge! Can’t wait to see you all on the 28th.
A Little Late to the Party, But I’m Here
Hey, guys and gals! I’m Haley (@HaleyOdom on the Twitter), and I will be the volunteer coordinator for #BlogathonATX this year. (Insert plug about needing some more volunteers to help register and rove here.)
I’m a paralegal at an aviation law firm here in Austin. Although I don’t do any social media/blogging/whatever for them, I do have a legal technology blog at haleyodom.wordpress.com.
This is going to be a fantastic event, and I’m looking forward to seeing/meeting all of you there!
My Blogs Are Like Old Friends
My blogs are like old friends. You know the ones – they’re there for if you ever really need them. They don’t ask too much of you. When you get together, you may have a lot of catching up to do, but the relationship is still as close as if you saw each other yesterday.
But you still feel a pang of guilt every time you realize that you haven’t spoken to each other in weeks. You kinda feel like you’ve been cheating on them with those friends you say every day: Twitter and Facebook.
You get caught up in life. Work. School. Family. Drama. Things beyond your control. It’s not just rationalization – there really is a good reason you haven’t picked up the keyboard and written to them.
Eventually it just goes on too long, and you realize that you simply have to make the time. So you pick a Saturday and invite all your old friends to come hang out with you for the day. You catch up. You get rid of any baggage you’re still carrying around in the relationship. You maybe even make some plans to get together more often in the future.
I’m looking forward to spending the day with my old friends.
Scott Social Media Allen
Social Media Is My Middle Name
The Virtual Handshake Blog
Salesguy Turned Blogger
What do you get when you cross a sales guy with a blogger? A sales blogger!
All seriousness aside, I reinvented myself about a year and a half ago from a full-time corporate software sales guy into a content marketing type. I started blogging in Spanish on the topic “How to Enter the U.S. Software Market” and built up a following of unsuspecting Mexican and Latin American software companies who actually think I know how to help them sell their software in the U.S.
Boy did I fool them!
Anyway, you can see my blog here: http://latinitmarketing.com. You can use Google’s translate function to read it in English.
Actually, I’ve had some pretty good success blogging-for-business. After I self-published a free 44-page PDF eBook (http://latinitmarketing.com/blog/wp-content/files/5_pasos_entrar_Estados_Unidos.pdf) and shared it via various LinkedIn Groups, Twitter and on my blogsite, I started getting some inbound leads.
I regularly get about 2-3 inbound inquiries from individuals representing software development companies in Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, etc. wanting to find out how I can help them penetrate the U.S. market.
Now I want to start blogging in English and see if I have the same success here.
Really looking forward to Blogathon!
Blogathon Greetings to All
In the last year 1/2, Been blogging non-stop for Examiner and six months ago, launched my own blog: http://gregackerman.blogspot.com
Looking forward to seeing y’all there.
Full Time Blogger
Oh hey, I’m Corrin! I’ve been blogging for nine years and currently maintain three blogs (personal, personal finance, and pet) as well as acting as contributing editor to two networks (frugal and fashion). I’m a Twitter and Facebook junkie and live for blogging conferences. I just got back from BlogHer in NYC so I’ve got lots of new blogging ideas!
I’m looking forward to a day of getting my editorial calendar in order and drafting posts. I’d also love to work out some kinks in my blogs if there are any WordPress geniuses in attendance.
I moved to Austin from Chicago in January and have been searching for the perfect marketing job. In the meantime, blogging is my full-time job!
Can’t wait to meet everyone! I’ll be checking people in, roaming around as a greeter, and peddling super limited edition BlogathonATX tshirts!
I’m Rafael, and I’m a blogaholic
Hi there, I’m Rafael Marquez and I’m addicted to blogging. At last count, I actively maintain 6 blogs, but I have about 12 that I contribute to and sporadically work on. I just like the whole producing content thing.
I’ve also started and abandoned, about 9 different podcasts. I’m trying out video blogging, with a 31 days of youtube series to add a little bit of “spice” to my regular blog posts, so we’ll see how that whole thing works out.
I’m looking forward to meeting with other bloggers, podcasters, videographers, etc. at the blogathon. If y’all have any questions about blogging or coming up with topics etc. hollatcha boy and I’ll help you figure something out.
Hey from nanette
I’m a realtor and write an austiny and sorta sometimes real estatey blog at http://rocknrealty.net – i like to focus on cool things about austin, art, events, companies, neighborhoods, i would like to video blog more and intersperse a few more real estate related posts
Q is in the Hizzy
My name is Amanda Quraishi, but my friends call me “Q” so you can, too!
I work as the social media manager for start-up company here in Austin called UpSpring Baby. As such, I maintain the official UpSpring Baby Blog.
But wait! There’s more!
- I also have an award-winning Eco-Fashion blog of my own: Fashion, Evolved.
- And I co-write a completely stupid and pointless blog with my BFF: Bunny Glitter.
- Furthermore, I’m in the process of launching my very first VIDEO blog: Ten Things TV.
- And finally, I contribute to two other most excellent blogs: Tikkun Daily and ILLUME.
As you can see, I am completely insane and don’t know how to manage my own time effectively. However, I make up for it by being enthusiastic.
If I’m not already friends with you on Facebook, you can find me here.
And my Twitter handle is: @ImTheQ.
The rest of my social media mumbo jumbo and other contact information exists at: Qreativewriting.com
I’m going to be in charge of coffee and t-shirts and BlogathonATX. I hope to provide much caffeination. I also hope to do some video interviews with all of you lovely people, so be sure to brush your hair and teeth before you come.
Rekindling Passion for Blogging
Susan Price of Firecat Studio here. I have blogged about fitness, self-image and weight loss since 2003 at: http://qotu.typepad.com/journey2fitness
But I have been failing to make time to blog. For example, I snapped a pic of these fresh figs I gathered from my back yard. Intended to share about how wonderful fresh fruit is. Never made the time.
My Day Job
I create and execute digital web strategies for business – spanning website design and production, eMail campaigns, and social media campaigns – including blogging. One of my favorite techniques with a client is helping them create a cross-channel Editorial Calendar – make the most of every content asset they create or find to share.
This week my focus is on SKETCHING and DRAWING. Illustrating concepts instead of always using wordswordswords as is my natural go-to. So I’m signing up for a drawing class at the Southwest School of Art & Craft and I’m mightily tempted to go out right now and buy a Bamboo Wacom tablet.
Much as I hate to acknowledge it, even I don’t read as much anymore. Of other people’s posts, websites, letters – I’m just like the rest of the attention-challenged culture in that regard.
At Blogathon by being exposed to you creatives, I hope to rekindle my passion for blogging. It feeds my soul – when I make time to do it! The resulting community on my blogs makes me very happy and connected.
Let’s get it on!
Hi there, I’m Julie
I’m Julie Gomoll. I have several sites, and have aggregated them all for your linking pleasure at http://flavors.me/juliegomoll
You might know me from speaking gigs around town (SXSW, RISEAustin, SharpSkirts), and you may have seen me at any number of tech events a tweetups. It’s possible you remember LaunchPad Coworking, the fabulous business that never opened. If you were part of Web 1.0 you may know me as the person who sold her company to Excite and ran their Austin office in the late 90s. And if you’re *really* old, you’ll remember my design & development company, Go Media.
I’m eager to get some real writing done at Blogathon. I have tons of ideas, but sometimes lack the motivation to just write. I also love to show of my knowldege :), so I’ll be wandering around as a Resident Expert. Feel free to hit me up for:
- Graphic Design
- WordPress tech (intermediate)
- Strategic and Social Marketing
- World travel (ok, that’s not on the Blogathon agenda, but I do love to talk travel 🙂
I can’t wait – this is going to be a blast!
Because I should take blogging more seriously?
Hmm, maybe…Blogathon looks like a spectacular opportunity to feed off the creativity of others, possibly learn a few tricks, and to meet other bloggers. My introverted self will most likely nestle into a corner and act like I am there for some other reason until someone else says,.. ” Hey, um, who the heck are you?” But I have an excuse for isolation,… kids, four of them. I have been blogging for over a year in Austin, very eclectically, and very personally. One person asked me ” what is your motivation for blogging, what is your point?” My point is just that, and thats it. And I love it.http://www.thesimplypeachy.com – Bouncing reality checks on a daily basis
JeremyArntz.com – http://jeremyarntz.com which is focused on technology and programming. My plan is to mainly blog about building web applications for the iPhone and iPad which I plan to clean up, expand upon, and publish as an Ebook.
My hobbies are cooking, kayaking, photography, vinyl records and TV/Movies.
Please say find me at the blogathon and say Hi!
Lori Luza, As You Wish photography
I’m Lori, the official photographer for #BlogathonATX. I’d love to get lots of candid shots from the event.
I mostly blog pre-views from portrait sessions and stories about my clients’ weddings. But, I’ve also got a list of helpful content that I’d like to polish and pre-post during #BlogathonATX. So, my site is really looking forward to the event!
…because everything should be just As You Wish,
Lori Luza, owner/photographer
As You Wish photography | Austin and Texas Hill Country
P: +1 512 843 0962
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New austin blogger!!!
Hey everyone!!! I’m brand new to Austin (as in, I’ve lived here 6 days) and I signed up for the Blogathon as a way to meet some new people and awesome bloggers!
I enjoy getting lost on the Frontage roads, never knowing which left turn lane to be in, cooking, lying by the pool, animals of all sorts, foreign languages, and being overwhelmed by grad school — which I start in 2 weeks!
Meredith @ An Epic Change
Hello, fellow Blogathon-ers!
My name is Summer. I like cupcakes and tequila, sometimes together, don’t judge. I’ll be volunteering at the registration desk for Blogathon, welcoming your smiling face as you come in the door. You will be smiling, right? I’m also looking forward to hearing how others come up with topics for their personal blogs. Sometimes the ideas come easily for me, and sometimes they don’t. I look forward to hearing how you keep the creative juices flowing. Yep, YOU!
Hello, I’m here from the future
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