Hello? Is this thing on??
Greetings Bloggers! I’m thrilled to have you joining us for the next BlogathonATX on January 29th, and I can’t wait to learn a little bit about each of you. Please use this space as often as you’d like. Share links to your own blogs, ask questions, tell us about your latest experiment in cooking… whatever you’d like. (Well, porn is probably out, but we’re pretty open minded overall.)
My name is Ilene, and I’m a mediocre blogger. Sometimes I write about graphic design (my career of choice for the past 20 years), sometimes I write about gardening (more specifically, plant murder), and sometimes I forget to write altogether. That said, I love the world of blogging and look forward to hanging out with bloggers such as yourselves at BlogathonATX. There’s lots to talk about and lots to learn, and we’ll do all that and more at the big event!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the event (or to inquire about the quickest way to euthanize your garden).
Bloggin’ my face off-
IleenieWeenie & the BlogathonATX team
After the smashing success of the first BlogathonATX and the subsequent inquiring, pleading, and bribing, we’ve decided to do it again!
The primary website at http://blogathonatx.com is the home for updates and announcements about the event, this here is the group blog for attendees. You don’t need to register or anything (although you can if you’d like) — just send an email to email@example.com and it’ll magically become a post. Your subject line will become the title of the post.
So tell everyone a little bit about yourself (and by everyone, I do mean everyone – this is a public site). Did you attend the first BlogathonATX? What’s the address of your blog? What do you do for a living? Do you like to dance? Are you a dog person or a cat person? What? You’re into hedgehogs? That’s cool, that’s cool. Just post an intro so we all know a little bit about each other by the time the event rolls around.
Not just new to Blogathon, new to Austin
Raise your hand if you’ve spent much time in California… *one… two… three, in the back*
Ok, so you know that California is cold, dreary, expensive, and just downright distasteful. The water is cold and salty while the air is foggy and smoggy. Curious why so many from California are moving here? That’s why. Austin is just plain awesome and California, while not exactly “cold and distasteful,” leaves a bit to be desired.
Yes, I *hanging my head in shame* am one of those transplants. Given the reputation those of us from California carry on our backs, I like to quickly point out that I’m actually from Michigan; California was a step on my path. I met my lovely wife in Arizona and we have 3 awesome kids (unheard of in California – especially for anyone under 40).
I’m being too harsh, California was beautiful and a great place to start my career. First and foremost, I’m a marketer. I ran advertising programs for a few years at Yahoo! before heading interactive marketing for HP’s eCommerce business. From there I fell in to startups, running marketing and raising capital for a great local events search engine called Zvents.com; then introducing millions of self employed professionals to an easy online accounting application at Outright.com. In the interim, I started a social network, built a reasonable personal brand in search and marketing, and consulted with various small businesses, designing websites, building Facebook pages, launching search marketing programs, and directing SEO.
Meeting the Beatles How’s that for a random segue?
What really hooked me to the internet was being a dorky little computer geek in college. I went to Arizona State University so in between parties and sun, I actually had my door closed, building websites in html only months after Al Gore invented the web when typing the code was still in vogue. Not long after my first website was live (now defunct, The Octopus’s Garden), I received an email from one the the Beatles’ producers. The site I had created was a collection of music stories, traditions, and fictions surrounding some of Rock’s greatest icons. One of those stories: The Death of Paul McCartney. The email I received, a former Beatles producer who was amazed to discover what I had written and excited about the promise of this internet. I was forever hooked, not on the idea of creating a personal blog or website but the very ideas that the internet and web enable – connectedness, openness, transparency – unlike any we’ve seen before. A few years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Grammy’s with some former Yahoos; there, I shook Paul McCartney’s hand and, whether true or simply his being gracious, he remarked on how great my site was.
My family and I have been in Austin only a matter of weeks and I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting Ilene at her Jelly (where I’ll no doubt frequently be found). We settled up in Steiner Ranch, which I hear is the boonies for most in Austin but compared to the California commute I feel like we live downtown. Could there be a more beautiful and idyllic place to call home?? I spend most of my time now working with the fantastic team of entrepreneurs at Fox Translate, creating a better document translation service built upon many of the tenets of the internet. In my spare time, I’m heavily involved in Irish history and the O’Brien name in particular; I’d love to find ways to turn that passion in to a living. Until then, I’m hoping to help Austin grow however possible and can’t wait to get going.
Stop by for a visit at SEO’Brien where you can text me if on your smart phone. Follow me @seobrien, though who really pays attention to twitter anymore? Follow me instead in the real world.
Excited to meet you all!
Paul O’Brien (SEO’Brien)
First Time Attendee: When in Austin
While I am not sure exactly what to expect at this blogging event I am truly looking forward to it. I write/produce When in Austin. I personally believe that audio/radio is a powerful medium. Telling a story through audio and blending in sounds of the world around you, can engage the listener in a way that allows the listeners imagination assist in the story telling. It can be powerful when done well. And it can be total crap when done poorly. I am trying to work on it being powerful.
Austin is a wonderful city with so many unique events and people. I have found myself when exploring the city asking questions and learning. When in Austin is a natural out growth of my personality and is an attempt to chronicle some of those experiences and share them.
While I am not sure what I am looking for, I am hoping that this event will provide some inspiration and motivation to work at my craft throughout 2011 and make When in Austin a more complete site.
Here are a couple of shows to provide an idea of what I am going for
Thank you for putting this on and I am glad I found it on a twitter link.
Rainbows and Unicorns in this post!**
Can you believe it? It’s just a little more than a month away from the next Blogathon ATX! I’m so excited!!!
I attended the first Blogathon last summer on a whim (and a personal
dare), because I considered myself a terrible blogger, never sticking
with it, and not having a clear idea of what I was supposed to be
writing about. I’m pleased to announce that thanks to the fab folks at
the first Blogathon, I found my POV and the energy/inspiration to blog
regularly*. And I also found about 1000 new people to follow on
In case you don’t know me, I’m a bit goofy in real life. I’m also a passionate WordPress user, and with my freelance business, Getting Dirty Designs, I aim to turn you into one too! If you’re anxious to learn more, visit the Blogathon bios page.
I look forward to meeting everyone who attends Blogathon Part Deux,
and being inspired by you. And if you’re needing help setting up your
blog on WordPress, or want to make it fancy, just look for me!
* okay, I’ll admit it: I fell off the blogging wagon. Thanks to moving
and then some personal stuff, I haven’t been writing much lately, but
I promise to get back on the horse this week!
** The title of this post was a blatant lie to get you to read further.
Hi from Julie Gomoll
I’m so happy there’s going to be another BlogathonATX. I had *so* much fun at the first one. I’m not going to rehash my past here — you can read my bio on the Blogathon site athttp://blogathonatx.com/team-atx
I predict that I will be more inspired (and maybe more inspiring — one can hope) than ever at this blogathon. Why? Because I’m about to spend a few weeks doing something that I know from experience inspires me to write: travel!
I’ve always journaled a great deal while traveling. I have volumes of tiny, tiny, space-saving handwritten pages from trips all over the globe. This is the first time I’ll be blogging a trip.
I’m writing this post from New York, where I’m visiting my dear friend Tina for a couple of days. On the 26th I leave for Egypt. I’ll spend several days in Cairo, head south to Aswan and take a boat up the Nile to Luxor. I’ll be on the Nile celebrating New Year’s Eve. After that I’ll fly to Sharma al-Sheikh for some diving in the Red Sea. You can follow my travels athttp://JulieInEgypt.posterous.com
So one new thing I’ll be able to share at blogathon is my experience traveling and blogging internationally without a laptop. I plan to do all this with an iPad and an iPhone.
See you all in January!
Ready to Blog My Face Off
Hey, Guys! I’m Haley, and I’ll be working on sponsors for Blogathon (and ensure Ilene’s head doesn’t explode). It’s a great and noble work that I do.
Everyone post a little something about yourselves so we can get to know you before Part Deux.
My First Blogathon
This is going to be my FIRST Blogathon and I’m really excited! I’m the owner of a small group fitness studio called Flywheel Fitness. Flywheel offers group classes in Indoor Rowing, Spinning, Rowing Boot-Camps, Yoga and Core.
I have a blog about Rowing, Spinning and all things related at FlywheelFit.blogspot.com (I once upon a time tried to move it to WordPress but I am not smart enough for WordPress yet, TBD)
I also am a “Speaker” on a site called SicFit which means I get to post rowing-related blogs and videos there. (I like to make short, instructional videos, and want to keep getting better at this)
And…what I’m really excited about is that I’m getting PAID to blog in 2011 at Spinning.com – albeit nervous about the fact that this assignment means twice weekly blogging. Hopefully I’ll take care of a few posts while at the Blogathon.
If I don’t show up until noon it’s because I have morning rowing classes to teach – but I plan on making the most out of the day. Blogging, eating, coffee, and talkin’ shop. Awesome.
See you in 2011!
Blogathon Deux, Here I Come!
I’m coming to Blogathon Deux because “deux!” Weenie is hosting! If you don’t know IleenieWeenie yet, that’s reason enough to come. I’m one of the many “friends of Weenie” and my blog lives here. I write about productivity and attention, mostly. Unless I think of something else that’s really cool and then I sort of go off the rails. But that’s another story.
This time I’m also leading a discussion about productivity, multi-tasking issues, time management, information organization, etc., as they relate to bloggers and business owners. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that if you care to participate. Otherwise you’ll find me pretending to blog but really socializing. I know just enough about WordPress to screw things up on a regular basis. But that’s another great reason to come to BlogathonATX, because there are lots of smart, techie-type people who help me fix things when I break them, and they’ll help you too.
Make sure you say hello, and stay for the happy hour!
Looking forward to seeing you!
Gettin’ Bloggy With It
Hello Bloggers and Bloggettes!
My name is Amanda Quraishi a/k/a The Q and I am also know Social Media Czar for BlogathonATX part Deux. This means that in addition to spreading sunshine around the joint (that is, making coffee), I will be wearing my Czar regalia while I Tweet and Live Blog the event. I should be easy to spot on the day of the Blogathon:
I am the New Media Strategist at a small startup called UpSpring Baby. I manage their blog, both their Twitter accounts (@UpSpring_Baby and @MsShrinkxHIPS) and their Facebook Pages (UpSpring Baby and ShrinkxHIPS). I also manage their PPC campaigns, SEO, and I’m helping them develop three new microsites for their products which will launch in a couple months.
My personal blog bears my name Amanda Quraishi. I also have a sadly neglected fashion blog: Fashion, Evolved and I contribute to The Work at Home Woman, ILLUME and Tikkun Daily. You can follow me on Twitter at @ImTheQ.
Finally, I have a New Media Firm called BAM POW BIZ where I work with small, independent business owners to build a competitive online presence. Twitter: @BAMPOWBIZ / Facebook: BAMPOWBIZ.
BlogathonATX involves some of my very favorite things: technology, coffee, crazy people, candy and coffee.
Here is a little video I made at the first event earlier this year:
Hi! My name is Jeremy and I build websites. It’s not only my profession, but it’s also my hobby. I’ve built everything from simple Word Press templates to complex web applications. I got my start programming in BASIC on a Texas Instruments TI 99/4a I was about 6-7 years old, but in 1995 while heading home for winter break from college I picked up a book on HTML. I spent the majority of the two weeks that followed building and rebuilding websites. I didn’t know it yet, but my fate was pretty much sealed.
My love affair with blogging comes from the nuts and bolts side of things. I love tinkering with every aspect of Word Press from changing how it looks with themes to radically modifying it’s capabilities with plugins and custom modifications. Over the years I’ve struggled with the writing portion of blogging. In my wake I’ve abandon countless blogs started with the best intentions. I am determined to change all that in 2011. My plan is to spend the first part of January working on my writing and refining my latest idea for a blog in to something focused. Then I will launch my new blog at the blogathon. Wish me luck and feel free to harass me about it. 🙂
Speaking of the blogathon. On the day of the glorious event you’ll find me in the tech room ready and willing to assist you with your tech issues. I also assist Ilene and Julie with the blogathonatx.com site which sometimes, like today, involves dictating html code over the phone to Ilene while I wait on a Metrorail platform and I can honestly say I love every second of being involved with the blogathon. If you need help with anything Word Press related between now and the blogathon just give me a shout. I’ve included a link below to all the possible ways to find me on the interwebz.
By the way the title of this post is my lame attempt at a joke. The introductory lesson when learning a new programming language typically involves printing out “Hello World” in some form or fashion. So this is my BlogathonATX “Hello World”.
Not sick of me yet? You’ll find all the ways to find me along with a giant picture of a goose here: http://about.me/jeremyarntz
What Happens At BlogathonATX?
You may be trying to decide whether or not to attend BlogathonATX– yet *something* is holding you back. Perhaps visions of pagan rituals complete with goat blood and body glitter may be dancing in your head. Or worse, you may be thinking that it’s a bunch of stuck up geeks who sit around talking in acronyms. (SEO! PPC! OMG!)
Let me assure you that BlogathonATX is neither of these things. (Well, there is *some* body glitter–but only if you want to use it. No pressure!)
Basically, it breaks down like this:
We all get together at Conjunctured–which is an old house on 7th Street that has been converted into a co-working space. It’s a comfy joint with lots of tables, couches and multiple electical outlets in every room.
Each room will have a few volunteer experts staked out in them (for example, we have a designated Tech Room where you can meet up with folks who can help you set up a blog, fix issues, or recommend plugins) and you’re welcome to talk to them, or if you prefer, you can just ignore them and stare at your computer monitor the entire time.
We’ve got plenty of food and beverages ready to keep you fueled up, so you can come down that day with a list of blog posts you want to write and knock them all out. HOWEVER, if you need a little inspiration or just want a break–there are all kinds of colorful, easy-going, laid-back blogger types lounging around to strike up a convo with.
BlogathonATX doesn’t have an agenda. It’s what you want to make of it. Don’t be shy! Come on down! The $20 registration fee is small potatoes compared to what you get for a full day of food, internet access, and camaraderie!
If you get there and feel lost, confused, shy or just downright out of place–ask for me: The Q. I’ll be wandering around looking for people to hug and share my candy with.
I signed up for this because I love most of the people that are also going. If I don’t love you yet, then lets chat and get me a drink 😉
My First Blogathon!
I am so very excited to be attending my first Blogathon. I was sad to miss the first one, but I knew it would be such a hit there would totally be a second….and a third…..and a fourth…..but I digress.
So I write a blog: it’s http:austinstf.tumblr.com and it’s about style, clothes, shoes, self-image, body acceptance, plus-size fashion and all kinds of fun stuff like that. The “stf” stands for “slave to fashion” which is also my Twitter handle. I’ve been doing this blog for a little over a year thanks to a little group of Twitter friends (started by IleenieWeenie) that wanted to help each other reach their blog/social media/life goals. That evolved into a jelly (thanks to IleenieWeenie!) which is where she hatched the plan for Blogathon. My goal was to start a blog and update it regularly. Over the course of the year, I got off course and other things became a priority. That made me sad; see, I love my blog. I love putting my thoughts and feelings out there about the importance of style. Not because Vogue says it’s important, or because other people say it’s important, but because it’s important for ourselves. It’s such a boost to know that you are putting effort into you because you are awesome and gorgeous and you deserve to look your best. It’s not limited to people of a certain size, color, gender, height, or shoe size- EVERYONE deserves to look and feel their best. This blog is my way of letting people know that.
So, I have some big goals for this year. I’m going to migrate my blog to a more bloggerish site (tech room people, you’ll be seeing me!!) and also do a bit of brainstorming on post ideas…..and possibly talking to some attendees about their style!
To make a long story short (too late!) I can’t wait for Blogathon. Huge props to Ilene, Amanda, Haley, Luann, Jackie, Tom, Jeremy and the many other amazing workers/volunteers that make this possible. I can’t wait to blog my face off!! Now……what am I going to wear……
sometimes known as SlaveToFashion
My Twitter bio (http://twitter.com/mikeneumann) pretty much covers it:
“Smart Card tech/bizdev guy, but really an Intl. Spy. Dad to two awesome kids. Friend to many. Presently unclaimed in the odd luggage carousel.”
Nine years in Austin. Two spectacular kids. A crap-ton of air miles. Bajillions of blog post topics, but very few blog posts to show for it. I hope to write on one or two of those topics during the Blogathon, as well as maybe
Like @BigMikeInAustin said, “I signed up for this because I love most of the people that are also going.” Ditto, Mike.
About Jennifer Parker 3…
Jennifer Parker 1 and 2 were taken 12 years ago when I first signed onto Yahoo. So, here I am Jennifer Parker 3 to the world 😉 Damn that 1 and 2….hahaha!
I am really just starting my blog. I am enjoying blogging about my two passions and hope to transform them into a job someday….Social Media Marketing and Travel. I started my blog when I left my last job, and after a short time of exploring my passion, I have decided life is too short to not do what you love. So, I would like to build my blog to be something that employer’s would enjoy reading and getting to know me better. Then, transform it into a new career and passionate interests pursuits place to post.
I am attending BlogathanATX to get some more insights into what others are doing and learn more about the blogging world. Not to mention the line up of people joining are pretty freaking cool peeps too!!
See you all soon!
Last time I just came for the drinks, but y’all were having such a time I decided that this time I was ALL IN! I am a social media manager for WeAreTeachers, but I’ll be working on my personal blog http://www.baddmom.com as I blog my face off on the 29th 🙂 Basically, I talk there about whatever is going on in my life and on my mind. It’s my way to document, vent, share, and exhale. I am constantly straddling the line between crazy and brave. I adore the Blogathon team and count them among my very best friends so spending the say hanging with them was an easy choice! I can’t wait to meet everyone else there and get inspired, learn, eat, and finally drink 🙂 See y’all there!
I’m looking forward to meeting new people and seeing those that I’ve met again…oh and blogging.
I have a new blog, appropriately called the red haired cupcake, I enjoy just having a place to put my opinions, likes and dislikes.
See everyone soon!
Hoping to Get In
Hello Fellow Bloggers,
My name is Darryl from http://lovingthebike.com. I just found out about this great event and have put my name on the waitlist for a ticket.
I run a cycling blog site and am so hardcore that I moved me and my family from Canada to Austin so that I could be inspired and surrounded by all that a cycling city has to offer. My site is geared towards all kinds of cyclists from beginner to pro racer, and showcases the fact that everything in life can revolve around the bike. I’m a Husband, Dad, and a guy who is loving the bike…..and the blog is written from the standpoint that even if you’re not a cyclist you’ll find something that interests you.
I really hope a spot opens up and I get the opportunity to meet y’all at this awesome event.
Future wanna be prolific blogger Dag Nybo, BizCoachAustin, The GrowthCoach
Former high tech engineer and manager, I recently found my calling in business coaching. Mostly because I love to mentor, train and help people work through process, business development and related business/life issues.
I do a bit of blogging now, but somewhat undirected and lacking the focus I want. I write a bi-monthly column for the ABJ and want to get more serious about my blogging in 2011.
I have lived in Austin for four years with my wife and three kids and absolutely love it. I moved from Northern California where real estate costs are out of this world and quality of life is great (if you can afford it)…. Austin allowed the opportunity to change careers and do something that I’ve always wanted to do. Can’t beat that.
Executive & Business Coach
“Doubling the size of your business DOES NOT mean doubling your workload”
Myerman here. I’ll be talking with/at/for/around/under/over you around 2:30 on Dia de los Bloggers. Weenie, in her infinite wisdom, has asked that I wear pants, not sing karaoke, and hit on various topics during my time with you:
• content creation
• editorial calendars
• possible Q&A about “blog starter” ideas to get the creative juices flowing
What I’d like to know is, what is the consensus out there about these topics? Hot or not? If you’re up for this discussion, what should I spend most of my time on? Who has questions about what?
In unrelated news, I will not answer questions about that thing with the guy. He was my cousin, okay?
Kind of a fan of my face, but let’s blog it off anyway
Unlike some of the other people, I’m coming because I know NOBODY. At this blogathon, I mean. I know people. I’ve been in Austin for about a year and blogging for over 5 years. I used to be passionate about blogging and excited to share my views with the world. Now I will think, “Oh man, I haven’t blogged in a month.” (I’m blaming YOU, TWITTER.) I’m hoping that meeting new people and talking about blogging will reignite my passion for it. If it doesn’t, oh well, new friends! Let’s go out for drinks!
Looking forward to meeting you guys!
Dachshunds and TINU
Hi everyone, I’m really excited about coming to Austin for the blogathon. I blog about dachshunds, dachshund rescue, and TINU Syndrome (I was recently diagnosed). I’m looking forward to both some dedicated writing time, and some technical help on the fancy stuff. AND to meeting my fellow bloggers. AND to Torchy’s Tacos!
Announcing blogger portraits at BlogathonATX!
Inspired by Wired’s article featuring portraits of bloggers (at http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2011/01/gabriela-herman-bloggers/ ), we have conspired to create our own BlogathonATX blogger portraits.
Jeremy Arntz, @jeremya, has agreed to create individual photographic portraits of Blogathon attendees as they blog. (We’re not sure exactly how they’ll turn out, but it will be fun giving it a shot!) These photos will be free, and will be available for you to use on your own blogs if you wish. We will also feature them online in conjunction with BlogathonATX.
If you’re interested, be sure to find Jeremy, Amanda “the Q” Quraishi (@ImtheQ) or Jackie Dana (@jadana17) to set up a time to do your blogger portrait.
MommyQ l Navigating the Wild World of Motherhood
MommyQ, a mom blog fueled by coffee & cynicism, is navigating the wild world
of motherhood. It’s a lighthearted, timely, witty, aspirational and fun
journey into the unique realm of parenting. Aside from sharing my stories
from the mommy trenches, I blog about baby products, clothing & accessories
for kids, fashion for moms, celebrity news, current events and anything that
strikes my fancy. (After all, that’s the best part about blogging!) My blog
is divided into multiple categories, so my readers can tap into their
quintessential mommy moods by finding the topics they care about the most.
On a serious note, I blog about autism and autism awareness, because my
oldest son was diagnosed with it three years ago. I think it’s extremely
important for me to share my stories with other families facing the same
challenges, so we can all find hope, comfort and support. In addition to being the voice of MommyQ, I’m a freelance blogger for
Babble.com and a guest blogger for BettyConfidential.com. My writing,
parenting tips & quips and fashion insight have been featured in iVillage,
Pregnancy & Baby, Pregnancy Today, Parents, Parenting, WEtv, Martha Stewart
Living, The Stir, Austin American-Statesman, 365 Days of Style, The
Observer, US Weekly, USA Today and many more. I’m so excited to blog my face off with my fellow fab Austin bloggers at
BlogathonATX. I met a bunch of awesome fashion bloggers during Austin
Fashion Week in 2010, and I’m looking forward to meeting more of you at this
Follow me! @MommyQ
I will once again be nestled deep within the confines of what is affectionately called “The Tech Cave” at Blogathon to try and help you with any technical or WordPress issues you may have.
I have been working on websites and internet “stuffs” for about 15 years now. For the past two years I have been working exclusively with WordPress and have gone into freelance about six months ago. The WordPress community, especially in Austin, is very welcoming and the people love to help you solve problems. I have many sites of my own (I am a bit of a domain addict) but the main hub is my portfolio site: ericweiss.me
I am also a tech journalist having covered the Android scene for androidandme.com and I just recently started working with WPCandy.com where I write about WordPress (very meta, I know!).
On top of all that I have recently started my own company, Houdini Audio Labs, where I do the programming needed for local bands to make their music available for the video game Rock Band. So, I am very excited to talk with some of the marketing and PR experts and get their advice.
I look forward to talking with and helping as many of you as possible.
Keeping it Interesting
As I was drinking my coffee this morning I started thinking about this upcoming event. I am not a creative in my 9-5 job and I enjoy my When in Austin project as a creative outlet. One thing I am hoping to discuss with people who have more experience as a creative type is how to tell a good story. There are a number of reason people read blogs, information or entertainment for example but if the reader can connect at a deeper level – a level of connection with a story I believe a deeper and lasting bond can be established.
I am looking to explore the concept. How do I tell a good story in my writing. What questions should be answered. How do I build to a point of an “Ah ha” moment. The story could be the ongoing story about the writer that is exposed over time as the blog develops. The story could be shell in which the point of the article is couched. Or it could anything else.
I could be off base here in this point of view but more than the technical information and nice presentation of the website, I believe that a connection with your audience is the core issue. I am looking to learn from people people that are able to practice their craft of being creative on a daily basis and sit and listen. Thank you all again for having this event.
I’ll see you for the first time this year as I was (I don’t know, but fill in incredibly lame-sounding excuse here) during last year’s BlogathonATX.
I write at http://www.hopedoty.com and hang out on Twitter (@hopedoty) as well. I’ve recently finished my first young adult fantasy novel and am excited to get it out there soon.
Other than that, I’ve been put in for sainthood at least a dozen times in the past 17 years, as I’m also married to myerman. Those of you who know him understand.
I’ve also got a fair amount of WordPress know how and can make my way around a site pretty well. Look forward to seeing everyone on the 29th!
Let’s Talk PR…
Hi! LuAnn (@luannsaid) here. BlogathonATX is mere hours away and I can’t wait to eat, er, blog all day. It looks like there will be plenty of new faces. If you haven’t hung with our crowd before, please know that we’re the most approachable curmudgeons you’ll ever encounter. You may teach us more than we teach you. And you’ll laugh your ass off, while being productive. That’s the beauty of this whole thing.
Dara Quackenbush and I will be kicking off the roundtable sessions in the Talkathon room at 10:30 am with a discussion on PR, specifically: promoting your blog and thought leadership. Some thoughts from me, and then I’d like your feedback.
• At the last Blogathon I was asked about press releases. Usually when people ask me about press releases, they’re really looking for advice on pitching media or creating content. If you want journalists and other bloggers to write about a specific topic you blog about, then emailing them a press release is mostly likely not the way to go. There are very few instances in which a traditional press release will serve a blogger well and lining your bird cage is one of them. Instead, I’ll give examples of what can actually get you the kind of attention you’re after.
• Watch and learn from this spanking new commentary from The New York Times Tech Columnist David Pogue. It’s not often a journalist praises PR pitches, so listen up: http://www.ragan.com/PublicRelations/Articles/42647.aspx
• SEO/SEM (search engine optimization/search engine marketing) and PR go hand in hand? Yes, my friends: they do. I’m by no means an SEO expert, but we’ll make sure there will be a few in the room with us. That’s because we PR people know that SEO is one of the most important ways to attract new eyeballs where they reside these days: online. Every blog post I draft for clients–as well as the occasional press release–is written with at least basic SEO in mind.
What other PR secrets can Dara and I expose?
Christina Jones – Christina’s Critters
I don’t currently blog but I’m coming to Blogaton to learn how to blog and incorporate it into my business.
Christina’s Critters Mobile Grooming & Pet Sitting
Den, the Taco Loving Elk
Hi. I’m Denise. I’m addicted to tacos, blogging, donuts, lists-that-aren’t-necesscelery lists, and songwriting contests. I’m a singer songwriter from Austin, Texas and my main place is over at philosophywithfries.wordpress.com.
I’m coming to the blogathon because I have four distinct internet multipersonalities, once of which is a tapeworm. He has a Twitter account (@FlappyMcGee). My evil doppelganger (@suspiciousden) has taken over me (@RangerDenni) and gotten herself a dailybooth while I was sleeping and I swear it isn’t my fault. I think this might be impacting upon my personal and/or professional life, but I am not sure.
I am also rather socially anxious, so I am very grateful to @ImTheQ and @IleenieWeenie for twitter-hanging with me, doing their part to encourage me, and Q subscribing and Taco-ing me all over the city. SWISH!
I would like to learn to integrate all these confusing things about myself into some sort of Business Schema Which Does Not Suck Bloggy Booty, but I am an alien from the planet Xondor, as you will learn if you visit cupcakesofstealth.tumblr.com – a place where I write about lists and my dealings with Scots/Viking-types. So I thought I’d come hang with people of my Taco Loving Ilk … if nothing other than I wanted to read aloud the phrase “Taco Loving Ilk” because it sounded like it would be fun to say.
Keep on Crunchin’
WAIT FOR ME! You mean there’s a posterous?
Greetings everyone. I look forward to hanging out with you this weekend. Although my blog’s been around for a while I only post about once a month and I want to kick it up a notch this year – you guys need to be my inspiration. I’m a teacher by trade but I hope to listen to your discussions of how you use social media in your life and business as I put together some material for SXSWedu where I’m on a panel discussing Social Media in education. I was also fortunate enough to have my own panel selected there but that talk won’t probably get any additional info from you all since that panel’s mostly about my school.
Mostly I just want to be around interesting people who communicate their work, lives, and interests through these things we call blogs.
I’ll Be There in Spirit!
Hello fellow bloggers! First I want to give mad props to Ilene and company for making this event happen. I love blogging, and it’s a wonderful idea to bring together others that share that passion for expressing ourselves online, so we can share tips, experiences, “war stories”, and ideas, while providing moral support. After all, it seems every blogger eventually hits that “Why the heck am I doing this?” wall at some point. A community like this is proof that we’re not alone!
Sorry to say that I will miss this one, because January 29 is my birthday and has already been booked with other activities. Regardless, I had to chime in and introduce myself. Look for me at a future Blog-a-thon without a doubt!
By the way, I have been known to blog on a wide variety of topics. At the moment, I have two personal blogs that take up the majority of my time:
• Return On Now: Social Media, Online Marketing, Entrepreneurship, SEO
• Fretless Bass Guitar Hub: Website, blog, and community site for the fretless bass playing audience
You can also find me on Twitter @tommy_landry. Come by and say “Hi” while you’re online.
Trading Spinal Manipulation for HTML Manipulation?
Greetings to the Blogathon community! I’m excited to be joining you. I was lame last time and missed my ticket, so I’m glad to have stepped up and snagged one this time through. My blog is PTThinkTank.com. It explores the world of physical therapy and healthcare and the things I think about it. I’ve had it running since 2006, making it a truly mature blog. I credit it with helping me snag my first faculty gig, which is what I continue to do. I’m an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Texas State University. My niche inside PT is both in manual therapy (back pain) and exploring the ways in which technology can improve healthcare. I do quite a bit of PR stuff too, but not on my blog per se.
I’m planning to spend some time at BlogathanATX, Part Deux to expand and refresh my blog. I’ve got some lame pages and I’ve got some old links. I am also really excited to be welcoming two new authors to the blog and to talk to everyone about their experiences adding additional authors. Incentives, strategies, organization of posts, etc.
Mostly, I just want to geek out with my blog for the day. See you there!
Popping in to say hello!
With just two days left till Blogathon I thought it best if I introduce myself. Otherwise, as I’m known to do, I may hide behind my computer awkwardly because I’m quite the introvert at heart (if you see me do this, you have my permission to close my laptop and jam my fingers in the keyboard).
I’m a freelance copywriter who moved to the Austin area exactly a year ago on Saturday (that just sunk in). I’m looking forward to Blogathon because I want to meet more people since the whole work-from-home thing hasn’t helped much in that arena. I know I’ve already met quite a few of you on Twitter, but I’m super excited (!!!) to hang out in person.
I blog about copywriting, branding and marketing at The Copywriter’s Soapbox, which I started about a year ago when I relaunched my freelance writing business as Inky Clean. I talk a lot about why business writing should never be boring and why businesses shouldn’t be afraid to show some personality in their branding. I’d love to talk to other bloggers about how they manage to update their business blogs consistently while, well…running their business. I’ve run blogs, edited blogs, and ghostwritten blog posts for clients, but you know how the whole shoe-cobbler-having-no-shoe thing goes…
Oh yes, and I’m also working on a novel. I’m in the process of shopping it around to agents and in the meantime have started a new blog about the creative writing process here. It’s just four posts old, still a little blog baby trying to get its footing, but already it’s become a place where I get more personal about writing, so I’m enjoying it. Hopefully this weekend I might get the chance to pick someone’s brain about customizing WordPress. I purchased the Headway Theme about a week ago and started playing around with it before my head almost exploded 🙂
I don’t mind blogging my face off, but I’d like to keep my head in one piece.
See you soon!
I’m looking forward to Saturday although I haven’t yet clearly defined what it is that I want to learn. I blog … sporadically … at lisaiscool.com and for work at avende.com. I think my main issue is coming up with content and being disciplined enough to type it up. Case in point, I haven’t posted anything on the Posterous yet because I couldn’t think of anything particularly clever or informative and so just didn’t post anything at all until this boring thing today. This is a lame post, huh? See y’all Saturday. I’ll try to be more sparkling and witty and intelligent by then.
Into the forest…
My name is Celia Israel.
I have been giving much of my community time towards a couple of non-profits here in town. The Austin Hispanic Chamber as well as the Alliance for Public Transportation. I chair the Alliance (APT) and I want to take our website and turn it into a quality blog. I have a few volunteers ready to help and one of them recommended Blog a Thon to me. I love the topic of mass transit and I think Central Texas needs more voices to talk about the attributes of mass transit and how it adds to our quality of life.
I’m not sure what to expect. As a journalism kid when I was in high school, I honed my writing skills, but as many of you have already posted – keeping those skills fluid is the challenge. Perhaps Blog a Thon will get my creative side going and provide more ideas on how to help me in the community activity that is such a large part of my life.
For Pete’s Sake!
You people are awesome! I know that I’m just the person getting you registered at the front, but being in the front of Conjunctured all by my lonesome means that people come out and talk to me. And what’s so important about that? I get to hear a lot of brainstorming. I get to hear your first impressions of the round table discussions. I get to see and listen to your excitement. And that, my dear friends, is why I feel like the “cool kid” hanging out in the sun. When you share with me all of your good ideas, I get to be a part of what’s going on inside.
Also, I also get the rare privilege of meeting everyone that walks into Blogathon. Can you say that you met literally everyone? Probably not. I’ve got the best seat in the house!
Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, thoughts, and general conversation with me. You are what makes #BlogathonATX worthwhile.
All Blogged Up In It
I’m so overwhelmed I have to make a list
1. I have revealed to several people the location of my tapeworm @FlappyMcGee (he thinks he can sing and wants to be a DJ)
2. I really enjoyed the tacos
3. I od’ed on cupcakes. Of course I grabbed the one with STAK’s of icing.
4. @BizCoachAustin helped me fix my syncing problems with the notes and stuff, so now I am not in worlds and heaps of trouble with stupid mobile me and all that kinda stuff.
5. I learned from listening to @TheJenATX that I might have a Twitter-troll, but I’m just not sure. Perhaps he is a suitor. Hmm.
6. I have learned that I am not a good multi-tasker and that I am going to have to make lists and schedules. I am going to have to give myself permission to shut things off. It was good to listen to @myerman for this; &for several other things like that …
There’s lots more. But SO much surrounds me, and I think there’s a keg someplace 🙂
Tips From the PR Chat
I learned a lot in our PR discussion Saturday. Hope you did, too. Here’s a follow up, highlighting some of the tips and tools that were mentioned:
Five tips on using online content for PR
Love you all!
Blog: The PR Channel (Thank you all for supporting our blog launch!)
The Q’s Official Blogathon Post Mortem
Read it and weep…