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Hey Atlanta! Blogalicious is BACK!

My favorite conference is back in Atlanta!

I’m so excited to attend #Blogalicious8! (I can’t believe this is the 8th year! Wow!)
Though I’m technically a “seasoned” blogger / social media professional and I’ve been a speaker at this conference before, this year will be a new experience for me. I feel like I’m starting over with the launch of My Single Serving Life so I am attending like a “newbie” who’s eager to learn and engage. I’ve been out of the “blogger hustle” game for a while and things certainly have changed, but I’m ready and I can’t wait to #DoEpicShit this weekend!

#BlogHer16 and the Evolution of an Influencer (a different kind of conference recap)

If I could sum up my BlogHer16 experience in one word, it would be SURREAL.

I came in with uneasiness and certainly of my presence and purpose but left with a renewed sense of confidence and clarity of what the next leg of my journey will entail.

I decided to do this recap a little differently this time. Instead of the usual scripted observations and lessons learned or summarized play-by-play of conference events (that you can read on the website), I decided to share my experience as it happened to me and exactly as I wrote it in my journal while I was there. A stream of consciousness… real and raw. It has only been edited for grammar. Yes, I give my journal entries titles and yes, this IS how I really write in my journal. I am a storyteller, after all.  Take a dive inside my mind…  Continue reading

Just When I Thought Nobody Reads My Work…

I open my inbox to find that one of my MODE stories has been featured…
My story headline was the email newsletter subject!!
28,500 views… and counting…
Self-doubt and external naysayers… y’all can go have a seat in the corner!

My MODE Stories

 

Blogging Without a Blog

(click here to read this on Mode.com)

So… you kinda want to be a blogger…

Meaning you’d like to share your thoughts and stories in the digital space but you’re not much of a writer. Or maybe you are somewhat of a witty writer but the thought of the set-up and maintenance of an actual blog makes you cringe. Here are some ways you can still be an online storyteller without the hassle of “blogging.”

Making a case for Microblogging…

Microblogging is what we used to consider what “tweeting” is in the early days of social media. These days, we long to say more than what 140 characters will allow. Not all of us want to carry the burden of a regular blog. Microblogging makes it easy to not only quickly capture longer thoughts but spark conversations and more sharing that regular blogs.

Medium

If you actually want to blog… like write full on blog posts… but don’t want “a blog” to keep up with, look no further than Medium.com. I highly recommend it and, as you know, I write there as well. It is a haven for people who just want to write and for people who want to read good work. It’s like the “Reader’s Digest” or “The New Yorker” of the Internet. This platform is all about stories. If you’ve got good ones (any genre), tell them here.

Anchor

The newest kid on the microblogging block is the mobile app Anchor. Anchor is an audio representation of your content. You basically talk in “waves” up to 2 minutes in length instead of writing posts. Your listeners can talk back to you (in 1-minute responses) which you can in turn reply to and before you know it, your content has become a conversation that can be shared out on Twitter and Facebook.

Periscope

Mobile app, Periscope, is a video representation of your content. Think of it as you being a roving reporter broadcasting whatever you want to share live (unfiltered and uncensored) to a public audience. Viewers interact with you via comments and animated hearts… sort of like an “applause” when they like what they see. Scopes disappear in 24 hours but there are apps to save and share your videos.

Instagram

They say a picture is worth 1000 words… which is precisely why Instagram is a perfect way to blog without blogging. A simple (or elaborate) caption (with appropriate and applicable hashtags) to an awesome photo can go a long way in telling a great story. The ultimate version of show and tell.

Google Plus

Yes, the red-headed stepchild of the social networking world is PERFECT for those who want to write, share, and exchange ideas but do not want a full-blown blog. And yes, it is still one of my favorite platforms. First off, it’s THE GOOGLE! Your content will be FOUND by anyone who does a search for what you’re talking about! With text markdown and no character limits, you can say as much or as little as you want and make it pretty too!

Content Curation

This method of microblogging is great for information junkies (like me)! Do you love to absorb the best of the Internets and wish to share your thoughts in more than 140 characters? Sites like Mode.com, Pinterest, and Flipboard are exactly what you need to collect and categorize gems of content and add your prolific two-cents about them. A respected fountain of information you will be!

And speaking of Mode… Here’s the Mode version of this post 🙂

Check out How You Can Be a Blogger Without Having a Blog

by ChatterBox Christie at Mode

 

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