written by Michelle Murray | March 6th, 2013
When I found out I was chosen to speak at this years’ Social Media Camp – I literally danced in my driveway – Seriously, I’m not kidding, you can ask my boyfriend (or the neighbours who think I’m nuts).
You see, having the opportunity to share a passion with like minded people is very appealing; and in May, I’ll get that opportunity, spending a few days with great people from our industry, as well as friends I’ve made online, who will become friends in real life.
Getting Au Natural at Social Media Camp
When I coined my title for my session Blogging Au Natural, I chose it not because it’s the clothing optional portion of Camp, but because this is where words originate – from a very natural part of ourselves, and what we do with those words depends on what exactly our end goal is and what we hope to accomplish from the blogs we post.
We all know how much the English language has changed and evolved from the first grunt, to the sonnets of Shakespeare - to Beat Slang of the ’50s all the way to LMAO and TTFN, and because of the beauty that exists from the development of blogging and social media – many, if not all of us, can share our words with the world.
So – What are we going to talk about anyway?
Blogging can be as simple or as complicated as you make it – many writers forget the subtle difference between a blog and an article, it does affect the voice and message of what you are writing.
I’m not going to talk about articles in my session – I’m going to talk about how one person – any person can start a blog about their family, their pets, or why they love taking pictures of food.
While many articles can come from a place inside of you – I feel that blogs (and of course, this is personal opinion), can target the personal core, or the heart if you will – of the writer.
While both styles of writing should be factual – blogging allows us to skirt the lines a bit more – make them more about personal feeling – kinda like this one.
While I’ve never spoken at a conference before – I’m excited at this prospect. I mean, how often, do you get to talk about something you love, with others who love it as much (if not more) as you?
What You’ll Learn
In my session – which will be geared to beginner and intermediate bloggers; we will talk all about forming the idea of a blog – all the way to developing your blog site. This session will be highly interactive; feeding off the creativity in the room.
While I will educate about the fundamentals of a blog– this session will be all about you and your ideas. It’s a lot to cover in 55 minutes, but the beauty of social media is that the conversation won’t end at the end of the session – we can carry forward through the rest of camp and online after we all trudge home after an amazing time.
Personally – I am so excited for camp this year. Great speakers, friends I didn’t have last year, and new ones in the making – which leaves me with one final thought:
What else (besides my session *wink, wink*) will you sign up for? With so much awesomeness it’s going to be tough to pick.
See you at camp!