Pronunciation: \ˈī-rə-nē also ˈī(-ə)r-nē\
Etymology: Latin ironia, from Greek eirōnia, from eirōn dissembler
a (1) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity b : incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play —called also dramatic irony, tragic irony
Here's some real life irony for you... last Saturday I got up at 5:00 am (am... did you read that?... on my day off for God's sake) and drove almost 100 miles each way to attend a Social Media Conference aka Bloggy Boot Camp. The ironic part is that I haven't written a word since and it will soon be a week since the meeting. Go figure! I've wanted to write, I've just been
slacking off watching Grey's Anatomy reruns extremely busy all week.
The conference was a great experience and I am already looking forward to attending others. In addition to learning more about some different aspects of blogging and meeting a lot of fantastic people, more importantly, I left Baltimore feeling good about what I do. Countrymouse has been reading blogs for years, but he reads heavy duty/ getting paid to write about what I think/ I might even end on up Fox News kinda blogs. This blog obviously does not fit that mold. There are so many more important blogs out there, I wasn't sure that mine mattered. Before listening to these ladies, I felt like writing here was merely my hobby... like knitting (not that I knit) or fishing (not that I fish) or surfing (not that I surf) might be. After participating in the conference, I know that I have a voice. It may be a small voice at the moment but it can grow. The ladies who presented were professional (but fun) and were informed experts. Some of them were making money blogging and some were still just doing it because it brought them joy. (My dream job would be to combine both.)
Some of the highlights from Boot Camp:
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- Twitter... Twitter... Twitter. Before going I suspected this and after attending it is confirmed... I am the only person in America who does not tweet. I have since taken the baby step of signing up for a Twitter account but it still eludes me. I think I will be spending a lot of time here this weekend.
- Your blog is your brand. Decide what it is you want to do and do it well. Be true to you.
- Comments = Blog Crack. What you put into comments is what you get out. Be sincere... drive-by comments are worthless.
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization) because we all want to be noticed
- Buy your domain... own your blog content
- Apparently WordPress is the schnizzle
- Be kind. Share. Help a sister out. Why wouldn't you?
- Memes... This can be a fun aspect, but only pick one or two and be consistent. Oh and meme rhymes with dream, in case you weren't sure. (It is not "me me" even if that's what you're writing about all the time.)
- The FTC is not out for mommy blogger blood. If you're doing endorsements, just be honest.
- Keep your blog organized and clean. Pictures and videos are always a plus (thank God, cause I am not sure I could post without using 'em).
I have already started making a few changes and I am sure they will continue as I learn more and become more comfortable in the blogosphere. I am ready to buy my domain name and need some help. As you might have guessed, all the really good names are long gone, which pretty much means anything catchy, like citymouse.com or randomthoughts.com. I do have some options available though but I can't decide. (You should see me trying to order dinner off a menu.) Would you pretty please with sugar on top answer the following survey? It's only one question and I promise it won't take but 3.7 seconds to complete. You can also leave a comment below.
The blogosphere is still very much the Wild Wild West and we are all
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