I’ve just returned from the Problogger Training Conference in Surfers Paradise, Queensland and I have to say that it was like no other conference that I’ve ever attended. As my hubby, Dave said to me: “You’re incredibly lucky that you are so passionate about blogging and that all the speakers have something to say that you want to hear.”
Not just “Hear”, I replied, but “Lap up”!
Problogger Event Speakers
Just look at some of the speakers below: Darren Rowse, Tsh Oxenreider, Lady Melbourne, Trey Ratcliff, Amy Porterfield, Caz Makepeace, Christina from Hair Romance, Andrea from Fox in Flats, Nicole Avery, Lorraine Murphy, Bec Derrington, Catriona Pollard, and Shane Tilley.
Oh, and in the top middle picture there’s a bunch of us at the Friday night cocktail party on the pool deck of the Hilton Hotel having Waaaay too much fun!
Then there’s the fun and community of the event; meeting up with virtual friends in real life, and catching up on conversations that were left hanging at last year’s event in Melbourne.
Sugar Overload and Fancy Cocktails
I won’t mention sugar overload … oh alright then I will! The food was amazing and this year at the QT in Surfers we were treated to eats and treats throughout the two day conference that made many of us go weak at the knees. No 3 o’clock slump for us bloggers – no way! Talk about sugar rush. Who needs cocktails? And before any of you make rude comments about those little green thingies in the picture below, they were filled with lime juice!
Did I mention cocktails? Oh yes, well naturally we did need them, most of us, and by 5.30pm we were well ready for a nice Margarita or Passion Pop at the Stingray Bar served in Jars, of course, because that’s hip it seems. Note to self, start saving all my old jars for dinner party drinks.
You get to meet A Grade bloggers like Nikki Parkinson from Styling You and D from Woogs World too. They have so much wisdom to offer and are seriously nice peeps too.
Creative, Inspiring, Entertaining
The thing with blogging is that it’s creative, it’s inspiring and it gives you a sense of purpose. Alongside that and most of all, you can help people, in however small a way, by offering useful advice in one way or another as well as being a source of entertainment.
So today I thought I’d bring you some of the quotes from speakers at this year’s event – because many of these quotes are as pertinent to real life as they are to blogging.
Surfers Paradise and Problogger Event Virtual Ticket
Oh, and if you’d like to see what I thought of Surfer’s Paradise, why not pop over to my post at ZigaZag: Things to do in Surfers Paradise without going to a Gold Coast Theme Park.
On the other hand, if you’d like to get hold of all the sessions, panels and speeches on podcast you can grab the Problogger Virtual Ticket here (I’m an affiliate so I do stand to make a little commission to help buy my next bottle of wine. Thank you and Cheers!)
Quotes from ProBlogger Event 2013 Queensland
“‘I’m just a normal person, a mum, like ‘my readers’. I’m not a superwoman, and I come across like that, I think.” Katrina Springer, when asked why she thought her blog’s community had grown so well.
“Travel tips and destination type posts, bring lots of search traffic, but personal posts that include feelings and emotions about how you interpret a destination – these resonate with readers the most.” Craig Makepeace from YTravel Blog
“As bloggers we are storytellers, but keeping the reader in mind has been key to our success.” Craig Makepeace from YTravel Blog
“Try out new things and keep pushing forward, Caz Makepeace from Mojito Mother
“Anyone who has had success has been standing on the shoulders of giants. Reach out to people and treat them as another human being. Build relationships. We had a list of companies we’d like to work with and people wed like to get to know. Don’t reach out with what you can get, but what you can give. Don’t be afraid to ask … Ask people for a favour. If you don’t ask the answer is always no. But be ok with getting a lot of no’s,” Caz Makepeace.
“Readers enjoy honesty and vulnerability, ” Nicole Avery, Planning Queen.
Do it Yourself PR
“Your challenge is to leverage the traditional forms of media to position yourself as a thought leader in your market.” Taken from the session “DIY PR” withLorraine Murphy, Bec Derrington and Catriona Pollard.
Stuck in Customs
“A blog is the greatest self discovery tool of our age. You either uncover parts of yourself that need a little more thinking, or find new rivers of truth in yourself. We are all in this big world together and sharing ourselves,” Trey Ratcliff
“It’s the times when you are living in the now when you are really in the flow of your life. And the more you live in the now the more your universe will turn out as its supposed to.” Trey Ratcliff
“Do what you love, it doesn’t matter who shows up just do what drives you, get tight into your core, then ancillary things will happen around that.” Trey Ratcliff
Inspiring Clare Bowditch
“Sensitivity not toughness is the new power tool in the world today,” Clare Bowditch
“We are entering the conceptual age, in which we can talk about what we want to do,” Clare Bowditch
“The basis of all good businesses is to solve a problem in the world,” Clare Bowditch
“If there’s someone you want to work with pitch them the idea .. pick up the phone rather than email,” Christina from Hair Romance.
Amy Porterfield on Facebook
“Facebook is the best way to market yourself.” Amy Porterfield
“Model what’s working for other people (on Facebook), don’t try and reinvent the wheel. 80 characters or less, gets 27% more engagement,” Amy Porterfield.
“There will always be more you can do … Make peace with this.” Darren Rowse“Fear is a signal that something important is about to happen. Pay attention to it.” Darren Rowse.
“You can’t Finish Twitter!” Tsh Oxenreider in response to Darren’s comment above!