The things I learned at ProBlogger (and they’re not what you might expect)

Things I learned at ProBlogger and they're not what you might expect.

So I went to ProBlogger and I learned some things. Seven in fact. Odd number perhaps, but hey, what are you going to do?

This is not my first ProBlogger conference, in fact it’s my third. There’s also been some other blogging and social media conferences over the past four-odd-years in the life of About a Bugg. You could say I now get at least the basics of blogging.

Which is probably why these lessons surprised me the most.

  1. I don’t want to monetise my blog actively anymore. I know. I just spent days on the Gold Coast learning how to do exactly that, but I just don’t want to. I love to write, I love my readers, I love my crazy busy full time job and every time I try to focus on monetising, I feel like something drops. So the ads on the sidebar are gone, and while there will be some sponsored content occasionally, it will be few and far between, and will need to be something that ticks all the boxes. Not just the financial one.
  2. I am no longer 25. And solid socialising for three days straight, will take me three times that long to recover from. I know, I was shocked too.
  3. Even if no-one read it, I would still write. There was a lot of talk about a blog needing to be useful to readers and how we should write for our readers. While I love (read: crazy stupid love) my readers, I write to get things out of my head, and if they all stopped reading tomorrow, I would still write. This *may* have influenced the decision I made in the first point above.
  4. Some people are just jerks. Truth be told, I already knew this, but it was unfortunately reinforced. Luckily the balance of awesome certainly won out.
  5. I don’t do inspirational speakers. Now this may come as a surprise to those of you who know me (ok, it probably won’t) but I don’t do inspirational speakers. Most of the sessions were great, a few were awesome, but there was one in particular who caused my eyeballs to hurt from rolling. Next time, I need to choose my sessions better and not put my eyes through that kind of trauma.
  6. Online friends are just as real as real life friends. In fact, in my experience they are even better. Maybe the very best. When it’s right, the friendship grows quickly and without the boundaries of awkward that real life seems to bring. I’m lucky to have a tribe of them surrounding me.
  7. Inspiration can strike anywhere. And inspiration did strike indeed, with an exciting new collaboration with some of my favourite people being born over a martini. More on that later.

Of course there was other things that I picked up along the way; the buffet at QT is all kinds of amazing, most bloggers are crazy inspirational and dedicated, and the power of a tweet can deliver coffee to your door.

Then there was some practical things too; new apps to play with, Google+ tricks, a heap of new blogs to read and tips on how to better manage my blogging time.

While you may not notice many changes around here; I’m hopeful that the small things I’m tweaking on the back end will mean better writing and less half written blog posts bouncing around in my head. Because that’s not fun for anyone.

{Photo above from Olympus}

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  1. I am just confused about which of my pin boards I should pin that image to, perhaps I should make a new board “Super Bloggers” and pin to that.
    ClaireyHewitt recently posted..Big Little Lies Book ReviewMy Profile

  2. Coffee to my door?

  3. That’s seven really, really good things and if you Fantastic Four don’t divulge your martini idea STAT, I will go mildly insane(r). And I’m also dying to know which particular speaker hurt you so much…

    It was lovely connecting with you, Renee, just didn’t get hardly enough. x
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  4. Sounds like a very enlightening trip. I’m sure the hangover(s) was worth it 🙂

  5. Aah th3 power of a tweet! T’was a beautiful thing.

    So lovely to spend time with you xx

  6. Bummed I missed it. I love that your wrap up of the event isn’t all glowing and rosey but it still sounds like you had a good time x
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  7. Yes and yes and yes!
    I was so emotional it was hard to catch up with anyone as I felt quite disappointed and surprised that I didn’t just love it all. Or want to monetize..

    And of course now I want to know who the jerks were and who had your eyes rolling..

  8. Alix Helps says:

    Good on you Mrs. Sometimes you just need clarity around what’s important to you, or else… what the hell’s the point? x

  9. Renee, I was so happy to finally meet you. I’m sorry we weren’t able to chat more.
    Next time for sure!
    Your new project sounds very exciting. Great photo!
    A x
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    • Oh Amanda – I’m so pleased you came to comment on my blog even though I’m pretty sure I was a bit of a dick when you were introduced to me! Let’s blame the socialising and I promise to do better next time. And there will be a next time, I’m sure!
      Renee Bugg recently posted..Her cup runs overMy Profile

  10. Definitely spoken like a true blogger! Great to see your passion flair up again, even without the need of that inspirational speaker. The best blogging is the ones that come from the heart, so I’ve no doubt I’ll be ‘following’ you for a long time, excuse the pun intended.

  11. I have to agree with you – there are lots of douche bag bloggers!!! (man I love how this is like script writing when I write!!!) As for monetising it all seems a bit too much like hard work and I’m like you I like to write and connect with others – most people are as lovely as they are in their blog, others, not so much!! Emily x
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  12. Best post-PB wrap yet. Love your lessons. I had a similar epiphany (anti-epiphany?!) that at this stage of my life, just having a lovely corner of the internet may be enough right now. I can always change my monetising mind later. x
    Emily recently posted..Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – a book reviewMy Profile

  13. While I appreciate what the sentiment of some of the inspirational speakers are, I do get the feeling they have rather simple lives.
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  14. Thanks for cropping that picture, I’m still wondering if I said something to upset the Olympus people 😉 Bring on number seven!
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  15. And this is just the kind of post I’ve been wanting to read. All the other posts were great, but I wanted to read something from someone who doesn’t want to monetise, because I finally came to that realisation a week or two ago, I don’t really want to make money from my blog as I want to connect with people, the reason why I started blogging in the first place. What I really want to do is photography, and have an audience who simply gets me and my rantings, and who appreciates a pretty picture the same way I do.
    Kylie Purtell – A Study in Contradictions recently posted..Tosser Trophy awarded on behalf of all the Fat, Lazy Mums out there // Ranty McRantersonMy Profile

  16. I also don’t do ‘inspirational’ speakers very well. My favourite sessions were those where there were really concrete ideas about how I could improve my blog.
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  17. Love your attitude to blogging – I’m just the same. I love to waffle (alot) and I don’t mind if no one reads it (except my husband, he has too!). I loved the conference too this year although I found it a little overwhelming at times. Now to implement everything I learnt – most of it technical – eeek!! x Oh and you’re so right – online friends are AWESOME!

  18. I love you take on it all Renee. I found so much of ProBlogger completely overwhelming and at times it left me feeling deflated if I’m honest because it seems there is o much I SHOULD be doing that clearly I dont. Wish I had met you although I spent much of my time hiding I suppose that makes it hard. Love that photo of you guys though xx
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  19. YES!!! I absolutely agree. I have also recently made the decision not to monetise with ads. I find sites covered in advertising so ugly, and not what I’m there for. And I agree with all your other points too 🙂
    Mel @ The cook’s notebook recently posted..Seasonal vegetables – asparagusMy Profile


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