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Saturday, October 22, 2011

I learned all I need to know

at BlogHer.BHWriters11_promo_v1.1_4
And I’m going to share with you all my newly found knowledge.
1.  I need a MacBook  like all the cool kids. Seriously… Ray – take notes for Christmas.
2.  I also need a small external hard drive for my 16,000 pictures that I keep on my hard drive.  Thank goodness I backed them up before I left because I had to delete all the pictures of the twin’s first year of life just so I could connect to the wi-fi.
3.  All serious writers/bloggers apparently wear a scarf.  I will need to look for a scarf so I can be taken seriously.
4.  I am way cooler than Ray thinks I am.
5.  I am not nearly as cool as I thought I was.
6.  I think I have a plan for how to lay out a real book.  Seriously… like a real plan.
7.  Writers apparently do not all become overwhelmingly rich like J. K. Rowling.  Crap.  I guess I will continue on my Powerball mission.
8.  I need to focus on building my “Platform” … seriously …. that was the word of the conference.
9.  Apparently I need to start tweeting and promoting my blog… and grow it a little.
10.  Above all else – good writing is king.
**  I need to not give up.  Sometimes obstacles are put in our way to see who really wants to get through the door.  I want to go through that door.  **

The speakers and mentors were so unbelievably helpful.  It was an awesome experience.

Also – My great friend Joanna arranged for me to have drivers take me into the city and back.  Big props to my 2 newest BFF’s – Gary and Rick.  When I hit the big time – they have already signed on to be my bodyguards/drivers.  And these guys were awesome. 


One final thought… It was so amazing to meet all these people that I’ve connected to online.  Not only in the blogging community, but also within my twin mom community.  Our lives are so rich because of the people who love us.  IMG_0257[1]

              Oh – and it is great to be home. 
                                                              Andrew is learning how to take pictures like his momma.



At October 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM , Blogger kalanicut said...

Great post. Platforms, yes, yes. From the first minute to the last it was the word. Scarves, hilarious. I didn't get the memo but just happened to wear one both days. Hope I fooled some people. ;) Good luck with your writing. It was a great experience. I found talking with other attendees as helpful as the sessions themselves.

At October 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I'm happy to hear it was a great experience! I particularly liked points 3, 4, and 5. I'm wearing a scarf today, by coincidence... so I'm pleased to hear that I have a chance of being taken seriously. And maybe I too am cooler than my husband thinks I am.

At October 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Karie said...

It was really great meeting you! :)

At October 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Meredith said...

So excited about your progress in the "layout" ideas for your book!

That is awesome!!
And I am ALL SET -- because I have LOTS of Scarves!!! :) :) :)

(And I still think you are "".

At October 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM , Blogger TiAnna Mae said...

I'm truly happy that you had a good time and gained a lot of insight! I just can't get with the whole tweeting thing. I don't really get it.

At October 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM , Blogger all.things.fadra said...

Great recap. Alas, I only wore a scarf one day but I DID bring my MacBook (I have my eye set on a MacBook Pro). I think I'm doing great at my platform. Now it's just pushing past that inner voice of self-doubt telling me I CAN do this.

So great to meet you and I WILL send you that Twitter article I was talking about!

At October 22, 2011 at 11:41 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Kalanicut - You are wearing a scarf in your profile picture! You must already be HUGE!!! :)

TiAnna Mae - I got great advice at BlogHerWriters - "if your blog is your movie, then think of twitter as your 'trailer.'" I'm really going to try. And when Fadra sends the article - I will surly pass it along to you.

It was really awesome to meet everyone.

At October 23, 2011 at 8:01 AM , Blogger Helene Bludman said...

Kristen, love your post. I did get the scarf memo, but did not bring a Mac. Semi-cool? It was so nice meeting you and I hope to keep in touch. For starters, I am subscribing to your wonderful blog!

At October 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Blogger championm2000 said...

So glad to hear that you had a great time, and I look forward to seeing how you take what you learned and move forward.

At October 23, 2011 at 11:23 AM , Anonymous A Mother's Thoughts said...

It's always fun to get much better to come back home! Glad your trip taught you a few new tips on optimization!!


At October 23, 2011 at 5:10 PM , Blogger Deb said...

Do you have a Facebook page for your blog? I just started mine a couple of weeks ago, but it's been both fun and great for finding more readers!

I loved your comment about scarves. :)


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