April is shaping up to be an awesome month for the BlogWorld community. We have lots planned, and hope you’ll set your calendars accordingly.
Here’s a look at what the members of the BlogWorld community can look forward to in April 2012.
Community Driven Content
BlogWorld is about content. Your content. Our conferences are dedicated to helping everyone who wants to create, distribute and monetize content so it only makes sense that your content is front and center on our social networking channels as well. This will be especially true on Facebook where we’ll be introducing ways for the BlogWorld community to highlight your content on our Timeline. This will go beyond our regular “brag your blog” days.
Look for the BlogWorld community to share photos for our Facebook Timeline cover and to share their BlogWorld-related content on our historical Timeline. We’re also going to have themed days where you’re welcome to share your blog posts, videos, photographs, or podcast that fit in with that theme. We won’t tolerate spamming, but we do want to highlight our community – and your content.
Also, our Facebook community is your community. We’d like to encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page and share your tips, questions and discussion topics in regard to content creation and social media on our wall. As long as you’re not spamming, you don’t have to wait for us to ask questions or share.
We love our new day and time for #BWEChat,and the community is responding well. Hosted Thursday afternoons at 2:00 p.m EST, our weekly Twitter chats are a way to highlight our conference speakers. However, we know not everyone can attend. So #BWEChat is a way to preview scheduled topics and share with the community, even if you can’t make it to BlogWorld.
Here is what you can look forward to for #BWEChat in April:
- April 5: Lauren Vargas will talk about her community manager toolbox
- April 12: Ali Luke will talk about steps to take to edit your own writing.
- April 19: Bob Dunn will discuss common mistakes to avoid when setting up a WordPress blog.
- April 26: To be announced.
Google+ Hangout Educational Sessions
We see an amazing opportunity with Google+. We’re especially exciting about hangouts and exploring the possibilities. Our first Google+ event takes place on Monday, April 16th at 1:00 p.m. EST, when C.C. Chapman will give an interactive educational session about leveraging your online content to become a published author. This is our first Google+ hangout session, and if all goes well it won’t be our last. We’re also in contact with Google+ in hopes of making this a full fledged hangout on the air. In any event,we will record the session for those who can’t attend.
Your Participation is Important to Us
We recognize that community doesn’t mean a brand pontificating at a bunch of people. A community is a collaborative of people sharing together. We have someone (Yours Truly) here to guide community efforts, but it’s not my community and it’s not BlogWorld’s community, it’s your community and your participation is vital to our collective success. We want to hear from you and we want to learn from you and with you. We hope you’re enjoying our community programs and content and look forward to bringing you more ways to interact with us.
Here are the different ways you can participate within the BlogWorld community:
- The BlogWorld blog
- The BlogWorld Newsletter
- At BlogWorld & New Media Expo
As always, we welcome your comments, questions and feedback. Feel free to contact me any time via one of the above networks or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, at @blogworldexpo and at @debng.
It’s a pleasure interacting with you all,
Director of Community