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#BlogChat Comes to BlogWorld

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A few weeks ago we hinted some awesome new content was coming to BlogWorld LA and now it’s finally time to spill the beans on one of those secret projects we’ve been working on…

Mack Collier is bringing the popular #BlogChat to BlogWorld (but instead of online, it’s going to be LIVE) and you’ve got an opportunity to choose the topic!

In case you’re not familiar with it, #BlogChat is Mack’s weekly Twitter chat. Every Sunday at 8:00 p.m. EST, Mack brings a variety of guests and topics of interest to bloggers for an interactive online discussion on Twitter, and it’s extremely popular. So popular, that he sometimes brings his #Blogchats to select conferences to have live discussions with standing-room-only crowds.

Rather than write up a quick little announcement paragraph, I thought it would be fun to interview Mack, so he could talk about #BlogChat in his own words, and he was very gracious about answering my questions.

Deb:  Why do you like to do live #Blogchats – what is the major difference between them and Twitter chats (besides people in the seats)


Mack:
One of the few drawbacks to #Blogchat on Twitter is that it’s so big that you can only see a fraction of the tweets.  But with a Live #Blogchat, it’s a small group so everyone can participate and build off of each other’s points.  It really does lead to wonderful discussions and I think a Live #Blogchat is a fabulous complement to an event such as Blog World Expo, because attendees have been learning so much from the amazing speakers and panelists, then a Live #Blogchat gives them a chance to share what they have learned.  With a Live #Blogchat, the participants really are the stars!

Deb: Will you have a specific topic for this #Blogchat, or is it a surprise?


Mack:
That’s a good question!  Obviously there are several topics that are always popular with #Blogchat participants.  But I think we need to find a way to let BlogWorld attendees pick the topic, maybe we could let them vote for their favorite topic on blogworld.com?


Deb: What do you hope the attendees will take away from the live #BlogChat.


Mack:
One of the things that I think will be a pleasant surprise for attendees of the Live #Blogchat is that it’s a fabulous chance to meet and connect with other smart people.  We’ll have a chance to meet everyone before we start, then during the chat we’ll be bouncing ideas off each other and connecting.  As much as I love Twitter and other social media tools, there’s no substitute for ‘in real life’ interactions, and Live #Blogchat is a wonderful way to not only learn more about blogging, but to also expand your network by meeting some really smart people!

As Mack mentioned, we’re inviting the BlogWorld community to pick the topic for our live #BlogChat.  In fact, Mack provided us with a list of his most popular #BlogChat topics, for you to choose from.

Tell us in the comments which of these you most want to discuss.

1 – How do you build engagement and get more comments on your blog?
2 – What’s the best way to handle negative comments on your blog?
3 – How do you create a strategy for your blog?
4 – What should you post about on your blog?
5 – How do you use other social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Plus) to grow your blog?

Indicate (by number) the topic you feel BlogWorld attendees will benefit from most. We’ll announce the winning topic when we turn the tables on Mack on September 14th at 9:00 p.m. EST, when he’s our guest on #BWEChat.

We have some more good news coming up. Stay tuned to this blog, plus Twitter, Facebook and the BlogWorld forum for more announcements.

 


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  • James Dabbagian, M.A

    I personally like “What should you post about on your blog?” as a topic, but you might want to make it a poll if this gets as popular as I think it will be…

    • Bill Torgerson

      Hi James.  I’m doing a “writing territory” presentation at Blogworld L.A.  I don’t know that I’ll say “supposed to” but we will do lots of talking about all the possibilities.  If you read my “blogchat” question above, you’ll see I’m in need of a lot of help in other areas. 🙂

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  • Eric S.

    I vote #5 – how to use other social platforms to grow your blog.  Seems like so many bloggers are SO fantastic at that channel, but they often don’t know where to start with syndicating their content on others, and turning their readership/subscribers into a true community.

  • Jason Houck

    Definitely number 3. 

  • Linda Sherman

    #5 @DebNg I definitely intend to attend no matter which topic gets selected. Love to see my #blogchat amigos at #BWE. Glad to see you are using @Disqus:disqus on the @blogworldexpo:disqus blog. It’s my personal fave.

    • Bill Torgerson

      I have a heck of a time keeping all my accounts straight:  Google, facebook, wordpress, goodreads, Twitter…    Are you able to just use one of those to leave comments through the same online identity as you comment on different blogs?  Does that question even make sense to anyone?

      • Linda Sherman

        That is one thing I like about @DISQUS, it carries my commenting identity with me. Several commenting platforms let you sign in with Twitter.

  • Linda Sherman

    Deb @DebNg, if you didn’t like any of the topics I submitted this time for #BWE, please feel free to throw me on a social media panel. Apparently the Facebook panel I moderated at Digital Hollywood got excellent reviews.  I hear we are at deadline for assigning speakers for @blogworldexpo:disqus ?

  • studionashvegas

    I vote 3.  Looking forward to it.

  • Mack Collier

    Thanks for the comments and votes, y’all.  Great to see that a lot of #Blogchat regulars will be at #BWELA!

  • Mack Collier

    Thanks for the comments and votes, y’all.  Great to see that a lot of #Blogchat regulars will be at #BWELA!

  • Anonymous

    I feel like my blog is in never never land, I would love to get it more interactive. When I activate the comments allowed feature I get a ton of spam.

    This blog/twitter chat sounds really fun!

  • Lynn

    While they all sound good, #3 gets my vote.

  • Bill Torgerson

    So a to participate in a blogchat, I go on twitter and use #blogchat, or is it something different from that? 

  • ConstanceMettler

    1 – What’s the best way to handle negative comments on your blog?

    2 – How do you build engagement and get more comments on your blog?

    3 – How do you create a strategy for your blog?

    4 – What should you post about on your blog?

    5 – How do you use other social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Plus) to grow your blog?

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