Thousands of people will be attending BlogWorld this year. As a new attendee, I have to be honest; that makes me a little nervous. I don’t actually know anyone else who is going, and I’m terrified that it will be junior high all over again. I don’t want to end up eating lunch alone or being the last kid picked in gym class. Sometimes, I end up being more introverted than I’d like, and while I wouldn’t really say that I’m shy, it does make me a little anxious to go into a situation where so many people know one another and I don’t know anyone.
Lisa Morosky, who is a panelist this year and someone I regularly stalk on Twitter, did something I consider pretty ingenious yesterday. She wrote a post specifically for BlogWorld attendees to leave their link, which allows everyone to get to know some of the people who will be there – at least through their blogs. Dave Risley, Nathan Hangen, Mike CJ, and Lisa will be doing a panel called “Treating Your Blog Like a Business” this year, but even if you can’t attend that specific session, it makes sense to leave your link on this list.
Beyond that, don’t just leave your link – check out the other links to see who else is attending this year. If you land on a blog that isn’t in your niche or even mildly interesting to you, you might still want to connect with that person. Check out their about page – you might find that you have something in common. Hey, you’re a travel blogger who homeschools her kids? I’m an entertainment blogger, but I also home my kids. We should try to meet up!
You might have other things in common as well that aren’t so apparent at first glance. For example, maybe you have a similar writing style. Or, maybe you live in the same area. Wouldn’t it be cool to find out that a blogger in your niche lives in your neighborhood and will also be attending? Heck, you might even be able to make arrangements to share a cab to the airport.
Maybe you just like the person’s blog. True story: I follow this one mommy blog, even though I have no kids of my own. Her stories just make me laugh! There’s no reason you can’t connect with a blogger outside of your niche if you like his or her writing.
At the very least, everyone at BlogWorld 2010 has one thing in common – the drive to be a better blogger. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be attending in the first place! Use that as a starting off point, and connect to these people. My goal is to comment on every blog on this list before BlogWorld, and although that’s a small goal right now (at the time of posting, there were only 12 blogs listed so far), I’m hoping that this list grows to include hundreds of bloggers.
I know I won’t get to meet every attendee at BlogWorld, but I hope that in the coming months, I can make some deeper connections and find new blogs that I really enjoy. There are already a few people on my list of “have to find at BlogWorld,” but I’d really like that list to grow to the point where my every moment is packed with meeting awesome people from around the world.
So, go add your link to Lisa’s list – and don’t be afraid to say hi to me, either here or at my own blog (listed as #2) on Lisa’s post, After Graduation). Hope to see you at BlogWorld!
Allison Boyer is a writer for BWE’s blog and the owner/manager of After Graduation. She apologizes in advance – her hair will probably not be the same color at BWE as it is in that picture. Hell, it might not even be the same color every day of the conference.