In a few days, we will be leaving for BarkWorld! This year we will be driving. The last two years we have flown but since sissy Sarah has her permit , she has to get driving experience hours to take her driving test in Oct. I do love to fly but I think the time driving will be fun. Us girls, loves to go on road trips. We go to Nashville every couple of months and we go to Louisville once a month so we are used to the driving.
What is BarkWorld ? It's a Pet Social Media conference for anyone who has blogs about petsor wants to blog about pets. They have a series of sessions which help you make the most of your blog, answers any questions you have or gives you ideas about things to better your blog.
For those who have never been to BarkWorld , here are some tips that I can think of. For those who have been and follow me , please add any tips you may have.
If you have been to Blogpaws or other social media conferences , this is close to the same.
For those who have never been to a conference, I do recommend you bring lots and lots of business/blog cards. Bring a pad of paper and a few pens because you always (or my mother does) lose them. Wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking. Be prepared to get up early and go to bed late. Be prepared to take lots of photos and be in lots of photos. Do not do as my ma did and buy a new makeup before a conference only to find out you are allergic to it , it gives you raccoon eyes and settles in your wrinkles.
There is a dog and human yoga in the mornings, its known as Doga. We always wanted to go but couldn't get ma out of bed early enough. Maybe this year will be different. I won't hold my breath. The sessions are fun and exciting and you will meet the bloggers you follow. It is really exciting to meet them because they seem like rock stars in your eyes but they are all the most down to earth, loving people you ever met. The pro's and intermediate bloggers are always ready to answer questions but remember they are there to learn too.
I recommend getting your photo taken with all that you follow. That way when you are working on a blog post and get a writer's block, you can look at your photo of you and that person and be inspired.
Don't be nervous, everyone was a newbie once and some of us who have been there before still feel like one at times.
I remember my first Barkworld. I was so nervous at first that,it seemed all I did was stand around doe-eyed. By the end of the conference I felt like a member of a big family. I left with so many ideas in my head and a feeling of "I can do this!" My second Barkworld, I felt like I was headed to a family reunion. I couldn't wait to get there and see all my friends and meet new ones. Over the years I followed much more and we learned from each other. Its a great experience and you will get those questions answered and feel the same "I can do this!" as I felt. Write down your questions you want to get answered now so you will be prepared when you get there. Be ready to ride an elevator down with other bloggers and some may be the ones you have followed for a very long time.
Denise, the founder of Barkworld is a wonderful lady who knows social media. Last years BarkWorld was the best I have been to so I look forward to seeing how they are going to top it.
To see a list of the scheduled sessions, you can go here. BarkWorld Speaker sessions. Its best to sign up for sessions since some are limited. Now for the good part. Here is a list of bloggers who will be there. If you know a blogger who will be there but its not on here, please add them or you. The more compelled this list is the more you can know who you want to meet.
Hopefully, I have done this right and you can click on the link to get the list. Then everyone who sent me their info , should be able to be found by clicking the links beside the name. Hope it gains you, new followers! See you in a few days. Safe travels to everypawdy!