Blog Better Boston… or should I say Blog Bettah Boston?

I’m currently on the Amtrak train back home to New York after a whirlwind trip to Boston for Blog Better Boston, where I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on social media. More precisely on “What social media platforms are best for you?”  I got to rock this panel with some amazing ladies, as you can see from the panel info I linked to, and I’m not going to lie – I was SUPER intimidated before I met them all!  I mean, who am I compared to these women?  But I couldn’t have asked for a better group – the panel went so well (at least I thought so!), they were amazing in answering the questions and having engaging dialogue with each other, and rolled with the flow when I asked questions that we hadn’t previously discussed.  I loved every second of it.  Except hearing myself broadcasted over a PA system though, since I hate how my voice sounds! (Does anyone like how theirs sounds?  If you said yes, I think you’re a dirty liar.)   Also, this is quite possibly the coolest thing ever – @Katie_PhD was sketching her notes (live-sketching?) and then posting the picture of it on Twitter. I LOVE this!

{Image stolen blatantly from Katie’s twitter stream

I also have to give kudos to Alana and Amy, who ran an amazing conference. As someone who runs corporate events for a living, its a bad habit of mine to notice and nitpick at every small detail that I’d want to fix.  I can honestly say that this was probably one of the smoothest run blogging events I’ve ever been to!  They did a fantastic job.

I do have a bone to pick with the New York blog scene though.  Why can’t we get our sh*t together?  In one day at #BBBos I learned about such awesome groups like Boston Brunchers, Boston Food Swappers, and Boston Bloggers. I’m sure there are others I missed.  Why aren’t there NYC based groups like this?  Or are there, and I just live in a hole? (It’s quite possible. I’m very anti-social for a blogger/social media enthusiast.)  There was a NYC Bloggers website (that’s still live) but it hasn’t been updated since 2006 or so.  Does someone want to start this up with me? WHERE MY NYC BLOGGERS AT?

It’s always interesting to hear what other bloggers have to say about certain topic areas, and a lot was covered at #BBBos for sure.  There was a lot of content that was almost too basic for me, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now (at least at this domain).  A lot of newer bloggers benefit from the info that I find to be common knowledge.  And being on the other side of the table as a moderator this time, I can see how what we know and take for granted, others soak up like a sponge.  That part I love.

The other great part about blogging events, or just getting together with other bloggers in general, is learning about different tools and platforms that I wouldn’t otherwise know to try.  After #BBBos, I need to check out:

All in all, I hope this conference continues on. Great blogging conferences leave you feeling refreshed, energized and rejuvenated when it comes to blogging. This did just that. At least for me. 🙂

Also, I got to see my cousin Samantha and her boyfriend Josh, who gifted me with some adorably cute stuff for Sadie, and I got to hang out with Kate – what’s better than that?

Comments

  1. I think someone definitely needs to do an updated NYC bloggers site… I’d totally be with you on that project.

  2. Soooo glad to meet you yesterday 😉 you did a great job in the panel.

  3. Hey Lacey! Thank you for the kind words!You did a great job on your panel. I am a die hard social media-er(?) and think it has every thing in the world to do with the success of Boston Brunchers and Eat.Live.Blog.

    If you want any help with starting something in NYC, I would be happy to help out, feel free to contact me any time!

    Renee (Eat.Live.Blog & Boston Brunchers)

    • Thanks Renee! I agree that social media engagement has so much to do with the success of an in-person meetup/group! It’s so hard in NY though since there’s so many people!! Maybe one day 😉 Loved your panel too!

  4. Thank you SO much for coming up and moderating! It was great to see you (and your Sadie bump).

    • Thanks so much for having me! I had a blast – would love to do it again. 🙂 Pending what goes on post-Sadie arrival haha. You ladies did a great job.

  5. So wonderful to finally meet you! You all did a fantastic job with the panel, hope to see you back up here in Boston again soon!!

  6. Lacey!! You were so amazing to travel up for the day of the conference. You moderated that panel like a pro 🙂 Your positive feedback on the event means the world to me. Hope to run into you again soon!

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