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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Online BlogCon Wrap-Up and a Linky Party



Yep! That's me! Participating in THE Online BlogCon. At home at my Kitchen table. Comfy and cozy.
As soon as I heard about the Online Blog Conference from Dorothy, I immediately signed up for it.  Like, right then and there! Boom! Put my name down!
Dorothy from Crazy for Crust and Ashton from Something Swanky were looking for people to help promote the Conference by listing Giveaways and mentions on FB and Twitter. I was happy to oblige and thought it was a great way to meet new Bloggers.


To my complete delight, the ladies did a wonderful job with Sponsors, Networking, Guest Posts, and, above all, uniting bloggers from all over. 
It seems that we all feel like little fish swimming around a HUGE Blog Pool and we are all too scared and insecure to reach out and make friends with strangers. At least, that's my story. When the FaceBook Group was established, I knew that this was a safe place for me to reach out and make contact and learn from other ladies and provide some of my own lessons learned to the newbies.

During the three days of the actual conference, my mother was in town visiting. It was hard to juggle everything, so the conference was put on the back burner. I was so glad that I didn't HAVE TO attend on the exact days. Since it was all online, I could check-in and read a post when I had a few minutes to spare. And I caught the highlights in the FaceBook Group that night on what I missed. It was great!


Since the Conference, I've learned a few (very) important things! 
1. My Replies to comment on Blogger are NOT sent to the commenter. I am very sorry if you have felt like I ignored your comments and questions. I have responded to a majority of comments, but I did not know that you were not getting an e-mail with the response. I've been responding to the e-mails, so you'll be getting responses from me from now on. 
2. How to enter a Photo and get accepted on Food Gawker. I followed the advice and guess what - it worked! My first recipe was accepted! I was over the moon! There are so many other recipe sharing sites that I am going to submit to. I'm looking forward to more sharing :)
3. How to reach out to companies and gain sponsorship. This I still have to work at, however, I feel a bit more confident with the new tools and knowledge I now have. 

I'd like to say Thank you to the Awesome Guest Speakers:
Jessica from How Sweet It Is, Christi from Love From The Oven, Shelly from Cookies & Cups, Camille from Six Sisters' StuffNikki from Chef in Training, Lexie from voiceBoks, Jamielyn from I Heart Nap TimeKristyn from Lil' Luna, and Stephanie from Somewhat Simple.

And Thank you to the Wonderful Sponsors:



 Now on to the Linky Party!
On Wednesday Night I'll be posting my Favorites from the Linky Party. Please come back to see if you were featured!
Good evening, everyone! Welcome to Marvelous Mondays week 17! I hope you all have had a great weekend. This week's co-hosts are:

Julie from This Gal Cooks (HOST)
Karyn from Pint Sized Baker (co-host)
Virna from Craftmates (co-host)
Jill from Dreaming All Day (co-host)

Be sure to stop by these wonderful blogs and say hello! We cannot wait to see what you have to share this week! Did you miss last week's features? Have no fear; you can check them out right here!
If you are interested in co-hosting, please contact me (thisgalcooks@gmail.com) and let me know when you would like to co-host.)

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