This may seem weird, but one of the things I’ve been looking forward to most about starting a business with Aileen, is attending conferences. I love conferences, at least small, relatively obscure ones. Not massive gatherings. I don’t like crowds, or lines. It’s an opportunity for a diverse group of people, with a common interest to come together and learn from one another. When Aileen was writing romance a few years back, I would go to conferences with her. I don’t write and I don’t particularly like or read romance novels, but I LOVED going to those conferences. I would sit in on sessions that I knew nothing about and just listen. Read more
We went to a conference! In Las Vegas! And we were in bed by 7:30PM but that is because fun places are generally wasted on us. That being said, we got a lot out of the conference. And when I say we got a lot out of it, I mean it because aside from a few goofy mom jokes and links to the post where I complained about my bras never fitting (I may have talked someone into starting a company that makes 3D printed bras) no one learned a thing from us. We are so new to this. But that is the great thing about conferences, people show up to share their knowledge and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Felicia and I split up so we could go to twice as many workshops. This was difficult for us since when we are with a mile of each other we want to be right next to each other but we adulted and went our separate ways.
I learned the basics of how to make videos using smartphones from the knowledgeable and very patient Cielo de la Paz. Cielo taught half a dozen adults with half a dozen different requirements how to feel confident enough to begin using their smartphones to make videos. And she did it in about 45 minutes. If you are interested in making videos with your smartphone, head on over to her webpage The Storyographist and get to learning.
I then sat down with AK and Diamond. What absolute dumb luck that I decided to attend their session. I learned more about blogging in that hour than I have learned in the past 6 months or so of floundering around on my own. After years of fashion blogging, AK and Diamond decided they had more to say. They wanted to continue talking about fashion but they were done being limited by that niche. Most blogging advice begins with “find your niche.” AK and Diamond knew enough and had enough faith in their abilities to ignore that and go their own way. They are the first to begin nicheless blogging. They talk about what they want, when they want. It is their page, they pay for it, they do all the work to keep it alive and thriving and they decide what they will talk about. Being over 40, there was something about their idea that rang a familiar bell. Nicheless blogging seemed to be a new take on a tired idea. AK and Diamond seem to have developed an online newspaper. No need to skip from blog to blog to get a variety of topics. Just Bloggers: No Explanations is one page with many topics to choose from. And if that isn’t enough, they have an outstanding ecourse about nicheless blogging as well as many genuinely useful posts about getting starting and keeping going as a blogger. There’s a lot of useless crap out there about blogging. These women are not going to waste your time. If you have been thinking about blogging, this post is an excellent place to start.
Next week Felicia will talk about the people she met and then it will be like you were there! Except you didn’t drink as much as we did or go to bed at such an embarrassingly early hour.
Another restaurant review instead of a recipe completed? Yes. Luckily, no other failure has been quite this delicious. This week we are in Las Vegas for a conference and rather than make two recipes and bank one for the week I wouldn’t be home I just ate delicious chicken someone else made.
How to talk about Flock and Fowl without gushing or crying? I love fried chicken. It was my mother’s speciality. Most restaurant fried chicken is greasy and the meat is dry. Not so at Flock and Fowl. They make chicken wings that will make you want to lay down and scream. Then there is slaw and potato salad and cucumber salad and a rum punch you can buy an entire PUNCHBOWL of. Everything is fresh and delicious and Felicia is looking to see if we have enough time and money to go there again for dinner tonight. It isn’t expensive but 50 bucks for two (with booze) is still a lot for a blog that makes no money. So wish us luck and if you are ever in Las Vegas, give this place a try.
Las Vegas is not my favorite place. I don’t gamble and I’m not much of a drinker and the less said about the way I dance the better. Why do people love Las Vegas? I think if I gambled I might understand. Or if I was a better dancer. I would say that maybe I am too old for Las Vegas, but the first time I went I was in my 20’s and I didn’t like it at all.
The second time I went, I spent most of my time looking at art. The ARIA Fine Art Collection has an outstanding array of public art. It is open 24 hours a day, there is no charge to see it and no reservations are required. Check out the brochure. I think that the fact I like to spend hours of my time in Vegas looking at art sort of lets you into my idea of Viva Las Vegas. Read more