Monday, 21 March 2011

ABC? XYZ? URL? IRL? Either or both - it's all wonderful...

Is it just me, or have you ever come away from a break or a holiday or a course and felt really inspired - so impressed that you have a list of a hundred things you want to do RIGHT NOW.

I have that list - written with a hangover on the plane back from Sydney, where I attended the inaugural Aussie Bloggers Conference, this weekend.

My list is long, and ever increasing as of this morning.

But my list is contradictory - so I have a lot of pondering before I start making any changes to the way I blog, if, indeed, I end up making any changes.

The weekend, on every level, was a huge success for me.

I met successful bloggers, and I met self professed "newbie" bloggers. They were all gorgeous, inside and out.

I met bloggers who have always utilised pseudonyms, and bloggers who have always avoided real photos of themselves. I have met bloggers who are my heroes.  They were all so amazingly charismatic that I felt more than a little humbled.

I heard stories and words that I had read before, and cried again.

I hugged friends I have made over the past year or so - friends who I suspected would be very real, and they truly are.

I made new friends. Other bloggers who reached out and won me over totally with their charm and their smiles and their charisma.

URL meeting IRL was a very wonderful thing this weekend.



I got to hear the experts and realised a really key thing - from these big engaging popular blogs with amazing communities - there is no perfect "set of blogging rules".

These blogs that are so enchanting, the ones that draw me in with their words and their images - it is the bloggers themselves that share their personalities through their blogs that win us over and make us feel connected.

To advertise or not? Your choice. There is no right or wrong on a successful personal blog. 

Followers or Feeburner? Either works, as long as your content is king.

Wordpress or Blogger? Both do the job brilliantly.

Sponsored posts, or not - your call - make them good and true and folk will love them. Or not.

Just words, or just photos? Or both? Your own images or attributed? Either is great.
Giveaways or not - your call - if it is a win win and it fits, that's OK. Or not. Your choice.

To meme or to not meme - as long as you have fun , there are really no rules.

To blog daily or weekly or randomly - it all works - your voice will be heard.

Deep and meaningful raw content? Versus frippery and fluff? It's up to us, to write and post what works for us, today.

Blogs are the most dynamic of spaces to write in, and I mean that in a literal old fashioned way and in a web space way - dynamic and moving.

And I am so very glad, and feel so very lucky, to be involved in all this Australian blogging business from the early stages of the trajectory....


57 comments:

  1. Life In A Pink FibroMarch 21, 2011

    Great post Lucy. Is true. The best blogs are best because they do it their way. No rules. What works for you.

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  2. seraphimspMarch 21, 2011

    Agree totally. AND so good to meet you in person this weekend. You're gorgeous and lovely x

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  3. Annie ReussMarch 21, 2011

    I feel exactly the same way. Just loved meeting you and I told you I would cry - like a baby! So glad I now know you in person - you are every bit as beautiful as I knew you would be. xxx

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  4. So true. I guess the only rule is that there are no rules. You do it the way you want to do it, depending on why you're doing it.

    Was so thrilled to have met you IRL!

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  5. Styling YouMarch 21, 2011

    Lucy, this is such a wonderful, succinct summary of what to take away from the weekend. We are all publishers. We set the rules we want to blog by. That's what makes us so fabulous! Loved meeting you.

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  6. What a wonderful way to wrap up the entire amazing AusBlogCon experience! I too came away with a long to-do list of inspirations to implement (now to find the time to do it "just right"...) and was in awe of the blogging genius likes of you. Thanks again for being so warm and welcoming!

    And I wholeheartedly agree with the dynamics of blogging that you discuss. One of the thing that resonated with me the most is how individual this whole process is and that its no use being anything other than the essence that is you. You'll never please everyone so at least be sure to be pleasing to yourself.xx

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  7. Hi Lucy, sorry we only got to say hello and not much more, would have loved to have spent more time with you. Maybe next year. I love this post, it is so reflective of how I now feel. I am suddenly inspired to write more, I hope that lasts for a long time. xxx

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  8. I agree, there is no right and no wrong way, just whatever works for you. It was lovely to meet you this weekend!

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  9. therhythmmethodMarch 21, 2011

    So happy to hear you found it so inspiring. I can picture you madly scribbling in your notebook on the plane. Looking forward to reaping the benefits of your inspiration glut. We do love your gluts (that line still makes me smile). ;)

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  10. Lucy, it was soooo lovely to meet you. What an amazing weekend. I'm ready for AusBlogCon 2012!!

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  11. WanderlustMarch 21, 2011

    Kbxmas? Who is this kbxmas?

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  12. So... you are in my head! I have been thinking these very same things all day. I so loved finally getting to wrap my arms around you.
    I think the one thing I took away was be authentic, be true to yourself.

    oh, PS... I miss you!

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  13. Gorgeous sum up. Lucy, chatting to you was one of many of the highlights of the weekend for me. The only bad thing is I MISS YOU! Ah, but then, I can come here, and listend to your voice through the written word. xx

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  14. Kim (frogpondsrock)March 21, 2011

    I think you have nailed it perfectly Lucy, it was LOVELY to meet you IRL.

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  15. Oh, I absolutely LOVED this post. I have to say.... You were one of the major highlights for me, coming away from the weekend I am just smitten and hope very much we meet up again IRL (not URL or ABC) sometime perhaps even sooner than the next #ABC. xo Thank you for what you gifted me on the weekend.

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  16. Likewise Kim. Your warmth and passion shines through.

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  17. Miss Kelly - same. Chatting with you was like chatting with an old friend. I knew that from reading your blog - we are SO on the same wavelength - and to get that confirmed face to face is like a gift. xx

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  18. Shit Nay, I miss you too. And you (and your blog) are truely authentic. The essence of Nay is rich and warm and lovely, both on the web page and in the bed next to me. OOOOOH, that sound so raunchy! Plus you wear to die for frocks. And I miss you heaps. And here I am, bloody crying again FFS!

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  19. Some glamorous American chick I know....xx

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  20. Oh me too. Me too.

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  21. Ahhh, my gluts. My diminishing gluts. Watch this space sweet girl...xx

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  22. Likewise cool calm collected Veronica....xx

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  23. Your words are really really beautifully crafted - in posts and in comments. xx

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  24. Gorgeous publishers. I like the feeling around that idea. xx

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  25. Likewise Dorothy. You are such a constant regular - I felt like I knew you already!

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  26. Annie, from the get go you didn't make me want to cry - you made me want to hug you al the time. And you made me feel safe. xxx

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  27. Ahhh, you too sweets, you too. It felt as familiar and as lvoely as I knew it would. The only downside......not enough time. xx

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  28. What works for you. So true. Al, it was lovely to finally meet up - you are exactly as you blog (lovely) and I felt like I have known you for ages. Ahhh. I know why.....spare blogging sister...that'd by why!

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  29. Next year. And by that stage hopefully we have both written more lovely stuff......xx

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  30. Kirrily, it was a serious pleasure. And I am fascinated that, as one of the first ever blogs I ever followed, that I gravitated toward you so magnetically. It was a joy to spend time with you, really. xxx

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  31. seana smithMarch 21, 2011

    Oh, you've said this so well for so many people. It was so lovely to meet you face to face, it will have an impact in many ways for so many people. Do hope it can be an annual event. What lovely folks.

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  32. It must be what it is! I feel like I have known you and seen you around for such a long time, one of the longest of all the AMB'ers at least... It was an undeniable pull for me, anyway. By the way, I have awarded you a Best Of on my blog. Go check it! xx

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  33. keepcatebusy (Cate)March 21, 2011

    Completely agree with eveything you said - and yes, still haven't decidedhow many of the nbrillinat ideas I personally will iimplement. I think I will just see what unconsciously filters through into my blogging :-)
    Loved meeting you!!!
    xxxCate

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  34. You are as you blog - a ball of energy and so fun and sparky...

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  35. It was lovely, really lovely. And powerful. And you......you are such a bundle of enthusiasm - infectious!

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  36. MultipleMumMarch 21, 2011

    The fourth Tait has wrapped it up beautifully here. I love what you did with this post. I wish we had have had more time to drink wine together but I was super happy to meet you :)

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  37. Lifewise lovely MM. Pub bit was simply tops - a delightfully welcome breather, as you yourself are.....This fourth Tait will be around for the next conference- as I hope you all will be. xx

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  38. Gotta let out a 'squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee' over that one, Lucy! All so true. x

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  39. ClaireyhewittMarch 21, 2011

    I also wrote on the flight home, mainly to sort through all my stuff and pick what was really needed to be done. The SEO really got me thinking about labels. But do I go back and change them all or just start fresh? Lots to consider.

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  40. Nicole AveryMarch 21, 2011

    I loved your perspective Lucy and I think it is up to each blogger to take on what they like and see what fits. Look forward to seeing what you do!

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  41. Thanks so much for that fantastic summary Lucy. You have put my heart and mind at ease (just a little bit) .... I guess the secret is there is no secret. Just do what feels right and the rest will take care of itself ...

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  42. Next year. You must. xx

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  43. Go back and change. Hugely satisfying!

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  44. Thanks Nic. I am itching to get at it...

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  45. The rest will. The other sub-secret is Twitter. Go. Go learn. xxx

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  46. Megan BlandfordMarch 22, 2011

    Great wrap-up, Lucy. My mind is still buzzing and, like yours, it's being very contradictory in the decisions it wants to make.

    SO great to meet you - could have chatted all day with you! x

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  47. Oh Megan, next time I am going to fly in with three days free either side of the conference, and persuade others to do so too, so that there is enouugh time to sit over long long cups of tea and coffee and breakfasts and lunches and just chat.....xx

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  48. Everyone's stories have been so inspiring, it has been amazing to watch it all unfold. It should be interesting see new ideas implemented.

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  49. Was so lovely to meet you. Wish I had more time with you. It's all kind of a blur. Alcohol does not help. xx

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  50. Diminishing LucyMarch 22, 2011

    I am torn between doing it all now and doing it gradually and doing nothing!

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  51. Diminishing LucyMarch 22, 2011

    I know, same. xxx

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  52. I feel so blessed to not only have met you but to have sat with you at dinner and shared stuff. It was such a highlight for me....you are so gorgeous Lucy. This is a great summary of the weekend. My mind is still swimming all over the place so haven't managed a post yet. It has been a long time since i drank that much champagne in one sitting!
    Looking forward to the next chapter and to chatting with you online too xxx

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  53. The sharing of stuff with you was lovely. I am sorry I cried on you. I had SO much fun at dinner with you - you have an aura of such self confidence and charm & peaceful charisma. My regret though? I cannot find anyone with a photo of you and I together?! Cannot wait to see your post when you get to it. xxxx

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  54. Christie-Childhood 101March 25, 2011

    That is exactly what we needed...more time..more coffee...more chat

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  55. I try to inspire with my blogging.. whether it be with my songs to inspire series, or stories about my yet to be born child, or just something to make someone laugh.. thats what I think blogging is all about. putting yurself out there and inspiring/helping others in some way.

    great post.. and the more I read posts on the ABC XYZ :-) the more interested in it I get hehehe

    - tork
    Adelaide and South Australia blog

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  56. Carly FindlayMarch 28, 2011

    Hi, great summary :) I like the 'URL meeting IRL' concept. And I agree- there are no rules with blogging.
    Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left me - it is nice to know my IRL personality translates to URL - I think I am the same as my blog.
    Carly xx

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