Support Blogs: Bloggy Boot Camp Giveaway

by Sandra Foyt on March 25, 2011. Updated September 23, 2011

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bloggy_boot_campHave you wondered how some writers turn a passion for blogging into a career? Do you dream about promoting your cause or small business? Would you like to find out how to reach more readers, earn an income from your blog, or even how to start a blog?

If you look closely, you will find that behind every highly successful blog, there is a team that may include a supportive spouse, contributors, virtual assistants, SEO experts, and any of a number of specialists. But what do you do when you can’t afford to hire an army of assistants?

The secret to turning a blog from a creative outlet or family scrapbook into a a powerful medium is in collaboration.

Bloggy Boot Camp – Philadelphia 2010

Although I have been blogging since 2007, last fall I was still a rookie trying to figure out how to make a career out of my passion. Fast forward nine months, and this venture is starting to generate an income as well as other rewards.

Some of this success is the result of a foundation laid over four years of blogging and social networking, but I believe that the most dramatic improvement came about when I started to attend mom blog conferences.

In August, I went to the Big Kahuna of mom blog conferences, BlogHer in New York City. It was HUGE and more than a little overwhelming. I learned a lot, but it was almost too much, to the point that I’m still trying to unravel all that I absorbed over a long weekend of workshops, seminars, and parties.

The next month, I headed to Philadelphia for a Bloggy Boot Camp. This was a shorter, one-day event, in a more intimate setting where I sat next to some of the most popular and controversial bloggers in the nation. It was an opportunity to learn basic and advanced blog and social media techniques, but also to connect with experienced, successful bloggers and also with PR and brands.

Beyond blogging careers, I highly recommend the Bloggy Boot Camp Conference because the tips that you can pick up on social media strategy will benefit anyone looking to stay current and employed moving forward.

Bloggy Boot Camp – Boston 2011

The Secret To Success is Support is the fundamental belief driving Bloggy Boot Camp conferences, one day blog and social media conference for women hosted in major cities all around the U.S. This spring, Bloggy Boot Camp will be hosted in Boston, just a short daytrip from anywhere in the Capital Region.

When: May 7, 2011, 9 AM to 5 PM
Where: Seaport Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

Tickets include lunch and education, and for those in town on Friday night, there is a cocktail reception from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

The Best Part:

“During the conference, we will be discussing all things social media, from blogging to Twitter to branding to more. But the best part? Meeting fabulous women who “get” what we do. Attendees include new bloggers to social media mavens. Everyone is welcome.”

The Giveaway

It’s my honor to give one lucky reader a ticket to Bloggy Boot Camp – Boston 2011. Early bird tickets are gone, and the conference is almost sold out, so we are very fortunate to have this opportunity. I want to give it to someone who truly gets how important it is to support bloggers.

Supporting a blog is as simple as letting them know that you care. So often, bloggers get little or no feedback unless they are controversial. Those that are trying to be a positive resource are usually the last to receive any feedback. And let me tell you, it’s hard to write day after day not knowing if anyone is listening.

Entering this giveaway is all about supporting bloggers!

How can you support blogs and enter to win a ticket to Bloggy Boot Camp – Boston 2011?

Each comment on this blog post will be a separate entry in this giveaway. To earn an entry in this contest, you may choose to do any or all of the following:

  • Support a blogger – on any blog – by posting a comment, then come back and tell us about it. The goal is to share blogs with our community of readers! Blog links are more than welcome. Submit as many comments (and entries) as you like, but mention a different blog each time.
  • Follow @bloggybootcamp on Twitter (and post a comment here to let us know that.)
  • Tweet this giveaway (and tell us!)
  • Find out how to connect with Capital Region bloggers, and share your social media questions on Tech Valley Blog Celebration Giveaway (Don’t forget to come back with a comment.)
  • Like Albany Kid on Facebook. (One more entry/comment.)
  • Follow @albanykidNY on Twitter (You know the drill.)

Deadline: Friday, April 15 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected via Random.org from the comments on this blog post. Each comment is one entry.

| Sandra Foyt inspires lifelong-learners to travel the world. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast NY with two teens, an outdoorsy husband, and a well-indulged Chocolate Lab. Sandra contributes to Being Latino, and her portfolio appears at www.SandraFoyt.com. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Upstatelisa March 26, 2011 at 4:47 am

Sounds like a great time! I read a lot of blogs and blogged for about 2 years before deciding to take a break, looking to start up again but need a new angle and could use some help!

Sandra Foyt March 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Upstatelisa – Bloggy Boot Camp is definitely the place to find blog inspiration! Also, I hope you’ll join us at upcoming Tech Valley Blogger events where Capital Region bloggers will share best practices and ideas.

Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever March 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

I think everyone should check out the Kids Fun Plaza blog. There are lots of great local bloggers who contribute, as you well know. ;-)

Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever March 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

I follow you on Twitter!

Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever March 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

I liked your page on FB. :)

Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever March 29, 2011 at 11:08 am
Linda Carmical March 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I just followed @bloggybootcamp on Twitter!

Linda Carmical March 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I just followed you on Twitter! :)

Linda Carmical March 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm
Linda Carmical March 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I liked your Facebook Fan Page a while ago, but I think this comment counts as an entry! :)

Linda Carmical March 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

A great blog post about plugins –> http://bit.ly/hkNcXK. Be sure to say Linda Carmical sent you. :)

Linda Carmical March 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I’m with Christina! I think everyone should stop by Kids Fun Plaza blog’s KidsFuns Summer Expo.

Colleen Pierre (MaltaMama) March 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I now follow @bloggybootcamp on Twitter

Colleen Pierre (MaltaMama) March 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I ‘Like’ AlbanyKid on Facebook

Colleen Pierre (MaltaMama) March 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I follow you on Twitter :-)

Linda Carmical March 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm
Linda Carmical March 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Wow….wish I could delete that one and start over! Oh well….LOL

Linda Carmical March 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Linda Carmical March 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm
kameron April 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I follow bloggybootcamp on twitter already!

kameron April 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I liked your page on FB!

kameron April 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I follow you on twitter.

Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:01 am

I commented here! Her blog is amazing. Check her out! http://anattitudeadjustment.com/2011/04/11/the-women-weve-lost/#comment-3289

Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

Commented here too! Heidi is hilarious. She is my comic relief most weeks! http://heidisacredandprofane.blogspot.com/2011/04/brain-dump.html

Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

..and here… http://www.heartsintohome.com/2011/04/10/goofball/#comment-665
Her son and my daughter were born 1 day apart. :) I got to meet her at BlogHer last year. It’s nice when you find good connections through blogging!

Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

here too! Another lovely lady I met at BlogHer. http://adayinmynyc.com/2011/04/11/celebrating-the-now/#comment-1128

Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

…don’t forget here! http://boredmommyblog.com/2011/04/11/a-z-meme/#comment-10847 You think maybe I reeeeeaaaallllyyy want to go to Bloggy Bootcamp??? Yes please!!

Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:37 am
Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:43 am
Kameron April 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

One more for good measure before I get to work. lol http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=8151327679333921021&postID=3148880151181018584&page=1&token=1302533848488 This is Niki, also my comic relief. She has a great sense of humor and a no appologies kind of attitude! Love her!

Kameron April 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

OK I lied, one more. This is one of my local(ish) bloggy friends who I met at an Aiming Low get together. We have since become friends and have been known to drive hourse just for craft days! http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=8290842756101015335&postID=1947538557820738324&page=1&token=1302534885056

Kameron April 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Kameron April 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I popped in over here too! I love her blog. She always makes me smile with her love of fabric and pretty pictures!
http://megduerksen.typepad.com/whatever/2011/04/good-morning-wednesday.html#tp

Kameron April 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Eva Gallant April 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I would love to win a ticket to bloggy boot camp. I went to the one in Philly and loved it, but just can’t afford to do it again.

Linda Carmical April 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Oh my gosh! How could I forget about this???
Tweeted!
http://twitter.com/#!/LindaCarmical/status/58677095093649408

Linda Carmical April 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm
Linda Carmical April 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm
Kameron April 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I have to get in a few more chances before the deadline! I want to go so badly!
http://squigglesizzleswirl.blogspot.com/2011/04/love-and-happiness-wedding-celebration.html#comment-form

Kameron April 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Another lovely lady I have met in real likfe, but who moved away!
http://mymessyparadise.com/2011/04/back-to-sweet-valley/comment-page-1/#comment-18435

Kameron April 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Kameron April 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm
StutterRockStar April 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I attended the Tech Valley Tweetup tonight at Colonie Center. It was nice meeting fellow bloggers. I have been blogging for over two years, and podcasting for almost one year. I am interested in learning more about the mechanics of creating more presence, without sacrificing my simple goal of raising awareness about stuttering and giving women who stutter a voice.

StutterRockStar April 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Just added a follow to @bloggybootcamp. I love the idea of social media support for women.

Glamamom May 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

Okay, it appears I missed you not only in Philly but Boston too? BUMMER. Next time, please!

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