5. To learn to blog better
I’ve been writing this blog since March of 2008 so clearly I must know what I’m doing, right? Well there’s always room for improvement. I love to write and to share my thoughts through words. My main problem is that I don’t believe many people read my posts aside from a small portion of my online friends and a few people I know in my area. When I first started I only thought I had two readers, but I think I might have a few more now. Sarah Reinhard, of the Snoring Scholar blog is a presenter for the blogging track. I am excited to meet her in person and to learn from her. Also presenting are Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog and Rachel Balducci of the Tertosterhome blog.
I’m also interested in the hearing the podcast presenters, but at this point I have no interest in starting a podcast. I’d just go there to hear them talk about them producing shows about their passions.
6. To see social media in action
Social media is a big part of any online community and most everyone involved in the online world. It’s so important that Cliff launched a podcast about it last summer called Social Media Serenity. I’m involved very much in social media with a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Plurk. Through these outlets I have made friends all over the world and have re-connected with people I knew years ago. Social media has extreme power to make a difference and when so many are involved it’s amazing. On one of the early episodes of SMS, the hosts read my e-mail about my experience using hashtags at last year’s CNMC. Basically, we used Twitter throughout the weekend with the hashtag #cnmc09 to report on our experiences at the conference and during the weekend. We also were able to find new Twitter friends to follow and identify avatars to people based on what they wrote.
Another awesome thing that happened was with a new organization called Real Men Pray the Rosary. In one of the sessions, the presenter talked about this organization. One person tweeted about it, and then within minutes that was re-posted several more times further spreading the good news. It was pretty rad.
I’m looking forward to seeing social media in action next weekend and what it leads to.