I spent last Saturday in the company of some lovely folk that I have got to know via t’internet. I went to Tots100 BlogCamp last October so it has a special place in my blogging heart as it was my first ever blogging conference so this time round I felt a little more relaxed and knew what to expect.
You see, I try to read a lot of blogs. Obviously time permitting it can sometimes be difficult but there are a handful of blogs that no matter what I will seek them out. I want to know what they’ve been up to and I have a virtual list in my head of bloggers I want to meet and whilst this may make me sound a tad fangirl-ish these people really do inspire me. There are people who have given me such incredibly useful advice and tips just because they are actually really nice people.
A big message that comes out of a lot of sessions at BlogCamp is be professional and be nice! I’d like to think as a whole despite oodles of quite an OK-ish person but you know when you read a persons blog you build up this image of what they are going to be like based on their blog posts and their dreamy Instagram shots so when you actually get to meet these people you often don’t want this illusion to be shattered and I’m so glad that when I met one of my “wish list” bloggers that she was SO lovely and just as I imagined her to be (you know who you are!!)
For me, the most insightful session with Sally from Who’s The Mummy about understanding your Tots score. I know it’s a very marmite topic and everyone has a strong opinion on it (for the record I LOVES it as I have gone up every month hahahah!!!!!!) It was so interesting to know that it’s not just based on your twitter followers as I have read many people say “I thought people in the top xxx would have so many more followers” but in short it’s built up of 7 components:
- Unique page views (how many individual people visit your site)
- Page impressions (a person can come to your site and refresh 10 times – that would count as 10 page impressions but just one unique page view)
- Google – total inbound links
- Google – recent inbound links (an older blogger may have loads of inbound links but also Tots measure recent ones from the past month)
- Klout score (above 60 is classed as a good score)
- Instagram (just the number of followers)
- Your MozRank (this was be found if you search open explorer on a search engine and you can find out your ranking)
Also a huge part is – more than one person can share your position. I always did wonder why so many of my friends were all in the top 500 so there may be a number of people on position 320 – get it? These are from my notes and I’m sure there’s a more in depth and comprehensive guide but I thought I’d share my brief understanding/overview (don’t shout at me if it’s wrong!!)
The main message was – all are just as important as each other so don’t just chase followers or links – a good mix of them all helps. But more than anything – don’t stress! If you get upset by your score if you go dow – don’t look! It is not there to make you feel crap or compare yourself to others. Blog for YOU not for stats.
It was so lovely to hear in the pro blogging session the lovely Becky from Baby Budgeting say that it’s OK that you blog to what suits you and hearing her say that when times are tough and bills need to be paid that she will accept a £40 sponsored post. She was incredibly refreshing and I could have listened to her talk all day as it’s lovely to hear “real people” who have cracked it!
Thank you to the Tots 100– again you rocked it. Top notch sessions, speakers and of course refreshments! Where do I sign up for the next one…?!
(I obviously didn’t learn from my last one as I took hardly any photos again – facepalm)