The 5 Things I Learned From Being Blogalicious And What You Can Too!

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The 5 Things I Learned From Being Blogalicious
And What You Can Too!

Good Enough Mother has been quite the jet setter this year, with speeches and appearances from coast to coast. It all started with my “coming out” speech, if you will, to Disney Social Media Moms. Then it was off to She Streams and I wrapped it up this past weekend speaking at Blogalicious. This really was just one more brick in the foundation that is the “Reinvention of Rene” and while I was going there to speak I actually got so much more.

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1. SOCIAL MEDIA IS ABOUT BEING SOCIAL

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It never ceases to amaze me the numbers of people who treat social media like a four-second TV I.D. “Want better sex? Film at 11” (Well, they wouldn’t be showing film of THAT but you get what I’m saying). Social media is at it’s core, about being social; about talking less and listening more. Good content is key, but so are good manners and part of that is showing an interest in others. And that’s what firecracker Ted Rubin talked about in one of the sessions. Return on Relationships. When you look at your social media behavior, are you listening as much as you’re talking?

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2. HOW TO HONE YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH

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Okay one of the coolest things was the Brand-Blogger mixer, which  felt a little like speed dating, only everyone was good looking. Basically we had a few minutes to give our “elevator pitch”, you know, who we are, what we do and so on. My friend and PR dynamo Pam Perry captured my pitch on tape.  But the point is, you have to know how to sell yourself in a clear, concise manner. If you don’t know now, get in front of the mirror and learn. Boil it down to a couple of sentences and then ask questions. What are you looking for? How do bloggers pitch you? And so on.

Read more: Who Are You? 5 Reasons You Need A Personal Brand

3. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

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Well, well, well, lookee here. The woman who never wins anything, won something! While at the Brand Blogger mixer, I stuck my card in the bowl for the drawings. I wish I had a dollar for every time I did that and never won. Not this time! I actually won and won BIG. A HUGE basket of hair products courtesy SofnFree! Hey THANKS! The lesson here.. never stop trying!

Read more:  Hair Repair! Follow The 3 P’s For Natural Hair That’s Long And Strong!

4. FUN, FUN, FUN!

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I debated whether to share this with you at all but I think you need to see this because, in a nutshell, it essentially explains why I remained dateless all throughout high school. At the Ubisoft Just Dance 3 party, I tried my hand at dancing. That’s what it was supposed to be anyway.

Read more: Life Lessons: Ted Rubin

5. IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT FASHION

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Hey, we can’t be blogging ALL the time, can we? No, no we cannot.  So that meant parties. Parties, parties and more parties, including soirees from Pine-Sol and Aunt Jemima, which  of course meant “Binner” (At the GEM household we call it Brinner, pancakes for dinner).

Read more: Let’s Eat! Waffles And THIS For Breakfast?

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Thanks to the two women who invited me, Stacey Ferguson and Nyasha Smith who are true visionaries with regard to diversity in social media.  I had a blast!

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Editor’s note: This piece originally ran 10/28/2011

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Rene Syler is a wife, mother, breast cancer advocate and television personality whose burning desire to tell the truth about modern motherhood led her to create GoodEnoughMother.com. When not spending time with her family or burning something for dinner, Rene travels the country as host of Sweet Retreats on The Live Well Network and Exhale on Aspire.

10 Comments

  1. Debra @ A Frugal Friend

    October 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Gorgeous outfits Rene! Workin it!! :-)

  2. Alicia @MommyDelicious

    October 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I think these are all very good points — Social Media IS about being social, which is listening and speaking, and building relationships.

    Congrats on finally winning something. And hair products at that — so DOPE!

    Your outfits… LOVE!

  3. Rene Syler

    October 29, 2011 at 6:41 am

    @Alicia THX!!

  4. Nicole Watford

    October 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    What an awesome event Blogalicious turned out to be. You were amazing, Rene and it was great having lunch with you. “Reinvention” is a wonderful thing!!!

  5. Justice Fergie

    November 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

    woo hoo! SO glad i finally got to meet you IRL. your keynote was amazing and your energy was a blessing to all who crossed your path. here’s to reinvention!!

  6. Whitney Eiland

    March 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I would love to attend Blogalicious Weekend this year, we’ll see. We are moving this summer to another city and it may be a little tight, but I’m going to try and do this. I don’t want to miss out on any more opportunities.

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