I’ve been giving (solicited) advice to people lately on the topic of how to be a good blogger, but I feel it’s more a case of “do as I say, not as I do” because to me the most important thing a blogger can do is blog consistently, especially when you’re trying to get established in blogville. There are a lot of blogs around so if you are the kind of person who blogs one day, doesn’t blog for two months then blogs daily for a week, then takes a three month hiatus, it’ll be hard to find followers who will come back to your site regularly (assuming they aren’t using a feed reader) because they will eventually stop expecting you to post an entry and they’ll move to the next blog. If you have fallen in love with the blog of an inconsistent blogger, I would recommend that you get hooked up with Google Reader so that you can be alerted when the blogger updates.
I used to be part of two online forums, one was called Naija Youth and the other was called Talk Naija. I met a lot of great people through both forums, in person even! A lot of the regulars on TN (as the latter was abbreviated) were based in the UK, and some members traveled regularly between the UK and Nigeria…so they held a few TN reunions, some in Nigeria, some in London (if I’m not mistaken) and at least one in the US, all before I joined the forum. I looked through their picture gallery and part of me wished I had been part of the forum earlier so that I could have considered traveling to meet people, even though the thought of meeting all these people who will be undoubtedly more fashionable and articulate than I is daunting.
Any passion that I had for being on forums has been replaced with blogging, so any meetup I take part in in the future would be for bloggers. There are at least two bloggers who live within a 20 minute drive from my home but we have yet to meet, partly because I think they are just too cool for me and also because there’s an age and lifestyle difference: I’m older and I feel like we just have different interests. I’m a blog geek, while (based purely on their pictures and tweets) they seem to socialize a lot more than I, and they seem to take pride in dressing to the nines (rather than my “dressing because it’s illegal to run around unclothed in public” outfits). They are beautiful women but I just don’t know…and this is where a blogger meetup would be ideal: it would allow us to match up blogs and the people behind them, and since there would be some other people, it would be more like a meet and greet; no pressure, no fuss (at least that’s how I imagine it). So either I find out who else lives and blogs in my area or I plan a blog meetup when I’m in an area where there are a lot more bloggers, like in Lagos (when I next go to Nigeria) or in London (a city I want to visit one day).
When I talk of a blogger meetup, I’m talking about more than two or three bloggers meeting up…I’m thinking more like a dozen or more bloggers just meeting at a coffee shop or something to mix and mingle, get to know each other a bit better and match up blogs with their writers in the flesh.
That being said:
- Have you ever been part of a blogger meetup? What did you like/dislike about it?
- If I were to plan a blogger meetup in, say, Lagos or London, would you take part in it?
- If you would not, what would stop you? (I imagine fear of losing one’s anonymity would be one…)