What a weekend! As I mentioned in my post on Friday I took a field trip to The Breakers and White Hall in Palm Beach before setting off for my packed Saturday in Orlando at FLBlogCon13. I’ll get to my visit to Palm Beach later in the week, but I wanted to do a little recap of my experience at FLBlogCon while it’s still fresh in my mind.

I was not entirely sure what to expect of this conference, it wasn’t geared toward a certain genre of blogger like the ones I attended previously which made me a bit skeptical. All those anxieties went out the door when I saw the amount of attendees and began to interact with them. So many great blogs and bloggers from around the state of Florida that I had never known about.  Here is a list of the five things I learned at the conference.

1. Make a media kit! And have that media kit ready for all inquiries. I’ve always had some trouble understanding what exactly a media kit is, but Katie put it into language that I could easily comprehend. It’s a resume for your blog, that simple. I’m dabbling with the idea of offering media kit design services, let me know if you would be interested!

2.  Monetizing your blog works differently for everyone. This was encouraging and discouraging all at the same time. Jeanette, who author’s J’s Everyday Fashion, disclosed that 80% of her income comes from affiliate links. It’s taken me 2+ years and I haven’t even reached the payout limit with the affiliate I use. But I must say I have gotten more exposure for my services which I think is a plus.

3. Don’t eat shrimp and grits when it’s 90˚. It was bad, but the ice cream made up for it.

4. Sign up for Klout because Pam from The Marketing Nut says so.

5. Network, network, network even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Reach out to other bloggers and creatives in your area because having a blog, whatever it may be about, is a creative endeavor and you can’t do it alone.