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Blogopolis - WOW! - and some related housekeeping...

I did make it to Blogopolis today. A big part of that was thanks to Jayne summoning up what was left of her strength after several sleepless days and nights attending her daughter in hospital this week, and dragging herself along with me! Thank you, Jayne, you're a legend and you deserve LOTS OF REST now - and I don't know if I could have done it without you! Mwah!

I want to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who came up to me and said hi! You guys have no idea what that meant to me, and I am endeavouring to keep all your faces and names in my head!

To say it was fabulous, well, that would be an understatement!

I am so happy I went!

I learned a lot today, and packed away a few presumptions about monetizing. No, I'll never be one to promote household goods or DVDs, I think, but I'm now thinking along the lines of being open to promoting those things I really believe in - particularly things, people, or events related to writing and the pursuit  of the word arts! Something to think about for the future, anyway.

Something I heard and took on board and have acted on almost as soon as I got home, is to register my own domain name. Since the beginning of 2006, this blog has been found at www.wherethefairieslive.blogspot.com, but just now I bought the domain url for www.wherethefairieslive.com - this blog is already in the process of transferring to the new address, and that process should be complete by Tuesday. People looking for this blog at the old url in future will be redirected to the new url.

Down the track - I don't know how far down the track, mind you - I aim to create a WordPress blog at the new url, so this is all part of a bigger plan.

I had consider using the url www.atthebottomofthegarden.net (I already knew .com was taken), but somehow it just didn't feel right. The title of this blog is an answer to the question posed in the url of this blog, and it felt right to keep that little conversation going...

When we left Zinc at Fed Square, to go home, we were greeted with the most lovely rainbow I've seen in a long, long time. It was complete (which is quite rare in my experience) and the colours were unusually strong as well. A beautiful way to end an interesting and inspiring day!


Comments

Kate said…
Am sad I didn't get to chat with you more, but yay that you got so much out of it all. I'll have to steal your notes lol, I missed an awful lot with the babygirl chatting to me ;)

I like your thoughts re monetisation. I've felt from the start that it's all about authenticity. I happily review/promote household stuff because that's my life at the moment. Your dreams and goals are around writing and you can speak with authority about that so why should your words not have financial value as well?

Hope you have a nice quiet recovery day today ;)
Sif said…
Thanks, it was good to see you and your little lovely - and THAT pram <3<3!

Yes, I was being a bit 2004 about monetization - and actually I was highly influenced by awful blogs I've come across that are peppered with banner ads and have no quality content. The one that scream, "I want to make money for nothing!" On second thought - those blogs probably put most other people off the same way they affect me because it's quality content and interpersonal relationship that bring people back.

Also - and I'm really bad with names so can't remember who said it - one of the speakers said she's keen to promote independ designers in her niche etc. and that resonated with me because I'd like to use my blog to reach people with information they might otherwise not hear because the mainstream is screaming at them all the time... If that makes sense...

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