The above quote says it all, because I didn’t get here alone.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to Women in Media in the Baton Rouge area. I always enjoy sharing the story of how my life path led me to travel writing and exploring the world. The audience included media personalities, marketing professional, and others from south Louisiana. The best part was getting to meet a few Twitter friends in real life.
It had been a while since I had spoken in front of a group, so I was suitably nervous, but a few ladies spoke to me beforehand about how they weren’t planning on attending, but when they saw I was the speaker they decided to show up. That made me smile.
I had a brief outline, but I never use a script. I shared my story and experiences with travel and social media and left the floor open for questions at the end. A few of the questions included subjects I get asked about often.
How to get Twitter followers?
Observe. Follow. Engage.
My first suggestion is to observe. Watch the main Twitter feed and see if there is anyone tweeting about a subject you enjoy or if their tweets entertain you. Also, follow a few of your favorite personalities (celebrities, comedians, etc). Finally, engage with people who’s Tweets you enjoy. Retweet something they’ve said or articles you’ve enjoyed reading. Twitter is different than Facebook. Facebook is for friends. Twitter is a cocktail party. Network. Overshare. Have fun!
How to generate revenue from a blog?
Don’t get into it for the money.
I didn’t start blogging for money, and that’s not the reason I do it today, however I’ve learned to run my blog as a business, because it IS a business. There are expenses, and there are also opportunities for income. I know this is so cliched, but it is true — blog about something you are passionate about and the money will follow.
Here’s a post I wrote a while back about making money from travel blogging: How to Make Money from a Travel Blog.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone at Women in Media and it was a pleasure speaking to the group. They are a wonderful group of professional women in the area and I hope our paths cross again in the future. Thank you ladies for making me feel welcomed.
Thanks to Rebekah Johnson for tweeting a few quotes from the presentation and to Amy Fennell for asking me to speak.