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Even though I'm no expert, here are some dos and dont's for when you attend your next blog event:
1. Know where you are going - If you're driving somewhere you're not familiar with, do all the research you can to map possible routes. Don't rely solely on a GPS to take you to your destination. After all, even technology fails.
2. Bring business cards - People want to know who you are, what you do, and how to contact you. They are not going to retain it from memory. Create business cards that reflect your blog and hand them out at every possible chance. I gained one blog follower while taking a flight to Florida. After chatting her up, she asked why I was on the flight and conversation ensued about the media event. I handed her a business card and she became a blog follower. And that was just from someone sitting next to me on an airplane!
3. Don't be the wall flower - I don't care how insecure or shy you are, don't show it. I made that mistake the first time and didn't branch out like I should have. It's much better to be remembered for having a great personality than being remembered as the one who stuck to the wall like glue. You could make wonderful friends or PR connections by breaking out of your shell and faking the confidence.
4. Don't compare yourself - The blog world is extremely diverse in personalities. It doesn't matter how big your blog is or how well known you are. What matters is being yourself. Don't worry about whether the person sitting next to you will like you or not. Make the most of it and have fun!
Do you have any tips or advice for what you should or should not do at blog conferences or media events?