I totally lost my mind and thought after only 2 months of blogging that I was cool enough to attend my first blog conference. I have no idea where that confidence came from, but I sure am happy I did. The Southern Bloggers Conference was fantastic.
The amount of information was totally overwhelming ( in a good way) and now I have a gigantic list of all the things I need to do to improve my blog. I’m trying to do 2 or 3 things every week to keep it manageable.
But during the first day of the conference I went home immediately and signed up for a super cool site called hometalk. Some of the fabulous hometalk Ambassadors (fellow bloggers) were at the conference and told us all about its fabulous features. I must have been hiding under a rock because I had never heard of hometalk before.
I find the best way to describe hometalk is that it’s a mix between Pinterest and Facebook. And who doesn’t love Pinterest and Facebook. So combining the two sounds pretty awesome, right?
I think I may even like it more than Pinterest. Yes it’s true, never thought I would love anything more than Pinterest. I feel like I’m cheating or something.
Now you do NOT need to have a blog to post. I think it’s a great way for people who are thinking about starting a blog to get an idea of what it’s like to post, get comments, questions etc.
Or you can just show off your stuff, that’s pretty fun too.
This is an example of a post. It’s actually from my new blogger friend Brenda (we met at the conference). It’s of her super-duper fabulous kitchen makeover. You can see 3 pictures in the post (more pictures appear when you click on it), there is a short description, a link to blog or website if it’s posted elsewhere and comments.
Now for all you bloggers out there take a look at her page views 16073. Now that’s A LOT of views. And I imagine a good number of those people clicked onto her blog. We love that don’t we bloggers?
What I love about hometalk is it really does feel like a community. Within seconds of posting my first link a handful of people had already commented. And Mariam the hometalk Director was the first to comment and thank me for joining the site. Pretty cool.
It does focus more on House related stuff (renovation, tutorials, landscaping, furniture refinishing etc). Not party ideas, recipes, quotes etc like Pinterest.
Basically you can do 2 things on hometalk. Show off your projects or pose a question to the community. I loved this question about the bugs. You can see she had 118 views and 8 people commented back to let her know what they thought the bugs were.
I think this feature will come in handy. I’m constantly half way through a project and then can’t figure out how to finish it. So now I have a whole community of experts to help me!
Setting Up Your Profile
Here is my hometalk profile…
It’s super simple to set up your profile and the pictures will be added once you start posting posts. And for bloggers you can add your blog link, twitter (which you can see I still need to add), facebook fan page, and Pinterest. One more way to get your blog out there.
How great is that.
Let me know if you sign up and what you think of hometalk. I’d love to follow you!