My 7 takeaways from Just WordPress: A Totally Practical Day

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Nov 092013
 
Wordpress Users Wales and Software Alliance Wales event

Right to left: Pippa Davies, Andrea Morgan, Helen Reynolds and me

Photo taken by @HelenA_CadwynHA

Today I attended the WordPress Users Wales and Software Alliance Wales event: Just WordPress: A Totally Practical Day at The Village Hotel Cardiff.

As anticipated it was a relaxed and informal day where the air positively crackled with ideas and inspiration. Here’s what I took away:-

My 7 big takeaways

1. Focus on content (rather than get too distracted by technology) – haven’t we all done that?

2. Get obsessive about your subject area. Really, really obsessive.

3. JUST DO IT, whether that’s publishing your first post or turning your blog posts into an e-book, there’s no time like now!

4. Find leaders in your field on Twitter and send them links to your content (be bold!)

5. Think about what makes you different and make sure that difference echoes through all your content (being good value, efficient and excellent at customer service doesn’t make you different).

6. Be consistent in design, fonts, colours and tone (2 fonts and 3 colours are enough).

7. Stay focused so your content builds on the reputation and brand you’ve built (challenging for magpies like me).

All these fine speakers are on Twitter. Go find them.

  • How your WordPress blog can get big – fast (Andrea Morgan, @rightmoveaddict)
  • Should you format your blog writing? ( Helen Reynolds, @helreynolds and Chris Bolton @whatsthepont)
  • E books and E commerce with WordPress ( Philippa Davies @mindhiver)
  • Branding and Art Directing Your WordPress site (RussellBritton @brandnatter)
  • Themes and Plug Ins We Love (@wordpresswales)
  • Fear, Loathing and WordPress: Blogging in the 3rd and public sector (Tanwen Haf @tanwen_haf and Dyfrig Williams @dyfrigwilliams)
  • Why WordPress.com May Be All You Need (Joel Hughes@joel_hughes)

Thanks to all involved, these are such fantastic events, definitely worth coming down from my hill.

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