It’s very nearly the most wonderful time of the year! PodCamp time! I have attended a few of these shindigs in the past, so I know a little bit about what to expect. Here are ten things I’ve learned about PodCamp Pittsburgh:
1. You are a rock star. Regardless of whether there are five people who sometimes read your blog (Hi, Mom!) or if you have 2,000,000 twitter followers, someone at PodCamp will see you from across the room and say, “Hey! Is that ______?” Everyone is a rock star at PodCamp.
2. If you’ve never blogged or tweeted or vlogged in your life, that’s OK, too. You’ll learn what you need to know to get started.
3. The experience is what you make of it. If you go to PodCamp hoping to learn a few things and meet a few interesting people, exactly that will happen. Open your mind to the possibilities and see what happens.
4. Conversely, if you go to PodCamp thinking it will be a waste of time, it will be.
5. You can learn a lot from people who you have absolutely nothing in common with. For example, I’m a mom blogger. I blog about my kid, my life, and, well, that’s it. However, I learned more during a session by Justin Kownacki (who may just be the exact opposite of a mom blogger) than I did during two full days of sessions at BlogHer, which is a social media conference almost exclusively targeted to mom bloggers.
6. There is no right way to do social media.
7. There are a lot of really smart people using social media in Pittsburgh and they are willing to share what they know . . . for free.
8. It’s OK if you can’t attend every single session. While the schedule is jam-packed with interesting information, if you just can’t give up an entire weekend for PodCamp, that’s OK. Sessions are streamed live online and are recorded for playback at a later date.
9. Beware the webcams. They are everywhere and they hear EVERYTHING. And broadcast it over the internet. Ahem.
10. You will have more fun than you could have ever thought possible.
The only way to find out if I’m right about PodCamp is to attend. Just think, the worst that can happen is that you learn a lot, make some friends, and have a great time. So what are you waiting for? Get registering!