BlogHer ’12 Tips

August 9, 2012 by Jenny Melrose

Last week I had the opportunity to attend BlogHer ’12 in NYC.  This was my first conference and I felt like an absolute newbie.  Thanks to Twitter I knew of some ladies that were attending.  I was able to rub elbows with Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe, Alissa from Rags to Stitches, Tauni the founder of SNAP and Cheryl from Tidy Mom!  I took full advantage of the opportunity and asked so many questions that I reminded myself of my two year old.  I also reconnected with a classmate that is none other than Sarah from Sarah’s Cucina Bella.  She was one of the many talented speakers at the conference!

There were so many things that I got out of the conference that I can’t wait to go to my next one.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for SNAP, just don’t tell the hubs.  Winks!  The biggest and most important thing I learned is the importance of …

Don’t huff at me.  It’s true.  I know we like to believe that “there’s no one there” and “it’s a ghost town”.  That’s not it!  It’s just that WE haven’t jumped in yet.  There are close to 5 million people using G+ and it’s thought that it will overtake Facebook by next year!  Do I have your attention now?!  If you haven’t already created a personal page or a business page for your blog here’s a step by step tutorial.  Once you’re there, here are some tips to help you navigate your way through.

1.  Lynette Young said it best.  “You can’t dump and run.”  Google+ is about building a community within your interest.  Lately, I’ve heard a ton of bloggers talking about growing their community.  Well, here’s the chance and it’s not just about building it with the people that you already know.  The absolute best way to find people in G+ is to search according to your interest.  In other words, in the search at the top throw in #recipes.  You’ll get posts from people that have shared something about recipes.  You can then add those people to a “Foodie” circle.

2.  Once you’ve added someone they will be notified that you’ve added them and they can decide to add you to a circle or not.  Most people add if you’re contributing to the discussion.  Are you starting to see why you can’t dump and run?  When you see a post that you’re interested in you can +1 it, add a comment and share it.  The way to look at it is +1=you like it, adding a comment=why you like it and sharing it=you love it.  You can also +1 comments that people make on your posts.

3.  +1, comments and shares all = increased searchability by GOOGLE.  Isn’t that what we’re all after.  If someone types in minnie mouse birthday party, I want my Minnie Mouse Birthday Party to be the first link that they see.  Lynette said it perfect again, “Google loves google.”  So if it’s of interest in Google+ it gets more weight than something of interest in Facebook!

4.  You can’t just go in and dump your own content.  We need to share others!  I’m making it a point this week to share at least one link from my Whimsy Wednesday link party.  Again, it comes back to building a community.

5.  When you do share something there are a couple key things to remember.  Include hash tags!  It’s just easier to find.  Use the link button for the url of the site.  It just looks better!  Make sure to use @ before someone’s name so you let them know you’re giving them credit for something.  You can do the same thing in comments that you make.

We want to talk about building community, but can we walk the walk.  We as lifestyle bloggers need support each other and get our content into Google+.  If you want to add people that are lifestyle bloggers, head over to In the Old Road.  She and various other bloggers hosted a Google+ Blog Hop that closes tomorrow to add your link, but you can still see who is trying to take an active role in Google+.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask me.  I’m on Google+, are you?
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  • Kim Campbell

    Thanks Jenny for sharing this, I’m definitly going to have to check out Google+ a little more!

  • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    Does it count that I posted this to Google+ after reading the article?? LOL I’m trying…really I am. It’s just so hard to keep up with all the different social media. Especially since I have an Android phone and it cannot do Streamified yet! But you should consider yourself responsible for getting me to 1) start a page and 2) posting something to it. =)

  • Ashley Woods

    I hate Google+, I really do. I see so many design flaws in it. It’s difficult to use and understand. I’m so disappointed with it, BUT I’m trying to utilize it. I would love to see an article on how to use Google+ effectively. 🙂 If you feel up to it, that is.

  • Debbie

    What fabulous information!!! I am going to start using more!

  • Lynette Young

    Look at you sassy smart Google+ lady! You really did pick up a lot of the 20 minutes I had on the panel – considering I teach 2 day bootcamps on this stuff! You rock!

    I think Google+ is over 250 million users now and now you are one of the active ones! I know for the past year some of the big sticking points I get about Google+ is that it’s “too technical” or that it’s “too hard” to learn. Think of it this way, Twitter or Facebook may have been the town you were born & raised in, so it seems very familiar. Google+ is where you move after college . The houses and stores look a bit different, but when you get down to it, it functions very similar. It’s just like moving to another town – you just need to drive around a bit and get used to it. While I see some people not want to make the effort due to social network overload, it’s totally cool if they are approaching it from a personal/networking standpoint. If you are in any way using social networking for a business or professional angle, you HAVE to take the time. I have old podcaster friends that were quite happy to be listed on iTunes and never started a blog or Facebook page. They are gone now – they never moved with the times. If you want your content to stay relevant you need to learn new things and take the time.

  • Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon

    Looks like you had an incredible time Jenny!! thanks for the great info!! We are trying to use google plus as much as possible and learning lots as we go!! This was great! 🙂

  • Monika @LifeWithLovebugs

    I had no idea about using the @ & # symbols! Thanks so much for the tips. I will be sharing this article!

  • Amy of While Wearing Heels

    Great tips!

  • Sarah

    I really like G+ better than Facebook and I notice it being used a bit like an advanced Twitter sometimes. But, there isn’t enough accurate information on proper use. Even after reading the help section on “ignoring” people, I still can’t figure it out – and I have a few people that really need to be ignored. I also don’t really understand the whole hash tag thing.

  • Sarah

    Ok, the hashtags makes sense, but then I think if you use them for a search you’re likely to find people who are more tech oriented (a limiting factor, but no big deal).

    With the ignore thing. There are some people that I’d rather not un-follow (they are readers), but they put things in their stream that are uncomfortable/ just not something I want to see/ totally inappropriate. That’s why I want to “ignore” their posts. But I hesitate to un-cirlce them, as they are legitimate readers of my blog, etc.

  • Jasmine @ Simply Real Moms

    Fantastic article! We use Google+, but I never realized the possibilities from it. Thanks for this!

  • Julie

    Thanks for sharing about google+! We haven’t made the jump mostly because we are intimated by the whole thing—but with your advice that I saved for later, i think we can do it!


  • Pamela

    Jenny thanks so much for all this info, I so appreciate you letting us all know!

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    just discovered your blog and I love it! I’m your newest follower – hope you can check me out too! xo

  • Cari

    Looks like you learned alot and had a great time!!! Cannot wait to hear more!

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  • kelley @ Miss Information

    This is fantastic and I Google+ it with a hash tag 🙂

  • Jessi @ Practically Functional

    Thanks for the tips on G+! I use it, but I don’t really “use” it as much as I should 🙁 Stopping by from the Pomp Party!

  • Kelly

    GREAT INFO! I missed out on this session, but no worries — I can learn from you 🙂 YAY! Thanks for sharing Jenny. HUGS!

  • Winnie

    I was in that class. I put that google quote on my blackboard in my craftroom. I have to join it over the weekend. Was it hard to do? Glad it is working for you.

  • Anita Ferreri

    Hi Jenny, I found your blog through KT’s and amazed at how far you have come in the Blogging world. I think it is interesting that you are starting to include a little bit about your professional life on your blog even though it is not your predominant focus. Mine is the other way around! I started and use mine primarily as a site for former grad students and other reading / writing professionals; however, I have been sharing some of my writing in the past few months as I try to find balance in the many parts of my life. One of my mentors ar Fordham, Rita Brause, refers to these parts of who we are as “multiple intersecting identities.” It’s true that we are complex professionals with many intersecting parts to our lives. You might remember me as the literacy specialist in your elementary school when you were growing up. It would appear you are already making an impression on our field. Keep writing about topcis you are passionate about because you are serving as a model of a writery life. Only one question: when do you find all this time to do crafts? You are amazing!

  • Shasta Farrar

    Another great post on Google+, Jenny! Thanks for the shout out about the hop. I’m posting tomorrow about g+ (and social media in general)….I’ll also be announcing the date for the next g+ hop. I know you realize, as I do, the role that social media will play in the future of blogging. I look forward to working with you to help “spread the word” 🙂

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

  • Kathy Penney @ Pinner Takes All

    I just joined Google+ so this was a huge help!

  • Stacie

    Visiting from Six Sisters! Thanks for sharing this info. I was wondering about G+. I will look into it further now. Stacie xo

  • Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog

    Coming from SITs today, and THANK YOU for this update. I’m glad I posted behind you today. I think it was meant to bed. I have been doing it all wrong. I just didn’t know what to do there, and this is a huge help.

  • BusyMomofTwins

    Thank you for coming to visit my blog. I am so enjoying reading yours and found this post particularily helpful. I am still trying to figure out G+ and all the other things I need to do to attract new readers and retain current ones.
    I’m your newest follower! 🙂

  • Louise Ducote

    I had just about given up on Google+ but I saw your post on SITS Sharefest and now you’ve got me thinking! My blog is mostly about dog stuff: dog training, photography, and the adventures of my own crazy Australian Shepherds, and although I have a nice group of loyal readers, I’ve had a hard time finding other bloggers who are interested in the same subject. SITS doesn’t even have a category for animals, for example. Anyway, maybe Google+ will be the answer; thanks for sharing your newfound knowledge! Very helpful to those of us who did HomeHer instead of BlogHer!

  • Tonia - The Chatty Momma

    I really need to get into Google+ more, but I’ve spent so much time on Twitter and Facebook. It’s hard to switch it up. So many networks, so little time.

  • Elizabeth @ Lizzi's Creations

    Just started Google+ and still learning. Thanks for the tips!

  • Cristina

    Thanks so much for sharing this info! I have my Google+ account but I haven’t paid that much attention to it, that’s going to change from now on!

  • Bonny

    I found your blog through the linky party and really appreciate all you’ve shared. I’m a newby to the blogging world, especially with networking, so I’m trying to soak in as much as possible. Looks like I better start showing some love on my Google+ account. 🙂

    Bonny @

  • Natasha In Oz

    Great post and great advice. I am so jealous you got to go to Blogher! Maybe I try for next year!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    PS I’m already following you on Google+!!

  • Alison

    Great tips on Google+, thank you for sharing!

    Stopping by from SITS Sharefest.

  • TidyMom

    Thanks for sharing Jenny! it was great sitting with you at lunch!

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    Great info. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

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    Hey Jenny, these are such great tips. I have to get on top of Google+ more. I kind of ignored it until I heard all of the BlogHer attendants talking it up so much. I’d love for you to share this great info at our Pinteresting Party!

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