It's not scary when you sign up to talk about something you love. I decided on blogs. Best practices, content, affiliates, layout, etc. Basically anything anyone wanted to talk about in regard to established blogs. There are several sessions and webinars out there dedicated to helping people start blogs, but not much help for succeeding at the next step. Why not start a dialogue?
I reserved a slot on the big poster board placed prominently at the entrance of the exhibit hall. Then I waited to see who would show up. Caroline Pointer promised to be there, so at the very least we could sit there and talk about blogs to each other.
About 15 people made the trek down to room B-9 (dubbed the "meat locker" due to its overactive A/C unit), which is pretty good given that this session started at 5pm on a Friday.
Before the session, I wrote down several discussion topics. That way, if the conversation lulled I could introduce a new subject. Luckily this was a great crowd and everything just flowed.
We talked about affiliate programs (no one in the crowd really makes any *big* money, but some are able to make decent change), dedicated blog pages (for surnames, disclosures, etc.), publicity (using other social media tools to market blogs) and content.
Fifty minutes went by very fast. I thought the session was successful. People showed up and I learned something from them. That's all I was hoping to get out of it. Hopefully the others in attendance benefited as well.
Special thanks to FGS for including these Genspiration session slots in the line-up. I hope they do it again next year.