First of all, let me apologize to my Twitter followers and Facebook friends for the endless tweets and updates about all the fun that me and fellow Yahoo! MotherBoard members (#YMotherBoard) had during our trip. I know what it is like to be the one at home following the hashtag because I’m usually that blogger.
This time I was treated like a rock star from beginning to end. From the minute I checked in to the fantastic Four Seasons to the time I drove away, I was in awe that a company would roll out the purple carpet (literally!) for me just because I have a blog. What started out as blogging to help a friend has turned into real friendships, paying jobs, and knowing that I have a responsibility to help others through what I do.
My blogging friends are real life friends who get this crazy world that I live in. We are each other’s best collaborators and biggest cheerleaders but are a teacher’s nightmare. Imagine standing at the front of a room trying to give a speech and waiting for your audience’s attention. If you are in front of a group of bloggers, you will be waiting a long time!
We don’t give you our undivided attention. We look at our laptops, netbooks, and cell phone screens and tap away. We process knowledge by disseminating it through tweets and live blogging thanks to being master multitaskers and quick typists. In fact, we are such prolific tweeters that a group of 60 or so of us can easily make any topic trend as we share information with our networks!
I feel a responsibility to share the information I learned at the Yahoo MotherBoard Summit not because Yahoo paid for my trip but because the information needs to be shared beyond our group. Topics such as increasing search engine optimization (SEO), how to write a good blog headline, ideal blog post length (300 words!) and internet safety for families need to be shared for our readers’ sake. It would be selfish to hold in this information and keep it to ourselves when it can truly benefit others.
So while it make take me awhile to digest the many things during a very intense day of learning, please know that I will share. I may have taken leave from teaching to blog but the teaching continues here on my site if you’d like to learn.
Huge thanks to Yahoo and the wonderful planning of Jeanne, Amy, Stacy, Nicole, Gina, and the entire Yahoo Events team for thinking of every possible detail to make my trip to the Yahoo MotherBoard Summit truly memorable!
As a Yahoo MotherBoard member, Yahoo covered all of my expenses to come to the Summit. I am not required to blog about any of the events or Yahoo sites I learned about at the conference but when I do, all opinions are my own.
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