We had registered for the conference months ago but I am so bad because I usually only read what I absolutely have to read. So I don’t check out the conference agenda until the night before my flight and I realize that if I don’t register for their Pathfinder Day, I’m a whole day early!!
Eeeeeek, I call Barbara to give her the news, and she says, ‘We are a couple dingalings’ (I like that word).
So we quickly register for ‘The Path to Media Company.’
It seems like a fit because my mission is to become the Martha Stewart of colour and Barbara wants to rule the world of Kids Spaces. In addition to that, my site desperately needs a re-design and I’m trying to figure out what kind of branding photos to take.
Also, I think my website is confusing because I sell products and services to design professionals and enthusiasts so I think it needs to be way more clean and simple.
Someone a couple weeks ago said “Why don’t you get photographed standing in a cornfield? Embrace the fact that you now live in the middle of cornfields, in the country?!”
Hmmm. . . I never thought I should embrace this fact. However, then I asked my business coach her opinion and she said:
So, I’m back to the drawing board.
My takeaway from today is that honestly, my business model is working really well for me. So many bloggers had all kinds of questions and horror stories about getting into bad partnerships in the beginning when they’d do anything for extra money, doing stuff for brands for free or almost free.
Then a panelist says “If you agree to do something that isn’t good for your brand and/or you’re not making enough money, you’ll be working on it at 3:00 am and at the same time banging your head against the wall.”
Listening to all these stories, I felt like I’d dodged a bullet because I get countless emails every day from publicists, and brands, but if there isn’t enough money attached to what someone’s offering I’ll automatically say,
It has to be something I believe in and something I think you’d love too!
And since running a blog with a system that I’ve created is constantly stretching me and everyone else’s creativity around me and you frequently get stopped because you either don’t understand the technology or how to market something the right way and the list goes on.
Terreeia will say things like, “We need to find someone that can fill-in-the-blank-here.”
And I’ll often say, ‘Where is that magical person? It’s been almost 6 years and we haven’t found that person yet?’
Anyway, one of the panelists said the same thing today (about finding that magical person) and right away I texted Terreeia.
‘Guess who that magical person is, honey?? It’s ME and it’s YOU!’
Even the webinars that I do, if Terreeia (who is also my manager and agent — actually her list of jobs is quite long in addition to her own business) couldn’t handle the three platforms that it takes to pull off the technology to make it happen, well my business model would look different than it does.
The bloggers who make real money in this business usually have a husband, wife or someone really close that handles some part of the technology, because if you’re paying someone to do it for you, well they have a life, right?
And usually business hours.
They won’t want to handle your business Friday night at 9:00 pm or Sunday morning at 6:00 am.
Maria Killam & Barbara Miller
Anyway, Barbara and I walked all around the Expo tonight with our champagne glasses and this is the booth we stopped at for a photo that actually turned out.
So guess what? It made it into my blog tonight.
So smart. By the way, I’m not getting paid to write about them ; ) ; )
Barbara even did an interview in a booth where they filmed her answering questions like:
1. What’s the most important quality in toilet paper? Would you choose soft or strong?
2. Do you have any nicknames for the bathroom?
3. Do you have a public restroom horror story?
4. Do you have any potty training horror stories?
Over to you my lovelies? Let’s hear some of your answers for some pure entertainment, hee, hee. I’ll have more to report when the actual conference starts! xoxo Maria
PS. Here are my answers:
1. Strong – nothing makes me crazier than public washrooms with paper so thin you have to keep pulling! Soft is very important for your nose!
2. No. But now I think I should name ours.
3. Not really, but when we were kids my Mom would carry around a can of Lysol in her purse and spray the seat in a public washroom for all us 4 girls before she’d let us go.
4. No. Sadly, I’m not a mom.
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