#Blogchat schedule for August

by Mack Collier

Hey y’all. We are coming off a huge July for #blogchat, including having a pair of stellar co-hosts, first Ann Handley, and then Geoff Livingston. And last nite’s OPEN MIC #blogchat was the second most popular ever, with over 3,500 tweets and 500 participants.

Can we top that in August? It will be tough, but I think we’ve got a lineup in place to do it. See what you think:

On August 1st, #blogchat will be co-hosted by Beth Harte! Beth will be leading off the month, and in doing so will become the first person to co-host #blogchat TWICE!  Our topic will be integrating your blogging efforts and the content you create there, with your other marketing and communication efforts. This includes making sure your messaging and branding on your blog is consistent with your other branding/marketing efforts throughout your company.  But also we’ll look at ways that you can take content that you are creating via other marketing and communication channels, and repurpose and reuse it on your blog.  And this topic will be a good lead-in for Beth’s #IMCchat which she co-hosts every Weds nite with Anna Barcelos.

August 8th’s topic has yet to be determined.

On August 15th the one and only Chris Brogan has agreed to co-host #blogchat!  Our topic will be how to utilize other social media sites to improve your blogging efforts.  I think Chris probably does a better job with this than anyone, so I’m really excited to have him talk with us.  We’ll be talking about how to leverage other social media sites and tools to improve your blog, and also how to decide which channels you should actively use, and which ones should be an ‘outpost’ for you.  Chris is extremely popular with and often cited by y’all, so I’m beyond thrilled that he can join us.

The topic for August 22nd has yet to be determined, and on August 29th we will have our monthly OPEN MIC #blogchat, which is where YOU pick the blogging topic you want to discuss.  There’s no set topic, it’s all up to you, everyone chats about their favorite topic, and the insanity goes from there 😉

Moving forward, I am going to try to keep the format as the 1st #blogchat of each month will have a co-host, and the last Sunday will be OPEN MIC.  There’s a few other changes that may be happening that I’ll discuss at a later time.

In closing, I wanted to point out that a big reason why we are lucky enough to have such rockstar co-hosts is because of the amazing support you’ve given #blogchat.  Yes, these co-hosts are amazing people to want to join us, and yes, I deserve a lot of credit for starting #blogchat and sticking with it.

But y’all are the engine that makes this race car run.  Y’all bring amazing energy and smartitude to #blogchat every Sunday, and the discussions we have naturally pull others in to see what the fuss is all about.  #blogchat isn’t the biggest chat on Twitter by accident, it’s because of the passion and smarts of everyone that calls #blogchat home every Sunday nite.  I cannot say it often enough, Thank You.

And see you next Sunday at 8pm central for #blogchat 😉

PS: Just now learning about #blogchat? Here’s what it’s all about.

Tanya Lee July 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

I can’t wait Mack. I’ve been absent from #blogchat the last few session (just from being swamped) but I won’t be missing the month of August!

mack collier July 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Thank you Tanya, we’ll hold a spot for you 😉

Bruce Serven July 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Sounds great Mack! Things are really taking off with #blogchat. I am glad I discovered it when I did and have been able to participate. There are some great people involved in this weekly discussion with a lot of useful information being exchanged. It is nice to be able to learn something new yourself and help someone else at the same time. Great format!

Thanks again for all you do Mack.

mack collier July 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

Thank you Bruce! #blogchat really is growing like a weed right now, and I’m so happy that so many people get value out of our weekly chats 😉

Judy Helfand July 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm

You know what I love? Your enthusiasm and dedication to this process. I will be Albany, NY on August 15…hope I will be able to join in with you and Chris, but I know I can get a transcript.
I have a couple of technical questions and one tip for #blogchat participants.
1. Is there any way to add a sort or search feature to the transcript? For example, if @mackcollier asks a question and 60 tweets later someone offers a good solution, maybe it would be easier to find if the transcript were sortable.
2. I reread your #blogchat guidelines. They do make sense, but I have to say I don’t think too many of us are following the guidelines. For example, I thought you wanted us to introduce ourselves with a link to our blog(s). Also, you said to use RT sparingly in #blogchat which I agree, but I don’t think most of us know or practice that guideline. Can we also ask that when participants inform their followers that they will be participating in #blogchat, they do so without using #blogchat. Just that would make the transcript cleaner.

As to my TIP. At the end of #blogchat query your own Twitter handle in the Twitter SEARCH box. The query will return all of the tweets that mention you and hold answers to your comments or questions during a #blogchat.

Okay…thanks for listening. I learn so much from you and fellow #blogchat participants.

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