Successful Blogging and Teamwork: Learn from Google and Love Yourself!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I'm freaking out...I haven't posted in like, what?...a week? I've been consumed with the SweetUp2012 Event, Camp Mommy, Camp Wife, Camp Anxiety!! My emails are out of control and I'm having nightmares about my blog and facebook stats plummeting. And what does all of this accomplish? Total bloggers block!

So here I am finally able to get some time in front the screen again. Oh I've been here for a while now, but mostly hanging out in that universal place of procrastination: Facebook. Finally I ripped myself away and decided to come here and just write. About what? I'm not sure yet but let's see what unfolds.

First of all I'd like to say that SweetUp2012 was an absolute success and completely fabulous. It was also a heck of a lot of work and both emotionally and physically draining. But I did come away with a lot of vital information, not only on a professional level but also on a personal one.

Professionally, as a blogger let me share some of the valuable information I learned at SweetUp 2012:

1. As our fabulous panelist Beth Rosen said, when it comes to achieving your goals, think about the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy wanted to get home and all she had to do was follow one brick at a time. Take it slowly and take one step at a time. Always keep your goal in want to get home. What is your home? It's your blog or your business or whatever goal your want to achieve.

2. As panelist and SEO expert Joe Apfelbaum said, make sure to use keywords in your posts using The Three Bears analogy. The words should not be too vague, not be too detailed, but just right. Think about what people may be searching for on google and how they would type it in with regard to the content of your blog.

3. As another panelist, Melissa Chapman of Married My Sugar Daddy said, let businesses know you are available to work with them. Send out emails and promote yourself. Believe you are an expert in your field and you will be!

4. As Joe Apfelbaum said, Google loves itself. Get yourself on Google Plus and You Tube (owned by Google).

5. As Allison Josephs of Jew in the City said, create a brand for yourself with a great name, a good logo, and interesting content that you are passionate about.

6. As Sharon from Fashion-isha (that's me!) said, create personal relationship through your blog, comment on other people's blogs and foster real friendships. Be passionate about your blog or business and others will be too.
Me and Chanie from
Me and the fabulous Beth Rosen

Our Team! 

Gorgeous SweetUp Decor 

Me with Chani and Davii of Cousins Catering...our generous salad bar sponsors! (See post about them HERE)

And personally? Well let me tell you, working on a team isn't always easy. Besides for all of the responsibilities there are so many different personalities, egos and sensitivities to deal with. People working hard are even more stressed and fragile than usual. Here are some things I learned about teamwork.

1. Try to keep in the mind the end result and big picture when getting caught on the little snags.

2. Do not be too sensitive when other teammates do not agree with your opinions or work. Let go of your ego for the greater good.

3. Be ready to make sacrifices and work harder than you ever imagined.

4. However much time you think you need, it's never enough.

5. If you feel strongly about something try to express it to others without hurting their feelings.

6. Be ready to accept imperfections. You can plan and plan but there will always be imperfections. Having a great attitude about them will override them in the end result.

7. At the breaking point, when you are ready to wring your teammates' necks and quit, imagine that amazing feeling after the successful completion of your project and step away from the situation for a while.

8. You CAN subsist for 24 hours straight on no sleep, red bull, Starbucks, sugar and adrenaline. The sleep afterward will be bliss :)

Until next time,
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  1. Excellent post for all current bloggers and bloggers to be! Sharon, thanks for sharing all the wisdom....right on the money. So true it is a big sacrificer of time but if you love then then its really a labor of love. Have to look into Google plus!
    You look gorgeous btw!
    Enjoy your day:)

  2. For starters, your post without knowing what you were going to say, you did great! i wish i could have been there. although , truth be told, i have no particular idea why i blog....i just feel the need....

  3. Wow, this is just what I needed to hear this morning. The end result will be blissful. Thanks so much from a girl who is still trying to learn the blogging thing! So of course I would love for you to follow me and any advice you'd like to offer would be muchos appreciated!
    Jenny Leigh

    And btw, I do love your blog :-)

  4. Looks like a good time and the advice is wonderful. Like the yellow brick road analogy. I think it could be applied to all aspects of life! You look beautiful as always!!! xo

  5. Thanks for the great advice! I will put it to good use.

  6. You always provide something useful, helpful and motivational for us on your posts and for that I thank you. To be honest I'm not really trying to achieve anything through my blog except to have fun. I've made a lot of wonderful friends but I could use help in my writing and you've helped me narrow things down.


  7. Sharon this post was really really really good. As always your words of wisdom personally and professionally have resonated within me :)

  8. Wonderful advice Sharon! I need to get going with Facebook and google plus.


  9. Sharon, this is great advice! I'm also just a beginner and hearing your advice is amazing!
    Kol tuv

  10. What great advice! I loved reading through your checklist Sharon, especially number 8 - I know all about that one! ;)

  11. Thanks for the info! I just started my blog on wordpress, and am struggling on how to market it! Hopefully I can follow up with some of your tips and speakers to get more suggestions1
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a wonderful recap of this event!! Bravo- I feel like this post NEEDS to be laminated ( I laminate everything- okay it's true I think I might have a lamination problem;)So great meeting you!!

  13. Interesting tips and advice. Blogging is definitely a learning curve!

  14. Hi dear!
    I love so much you're blog :), I follow u!
    My name in GFC is: sexy_paige_cucu.

    Hope u follow back :D :D
    A lot of kisses, honey.

  15. Looks so fun!

    New follower! <3

    Love from NYC,