Check out my presentation for Mixwest this year
Last summer, I attended Blog Indiana, a big conference that includes workshops for all walks of social media. Mostly geared toward marketing professionals, there were tips for SEO, for tracking results, for tweeting effectively, and for writing.
This year, they’ve rebranded to Mixwest, and it looks like they’re including web design and technology into the mix, too.
I wanted to get back to basics — blogging. There’s a lot of markety-speak, SEO tips, and a few social media practices I outright don’t agree with in the mix, but there are some with good, practical advice. I tried to emulate that.
With that in mind, I submitted a pitch for using Markdown, a writing syntax that assumes you’re writing for the web. Here’s the description from my pitch:
Even among the most well-seasoned web writers, many compose their posts in MS Word, a print-oriented application. This system is flawed from the outset. Truth is, for the web, it doesn’t matter what font you use or what size your type displays, and fiddling with margins makes NO difference when you’re posting online to a site with preset CSS styles. Even a WYSIWYG editor can slow you down while you move your fingers off the keys to the mouse to set your styles and links.
Enter: Markdown. This simple, easy-to-use syntax lets you write and format as you go, without ever needed to take your fingers away from the keys.
Andy will demonstrate different applications (both Markdown text editors and Markdown-compatible CMSs), suggest workflows, and demonstrate how you can become faster and more efficient in your writing and posting, while never losing accuracy or creativity.
Here’s the thing, though. They’re crowdsourcing the program selection for Mixwest by letting the crowd vote for their favorites.
So, if you’re interested in what I have to say, and you’re on twitter, please go vote! I’d really appreciate it.
Here’s the link: