People may be reading blogs as much (maybe more!) than traditional news websites because the economics of traditional news has changed so drastically in the last few years.

As a marketing professional, you may be ready to create your own news portal and focus on publishing your own content.  Technology, although easier, can be a challenge.  Enter WordCamp!

If you are a beginning or advanced blogger who is trying to build your brand with a blog, you’ll want to attend the nearest WordCamp.  WordCamps have an unconference structure, meaning they are free (or nearly free) and filled with helpful workshops to provide technical and content answers to almost any blogging question. 

I’ve attended several WordCamps in addition to the PodCamps and find that they are a great source.  Many will be “live blogged”, which means people will be writing about them as they are happening.  Some will even be broadcast with streaming video so you can watch them on Skype or from their website.  Take a look at the upcoming WordCamp dates and places!

Sep 15: WordCamp Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa

Sep 16-18: WordCamp Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

Sep 17-18: WordCamp Portland Portland, OR

Sep 24: WordCamp Lisboa Lisboa, Portugal

Sep 24: WordCamp Germany Koln, Germany

Sep 25: WordCamp Sofia Sofia, Bulgaria

Oct 1: WordCamp Louisville Louisville, Kentucky

Oct 8-9: WordCamp Sevilla Seville, Spain

Oct 15-16: WordCamp Jabalpur Jabalpur, India

Nov 5-6: WordCamp Toronto Toronto, ON

Nov 5-6: WordCamp Gold Coast Gold Coast, Australia

Nov 5-6: WordCamp Philly Philadelphia, PA

Nov 12: WordCamp Caguas Caguas, Puerto Rico

Nov 12-13: WordCamp Kenya Nairobi, Kenya

Nov 12-13: WordCamp Detroit Detroit, MI

Nov 12: WordCamp Richmond Richmond, VA

Nov 12-13: WordCamp Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark

Dec 17: WordCamp Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Feb 3-4 WordCamp Atlanta Atlanta, GA

WordCamp is a Great Tool to Improve your Brand’s Marketing Blog