We are less than 10 days away from the San Diego Comic Con! To some, its the most wonderful time of the year. I wanted to make a quick posts on some ways you can be getting ready or the simple things that might slip your mind, while creating your battle plans and backup plans for the big show.
Social Media: This is a God send in the comic con world, whether its Instagram, Twitter or whatever other form of social media you use. If you are planning on being socially active throughout the convention, whether its status updates, or seeing who is doing what and where then you should clean it up. There are numerous ways to clean up your sites
1. Go through your followers: Block any of the spammy, fake, junk looking profiles. This is one of the reasons why my follower number is always so low as I do this often, some of the profiles that have 1,000 plus followers have a good handful of bad/junk accounts.
2. Go through People you follow: See if there are ones that you can unfollow or mute for the time being. Yes this may sound rude or mean, but if you are going to be using your social media pages for notifications or to stay up to date on whats going on, this will come in handy. There are some pages that retweet anything and I mean anything there followers post, and you really don’t need all of it on your timeline during the convention. Plus if you have a second you can unmute them or go to their profiles and check out there feed.
3. Follow comic con specific people: If you are on Twitter you can set it up where you can get notifications every time someone specific tweets something out, there is also a new setting on Instagram where you will be notified when someone post a picture as well. Make sure you follow your favorite artists, celebrity, comic book creators or even the popular one like Nerd HQ that will have random surprise celebrity guests.
4: Being tagged in Photos: Decide whether you want this setting on or off, sometimes there are fellow followers that will tag you in every photo they tweet, don’t get me wrong it is an awesome feeling to be thought of when someone posts awesome pictures. However this will also have many notifications of the re-tweets, re posts, or favorites that you can possibly miss out on something that you were looking forward to. You can either turn it off, or let your friends know that week to keep it to a minimum pretty please
5. Pick core sites: Even though it is nice to have all the social media sites that the cyber verse has to offer, I say pick 2-3 that way those 2-3 will get your full attention and you can rely on them. If you have to post on all of your social media sites if it is more than 3, having some sites connected to each other would be a good idea. Example: When I post on Twitter it automatically post to my Facebook Page, this feature can be turned on and off as well.
These may seem pointless but if you are going to be socially active during the show it will help to have cleaned up timelines along with who you are exactly wanting to keep an eye on during the show.
Essentials: Being a horrible decision maker, I end up taking everything, my philosophy is I would rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it. I am thankful I drive from my classified base in AZ to San Diego, as flying I don’t think I would survive so credit to those who manage.
I pull out everything that I think I am going to need for the convention, then go through it and deicide what I would like to have in my survival bag for SDCC Everybody’s bag usually varies but these are items that are usually the most popular and a must.
Your cellphone will be your connections to SDCC whether it is for taking pictures, checking social media, texting to meet up with friends you name it. Here are some ways you can get your phone ready for a big show.