Why do people go to conferences of any sort? I’ve come up with three main reasons:
- To be better at something
- To be inspired
- To meet other people
All three were covered while I was at Blissdom, which was almost two weeks ago…I’ve been developing this post for a little while.
But anyone considering attending a conference about blogging, needs to know: you might have to be bold (Note to self: go for it school lunch girl!)
I attended this conference having met only two attendees (out of 750 people) in person. I was alone a lot. But I was never lonely.
I made it a point to constantly mingle. Looking back I realize that although I hung out with the two people I knew randomly throughout the conference, I never ate one meal with them. (Note to self: seriously?)
I talked to lots of people, not just bloggers. At lunch on the first day of the conference, I was meandering through the crowded room with my plate trying to decide where to plop down and eat. It was so a school lunch cafeteria moment! I saw an open spot at a table with some semi-famous bloggers. I avoided it since I wasn’t feeling quite that bold.
I looked around and found a spot at a table right in front of me. Two women to my right introduced themselves and said that they were PR people in kitchen design. Initially I thought to myself that they probably would have no interest in hearing about school lunch and my blog (Note to self: the universe lives to prove you wrong). They were both interested in my project, especially one of them who is in her mid-twenties, cooks and subscribes to her own CSA. We had an amazing conversation (Note to self: don’t assume anything).
I met couponing bloggers (I will be having a couponing guest blogger at some point), I met mommy bloggers, I met food bloggers, I met famous bloggers, I met famous tweeters, I met crafting bloggers, and I met food bloggers. I even gave away at least 100 “Mrs. Q” cards and on my desk I have a big stack of cards I got from others — now I need the time to go through them. It was terrific to talk to so many people (Note to self: people have always made you happy).
How do you define inspiration? I tried to use the internet to help me:
Yes, this is what all conferences should do for people
I was inspired by all of the conversations I had with people I met as well as the content of the conference. Brene Brown
spoke, which blew my mind (I blogged it
). I bought two of her books (one for my mom
, one for me
) and she was kind enough to sign mine to “Mrs. Q” (Note to self: Do that for the rest of your life. Ok, it’s decided.)
I met and talked at length to Chookooloonks
. We could go out to coffee twice a week and not run out of things to discuss. The first thing I told her when I met her was “you have a beautiful voice.” She’s a magical person. And I bought her book
And Scott from UnMarketing
. WHOA. There are no words for what he taught all of us in attendance. That guy knows social media. Does he know Twitter
? Holy cannoli, does he ever! And I bought his book
too. (Note to self: good thing you stayed at a cheap hotel!)
Telling people that I went to a blogging conference makes people wonder about me. But I guess they were already concerned when I ate school lunch for a year. I am learning not to worry and just to do (Note to self: don’t stop taking risks, ok?)