When I started this blog in 2004, the blogosphere was a much different place. Like many folks, I took a break here and there to get my bearings, re-evaluate my reasons for blogging, secretly wish karma attacks on the ridiculously mean anonymous commenters… but I always came back to it. Something about this place has always called to me. Here I can be all that I am without apology: the mass extrovert with the sometimes paralyzingly shy heart of an introvert, the crass creative tattooed mama AND the suited up geeky analytical exec, the crazy “stick-a-fork-in-me-I’m DONE“ FML frantic mom or the “Aww yeah, THIS is how working motherhood is done, ladies! BOOYA!” confident mom.
This weekend, the reasons I continue to blog were very clear: I do it for me, I do it for the community. Attending Bloggy Boot Camp in Phoenix re-energized my passion for writing in this space and reminded me of the community of women who exist in this space with me to make it all the more comforting, fun, inspiring.
I’ve gotta be honest: as excited as I was, I came in feeling a little nervous, because I don’t consider myself a “real blogger.” I’ve got a lot of blogs but let’s be honest: I don’t market them one iota (although I absolutely love my two followers – kisses & hugs to you both!). I don’t do advertising (yet?), I don’t do giveaways (yet?), I don’t participate in (a lot of) blogger fun. I’m the laziest blogger I know. But, when Tiffany of SITS asks me to be somewhere, my answer will always be yes. She’s like a hypnotic charm girl, that Tiffany.
Everyone I met at Bloggy Boot Camp was insanely amazing. Truly. The SITS Girls who put on the conference created such an incredibly warm, welcoming, inviting atmosphere. The conference was attended by women who were ready to learn from each other and make new connections. It was nice and hot in Phoenix compared to Portland. There were cool cocktails. I was lucky enough to room with and speak with the super talented, genuine & incredibly sweet Lisa Leonard and also speak with the super inspiring and high energy adorableness that is Laurie Turk of Tip Junkie. Those two rock it beyond words. I also got to meet so many incredible women, and I honestly can’t list them all because your eyes would explode from all the awesomeness. Go check out my Twitter list: Bloggy Boot Camp and follow those lovely ladies. Right now. Go. DO IT. You won’t be sorry.
I am in such awe of these women who are so dedicated to their blogs, who move forward each day with such purpose and passion with their blogging. They are the writers, educators and connectors of today’s online world. I learned so much from them this past weekend, and I walked away wanting MORE. I want more of this blogging world. I want to engage and develop richer connections and just DO and BE better with my own blogging. Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!!
PS – should I just give up on the Google connect followers thing? Y’all, if you’re reading this, can you please be a dear and just click over on that Google follow box to add yourself? I know I just added that thing recently but really: the emptiness makes me wanna drink (more) heavily.