23 September 2014

My Experience At Type-A Conference #typeacon

Once again, I went into a blog conference not knowing a single person. I don't know why I continue to do this to myself, because it never fails that the week or so beforehand, I always question my decision to go. But once again, I surprised myself with the courage and confidence I can muster up when put in these situations. And I think that as humans, it's GOOD for us to push ourselves out of our comfortable little bubble and put ourselves out there.

What got me all kinds of anxious this time, though, was that the day before the conference, my roommate (who was actually the one person I knew that was going), had some last minute emergencies come up and suddenly, I was roommate-less. And honestly, I felt alone and scared. I was close to just throwing in the towel and skipping the conference all together, but at the last minute I put out a post in the Type-A Facebook group and asked if anyone needed a roommate. It was risky, but, I needed the help paying for the room. It was like the stars aligned, because some other ladies just happened to be looking as well. And just like that, I had myself some new roommates and the next morning I was on the plane to Atlanta.

I'll tell you something though, it's very strange to walk into a hotel room and share it with with people you have never met or had any real interactions with beforehand. But that strange feeling, it only lasted a few minutes, because I instantly connected with my roommates. Sometimes I forget how easy it is for bloggers to find common ground, so that definitely helps. In a way, I'm grateful for the last minute chaos leading up to the conference, because it gave me the chance to meet people I may not otherwise have connected with. Basically, my roommates ended up being the bomb.com and I already miss them a ton. (shouting out to you, Catherine & Annie!)



Not surprisingly, at these kinds of conferences, you spend your days attending a multitude of sessions that cover all-things-blogging and social media. There is also a ton of time to mingle with other people, network with brands/sponsors of the conference, and generally just laugh and have a good time. I'd be lying if I said there weren't times I felt like "whoa, I'm totally overwhelmed", but for the most part, it was a really positive experience and I came away with so many new friends and a wealth of knowledge that I can apply to not only my blog, but my life.

Of all the sessions I attended, and of all the things I heard and learned -- I think the biggest takeaway from the conference, is that I need to know, understand, and accept the worth of my blog. Sometimes I say to myself "Oh I'm just a blogger, it's not really that important." And I tend to degrade and discredit my value in this space. But something that really resonated with me from this past weekend, was the common theme that bloggers are valuable. We have voices. We have stories to tell, and experiences to share. What I have to say... what you have to say... it's important.

I really want to do better about trusting my own voice. Believing that I have something worthwhile to contribute. I don't know about you, but as a Mother, a Woman, a Human, I need to be able to relate to others. If no one ever opened up and shared their experiences, their thoughts, and their lives, we would all feel completely isolated and alone.

So basically what I'm trying to say is, if you're a blogger, even if you're not, find your voice and trust it!

Okay I'm done with the mushy stuff for now, my body is still thinking I'm on East Coast time and I'm exhausted and going to bed. But coming soon, is an Outfit post on what I wore to the conference! Look for that in the next day or two :-)

9 comments:

Kelly Mock said...

Love what you said about being important! If nothing else, my blog is important for our family! I now have a catalog of my baby girl's first moments! :)

Sisters from Another Mister said...

You ARE brave and wonderful - I would have thrown in the towel without a wingman. Pleasure meeting you, glad you made the flight out there - I LOVE TypeA!

Kiara Buechler said...

I'm glad you had a good time!

Jess Beer said...

I love blog conferences and so wanted to go to that one! So glad everything worked out and you had a great time!

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

I admire your courage and hope to borrow some of that! I'm finally making it to my first blogging conference next month in Vancouver, the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference (thought I hardly consider myself a food blogger ;) ). I know *of* people going, but I, too, am going without knowing anyone! I'm glad you had fun!

Catherine @ Evolving Mommy said...

Yes! Trust your voice. Your voice is valuable. Your story is valuable. You are valuable. Especially to me, because without you my Type-A experience just would not have been as awesome. I'm so glad chaos brought us together. So glad to call you a friend.

Krista said...

Everything you said is exactly why I blog and why I love reading your blog! Keep it up, mama!!

Molly said...

I'm so glad you went and that you had a good time after all! This was me at Influence Conference last year. I know of my roommates but had never met them. Turned out to be a great time and I'm so glad I took the chance. I am still hoping to meet you someday (Annie is from my area and she's great!).

Lucrecer said...

Isn't it amazing the people you meet when you roll solo? And, yes! Own you voice. It matters!