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My CBC Recap and who I am...

Although I have been blogging for 3 years over at Singing and Spinning, I have only been doing this site since the first part of March.  I don’t get thousands of hits a day or even a week.  But I love blogging.  It is important to me to share how I am trying to balance life as a mom to two little girls, a wife to an amazing (and hot) husband, a Sunday School teacher, and a full-time employee with the desire to one day be able to do my own thing.  Because I feel like sharing my successes and my trials with the world might be able to help someone, I decided I should attend the Casual Bloggers Conference.

I went wanting to meet some of the amazing women that I have admired from a distance.  Some of these women for a short time and others for quite a long season.

My goal was to learn as much as possible about the workings of SEO and the ways to grow my little blog to something bigger.

The main thing I learned was that I am REALLY REALLY SHY when I need to be putting myself out there for me.  I am not a shy person.  I’ve been in sales my whole career.  Being a friendly, outgoing booth babe was something that came naturally for me.  Standing up in front of a room full of US Attorneys never made me nervous.  Presenting to hundreds of people at a Sales Conference doesn’t make me shake.

Yet this weekend showed me that I am just as shy as I was in High School.  Just as scared that people will meet me and think that I talk funny, I have gunk in my eye, I talk a lot, I don’t talk enough, I somehow put them off or they are too cool for me to be friends with.  So, I didn’t meet as many people as I had hoped.  I shied away from going to the concert and being a wall flower.  I brought my own lunch so I wouldn’t have to worry about going any where (luckily on Friday, Mel was there and she picked lunch up for me).

My CBC Recap of the conference?  Well…

I still don’t understand SEO as well as I would like, but I’m bound and determined to figure it out and what I did learn from Sarah will most definitely give me a better understanding of what I will learn.

There is a list of those amazing women that I did get to meet.  Some of them I met for only a brief moment when we exchanged cards or I sat in their classes and can pretend like I met them.  And then there were some that I got to visit with, dine with, sit with and hug. (Camille, Lolli, Brandi, Kim, Jenny and Loralee).

Twitter suddenly became something that I now understand – at least better than I did when I walked through the doors on Friday morning.  Not only do I understand it a bit better but I found it to be fun and enlightening.  Anytime I missed something a speaker said, I could check out the tweets to see if someone else at the conference thought it was cool enough to share.

Matt Townsend is a very very funny man and if I had it in me, I’d love to read his book and have Scott read it with me.  But, there are so many things in my life that come before reading a self help book.  And maybe that is a priority that I might need to change, but for now, I just don’t have the time to read it.

Jessica Bern made me laugh and wish I were funny.  I’m just not.  So instead, I’ll just be me and cross my fingers that people like me.

I felt overwhelmed by Blog Frog and wonder how on earth a mom that works full time is supposed to manage that community, twitter and a facebook page.  Oh, and of course read Matt Townsend’s book and read Gorgeously Green.  Plus keep up with the blogs of the women that I did meet.  Sigh.

After the closing keynotes, I decided that CJane is really worth reading.  I also think I might want to become a bit more green after listening to Gorgeously Green speak.

Oh, and I didn’t even take very many pictures! How silly is that.  I had my camera on me the whole time, I just didn’t take it out except a few times on Saturday.  So, here’s one photo as proof that I did indeed go and rub shoulders with some powerful and beautiful bloggers.

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17 comments to My CBC10 Recap and who I am…

  • mrs. r
    Twitter: therhouse

    twas great to meet you briefly! i didn’t think you were shy AT ALL! lol! good for you. love your blog. it’s so pretty. 😉

    …and i love that you have a photo of me in your cbc proof! HA! i may have you use that one too. so glad you came!

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  • Marna Sudweeks
    Twitter: MarnaSuds

    It was great meeting with you and chatting with you! I can totally see why you and Mel have been friends for like EVER! You are just as amazing as she is!

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  • lol I am like you I went to try to find out how to grow my readership. I know actually, but I don’t want to do it the way I use too! lol I can teach you SEO a bit if you would like.. 4th grade style bwa ha ha and ps. camera in my hand, and only 4 photos to show for it! oh well
    .-= Devri´s last blog ..Memorial Day =-.

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  • This blog was advised to me by a friend. I have to say, browsing this was time well spent. I will inform more friends about it as well.

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  • runwithmel
    Twitter: runwithmel

    it was fun to hang with you on friday and i wish i would have met a few more of the amazing women in attendance.
    and you should always just be you; you are AMAZING you are TOTALLY worth knowing! i’m just the lucky one who has known you forever 🙂
    .-= runwithmel´s last blog ..how do you define success? =-.

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    @runwithmel- I am so glad we were able to do the first part of the conference together, you helped me feel comfortable 🙂 Thanks for sticking around the past 20 years!

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  • Ok when was Jessica Bern darn it! I missed it!
    .-= vanessa´s last blog ..Don’t Miss Me TOO Much =-.

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    Jessica was in the “finding your voice” panel.

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  • u were SUPER dreamy IRL and i loved meeting you. ur card was so cute i couldn’t wait to actually go online and check ur little homey place out. i love it here 🙂 love that i’m in ur picture too!!! hah

    yay for new friends!

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  • Brandie
    Twitter: rudyrukus

    Amy it was so great to meet you. I am feeling like you. Overwhelmed with everything. We should get together and get it all figured out. I can totally help you with blogfrog if you want! It is alot! I want to read Matt’s book too. And Jessica has had me in stitches since i met her. I have been looking her up on youtube and laughing and laughing! She is hysterical. Glad we got to have dinner together and listen to the closing keynotes. It was fun!
    .-= Brandie´s last blog ..Reasons You Should Attend a Blogging Conference =-.

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    Brandie- It was definitely great to meet and hang with you for the closing. I think we will have to get together and do lunch with a blog frog theme. I’m just not sure I have the bandwidth to add it yet – other than visiting other bloggers communities.
    I’ll need to look up Jessica. I adore her blog and her tweets.

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  • Stephanie
    Twitter: stephsday

    Sounds like it was a fun (albeit a little overwhelming…) experience.

    I’m glad you are now enamored by Twitter. I really do like Twitter…much better than Facebook. I don’t, however, “do” Blog Frog. A mom can only do so much, right? 😉
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Tuesday Tours: What’s Happening on the Web =-.

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    I think enamored just might be hedging on addicted. 🙂 The problem with twitter is that now I’m not reading the blogs in my reader- I’ll just click through to them with they are tweeted about.

    Blog Frog is really cool, but I agree completely – you can only do so much.

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  • Lolli
    Twitter: 1momof5

    I am so, so glad that we got to hang out. I have always been really shy, but blogging seems to bring out my social side. 🙂 I look completely bored (or maybe TIRED) in that picture! Ha!
    .-= Lolli´s last blog ..#cbc10 – Highlights of the Casual Blogger Conference =-.

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
    Reply:

    I think you looked tired of waiting for it to start. 🙂

    My next conference, I’m making it a goal to be more out-going. We’ll see.

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  • ashlee
    Twitter: imtopsyturvy

    I didn’t take many pictures either, and I don’t have a ton of followers, but I do enjoy blogging. I thought I understood SEO after the lesson, but then coming home and trying to do it…? I guess I still am a bit lost. It was nice to meet you though! And you didn’t come across as super shy if it makes you feel any better!

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    Amy
    Twitter: familytrifecta
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    Ashlee, that does help me feel better than I didn’t come across as shy. – thank you. It was great meeting you as well.

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