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.
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.