It was symbolic really, of the weekend of learning. Darren started the conference on Friday morning talking about how ALL blogs start at the beginning. They ALL start with one post, with no one reading. The theme was “From little things, big things grow” and I was the perfect person to stand up in front of 300 bloggers who all want to learn to monetise their blog or “brand” somehow and tell them just how small I was. It was a big wake up call me for me to realise just HOW small my blog is. But it’s bigger than it was when I started, so that’s something right? He talked about all bloggers – even him – and even Sarah Wilson – spend their entire careers not knowing what the hell they are doing. We stumble and bumble through, making mistakes as we go, and getting through. I’m doing that every day – making mistakes and just doing what I do (whether that’s the right thing or not) and that’s OK. I am doing OK. And small or not (damn stupid google analytics with their stupid small stats) I should be extremely proud of my achievements.
Some other things I learned over the weekend were:
: Staying with your friends together is just about the best fun you can have as an adult. It was like a slumber party, for adults, and I have never laughed as much as I did. Nor eat as much crap as I did. There’s something really fun about eating as much stuff as you can that you tell your family not to normally eat with gay abandon. You can also spend $40 on Magnums. It’s possible.
: Bloggers spend a whole lot of time on their lap tops and phones. The whole time. And it’s quite refreshing to all have them out whilst still talking to each other and not have anyone think you are a weirdo. One day our husband’s will catch on…one day.
: If you are going to be Professional, you have to be “on brand”. Fox in Flats was “on brand” with hot shoes and looking impeccably fresh.
: Hair Romance was “on brand” doing braids like it was nobodies business. She couldn’t braid my hair which made me a little sad.
: Kim from All Consuming was “on brand” with hilarious microphone shenanigans and apparently now hot style. Look at those shoes! And fish nets!
: Gourmet Girlfriend was “on brand” as she took control of the menu and ordered delicious Asian treats for our dinner. She was also awesome, gorgeous and fabulous which is COMPLETELY “on brand”.
: I was “on brand” when I got home. I was a cranky mole to my kids and my husband. I was tired and knew I was getting sick again and I knew Harper was getting sick again. I was sighing and cranky and huffing until I eventually got things back to order. Well to the order that I like anyway. I sat in the sun for a bit. I hemmed two uniforms, I cooked my family a roast chicken dinner and then we all sat on the couch together and watched a movie.
I have all sorts of action items and plans for my blog. I will continue to work hard on it and I’ll continue to tell my story and share my life with you all, because, well that’s what I do.