I am pretty excited about the upcoming Southern Bloggers Conference, which is being held Oct. 12-13 in Raleigh. And not just because I’m helping to organize this amazing conference.
Pretty soon after I started blogging earlier this year, I made up my mind that I wanted to go to a bloggers conference. But my plan was always to do it in year 2, once I’d gotten into the groove of blogging and running a creative business.
Personally, I knew that a blogging conference would give me the opportunity to boost my blogging skills and to learn from the masters about photography, styling, social networking, engaging with readers and finding inspiration. I also was excited about the chance to connect with brands who may be interested in working with bloggers like us.
Despite my pledge to wait until year 2 to attend a conference, I almost bought a ticket to Haven. But by the time I made up my mind that I definitely wanted to go, they were sold out. Good thing, too, as it turns out I was super-super busy opening a retail location for Atta Girl Says in late June.
Because here’s the thing about being a blogger. Even when you have a blog coauthor, as I once did, blogging is a very solitary pursuit. I don’t get to bounce idea off coworkers or to “talk shop” very often. There aren’t many people I know in real life who understand about this passion of mine, not only to create but also to share. Nor do most people understand just how much work and time is required to produce every post.
I was a newspaper reporter for many year, but that didn’t really prepare me to be a DIY/craft blogger.
I like to think of Atta Girl Says as an online magazine. Not only do I report the stories that we feature here, but also I photograph them, edit them and lay them out. I manage the advertising, respond to reader comments, code the website, troubleshoot IT issues and market our content through social networking sites and linky parties. The newspaper where I used to work employed about 500 people to accomplish the same thing, but here are Atta Girl Says, I am one.
If you’re a blogger, you get that in a way others don’t.
I’m dying to connect and forge friendships with others who “get it,” and that’s why I’m going to the Southern Bloggers Conference. It will be nice to be surrounded by 99 other women/bloggers who speak the same language.
And speaking of speaking the same language, that applies to more than just blogging.
Here at home, I feel I’m constantly having to explain myself when I use decorating, cooking or crafting terms. My husband accuses me of making up words, when I say things like
But you understand me, right?
I thought so.
If you’re coming to the Southern Bloggers Conference or planning to, we’d love to know why. What are you hoping to gain away from this event? Friendships? Bloggy knowledge? Business connections? Your sanity, through a much-needed break from kids and spouse?
To encourage you to write and share your motivations for coming to the conference, we’re having a blog hop/linky party, starting Friday. You can link up here, at the Southern Bloggers Conference website or on any of the organizers’ blogs.
All we ask is that you write up a blog post telling us what you’re looking forward to about the Southern Bloggers Conference. What are you excited about? What do you hope to learn? Who do you hope to meet? For first timers, any conference tips? Basically, write anything that floats-your-boats about attending the conference.
The linky party hosts are:
- The Everyday Home
- Atta Girl Says
- Housepitality Designs
- Living on the Bliss
- Sophia’s Decor
- Worthing Court
- Southern Bloggers Conference