learning to trust my own opinions and expertise
No I did not attend the Pro-Blogger Convention, but I’ve read enough about it to pretend:
The Lead Up:
It is ALL about the wardrobe and I am totally following all the fashion blogger advice so that I don’t look like a sartorial dunderhead.
I have made up my own totally spesh business cards, and I WISH so hard I was ubercool and cashed up enough to have personalised pens, notebooks and iPad case so that everyone else would be jealous of ME.
I’m OMG nervous about meeting people IRL (IN REAL LIFE!) and if I get to touch Mrs Woog I will JUST DIE!
Oh my God! The hotel was soooo funky and quirky and just a design bloggers DREAM. Instagram Instagram Instagram.
I met so many of my fave bloggers IRL and now we are besties, check out this blurry drunken photo with a python that proves it.
Donuts. Burgers. Coffee. The food was amazing and I was a bit of a piggy.
The speakers were fabulous and so inspiring. Trey made me cry.
I missed my kids like crazy, but it was really important for me to have some ME time and recharge so that I can love them all more.
I am FACING MY FEARS because they are actually totally opportunities or some shit like that.
Soooo much information and things to put on my to-do list that I just don’t know where to start before I run out of time and energy and forget everything.
What do you reckon? I totes think I could fool you if I wanted to.
But just to clarify, I’m not actually narky snarky about Problogger. It looks like everyone who went had a truly fabulous time, and from making connections to learning new things, that is what these events are about. I have the same experience when I attend conferences for work. Or even just training days. It is so great to connect with like-minded people, or people passionate about the same industry as myself, and to hear new points of view and glean an amazing amount of information about a huge array of topics.
And I very much appreciate the frustration of coming home from a conference totally motivated and energised and with a huge list of things to do, and quickly running out of time, and then energy, to implement them. I’ve learned that it really is a case of strike while the irons hot, and if it starts to cool, go back to your notes and reconnect with fellow attendees.
Sometimes it is important to make peace with the fact that you won’t get all of those fab ideas implemented and done, but that you can rest assured that some of the really big and important ideas and lessons from the conference WILL stick with you and WILL influence your behaviour and decisions moving forward.
I had a little mini Professional Development day last week where I learned a stack about LinkedIn, and already I am starting to forget some of the stuff that I went Hell Yeah Got to Do That to. One of the things that I did that has helped was to write a little blog post about it for my work’s professional development and whether or not it had any benefit for my colleagues, it was nice for me to reflect a little bit. I am still nagging everyone else at work to get on board with sharing PD experiences through the blog. I will persevere.
I’m also exited to announce that I will be attending a big conference at the end of the year, and that I will be presenting not one but TWO times about programs that I manage. Haven’t got around to drafting more than the initial abstract, but I am certain that I am going to be FABULOUS! Right? A little self-belief goes a long way…..