So I’ve just recently attended the pro blogger conference & in all honesty, I was actually more excited about the two consecutive days I was about to have away from Max.
In the two years that he’s been alive, the longest I have honestly been away from him has been one and a half days; which was for my best friend’s hen’s weekend.
As it turns out, I couldn’t get to the second pro blogger day because the babysitter I’d lined up for Max came down with a migraine.
So the thing about these pro blogger conferences & the hoards of information you can learn from going to them is that this hoard of information isn’t actually what I go for. At all. For me, it’s about that opportunity to stand in a room with three hundred other like-minded people. Anything I might just so happen to learn while I stand there in that room with those three hundred like-minded people is, well … a bonus really.
And yes, absolutely, I did learn a lot. I learnt that I probably need to install google analytics, & that I probably need to get a media kit, because if I can be completely honest … I’m kinda sick of being asked to write sponsored content for free. I really am. But you see I also have a really soft heart, & a pretty low opinion of myself, so I will often end up writing sponsored content for free.
And so this just kinda can’t happen any more. So if you’re a big arse company, with a big arse budget; you’re kinda going to need to pay me for my time.
But enough about the tidbits of information that I learnt because in all honesty, there were three hundred & something people there that day, & judging by the laptop & iPad action going on in that conference room there, I have no doubt the pro blogger posts will be rolling out in far finer form than this here little blogger’s.
For me, it’s about the people. It is always about the people.
I love the people watching. I love being able to meet the people you have big ol’ writing crushes on, & being so lost for words that all you can do is fumble something like, ‘I love your hair’.
I love your hair?!
I mean … it’s almost humorous, because you meet someone who is able to thread words together so beautifully, & then all you seem to able to thread together is four flipping superficial words, like; i.love.your.hair.
But y’know, it’s ok. Because I also met this person in Sydney for the Kidspot awards, & I actually managed to tell her how I love her online space, & how hers is the reason why I created mine, & how I used to read her blog to a group of people every Friday for two years, & how it inspired these people, more than she could probably ever know.
I also love the egos. I used to analyse personalities for a living, & so I mean it when I tell you that I really do love most personalities. But I don’t like egotists. I just don’t get them, nor do I want to.
I found myself standing on my own at one point, & so I spotted the sweets table & went in for the kill on this oh-my-lord-I-can’t-believe-something-so-good-could-happen-to-my-taste-buds-like-that coconut slice, & I may have even managed to shove that entire slice into my mouth in one hit, & it was exactly when my mouth was at its most full that this incredibly sweet soul came up to me & introduced herself & told me that she loved my writing. That’s never happened to me before, & it’s probably one of the best things that’s ever happened to me; someone likes my writing?! And so I was obviously really embarrassed to have to thank her through entire mouthfuls of coconut slice.
I met bloggers who made me laugh until I cried, & I met some of my favourite bloggers & we chatted together into the night, & it was just really nice to be able to form such a high opinion of the people who you already have such a high opinion of thanks to the stories shared via their blog.
And so that’s why I go to these things. It’s for those conversations that you get to have with those like-minded people; your people.
In saying that, I have decided I probably won’t go again. For no other reason other than that I believe these kinds of conferences suit the people who seriously want to monetise their blogs. And yes, absolutely, I’d love to generate income through blogging. But I also don’t really believe you can monetise a personal blog; & maybe I don’t even want to.
My blogging goals have remained much the same; continue writing for Max.
I will however be opening my sidebar to advertising in order to support my art, & support other artists. And sure, the guilt free pocket money would be nice! And I will develop a media kit so that it can become my very polite way of saying, ‘no, actually … I won’t write that sponsored content for free’. And if an opportunity presents itself for me to write a sponsored post about something I actually want to write about, & get paid for it, well then of course I’ll write it!