Bloggy Boot Camp
I debated writing a Bloggy Boot Camp post, because I know a lot of my faithful readers are not bloggers. For my non-bloggers out there, I can see you rolling your eyes. I get it. I do. You know it won’t hurt my feelings if you stop reading now and return to your real life.
For the rest of you…
What this post isn’t: a list of things I learned on Saturday. But if you want to know what I learned, please email me – I’d be happy to discuss with you.
What this post is: some thoughts, appreciation, and a shout out or two.
Wonder, Friend is almost seven months old. In blog years, that makes me a veteran. Apparently the six-month mark is some kind of magic number. I believe making it past that arbitrary line in the sands of the blogosphere means you could be stuck with me for a while.
Listening to the speakers and talking to other attendees on Saturday made me feel, frankly, like an underachiever. In less time, a lot of bloggers out there are scoring way more pageviews than I am, building thriving BlogFrog communities, blowing the Twitterverse to pieces, and more.
I walked away feeling both energized and conflicted. I am energized to grow my blog, but conflicted about the reasons why I want to grow.
All these many months later, I maintain my original goal: this blog is a writing outlet, and I’ll write it even if nobody is reading.
Blogging is a lot more fun when people are reading. Finding a tribe, building relationships and discovering talented new writers is more enjoyable than writing in a vacuum. And we all love feedback. The blogging community makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something bigger than sitting around in my pajamas writing drivel.
The conflict, for me, is that when I focus on growing the blog, my writing suffers (hello, The Red Dress Club? Have you revoked my membership yet?). When I focus on writing, my blogging relationships suffer.
Where does that leave us?
Here. It leaves us here: me writing, you reading, Wonder, Friend evolving.
My gut tells me to focus on the words first. I need to bring in things a bit.
And then… then I can start utilizing the wisdom gained at Bloggy Boot Camp, allowing my words to travel more widely than they are currently.
Some Bloggy Boot Camp appreciation…
I’m shy. No, really, I kind of am. It takes me a long time to get to know people (and probably takes them even longer to know me).
I’m a writer, not a talker. My mouth and my brain work independently, leaving me tongue-tied or rambling or some weird ramble-tie combo.
What this means is, as excited as I was to be at Bloggy Boot Camp, I was also horrified. I broke into a sweat every time we changed tables. I talked myself out of walking up to people and introducing myself. And yes, I’m kicking myself for that now.
I did manage to eek out a few words to some new friends, and I’m so thankful for the people I met. I’m also thankful for my Austin-based blogging friends who kept me thoroughly entertained all day long. Instead of listing them all here, I am going to do a Bloggy Boot Camp-themed Blogroll Schmogroll this month, listing friends new and old (Blogroll Schmogroll runs on the last Wednesday of every month, so that means tomorrow).
People I wish I knew better…
The speakers were great and imparted so much – so very, very much – information. I’m still processing all of it.
Also? I may regret not being bold enough to ask them all to be my BFF.
For those of you not in attendance, I recommend that you pay a visit to these bloggers when you have time.
In order of appearance:
:: The very lovely and talented SITS Girl herself, Tiffany Romero of SITS: The Secret to Success is Support.
:: Jessica Gottlieb of the blog by the same name
:: Angela England of The Renaissance Woman
:: Jessica Bern of Bernthis
:: Kerri Jackson Case of Damn You, Little Rock
:: LaQuisha Wright of Channing Tatum Unwrapped
Finally, a word from our sponsors…
Bloggy Boot Camp couldn’t happen without the sponsors, so please visit these companies and see what they have to offer.
:: Diaper Buds