A few weeks ago, I went down to Orlando for my 4th BlogHer conference. 2000+ bloggers gathered for an epic weekend in Florida. I learned a ton about blogging, friendship and most importantly, myself.
- The best conversations happen outside of the conference: The best part about the conference were the amazing conversations that happened on the bench, in the hallways and afterwards when we went out to dinner. The best part for me was the fact that we talked about kids, relationships and everyday things. We laughed–a lot–and it was SO needed. I actually met another blogger in the lazy river randomly and we ended up chatting and sharing life stories for hours. Blogging can be super isolating at times and it was so nice to be with people who get YOU, your work and your dreams.
- I am officially an OG: I’ve been blogging now consistently for 6 entire years. A lot of the blogger that attend these conferences, I know. Either I know them personally or I know their persona. At one point I looked around and recognized so many people in the room–they are my long time co-workers. They have stuck this blogging thing out just as long as I have. I don’t feel so crazy when I hang with people that work just as hard
- I need to get out of my head: Sometimes, because I have been doing this for so long, I get very stuck in my ways. I feel as if don’t do anything different, I stay in a very closed box. I went into this conference being super open minded about all of the “new” happening in content creation and I was able to really listen and apply some key information. It’s really hard to grow when you are doing the same thing over and over. I listened to everyone, from the ideas that newbie bloggers had to the tried and true information of super successful bloggers. Now that I do this for my full time job, I need to be constantly learning and growing.
- VIDEO IS HOT: We have known for years that video is a very popular way to share content. However, what I didn’t know is that Facebook wants to be an all video platform in a few short years. Honestly, if you are a blogger or a content creator in any form you better get comfortable on camera–FAST. I’ve been doing random Facebook Live broadcasts–usually when I have the time–and the house is quiet (super rare!) and it’s been fun! It’s definitely not as bad as I thought it was and it’s fun to have a conversation with people. Make sure you are hanging with me on Facebook, so we can hang!