I am so excited I can hardly hold it in.
So I decided I won’t hold it in any longer.
I was invited (and said YES!) to speak at the Casual Bloggers Conference in Salt Lake City in May!
I will be speaking with other fabulous women about social media as well as teaching my own class on photography. Gasp! How did I get here? To answer that, I’ll turn to a description of the CBC from their website:
The Casual Blogger Conference was born late one night, when we were lamenting the fact that we couldn’t go to those big conferences. We’re “just the mommy blogger” we thought, and we will never fit in with all those famous people, and we don’t have much to offer.
We realized that there were probably a lot of other people just like us who wanted to learn more about their favorite hobby, but just couldn’t justify the expense–the ticket, the babysitters, the hotels– and were a little intimidated by the whole idea.
We understand the power of the casual blogger. They stay home with their kids. They juggle a full time job and soccer practice. Sometimes they’re married, sometimes they’re not.
But they ALL find time to fit blogging into their lives.
Blogging is the medium that enhances the casual bloggers world. These websites open their world to new hobbies, ideas and people. We get the opportunity to meet people we wouldn’t typically meet. We can find others that share our same passions with the simple click of a button.
We wanted to take the scare factor and intimidation away from conference attendance so that you will feel comfortable coming, associating and learning from other amazing people just like you.
This conference is for the person who posts about their kids, their garden, their favorite books or amazing food; the person that has other things that take up their time, but understands the value of connecting socially.
We want to show you that your online community genuinely believes in you, supports you, and wants you to succeed at whatever it is you do.
When I read that description, I knew that they were talking about people just like me. I may not be the web’s greatest expert on social media or photography, but I am a mom, just like the rest of you, who loves to blog, and who happens to have learned a few things along the way. Why not share the knowledge?
I can’t tell you how excited I am.
And a little nervous. This is something I never would have guessed that I’d be doing at age 35. But it was a life experience that I couldn’t pass up. Plus, some of my favorite bloggers will be there. Add that to the fact that my husband, mom, sister, and friends all encouraged me to say yes…So I’m going. Yes, it will be a pain to make arrangements for my kids while I’m gone. But spending a time with friends and being able to stay with my mom for a few days is totally worth it.
Remind me of that when I am scrambling to finish preparing my class, and having second thoughts about my abilities, and my babysitting arrangements fall through at the last minute.
It’s worth it.
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