For the last two weeks I’ve been contemplating writing this post. I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to say, but didn’t quite know if it was enough. I’ve spent that time doing something I will myself to avoid doing…comparing myself, my story, and my writing to other bloggers.
You see the 2nd annual SoFabCon (#LuvSoFab14) is coming up in just 96 days. Not that I’m counting or anything. And everyone wants to go. Including me. And the awesome folks at Collective Bias are awarding six scholarships to attend the conference, so the competition is fierce.
Thus, doing the dreaded comparisons. Reading post after amazing post from other bloggers, while I sit here second guessing even throwing my hat into the ring. But as I sit here with a scant 43 minutes left before the deadline, I’ve decide I don’t want to wonder what if.
Because while I don’t pay much attention to the press trips, movie premiers, or other blogging conferences, I do care about attending SoFabCon. Me, who is still shy and reserved but not so socially awkward, who felt so out of her element at SoFabCon’13 being surrounded by blogging rock stars, amazing brands, and all the supportive cheerleaders and mentors at #CollectiveBias.
I kind of feel like SoFabCon’13 was a turning point for me both personally and professionally. Last year I pushed out of my comfort zone asking a local blogger I’d known online for years, but had only met in real life twice before this to make the 8 hour drive with me and be my roommate. I had a better time than I would have attending last year because of Melissa and she’s now one of my close friends.
Professionally, I learned so much just being surrounded by other people with a common interest and passion. When I first decided to attend, I know I was one of the rare people that just wanted to go for the professional aspects and tools I’d be able to use in my day-to-day blogging life. Pleasantly and unexpectedly, I ended up making connections and friendships with so many people that I didn’t know and feel so blessed to have crossed paths with.
While I was a shy wallflower at last year’s conference, I fully expect this year to be a complete change of pace for me. I’m more at peace just being me and part of my personal growth has been slowly breaking out of my shell and coming into my own person. Better late than never, even at 31.
This year at #SoFabCon14 I want to not only connect with all of the friends I made last year and get to know all of the talented bloggers I interact with on a day-to-day basis on the campaigns I lead, but learn how to be better. Coming home I want to not only be a better writer, photographer, and CL by finding ways to take my work to the next level. But, also a better mom and wife by taking a little me time and attending a conference full of people that are like a second family.