“How Do You Blog” was the search I typed in some time ago, little did I know I’d be sitting here today recovering after a 3 day Blogger conference feeling inspired and exhausted. The ShesConnected Conference has done it once again, by gathering hundreds of bloggers and brands together they created an experience which was beautiful.
As a Conference Ambassador I arrived on Thursday to assist with any last-minute details, with an event of this magnitude it takes many hands to prepare! The ambassadors and ShesConnected staff joined together from across the country, finally getting to see one another face to face after engaging online for a year. It was a day of laughter and hard work which we can all be proud of!
Friday morning brought the beginning of the conference, as I rolled out of bed and rubbed my weary eyes I was greeted by the knowledge that I’d be meeting many people whom I’ve shared time with online. This is difficult to explain to anyone who hasn’t been involved in the online community, it’s something I was ignorant of as I typed in “How Do You Blog”.
Apparently my blog isn’t actually all about me…..it’s actually about the relationships I’ve had the joy of cultivating as I vomit out the words of my heart here on SoberJulie.com. This is what this conference was to me, the ONE day a year when I have the chance to see my online peeps, to see the whites of their eyes!
ShesConnected pulled together many Brands who are seeking to work with bloggers, PR companies, Publishers, Bloggers (established and those just beginning). This weekends was jammed with valuable information for all, panel discussions, networking, hugs and even God moments.
Personally there were two moments which stick out in my mind at the moment. The first happened as I was walking the Expo room interacting with brands and heard my name being called. I turned to see a beautiful girl who approached me hesitantly. In the midst of the noise everything seemed to slow down as she softly explained that she comes to my blog to enter contests but had become a reader. This quiet voice thanked me, she had taken the time to thank me for just writing my thoughts. This was a humbling moment which I shared with her. This girl’s words reinforced that as I sit in pjs typing someone is really listening.
The next moment happened at a Shades of Grey party….yes some of you may be SHOCKED that I would attend such an event…cough. Ok so I was touring around at the party for a while, enjoying the fabulous decorations and delicious treats when this stunning woman swept in and grabbed my attention. As a speaker at this conference I’d been approached by many folks over the course of a few days but oh man this girl demanded attention with the intensity she exuded. Within the space of a few seconds I realized why, God was in the room with us! It’s a very cool story which she’s written about much more succinctly than my tired brain can so please head over and read Holy Epiphany.
For now that’s all I’ll write about ShesConnected, suffice it to say that I’m a wreck and will be resting for some time but this weekend was worth it. I’m left not only feeling physically tired but emotionally bouyed. I have a clearer vision of my journey and the effect I am having out here in the blogisphere. For those who are interested, I will be writing about my Blogger Etiquette Session soon and will provide the presentation.
If you attended ShesConnected please leave me a link here of any blog posts you write, I’d like for us all to have a location to read about each other’s experiences.