It’s no secret I have plenty to say about the business and art of blogging — and at the same time, so much more to learn. That’s the beauty of it, there is always something more out there to help you grow and succeed. I’ve been blogging since 2010 and in that time I’ve been able to learn the ropes, establish relationships and also create a brand and establish my own business. However, I didn’t always see it that way.
We all have an “AHA” moment when we finally see it (whatever it may be) for what it truly is and how valuable it is.
I recently had an opportunity to share my experiences and insights about blogging as a business at the Femworking Blogger and Small Business Conference — the first of it’s kind here in the Washington, D.C. area. Organized by Femworking creator and blogger Kelley Sanabria and small business owner and blogger Nicole Dash of Tiny Steps Mommy, the conference is an extension of the membership-based networking organization for motivated bloggers and business women who are serious about launching or growing their businesses and brands.
Let me start by saying it was beautifully organized, well crafted and highly informational. Sure, we all know things, but someone always says something that gets in your head — at least that happened with me.
I was on the blogger panel with Monica of Wired Momma, Taya of Mrs. TDJ and Nicole of Tiny Steps Mommy. We each blog about different topics, have different experiences and manage the business of blogging how we see fit.
However, the conference was as varied in topics and speakers. The day started with key note speaker Scary Mommy, then my friends Christen of Social Shop Media and Laura of Beltway Bargain Mom talked about using social media to grow your business and Holly Hannan, CMO of Tap Influence speaking on blogger and PR relations with a chat on marketing in a digital age.
Truthfully, I was thrilled to be there, but I had had the WORST NIGHT EVER. No really. I had gone to bed at 2:00am so that was bad enough. Aboout 30 minutes after that my daughter starts crying and was up with what I’m assuming is teething pain until about 4:00 am or so. Then up again at 6:00am. You get it. Broken sleep is no good for anyone and the face of no sleep is a horrible one. By the time 7:00am rolled around (time I was supposed to be up) I just couldn’t go it. My body wouldn’t move. So I opted to sleep in — after all the hotel was literally a 5 minute drive from me.
I did make it in the end — zombie face and all. Just before our turn to speak, I got super nervous and my energy levels dropped even lower. I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage, much less show my passion and get my point across.
Then, as if someone had injected me with gallons of caffeine, I woke up. I literally jolted when I sat on the panel and then, the blogging talk just flowed…
And well, there were even funny faces and crazy hand gestures.
When I saw these images of me, I thought “I look crazy!” But then I realized, “No, that’s just me, being me. Speaking the truth and what I believe.” No one can say I don’t believe in what I do, or that I am not passionate and serious about the business of blogging, building my personal brand and helping others see their potential and achieve their goals. I’m far from having all of the answers, but I have motivation and I’m a hard worker. I don’t expect things to be handed to me — but I do believe in helping each other out.
They say a picture says a thousands words — well here’s four of them!
Oh and what did I wear? So happy you asked!
Red peeptoe shoes, opaque tights, a black floral dress I bought in London, Houndstooth cape from Periwinkle, tan belt and RED LIPS. Comfy and stylish was the order of the day because the truth is I wanted to stay in bed and this outfit gave me that “warm blanket” feeling all day long and I think the red lips gave me that extra “oomph” to speak.
So what do you think — loca or just passionate?