I went to Blissdom, the blogging conference, hoping to learn more about the business of this new passion of mine – and learn I did. In fact, I drank from a fire hydrant of knowledge – the hose connected to some very successful bloggers.
Some of you have told me, “I love your blog – you should get some advertising!” I admit, this makes me giggle. Maybe because it reminds me that my blog looks a little immature without some sort of sidebar button or lovely banner ad. It also makes me smile to know that you, reader, care about my family and want this blog to bless us financially.
I would love that, too. Especially with job changes on the horizon.
So I’ll be making little changes here and there to that end, but rest assured that I write for Him, and for me, and for you. And I won’t do anything that will horribly disrupt your experience here. I hope.
Another goal of mine was to connect with other bloggers. I could have spent a few weeks culling and compiling the business knowledge of blogging, but no matter how much tweeting I do, or comment love I give, there’s no way I can connect with bloggers online in the same way as I can in real life.
I was able to meet at least 150 other blogging women – I am so impressed by all that is being done through their blogs – from charity, to crafting, to homeschooling, to food-ing, to fitness, to uplifting – these women are the voice of the Internet. They are the voices other moms and women (and some dudes too!) go to for information and community. It’s staggering how much influence female bloggers have – trust me, we saw some stats that made my jaw drop. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this community – and now I’m challenged to know how much influence I can have. (Dear Lord, let me use it for You!)
Funnily, the gals I connected most with are actually women I met, briefly, at Relevant, the conference I attended in October. Visit them!
I also networked with many, many other bloggers, some of whom I hope to be working with very soon! I’ll keep you in the loop if any of these opportunities pan out.
Now, I have so much swirling in my head that I think I “need” to do. I’m reminding myself that a little at a time is OK, and that my primary focus is God and my family.
Tell me in the comments how you deal with the “need-to-dos”.