On Thursday until Saturday I attended Blissdom Canada – a conference to discuss social media, public relations, blogging and online engagement.
I feel like I am still processing everything, but WOW I had such a great time. It was likely the combination of learning (which I love to do) and seeing/connecting with so many people that I don’t get to hang with every day (and some that I get to see more often but was able to have a blast with – Ottawa peeps I’m looking at you!).
I’ve decided to write out short lists to summarize the ocean of thoughts I have about the past couple of days in my head. There’s just so much swimming around up there, I need to get it down and break it apart.
My favourite parts (and the stuff they can’t accurately describe on the website)
- Meeting people that I have spoken with online for years, but don’t live near me. There were hugs (some awkward) and laughing and awesomeness.
- Seeing people that I don’t get to see nearly enough. Sometimes it seems like Toronto and the surrounding area is so close. Then I remember how far it is because so many people I love to be with are there.
- Ottawa represents – we are a fun crowd. Can I say that? Ottawa is special. Seriously, yes, I’m bragging, but we are our own community. It’s an inclusive group and we support each other. Love it.
- I got to dress up! Ok, that’s not what it’s all about, but I don’t get to do it often and it was fun.
- I am surrounded by talented and supportive people. How many times did I get to congratulate talented women this weekend on their new/continuing ventures? How many did I get to listen to talk about their strengths and share their goals and tips. Countless. I felt loved all weekend.
- Secret: All that chatting and meeting with people and mingling is stressful for me. No, really it is. It exhausts me. I do it because it’s rewarding – people are fun and I really have fun! But my anxieties leave me feeling silly sometimes or thinking I sounded like a dork (and yes, sometimes I did ha!). And yet, I NEVER once felt judged. Or unwelcome. Or foolish. I felt like I was with my people. And it was during the opening remarks that I realized that.
- I want to improve my writing, but do to that I need to keep finding my voice. But to do that, I have to be less guarded. No matter what though, I get to decide where to go with it (and I like that!)
- I love doing what I’m doing – blogging, sharing, connecting. It’s a perfect fit for me.
- I write about community giving and even if my blog is small, I think my online voice has a way to help.
- I love helping others – other bloggers, small business owners. Even if it’s just sharing an idea or offer small piece of ‘how to’ help, I really want to continue to do that.
- My blog is my business. The minute I decided to monetize I had to start treating it like that. I Have to get my admin in even better order.
- I don’t need to work with brands to be a good blogger. I will remain selective of those I work with.
- I love Bit of Foodsense and it needs some more attention – which I am going to give it.
- More blogging on Bit of Foodsense.
- Better time management for Bit of Momsense so I can focus only on great content – and those brands/advertisers I work with that are the best fit for me and my readers.
- Make more time to connect with people. I’ve been able to do it more in Ottawa, but now I want to see all those awesome Toronto area people more!
- Learn to write better. Chip away at some of the walls I put up, the lack of confidence and work to improve my writing.
- Focus on Social Media and small business/entrepreneurs
- The business of blogging – the conversation about monetization has been open, but if we are going to monetize, it becomes a business. What does that mean? What’s different?
- How small blogs make a difference, are of value and have their own niche. Stats are important and tell a story but they aren’t everything.
- More time for connecting outside of sessions – this may be impossible but there’s so much value in it!
- ETA (just thought of this): Community Management and jobs/careers IN/about Social media