Blog Conferences Make My Palms Sweaty

Even though I’ve been “blogging” for over 4 years I still feel like a newbie. I’ve never attended a blog conference and until this year I’d never connected in person with other bloggers at all. 

One of the reasons I like blogging is because I’m shy. Not the cute shy girl twirling her hair in the corner but the awkward girl who looks a bit scary and intimidating. It’s true. Many of my friends have told me they thought I was a bitch when they first met me but after getting to know me they realized I was the exact the opposite. (I think what happens is this: I get nervous so I put on my “go-get’em, killer” face which just comes off as my “killer” face which in turn send everyone running for the door. Gotta find a new face.) Through blogging I can eliminate those awkward first impressions and become the outgoing person I always wanted to be. 

This past week I’ve kept up with the tweets, blogs, and vlogs from BlogHer attendees. While on one hand I was jealous that I was unable to attend this year I was also relieved. Just the thought of being surrounded by hundreds of bloggers in one of the largest cities in the country gives me butterflies in my stomach.

Honestly I’ve come a long way from that little girl who was too terrified to ask a mall patron the time. But it still takes work for me to step out of my comfort zone. A lot of work. So the thought of attending a blog conference both excites me and terrifies me.

So here goes nothing. I’m planning to attend my first blog conference ever, Type-A Mom Conference in Asheville, NC. I think this will be a great fit for my first time because… 

  • It’s in North Carolina, my home state, and Asheville is just my speed. 
  • There probably aren’t going to be quite as many people attending. 
  • Several people i know and sponsors I’ve worked with are already attending. 
  • And finally, Joe and Jude will be going with me… my own personal cheer leading team.
Wish me luck and say a little prayer for me come the end of September.

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  1. Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful experience! I can relate…I've always been a shy person, too. While I would love to attend a blog conference, I would also be slightly terrified, LOL! Let us know how it goes.

  2. Good for you! I love the line about your "killer" face– haha! But no, I didn't see that face last time we met. 🙂

    I REALLY want to go to that too but it's not in the cards this year!

  3. Hahah your killer face. I am so glad you are coming to Type-A! Now I hope I can get everything together even more!

  4. I totally understand how you feel and I went to Blogher… Here's two tricks… 1) try to find out other bloggie people that are going ahead of time so you can plan a meet up and make a fast friend…2) assume (cause you'd be right) that other people want to find fast friends… 3) drink wine…

    Seriously 3 might work the best…

  5. I can relate. I would have been like a fish out of water at BlogHer! Maybe one day!

    I hope you enjoy the NC conference!

  6. I hope you have a wonderful time and gain confidence in yourself. You have a very successful and well-run site with over 1500 followers; you shouldn't be intimidated by anyone!!

  7. I can totally relate. I get the "you're intimidating" talk all the time because of my normal facial expression. Part of that comes from the fact that I rarely smile anymore due to the condition of my teeth.
    I went to my first blog conference in June. Everyone was nice but I felt like a fish out of water. I hope you have a wonderful experience.

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