Pieces of Me

Diary of a Virgin Blogger – Problogger!

I survived my first blogging conference! More than survived, I came out of two intense days with a wealth of knowledge and a momentum to work on some amazing ideas. Yes, walking into a room full of people I didn’t know that Friday morning was scary. My nerves kicked in and the introvert inside me clung on for dear life. Yet it wasn’t long before a welcome relief eased my anxiety; three women who were in the same boat that I was – alone. We were exchanging business cards and following each other on Twitter within moments of saying hello. Right then, I knew that I was going to be ok.

Problogger cupcake coffee cups

The first keynote and all 300 attendees gathered, clinging onto coffee cups, laptops and tablets ready. I sat with my notebook and pen waiting. Yet, I was immediately distracted. Across the front row, last to walk in was Eden, Mrs Woog and Baby-Mac. In my mind, it happened in slow motion. I’m sure that Mrs Woog tossed back her hair as she slid past. In my mind, the Chariots of Fire sound track was playing. What a moment!

Brought back to reality – by the voice of Darren Rowse asking us to find the “sparks of energy” we needed to inspire us. My decision to come to the conference was solidified within the first minutes of his speech. I was convinced that I had found my calling. I sent a text to my sister. She sent me back an image of men in hooded, velvet medieval robes, all standing in a round circle. I wanted to learn all the secrets of that circle!

I was in awe of the rock stars at the conference. The voices I had followed on blogs were right here in front of me; loud, passionate and accessible. More rock stars in the crowd, sitting within my reach. Several times I had to stop and ask myself, was this really happening? As the faces that I could recognise grew, my nerves kicked in again. With the nerves came the calamity of my head over my gut.

My head: “You can’t possibly say hello to any of these people – they will only laugh and brush you off!”
My gut: “Just go, what’s the worst thing that can happen?”

So I took my cue. I walked straight up to a blogger I love, apologised for gushing and told her what a great writer she was. Next I found myself walking straight up to Chris Guillbeau himself. I was getting the hang of this! That was until I saw Mrs Woog, and my knees wobbled and my voice ran into the darkness to hide.

Problogger Chris Guillbeau

The conference gave me an insight into so many aspects of blogging. I gained a wealth of knowledge from people who I not only admired, but now respect. The incredible bloggers, who presented at the conference, have the same voice, the same integrity and same passion about life as they do their blog. That in itself was a lesson. Aspire to find my voice, engage with my audience and find my way in the blogging maze.

I took myself aside after the first day and gave myself a talking to like I would my three year old; after he has stuffed all the toilet paper down the toilet, then dragged it out again and thrown it over the stairs. ‘You will kick yourself forever if you don’t talk to Mrs Woog!’ I scolded. So the next day, I did.

Mrs Woog Problogger

  • Thanks for being part of our support group at the conference! You definitely led the way in making approaches to the rock stars! Love your work!

  • Love this wrap up Josefa – I could have written the exact post above a year ago. And that Mrs Woog – she is a total soft touch. She would have been so mad if you DIDN’T go say hi to her 🙂

  • Maria

    It sounds like you had an amazing time Josefa. Well done for conquering the wobbly limbs and butterflies!

  • Judy Haughton-James

    The conference experience sounds great. It is wonderful that you got to attend and meet other bloggers. The pictures are lovely. Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

  • Sounds like you got so much out of it. Very inspiring.

  • Catherine RodieBlagg

    I had a similar experience at Blogopolis earlier this year, It can be scary introducing yourself to people you don’t know but turns out the blogging world is pretty friendly. I got really start struck and made a complete tit of myself when I met Mrs Woog and Eden.

  • Zanni, Heart mama

    Good on you for putting yourself out there! You can only regret it if you don’t. Glad you got so much out of it. X

  • Good on you for kicking your inner introvert in the behind! Sounds like you had a wonderful time 🙂

  • Housewife in Heels

    Glad to hear you had a positive experience at the conference and had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. I too am a big fan of Cherie’s.

  • Sounds like you had a great time! Good on you for introducing yourself, I find it really as well at these things.

  • Mumabulous

    I’m sure you were all wondering where in heck Mumabulous was through out all of this.

  • I think there were way more introverts
    there than extroverts, Josefa 🙂 It was a challenge at times to keep meeting
    new people, but so worth it.

    What a great point you made – the
    top bloggers are as they blog. They have found their voice and stick to it.

  • Melissa Lea-Wood

    Yay good for you Stopping by from Flash your Blog Friday

  • I as glad you go what you wanted to out of the conference. I would love to have gone maybe next year x

  • Danya Banya

    Good on you for taking the plunge. I bet you’ll enjoy reading all those rock star blogs all the more now 🙂

  • daddownunder

    Its refreshing to hear someone come back from a conference and not deliver a review on the standard of the buffet lunch. Sounds like you got more than a nice lunch from this one.

  • Rita

    I’m so happy for you that you enjoyed the conference and had the chance to meet other great bloggers!

  • Grace

    Sounds like you had an awesome time and well done on getting out there and talking to Chris and Mrs Woogs. Such a shame I didn’t get the chance to meet you. Hopefully, next time! 🙂

  • Lady Fable

    So glad that I met you at problogger. I had a great time and got so much out of it.

  • sounds like a fantastic time! And yep the room is so full of inspiring bloggers – I went last year but couldnt make it this year…kicking myself big time!
    You are way more braver than me – no way could I walk up and say Hi to Mrs Woog 🙂

  • It was an amazing few days wasn’t it – not 300 bloggers though, it was 550 – no wonder we felt overwhelmed at times! I am only discovering that some people I really would like to meet and hug were there after the fact, rats! I managed to talk to a few people I really wanted to but went totally blank or just couldn’t bring myself to ask for a photo. But it really happened, it did, I swear!

  • Tossed her hair? What a tosser! It was lovely to meet your gorgeous face xx

    • PS How fat was my face? Sheesh x

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