This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to attend Bloggy Con for the first time. I am not one of those outgoing people, so I knew it would be a challenge for me to talk to others and make friends. I even considered backing out at the last minute.
My mom lectured me and on the road I went.
Thursday was rather rough for me. I felt like everyone knew everyone else and no one talked to me. As soon as I got there, here came Angie from Dayton Mom-Spot to introduce herself. I was so thankful she did! At least I knew ONE person. As the sessions went on, I managed to introduce and swap bloggy cards with a few people. I was still uncomfortable and out of my league. I felt so out-of-the-loop, I didn’t even go to the kickoff party at Johnny Rockets that night. I didn’t know if I would have anyone to sit with or talk to…
I ordered room service and sat in my room watching TV.
Friday came, and after a pep talk from my mom, I decided to “get out there” and make friends. So, I did. Everytime I went to a different session, I would pass out cards and introduce myself to people. Sooooooo not me. In one of the sessions, I sat down next to Sharon and introduced myself… come to find out that I have been connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter for awhile… so, that was rather cool. The day kept getting better…
Enough about my social awkwardness… I wanted to share the most important things I learned while at #BloggyCon.
- Be authentic. Don’t be someone or something you aren’t.
- Believe in yourself.
- The numbers don’t matter– it’s the ability to make a difference in ONE person’s life.
I learned so much more while I was there. But, these three really hit home. Especially the numbers. I have been all concerned about how many followers I have or what my analytics are… but, truly that doesn’t matter. All that matters to me is that I am providing support, humor, friendship or information to ONE reader. I have made a difference to someone.