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.

Here are some pics…

View from my room

View from my room

Nighttime

This thing was in the lobby and I thought it was cool… water shot up through the center, you can kinda see it in the picture.
Okay… this is the LAST most important thing I learned…. this little piece of chocolate cake from room service…. WAS.TO.DIE.FOR.
I ate two pieces this weekend.  🙂
I never thought I would say this… but, I can’t wait until #BloggyCon 2013!