I want to be a professional blogger.
It took me a long time to admit that, by the way. Going after what you want is scary.
After that realization, I came upon the SITS girls. Tiffany and Francesca, the two women behind the SITS girls, put on a blogging conference called Bloggy Boot Camp, which takes place in a few select cities each year. For months I had been trying to figure out how I could attend one.
And then, it happened. The SITS girls announced that they were coming to Minneapolis. MINNEAPOLIS! I seriously could have rode my bike there it was so close to my house. (You know, if not for the freeways.)
I had to go. It was just way too convenient not to. Like it was meant to be. I bought my ticket immediately and a couple weekends ago, it all came together.
Friday night was a cocktail & networking party. I was terrified to walk into a room full of people I didn’t know. But as it turns out, I didn’t need to be. I met some fabulous women and we talked until my hubby texted me wondering where I was, because it was so late! Two of those bloggers were Jamie from Crafting Really Awesome Free Things and Janel from NellieBellie. (Check out their cute DIY crafting blogs!)
I went home that night brimming with excitement about the conference to come the following day.
The next morning, I pinned on my name tag and sat down with a notepad and pen, ready to take notes.
The next 8 hours was a whirlwind of info – social media tips, do’s and don’ts, monetizing your blog and plenty of inspiration. (I hardly had time to take many pictures, but I of course, did get a pic of this delicious raspberry cake during our lunch break.)
It was a lot of info to take in, but I can’t say I was feeling overwhelmed. (That would come later.) I was just feeling happy. Happy that I had a hubby at home who was so supportive of me that he sent me this text:
Hope you have fun today. I’m very proud of you and you’re so brave to do this. I really mean it. I love you :)
Happy that if not for my little girl, I might not be taking risks and following my passion. But I am because I want more for myself and I want more for her.
Happy that I was amongst fellow bloggers who understand the joys and trials of blogging, as well as what it means to support and work together. Because we’ll all benefit from helping one another.
Happy that I got to meet two of the women who I had been admiring for years – the SITS girls. (Later, while talking to Francesca, I would mention that meeting her and Tiffany was like meeting a celebrity. And she would laugh because she’s so sweet and humble.)
Happy that Tiffany had this genius idea to start Bloggy Boot Camp. She is one of the most hilarious and inspiring people I know. She had me laughing and even crying with her heartfelt quotes:
“My only competition is my potential”
“Live your life as the woman you want your daughter to become”
Once the conference was over, we ended the night with a wine tasting party and pictures.
(Trish from Everyday Trish and I had an intense conversation about being new mommies. :))
Again, I was one of the last bloggers to leave and closed down the bootcamp with these two wonderful women. (Jen from Liv Laugh Love and Danielle from Danielle Smith Media.) I just wanted to soak up every moment of the conference.
In the days following the conference, my high would eventually wear off. I’d feel overwhelmed and impatient at how slowly my blog is growing.
But at least now I know that blogging professionally is something I really want. And I’ve been given the tools and inspiration to create a better blog. Not only for me, but for YOU, my dear reader.
Thank you to the SITS girls and all of the supportive women I met!