Blogging is a crazy beast. Most bloggers will tell you that every aspect, no matter how big or small, is a balancing act. Whether one blogs for fun, for money, or for community and even a combination of them all, there are many right ways to do it. And if you ask me, few ways to do it wrong.
I spent the weekend with hundreds of the most inspiring, talented, controversial, encouraging, uplifting, complicated, and humble women in blogging. My goal for the weekend was to absorb as much as I could. I had no idea that I might be giving as well. After all, what could I possibly have to give? I “just” blog about my family and my life. I’m “no expert”. I “only” have a handful of followers. Sure, I was able get a Sponsor, but I am so far from where I want to be. What if I am invisible? What I realized, is that none of that matters really.
It doesn’t matter.
While goals and growth are good, above all you really just have to be true to yourself. Getting caught up in the who’s who and what’s what can be exhausting. And if you are thinking this is the stuff after school specials are made of, think again.
Kelby Carr, Deb Ng, and David Griner
The women (and men) I learned from have risen to the top, overcome adversity, succeeded against all odds and empowered thousands of others to do the same. I left Asheville wanting to leap from mountain top to mountain top with my new power giving knowledge. I left wanting to get back to my roots of writing for the sake of writing, to explore new ways of getting my words “out there” and to enjoy the ride! I left with the understanding that blogging IS business. And the better businesswoman I can become, the better my chances are at succeeding.
But blogging success isn’t only measured by Forbes.com. Sure there are a handful of uber-bloggers who land on the magazine’s pages, but much like motherhood, a blogger’s success is also measured in community and love and reciprocal actions.
And these things are what makes blogging so much more than a paycheck.
I now have an arsenal of information to pour through and implement here. I hope it will make visiting Lil-Kid-Things a more enjoyable experience and allow me to do what I love with balance. I am excited for the challenge and the journey and all that comes with it.
If all else fails, eat chocolate!
Thanks again to my fellow Type-A-Moms for showing me that blogging is so much more than words on a screen. And thank you to each and every person who visits this space. Whether there are 10 or 10 thousand, you make Lil-Kid-Things what it is for me.
I was Sponsored by Flatout Bread to attend this conference. Thanks again to my awesome sponsor!