Fighting off an extreme flutter of nerves, I enter the room and am more than a little apprehensive at thought of having to strike up conversation with 170 people I have never met In Real Life. I’m absurdly afraid everyone already knows one other well, and that I’ll be suffering the “new girl at school” syndrome resulting in my silently hiding out in a corner because I’m far too intimidated to talk. Yet within minutes I’m instantly at ease. There’s a feeling a laughter and love oozing out. We’re all in the same blogging boat; it’s not so much a case or sink or swim anymore but of seeking out like minded soul who you suddenly have an instant repour with.
I try to undertake a subtle celeblogity (yes, official new term…) spotting exercise, as a host of my long-time loved bloggers were milling about in my midst. Mrs Woog, Life in a Pink Fibro, Diminishing Lucy, Styling You, Lori from RRSAHM, Where's My Glow to name but a few. Somehow I refrain from crash tackling them with glee and concur I’d best wait for an appropriate window to extract wise words of wisdom from these doyennes’ of the written word. And it comes in the form of the crazy ice-breaker/networking tool that is “People Bingo” which is overseen by the infamous Sawhole (who is thankfully as funny on stage as she comes across in blog land); what a great way to get the inaugural Aussie Mummy Blogger Conference underway (after the ultra excited squeal from Mummy Time’s Brenda of course!) and let the networking and learning begin!
What follows is a cavalcade of inspiring panellists imparting their words of wisdom on so many important areas of the blogosphere. My fellow bloggers offer up gems on how to keep our content coming, ways to better build your blog community, and enhance your profile via the Social Media revolution. Factor in the monetisation gurus, Kristin from SassySEO and Dave Lee from Nuffnang and it’s as if we’ve hitched a ride down a super highway of extreme blogging expertise.
I wept along with everyone who listened to the brave and beautiful Lori share her blogging background and again at Wanderlust’s exquisite’s poem. I was awestruck as Mummy Mayhem and Edenland read aloud posts that resonated so much with me I am seriously considering printing them out to be read as daily mantra’s!
And may I just mention I've a heartfelt thank you for the kindness of strangers who made this rather shy girl feel so instantly at ease. It was actually a trend that followed me through the day – from the first minute of my journey when a fellow commuter had to spot me 30cents (who knew city rail ticket booths didn’t open at 6.30am on a Saturday? Evidently not me, with the $50 note and a handful of incorrect change for the ticket machine), along with the random people who saw fit to aide all five foot of me struggling with an esky that was one third my size down the slippery steps of Central Station. Though must add, in case I sound at all ungrateful, thanks Rubbermaid for my lucky door prize, and acknowledge I could have picked smaller, considering I had my commute halfway across Sydney to make…
Sadly for me, the festivities came to an early end when the day conference wrapped. While I’m aware from the wonderful world of Twitter that I missed out on a cracking evening, to have at least attended the daytime inaugural meeting of the mummy blogger minds was beyond amazing! Brenda, Veronica, Nicole, Karen & Tina – hold your heads high for bringing this vision into a freakin awesome reality!
Yesterday was but the tip of the wave that we will all be able to ride into the sunny future of Mummy Blogging; watch out rest of the world - there’s an Aussie swell out there that is just about to break!