So here goes - short and sweet.
- Everybody at the conference had a love for blogging which was amazing. Everyone had their own particular style and point of view which was great to see.
- The place was filled with mummy bloggers. I am not a mummy blogger. Ergo I felt very out of place. It would probably have been better to market the day as a blogger meet up, or alternatively a mummy bloggers conference. Lessons for next time I guess.
- I met some awesome people. Emma, Janelle, Kirrilly, Fiona,and they are just the couple I can find links for right now.
- One session in particular was awe-inspiring - hearing Lori speak. I had tears in my eyes as she spoke - the strength and courage of one woman alone made the trip worthwhile. I didn't meet Lori at the conference, she was the belle of the ball and had plenty of other well-wishes, but it was worth going alone to hear her talk.
- Going off your meds for a week is not a good idea. Especially when said meds keep you sane and your moods level. I ran out of my ADs the day before my trip and didn't have time to get a new script. I am slowly getting back to normal but lesson well and truly learnt.
The one thing I repeatedly heard at the conference is that people don't talk about their children, or family or partners because, "that's not my story". Now I definitely believe in protecting your children and if you are private person, protect your anonymity. But all of that is my story. My brother stealing from my Mum and I? That is my story. My relationship with my husband is my story. My emotions at other peoples fortune and misfortune - yep, my story too. And that's what I blog about. Believe me, there have been times when I have wished I didn't say something when someone else has read a post and been hurt. But this is me being honest to myself about myself. Sometimes that is painful. If you don't want to be in my head, don't read my blog. But if you do, be prepared for what you might read. It's not all pretty.
The night before the conference, my brothers girlfriend found my blog; I am assuming from all my references to #ausblogcon2011 on facebook and twitter. She sent me an email that was remarkably mature in nature.
In essence it said that she was hurt by some of the things I wrote, but that she 'got it'. Some people won't get it. But either respect it or move on.
I did leave the conference with a mustard seed of an idea that I want to grow over the coming year. It's not so much a business idea, as a way that I can give back, and hopefully build my 'brand' at the same time. More coming when I have firmed things up some more.
For now - I am back in business.