I am home. My family may or may not have missed me while I was gone, but I did miss them. And I already miss the wonderful people from TypeA.
I had a wonderful time at the TypeAMom Conference in Asheville, North Carolina.
I hugged, I chatted, I met amazing new people, I joined conversations, I took hours of video (that I am still working on putting together), I learned and I found myself both re-energized about blogging and our community and reminded that it is my individual voice that tells you who I am.
Sometimes I get lost. I get tired of writing from my heart. It takes energy, time and a willingness to ‘put myself out there’. But it is that process that allows you and I to connect on a deeper level.
I think giveaways are fun – but they aren’t why I started this site. I started this site because I wanted to remind you – other Mommys – that you are doing something extraordinary, every single day. I write because I want to connect, to share. I vlog and use video because I want to engage with you – I want us to have a conversation – I want our community to see each other.
Because I adore this community – whether you call yourself a Mommy Blogger, A Parenting Blogger, a Digital Mom, a Lifecaster, or you simply prefer Blogger – I want to share with you a little of my experience.
I will share the practical lessons (and there are many) in a future post.
But for now, I will go with my feelings. (seriously, how girly am I??)
Life Lessons from TypeA
- We are all part of an amazing, growing community. We must respect each other and the varied way we share our voices.
- Be true to you. Occasionally stand back and reassess – are you blogging and communicating in a way that fits you and your brand?
- Remember you are your brand. (thank you Alli Worthington) Everything you do, everything you say illustrates who you are to the outside world.
- Take the high road. If someone engages you online, or you see an argument break out – stay out of it unless absolutely necessary. A public battle is unfortunate and can be damaging to everyone involved.
- Blog Karma is a virtual way to ‘pay it forward’. There is enough room for everyone – and good things happening for one person paves the way for it to happen again. Share with and about your friends. A positive recommendation can go a long way.
And I am a part of that community. So are you.
Welcome – picture a great big hug – to the new frontier of Mommy-Parenting-Digital-Lifecasting-New-Media and Blogging.
I am glad you are here. I am glad I am here.
Thank you to the amazing women I spent time with at this conference – some of you I already knew and I couldn’t wait to see again. Some of you I was dying to get to meet in person and get to know. And still some are people I wanted to spend hours with, but I sadly, there wasn’t time.
I’m grateful as well to the sponsors – you added to our experience, shared perspective and engaged us in outstanding conversation.
(The picture on the front page of the site was taken by the Extaordinary @secretagentmama and features @janicecroze @velveteenmind and @jylmomif. In these pictures you see @bookieboo, @jylmomif @banteringblonde @organizersandy, @scrappinmichele @keepitclassyjen @momdotrocks @kadiprescott)