A friend of mine from university suggested that I attend BlogJam 2016 after she was the first person to encourage me to start writing a blog a few months ago. And boy, am I ever happy I took her suggestion and made the 5 hour trek to Halifax to participate!
Friday night when thinking about what I would wear on Saturday and what I would pack for the big event on Sunday it hit me. What was I doing? Did I really have the nerve to think I fit in with this group of elite, big city bloggers in Halifax? What would I possibly wear? As all of this self doubt started to creep in my head I kept reminding myself “Jenna, you can do this. They are nice people. They invited you. Seize the opportunity.”
As I have learned (by the Mr. telling me over and over) with anything or any situation that starts to feel overwhelming, I break it down into small pieces and just start rather than thinking about it. First step – what shoes will I wear? The shoes I choose anytime I want to feel confident and need a little bit inspiration under my soles – my black Louboutin simple pumps. My outfit and hairstyle seemed obvious after I chose my shoes and suddenly I felt like I should be going to BlogJam. Like everything else, there’s a shoe for that.
The event began with a tweet up on Saturday evening. Basically a meet and greet reception where you are encouraged to tweet about the event and interact with each other both “in person” and “online”. I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Colleen from Curtains are Open at the event. This was an immediate check mark to add to my list for the weekend… Colleen has done so many amazing things in the blogging community – she is a true inspiration to bloggers and aspiring bloggers like me. The official conference event began with Erica Ehm as the keynote speaker. She spoke effortlessly and left the audience with a few key messages:
- Everyone has the opportunity to make their own luck. People aren’t lucky, they work really hard for what they get.
- ASK for what you want.
- Slow and steady wins the race; don’t take shortcuts and work really hard.
As she described how she felt after becoming a mom and the “why” behind the Yummy Mummy Club I felt as though she were telling my story. I could relate 100% with the message and now (still on my high from BlogJam and the keynote address) am scouring through the YMC website learning how to become part of the club, contribute and read from others just like me.
There were many inspiring and information sessions throughout the day but other than Erica’s opening keynote address my favourite presentation was given by Heather of Laptops to Lullabies. Heather spoke about “balancing your blog”. To summarize, she spoke about how it is essential to be honest in your writing, to be real and to show the real you. As a blogger you are creating content, but as Ross Simmonds spoke about earlier in the day there is more content being created now than ever before. What makes you different as a blogger is simple – it is YOU!
I went to BlogJam hoping to learn more about being a blogger, find out if I really am a blogger and how to be a blogger. Now, I am happy to announce after blogging for several months and my new found confidence from BlogJam, I am a blogger!
My shoes for that: The shoes you wear to inspire confidence in yourself. In my case, my Louboutin black simple pumps.
Special mention to these awesome ladies from BlogJam – Thanks for inspiring me, helping me and encouraging me to be the best I can be.