Yesterday I left my house around 6am and headed to BlogHer 13. I was really not knowing what to expect. I’ve read so many stories from others and to me, everyone gets a different experience or lesson from BlogHer. And with that I headed out to start my day!
Registration began and I received my pass and my first official “swag”. I was excited, but then immediately I thought about it. THIS (the swag) is why people attend BlogHer? Maybe this isn’t the conference for me. Sure the swag is nice, however, I just felt disconnected. There are so many people that you miss 90% of your friends unless you have direct contact numbers, etc. That’s okay, I can do this.
As the night progressed and I attended some events, it was then that I learned BlogHer IS the place for me and why. I spoke to some amazing PR reps. I have to saying, growing up and living in a rather large city, I never thought that I was missing things. Boy was I wrong. Regional marking is very strange. There were a lot of companies (toys) I’d never heard of. They were all amazing brands though and brands that I KNOW my readers and my family would enjoy. I say this because for the first time (publicly to PR) I shared the story of my son’s medical diagnosis of ADHD and Autism. It was absolutely amazing to meet the PR reps and talk with them and then ask them about their product. I mean I buy my son a lot of things, things he asks for, but he loses interest fast. I need something that keeps his interest. So began my search for toys and things for children with learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism and more. I found some AMAZING information that I will share regarding all of that as soon as I get home! I told myself I wasn’t going to be that blogger at BlogHer that was stuck to my blog. I am here to learn, to make relationships, to be the voice for those that can’t. That brings me to to my FIRST life lesson learned at BlogHer.
Your blog doesn’t have to contain all the latest and greatest products. Your blog doesn’t have to have all the heart warming stories in life. We are real people with real lives. Our lives are effected everyday by something or someone. Last night I met an amazing PR rep that worked with a company (I’d like to keep her and her company anonymous, sorry). She asked me the golden question: “What do you blog about?” As I began telling her, I could tell by her reactions that I was touching her. I blog about things I love, yes. I also blog about the not so fun stuff including medical struggles and diagnosis and the “ugly” in life. It’s not that I want to dwell on the bad moments. In fact it’s not that at all. I want people to connect with me. I want people to understand I am HUMAN and I am a person. My life is not all peaches and cream. I have struggles, my family has struggles. I can relate to so many things. I talked about the story of when I began blogging and why. I have been blogging since 2006 here at One Scrappy Mom. While some of the content was lost because I was a newbie and had no idea what backing anything up ment, I’ve been blogging since 2006. It’s been a rough road and those that follow me know that. I have determination. I have determination to succeed for me, for my son, for my family. I have determination to make the “ugly” in life beautiful. When I began blogging in 2006 it was because my son was sick. He suffered from s many health issues. I read blogs. Reading the stories helped me get through. I felt that even though they weren’t with me physically, there was a WORLD of people that did understand! So I told my story, just like the blogs I’d read. I didn’t care at that point if people read them, it was good to get it off my chest. Over the years that has changed. I want people to read. I want to be relatable. I want people to know they aren’t alone. People go through the same thing and sometimes you need an ear. This hit home for the PR rep. She said that’s why she reads blogs. And truth be told, when my life was upside down through the rough medical mess with my son, myself, my accident, my grandmother.. that’s what I did. I read blogs. I could relate. Whether I wanted to admit that or not. It was good to know I wasn’t alone. It was good to know that other people have been there. It was especially good to know that people made it through. That gave me hope. I’d make it through. I knew I would. I HAVE!
So my life lesson I will take away from BlogHer day one is nothing that I learned in a class, it’s nothing that I need to change. It is something I want to share. If you are a blogger and you have a story, a trial, an “ugly” in life, just blog it! You never know who is reading and who it may effect. I know I have readers that don’t comment. I get emails sometimes in place of comments. That’s ok. Whether I get the comment or not is not the end all. The fact that my post, my blog, my lesson in life can help someone through something in their life or give them a little hope, is enough for me. When in doubt, just blog it!