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Reflections on Problogger 2013

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I have so much I want to say but I just don’t know where or how to begin.

In case you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, you probably know that I was at the Gold Coast attending the ProBlogger Training Event. This was my very first blogging conference and it was an incredible experience for me personally. I was extremely nervous on the morning I had to leave…possibly because I’d been so busy before that, I hadn’t given myself any time to process the whole thing. But on D-day, it struck me that I was soon going to be amongst 400-odd bloggers including some I admire. And the nerves got to me. My dear friend J helped me challenge some of those unhelpful thoughts on Thursday morning.

Miranti and I shared a room and I must say I was glad to have someone I knew as it helped with the nerves. The BlogChicks had a meetup scheduled on Thursday night at the Stingray bar and I managed to meet some bloggers I’d followed {Suger, Carly and Janet were among those…},  some like Vanisha I’d just read up a bit about prior to attending {Told you I’d been super-disorganised! Too busy organising my hikes!} and still others like Jayde who I met for the first time. Friday and Saturday were busy with the conference and networking events. And Saturday night I caught up with the lovely Miss RBit for drinks {otherwise known as my twin separated at birth!} before heading out to dinner with Miranti.

While it was great to learn about topics such as freelance writing, monetising or designing blogs, blogging for social causes or creating a media kit, I think I learnt a lot more about myself through the two conference days. Unlike academic conferences and workshops I attend regularly as part of my profession, the beauty of the Problogger conference was that in many ways, it got us to reflect on ourselves. On our lives. Especially as that’s what blogging is about for most of us.

It was helpful to know that my fears are similar to so many fears out there. That setbacks will occur and you have to eventually pick yourself up and move forward. That the ‘what ifs..’ plague us all at some point in our lives. That many of us have to get out of our comfort zones to achieve our goals and dreams. That it is okay to have more than one passion. And that we can use our passion to drive us to what we are meant to be doing. It was also amazing to see how supportive the blogging community is of fellow-bloggers…so unlike work places that can be filled with politics.

I learnt a few things about myself.

I have a few ideas about where I want to go with this blog.

I learnt a lot about what I want to do with life. {No, I’m not planning on quitting my day job!}

I am glad I decided to get out of my comfort zone this year. Because if it wasn’t for that, I doubt I’d have picked up the courage to attend this event. Consequently, I wouldn’t have learnt so much nor would I have met some lovely people. I am already wondering if I can save up enough money to attend the event next year.

Were you at the Problogger conference? How was your experience?

Do share!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    September 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    See now i am just kicking myself even more. Nope I wasnt there because I am one big lame ass fraidy cat and I so need to take a leaf out of your book. Well done hun for overcoming your fear and going xx

    • Psych Babbler
      September 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Aw Sonia…don’t beat yourself up too much. You can make a decision to go next year and work your way there. I’m an introvert and used to get extremely anxious meeting new people but this year I have forced myself to meet more and more people in general and well, this was just another opportunity. Yes it was still daunting but once I realised I didn’t have to talk to all 400 bloggers, I was ok! If I do go next year, I certainly hope you do and will make sure I look out for you…

  • Rah
    September 17, 2013 at 6:35 am

    So glad that you enjoyed PB – conferences can be so scary but so so worth it 😀
    I do, however, have a to-do list a bloody mile long, lol!
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    • Psych Babbler
      September 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I can totally see how it’s worth it Rah! And like you, my list is pretty damn long too! 😛 Was good to see you again!

  • Janet @ Redland City Living
    September 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I’m just sorry we didn’t have more of a chance to catch up. The whole thing is a bit of a blur!
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    • Psych Babbler
      September 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Yeah that was a bit of a shame Janet. I’m still glad I got to say hi though. 🙂 Must admit I was quite nervous. And totally agree about it being a bit of a blur.

  • Lynnette
    September 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Great wrap up! And awesome that you were/are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. I think my biggest fear is that I will invest all this energy into writing stuff that will disappear into the black hole of the internet, never to be read. So I am definitely working on implementing some of the strategies the speakers suggested in hopes of avoiding that fate. But it still scares me!
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    • Psych Babbler
      September 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I think that’s a fear a lot of us share Lynnette… “the worst that could happen”. Also think about what’s the best thing that could happen… 😉 I think though at the end of it all, being brave is doing things in spite of being scared. So just keep at it… 🙂

  • Bec | Bloggers Bazaar
    September 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Psych, shame i didn’t get to meet you at ProBlogger. It was my first time also and it was so good! I met so many people and learnt so much. Was a really great conference. Just dropped by as you downloaded my blog planner. The elusive time issue is certainly my biggest thing as well!

    • Psych Babbler
      September 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      It is a shame Bec that we didn’t meet. I was quite nervous though I must admit. And I love your planner! And your website. Still have a lot more to check out…

  • Janine
    September 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    That’s awesome. I’m so happy you got to go and got plenty from it. I hope to go one day…or hope that maybe one day he comes to Perth 🙂
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    • Psych Babbler
      September 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I’d definitely recommend attending at least once Janine. If it’s in Sydney next year, I’m definitely going. If not, I’ll have to check my financial situation around the time and decide.

  • Vanisha's Life in...Australia
    September 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    It was so lovely meeting you. I’m not shy but it is quite difficult to find your place and your ‘people’ among such a large group of people.

    • Psych Babbler
      September 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      I thought I’d gotten over my shyness but I guess I hadn’t tried out being with 400 people! 😛 And yeah, as you said, it can be a bit hard then to find people similar to you in such a large bunch.

  • Annie
    September 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I didn’t go to this conference, but do enjoy reading everyone’s thoughts on it and maybe picking up some ideas to implement on the blog! I too would have been so nervous and I think maybe that is one reason why I have never been to any blogging event – way out of my comfort zone!
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