I hear such good things about blogging conferences. They are usually held in places that would require traveling and airline tickets and hotels and rental cars. Hence the reason I have never gone. Until now.
The Casual Blogging Conference will be held right here in Utah, just 35 miles down the road from where I live. A few months ago I signed up to attend and now it is really here. This weekend. In two days. AHHH!
I am embarrassed to say this, but I am a little nervous. I know I am a grown woman. I speak in front of big crowds, I counsel couples and families with major problems, I teach college students who ask questions that keep me on my toes and put me on the spot, I deal with a husband and 3 young children every day, I am not afraid to meet new people or try new things. But, for some reason, this feels a little out of my comfort zone. I think I would feel better if I wasn't going alone.
I feel like I am back in high school. Wanting to convince a friend to go with me so I can talk to a boy.
I will have my business cards ready to network, but inside I just want to sit in my seat, take it all in, and then rush home to my family.
Not ever attending I guess I just don't know exactly what to expect. In my head I see this big business card swap, like in high school when it was the last day of school and everyone passed around their yearbooks for people to sign.
I know I won't be the only one there by myself for the first time but I have seriously considered having my husband sneak in so that he is with me. That wouldn't be obvious at all. He would probably be the only man in the joint.
This said, I am hoping some of you have attended conferences before. Have you? Did you feel this way? How did it go? Any advice? I would love some?
Even if you haven't attended a conference, any advice? What would you do if you were going to a blogging conference?
And... ARE ANY OF YOU GOING TO THE CBC THIS WEEKEND! I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU! ANYONE INTERESTED IN MEETING UP?
P.S. If I live to tell about it, I will let you know how things go. Wish me luck.