I’m not. I can almost guarantee you that if there were a cool contest? I wouldn’t win it.
When I’m reading other people’s blogs I often get the impression that the authors are just so. . .cool. Way cooler than I’ll ever even aspire to be. And now I’m wondering if I come across that way on my own blog? breida with a b. is so young. It’s not highly designed and there are no adverts. (Please don’t get me wrong – I’m not poo poo-ing advertising – there are brands that I would LOVE to partner with). But I’m saying, my blog isn’t flashy (yet) and I wonder if the readers feel like I’m super cool – just because I have a blog. I’m going to guess, no. However – having an online personality is a strange thing. . . you can really construct any kind of image you want. You can be as cool as you’ve always wanted to be. . .
Until you attend your first blog conference.
Next week I’ll be flying to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the Haven Conference.
If you are a fellow blogger – you undoubtedly know all about this conference. If you are not a blogger there is no reason on Earth that you would have any idea what I’m talking about. Haven is a brand new DIY and blogging conference taking place on June 21-22, 2012 that will allow people to learn from and gather with some of the most notable DIY/Home bloggers in blogland. Conference sessions will focus on DIY instruction with a mix of blogging and social media.
There are lots of other blogging conferences going on out there – but this one in particular seems to be right up my alley. It looks to be a perfect mix of actual hands on craft work and blogging itself. So I’ll be meeting many of the people whose blogs I read on a regular basis and I will be faced with the reality of their coolness in person. I can’t wait. And I’m scared to death. I am ashamed to admit that I am overly concerned about what I will wear while I’m there. It’s ridiculous. It should be a non issue. I’m not going to out class anyone with my style. . .ever. I just can’t ever seem to pull off that whole cute shoe thing. . . with the cute shoes . . . and all the. . .cuteness.
I’m trying to get over it. I’ve got 5 days.
I can tell you this though. I am bringing two things along with me that are making me feel ever so cool. I just bought a camera strap cover from my blogging friend Jill, at Sew a Fine Seam. It was very important to me that I get it in time to take along on my trip to Atlanta. This is what was in the very exciting package that I mentioned in my last post. Words can’t say how much I love this thing. It’s just perfect. It’s so me and I can’t wait to show it off. It even makes me feel. . .cool. Thanks, Jill.
And today I got yet another exciting package in the mail. I thought it would be prudent to have business cards to distribute at the conference – and I was right about that. I have since read in several places that it is, indeed, the thing to do. Go, me! So I sketched up what I thought I wanted and sent it off to the designer. Now, in this post, Beth, Haven Conference Organizer and author of the blog Home Stories A 2 Z, tells me that the business cards of bloggers are not to be believed. Can’t you just imagine the creative forces that would go into these things? I started to get a little nervous about my little cards. My design is very simple. But, guess what? So am I. The cards came today and I am really over the moon about them. I think they are perfect. No bells. No whistles. No cute shoes.
My kids were totally impressed.
10 yr. old son: Mom, your motto is “building wings on the way down” ?? What does that mean?
me: It means, even if you don’t know how to fly, you have to jump anyway – and figure it out on your way.
10 yr. old son: Oh. That’s kind of terrifying and inspirational at the same time!
me: Yeah, it is.
God, I love that kid.
Tell me. What terrifies and inspires you?