You know that old saying, “you snooze, you lose?”
Well I did. But it was more like a mini catnap.
I wanted to go to the First Ever Mn Blogger’s Conference BAD.
Like uber bad. Like give up my firstborn child bad…(OK, maybe not THAT bad. You get the point).
The Magical Registration Day came…and went.
Sold out in 2 hours.
Now that’s a Committed Blog community.
So later that week, as I was sulking in my soup, this Sign From Above came in my InBox.
No, it wasn’t The Big Guy Upstairs. Close though.
It was Top Rank offering me a change to WIN a ticket to the Minnesota Bloggers Conference!! WIN, baby WIN!
For a second, I felt like Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
OK. This is good. So. I’m on it.
Step One: Write a blog post explaining the most important thing you’ve learned from blogging yourself.
Well DUH that’s easy! After decades of people telling me to be polite, be cautious, be politically correct, be nice, say the right thing, and Gawd forbid don’t ever state your honest opinion in public…blogging has been like taking the muzzle off and just being ME!!!
I am Raw. I am Real. And I like it that way. Warts and all, no excuses, no apologies. And an occasional poop story. boo-yah.
Step Two: Why you should get to attend the MN Blogger Conference (instead of the other 100 people on the waiting list)
Because I am a COMMITTED BLOGGER!! Yes. I AM. Why? Here’s why:
*I will gladly give up precious sleep and get up at 5 a.m because it’s the only time all day I have the computer 100% to myself.
* I forgo morning exercise, just to “get caught up on commenting.”
* I “clench” furiously….painfully……and put off going to the bathroom just so I can “finish this post”. (sorry if TMI-”raw and real.” ‘Member?)
*I sit down to blog, look up, and an hour has passed.
*I’d rather subscribe to the endless awesome blogs on the web, than crack my local newspaper.
*I call people I’ve never met “my friend” because they are a part of my Tribe. And it’s perfectly normal….in the Blog World.
*I routinely get annoyed at my day job (you know, the one that puts food on my table and keeps a roof over my head??) because it interrupts my Social Media efforts.
*I ignore the blank looks people give me when I say “I’m a blogger” (it’s like I said “I’m a booger”). I just smile and shrug it off because I KNOW what an amazing world the Blog World is. I know how much those people are missin out.
*I give out my blog address and name with reckless abandon, but 90% of the time decline to give out my phone number.
*Something crazy or funny happens in our house, and my family will look at me and say, “You’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?”
Yup. I love blogging. I gush about it, I live it, I embrace it. Heck, I hope to even some day teach it. I am aaalllll over it.
So pop over to the Top Rank Blog peeps and see what all this madness is about. While you’re there let them know that I just gotta go to this conference. All the cool kids are doing it.
Now without further adu, I must get ready to go camping for the Labor Day weekend. I will be “unplugged” for almost 4 days…
..and it will damn near kill me. Now THAT’s committed.