I felt like Michelle Duggar going into a Lamaze class.
Granted, I was at Bloggy Boot Camp for a different reason than a lot of the attendees, but I did get the slightest feeling of the WIZENED OLD LADY in the bunch.
The old lady who always has a kleenex in her purse. And a piece of candy.
Maybe I should feel experienced.
I felt old.
I mentally wrote a sponsorship deck for an up coming branded event while they were teaching people how to get readers. (Secret: better than any trick with your blog is spend time being a better writer and stop worrying how many readers you have)
This was the first conference of any kind for a lot of people and they might not have realized what I was doing with my funny answers to Amy’s panel questions. But more than getting her laughs, I was getting her retweets.
I did my part on behalf of the MOM’S ADVISORY BOARD and spoke genuinely about being part of it. Being the mom of a 13yo with Invisalign trays and it being more responsibility than just getting free trays for my son.
I got to meet Tiffany Romero, the woman behind BBC, and was relieved that she wasn’t confused or slightly scared of my humor.
I usually don’t call out anyone by name but I have to give props to Maddie. Homeslice drove in and brought me cupcakes!!! The best cupcakes EVER. Like if unicorns and angels had weird inter-species orgy these cupcakes would be the lovechild.
So, besides feeling ridiculously old and sugar-high, it was a great opportunity to hear the stories of other people and keep “blogging new” by experiencing their experiences.
Maybe THAT’S the answer to the question about how to get readers: first be an “experiencer” so you have something worth reading.