Why in the world would someone like me want to go to Blog World Expo, or any other blogging conference? Would would someone like me NEED to go?
Aren’t bloggers twenty and thirty-somethings? Don’t they write about diapers and projectile vomit and daycare and breastfeeding at the workplace? Bloggers are also techies, right? Bloggers are always comparing/contrasting various computer anatomies and social media widgets, and arguing about the merits of Vista over Linux. Bloggers like the jargon, and don’t know how to spell out “you” or “anyway.” Well, u know, NEway.
HAH, absoLUTELY wrong!
Bloggers are people like ME. They are also people like you, and people like her, and him, and that guy over there, and that really old lady by the window, and that high school kid, and those young mothers on the park bench, and that bunch of middle-aged teachers in the CostCo lot, and those businesspeople, and that airline pilot, and those doctors, those lawyers, those Indian chiefs, those accountants, those Daddies, those Mommies, those grandparents, those convicts, those veterans, those soldiers, those nurses, those factory workers, those unemployed people, those college students, and everybody else in the universe.
Bloggers can’t be categorized. Sometimes their types of writing can be, but not the bloggers themselves. New parents aren’t always in their twenties. Not all familes are conventional, nor do they wish to be. Not all primary breadwinners leave the house to go to work, and not all stay-at-home parents watch Days of our Lives when the kids are napping. That’s when some of them do their blogging!
Some of us blog for fun, for self-improvement, for nostalgia purposes, for reasons so varied and diverse it would take an eight-volume series to properly describe them all. Some of us blog for money, and get it. Some of us blog for fame, and get it. Some of us use blogging as a stepping-stone, and use it. Some of us blog because we like to blog.
No matter who or what you are, or what you do or wish you did. . . no matter if you are conventional or non-conventional or somewhere in -between. . . . no matter if you’re a parent or if you’re not. . . . no matter if you’ve been blogging for eight years or eight days. . . . there is something for you at a blogging conference. Whether it’s BlogWorld Expo, in Vegas this coming October, or BlogHer, in Chicago in July, or any other blogging convention, there is something for you there. There is something for you to learn, and something for you to share, and something for you to discover, and, BEST OF ALL, there are PEOPLE there with whom you will something in common.
I can’t wait – I’m going to both BlogWorld Expo AND BlogHer. Why would I do that? I’m not young or perky, and my kids are grown and gone. I don’t use much jargon, and my tech skills are laughable.
I’m going because these conferences are loads of fun. I’m going because there is always something to learn and something to share. I’m going because the world of blogging and social media have shown me that many things that matter so much in some aspects of our lives, don’t matter at ALL to bloggers.
Bloggers find each other because we are bloggers. Minor things like age, looks, health, kids (or not), social standing, popularity. . . none of these things is important to a blogger. We care about these things, yes, of course we do, but ultimately, when we seek out someone to talk to in a crowd, if we can find another blogger, we’ve found what we’ve been looking for.
Come to BlogWorld Expo, and come to BlogHer. You’ll find what you’ve been looking for, too.
Seriously. You will.