Tuesday, June 1, 2010

CBC '10

In case you non-obsessive bloggers don't know what that is, I'll tell you. It was the Casual Blogger Conference 2010.

Some anonymous lovely person donated two full conference passes for me and a friend to attend. I spent almost two full weeks trying to find someone to come with me, and I finally found someone to go.

Two weeks prior to the event, my husband's boss decided to take an impromptu vacation that lasted through the days of the conference. My husband could not get either day off. So I took a look at the schedule and decided that I would go to the Thursday and Friday night socials, and then my husband would work on Saturday night so I could attend the classes during that day.

Well, things didn't quite work out how I wanted them to.

My friend that was going to come with me decided not to come the week before the conference.

I tried going to the social on Thursday night and felt so out of place, not really knowing anyone. So I left after being there about 20 minutes.

I ended up not going to the social on Friday night. Long story of why I didn't go, but I didn't.

I only made it to two breakout sessions on Saturday: The Art of Storytelling and Finding Your Voice.

All in all, I hope that I can try to go next year, if they do it again. And hopefully next year, we won't have the same scheduling conflicts that we did last year.

I did enjoy the session I went to, although now I hardly know what my "voice" is, whereas before I thought I knew. I think I have to reinvent this entire blog, start from scratch. I don't know how much I'll be posting for a while. It may take time to morph it into something better. We'll see.


swedemom said...

Well, maybe I'm biased, but I think you have a great voice for this blog. I like that it is distinct from your family blog. I like how you tackle tough topics with both facts and your feelings about issues. I like your measured tone in your writing. I check your blog daily, and always look forward to reading your posts. They are thought-provoking and interesting. I'm curious as to what direction you want to take this blog, because I like where you are at.
I suppose though, you have to think about your audience and what you actually want to get out of your blog. If you want to get more blog traffic then maybe you should be more emphatic in your opinions and more inflammatory.

Jackie said...

Sad. I would have come with you. Or babysat for you.
Sorry girl!

Royalbird said...

Thanks, Jackie, that would have been cool to meet you and hang out. I love Texas, by the way!

Swedemom, thanks for your comment. I just felt so unsure about everything I've written when I was sitting there in those classes--it seems most people blog to tell a story, but I don't really. I like to tackle the issues that I think about all the time but don't really have anyone to about talk with. Your comment made me stop and think of why I really blog, especially this blog, which I wanted to be separate from the family blog for that reason. I am still not sure what direction I want to go or keep doing what I've been doing--getting more readers isn't really my goal (though it wouldn't be a downer either if I did). So thanks for your thoughts.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Okay now, you're in BIG trouble!! Why in the name of all that is bloggy didn't you come up and talk to me at the GNO?? You totally should have butt into our conversations! Now I'm all sad. I wish you had said something.
I was so mad all I got to do was say hi to you at the conference. I wanted to chat!
*sniff* If I EVER hear of you avoiding me again I'll... I'll... I'll think of something to do to you!! :D

Royalbird said...

I thought I saw you at the GNO, but I wasn't sure, and I'm a huge chicken. Next time, we'll have a nice long chat!

swedemom said...

Every blog has a purpose, stated or otherwise.
I have a private family blog that is the typical mommy blog fare. Then I have my public blog where I explore what it was like to live abroad, how I'm adjusting, or not to life back in the States, explorations and travel and stories about my past and family history.

swedemom said...

I have to be honest, Jenna. I only read "story" blogs if they are blogs of friends. Even if we weren't friends, I would still check your blog out--because of the post content. Always very thought-provoking. I also like how honest you are.
I'm sorry for so many comments. I'm not stalking you. I promise. Just never learned to keep my mouth shut or to turn off my fingers.


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