Thoughts on Personal Blogging.

After a series of slapdash events that lead me to believe that perhaps I should not go to the Problogger Event this year, I finally reached the Goldie and checked into my room. The resort was like an airport, so massive, and was situated in the middle of a lovely golf course, incase you had the urge for a putt.

Problogger is the largest event in Australia for bloggers, and there were 700 of us there this year. Or as Mr. Woog would like to say… “His biggest nightmare.”

But not mine! I love bloggers and I get bloggers and I can tell you right now that I feel like I have been away on some sort of parallel schoolies week.

And while everyone, on that first day, was listening to the most famous blogger in the world talk about trolls, I was whizzing around the golf course in a buggy with a fella called Snowy. Of course I was.

Because Snowy was married to one of my new best friends, Pat and Sue, whom I bonded with at the clubhouse.

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Pat and Sue are best friends who live nearby the resort. Both proud breast cancer survivors, they told me that you “Were not in the cool club unless you have had breast cancer,” to which I replied that I was quite happy to remain a nerd then.

Pat and Sue kind of want to make me be retired. We shared photos of our family, laughed until our pelvic floor burst and promised to keep in touch. Big hair, big accessories, big hearts and big love.

But I wasn’t really at the conference to hang out at the golf club. I was there to chat Personal Blogging with Heather Armstrong.

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Mr. Woog didn’t understand the significance of this at all. So I told him it was probably similar if he was on the stage talking with Warren Buffet. He got it.

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I had to take my shoes off because they were so sweaty with nerves and as you can tell, I haven’t been media trained as to how to sit on the couch during an interview, not like the other two gorgeous creatures. MUST CROSS LEGS NOT SIT ON ONE.

People blog for many reasons. For me it about the telling of stories. Mundane stories, big fat rants, revealing pain, connecting with others, retelling observations, questioning the establishment and any other damn thing that floats into my brain. There was a very interesting discussion on the stage, and Heather and I didn’t agree on everything, but I do hope that some of the newbies came away with some sort of insight as to why we all do what we do.

TO be a great personal blogger, you have to have stories to tell. Your stories. So if you are just sitting around trying to think of things to write about, may I suggest you get out and meet some chicks like Pat and Sue. Because your inspiration is everywhere.

You just need to know where to look.

 

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