I’ve been giving lots of thought to what I walked away with from Blissdom this year. So far this is what I’ve come up with.
Five Things I Learned
1. That I need an HST number. Apparently I’m an actual business.
2. If I want something, I need to ask for it. This is way out of my comfort zone, for two reasons. First, I don’t want to be perceived as opportunistic. That’s a bad quality, right? Second, I always thought that hard work would be recognized eventually. I may have been wrong on this.
3. That the best learning at a conference happens outside the conference room.
4. That people I thought I wouldn’t like, are actually incredible and people I thought would be amazing were not such a big deal after all. Meeting people in person is the only way to know for certain. I also know that sometimes it can take 3 or 4 meetings with someone before you click, but when you do, it’s nothing short of AWESOME.
5. That conferences are physically and mentally draining. They are also simultaneously uplifting and inspiring. How is this possible?
Five Things I Don’t Have Answers For
1. I still don’t know where I fit. I am a small fish in a big sea of bloggers. Is my voice unique enough? Worth reading? Sadly, Blissdom left me feeling a little insecure here. Probably because I spent the weekend with such amazing talent.
2. How to make a living doing this? I know for certain that blogging, writing takes a lot of time from my family. Is it worth the time away from them for so little payout? Blogging is emotionally fulfilling for me, but my emotions don’t buy the groceries or pay my bills. Still unanswered for me.
3. What does a rate card look like? What rates should I charge?
4. Do I write about social responsibility, travel, family, humour? Apparently I need a niche. Or so I’ve been told. I don’t know if I can box myself in like that. More thinking to do.
5. If I’ll go back to Blissdom next year? I had an incredible time but like I said I learned more outside of the conference room. I found the sessions entertaining but not informational enough. The networking and friend making is really the primary benefit in my eyes, I just need to decide if it’s worth the financial outlay.
What did you think? What hard lessons did you learn? What’s been left unanswered for you?