Are you thinking about attending the Type-A Conference? I hope so. Let me tell you why.
Three years ago when I decided to start blogging, it was all about the writing. I wanted my own space on the Internet to write whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Over time, the topics have changed and evolved, but my top priorities are to keep a consistent life chronicle for our two boys and to connect with other parents/caregivers.
My very first post was about my then four-month old not sleeping through the night. I remember it taking me days to figure out WordPress and add one photo. For a year and a half, I just blogged about my life and our family. I love to write. Back then, blogging was merely an outlet for me. There were a lot of changes at that time. We had our second little boy. I quit my career as a teacher to work part-time from home. My husband became principal of an elementary school. We moved into a new house in a new town. It felt good to process all of these life events within this blog.
Then in May of 2013, my good friend and fellow blogger, Jaime from lovejaime.com, asked me to join her at the Type-A Conference in Atlanta. I thought, “Sure, why not?” So we took a super fun road trip to Atlanta and spent the next three days talking and living blogging.
I’ve been a writer longer than I’ve been a blogger. In college, I even speed wrote poems on cocktail napkins, and if I could write one within a certain time limit, someone else had to buy my beer. I know. Not my proudest moment, but it was a great exercise in writing fluency. Since then, I’ve written newspaper articles, magazine articles, blog posts, web content, press releases, grants, wedding programs, columns, etc. But only since 2012 have I called myself a “blogger” and only since attending my first Type-A have I called myself a professional blogger.
At that first conference, I learned not only about the importance of quality writing but also how to connect with brands I love to promote products I enjoy. Sometimes I am compensated with products, sometimes with trips and sometimes with money, but other times I just write about products because I love them. I don’t plan on blogging ever being my main money source because if I’m solely writing to make money, my love to just write may get lost and that terrifies me.
As much blogging, social media, photography, and technology knowledge as I’ve learned at the past two Type-A conferences, the best part are the friends and connections I’ve made. Isn’t everything better when there’s a human component? It’s the human component to Type-A that really gets me energized. Gathering with such an amazing group of bloggers, writers and marketing extraordinaires does something deep within my emotional being. While learning, we laugh, we dance, we sing, we hug, we cry, we hashtag, we make memories.
And. It. Is. Awesome.
If you decide to attend, you will be inspired, encouraged and educated. I hope to see you there!