A Non-Professional's Experience At BlogHerPro 2013
I just got back from an intense few days at the BlogHerPRO conference which was held in Silicon Valley this year.
Let me explain: I do NOT consider myself a "Professional Blogger" by any means.
There were a lot of bloggers at this conference with
tens hundreds of thousands of followers and millions
billions of pageviews and it would have been easy to be intimidated, but most people were super nice and easy to talk to; Regular ol' people with regular ol' lives. Even though I am a tiny blogger, I could actually relate to a lot of the "big guys." In fact, Britt Reints (who spoke about Pivoting your Brand) even gave me a little shout out, after hearing my story of re-branding my blog earlier this year.
It was fascinating really (at least to me, who doesn't really run in non-DIY blog circles) to hear about other people's motivations for blogging and how they have found success. (Pinterest isn't exactly a big traffic driver if you are blogging about Medicare or Binding Legal Contracts!)
And even though was quite a bit of information in the sessions that didn't (and probably won't ever) apply to me (like turning your blog into a marketable physical product,) the message of "You don't have to be perfect!" "Give yourself a break and just do the best that you can." and "Don't compare yourself to others!" still resonated.
All these (now) big professional bloggers had to start somewhere. It struck me when keynote speaker Porter Gale said: "Miracles and success are an accumulation of small steps. Baby steps still mean you are making progress!" (Totally random anecdote: She and I actually had a discussion about how the houses on Houzz are insanely large and over-the-top and just how fun that makes them to look at! See.. I told you.. regular ol' people! )
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