Blogging often brings a glaze to many a person’s eyes. “What is ‘blogging’” they ask. What is a ‘blogger,’ ‘what do you do,’ comes along quickly. Ok, so not as often as it did a year and a half ago and not as often as in my professional realm, but it does still happen. So too does the roll of the eyes and the condescending smile of ‘oh, you’re not real media’ or whatever they’re thinking.
Yet to attend the Central Florida Blogger Conference this weekend was to see the power of blogging full on and to be surrounded by a lot of awesome, successful bloggers side-by-side with those who’ve just started and those who wonder if they should.
I’m honored to not only call Bess a colleague, but a friend as well, and was even more touched when she invited me to be on the Q&A panel. Indeed I would go on to contribute in several ways throughout the day, but that was the overall and most powerful theme throughout the day; helping each other to get better and be successful.
Those who participated in that concept came away with a thousand and one ideas, a brilliant smile, and the idea that no matter your dream, it is achievable.
This was perhaps no one more evident than in our key-note presentation by the very kind, Mark Middleton. I only spoke briefly to Mark and hope to one day remedy that, but to hear this talented and generous man speak was to know that no matter the person, age, sex, obstacles or (insert other here), you can do, become, and achieve whatever you dream.
That message came home through Mark’s presentation as well as can be seen on his weekly national program, Growing Bolder.
Along with Mark there was a Florida-who’s-who list of bloggers you should be following and if you’re an aspiring blogger, learning from. I was honored to be among the talents of Ben Reed, Colleen Burns, Josh Murdock, Joshua Johnson, KyAnn Lewis, Lee Allport, Mark Baratelli, Rachelle Lucas and Will Rodriguez, among others.
Several sessions, a breakout session, the Q&A and our mixer afterwards at the oh-so-fun Eden Bar had everyone learning, networking, growing and laughing throughout the day.
For bloggers, new bloggers, and future bloggers, you need to think about next year’s event (which to my knowledge is not yet planned but needs to and will happen) and get it on your must-do list.