You may have noticed a number of posts flying around on other blogs about a little old blogging conference on this weekend.
This Saturday, I'll be joining a bunch of other bloggers at the inaugural Aussie Bloggers Conference (or 'ABC'). MUCH excitement. There are so many people I'm dying to meet IRL, as well as catch up with those I've already met.
I'll also be getting up to read one of my old blog posts in front of everyone, which I'm feeling very excited and rather relaxed about. (Although, I'm sure I'll have a few little butterflies closer to my reading. Doubt I'd be human if I didn't!) I mean, don't expect Oprah up there or anything, but I think I'll get through without too much drama. (Crosses fingers.)
Apart from concerns over what to wear, I've also noticed a number of posts, tweets and Facebook status updates from other bloggers who are rather concerned about the prospect of meeting and talking to people they haven't met before. I've read more than a few times that some bloggers anticipate themselves hyperventilating in the corner of the room.
Being a mild extrovert myself, I'm pretty relaxed about that stuff, but I know for a fact it's not everyone's cup of tea. And of course, it's not difficult to imagine that a lot of people who write, do so because it's far easier for them to express themselves that way than it is to tell people all that stuff up close and personal. There's something to be said for having control of your words. The delete button is a handy thing. ;)
But, you know, I don't anticipate I'll be drilled on Saturday. I'm sure it'll be some rather easy going banter amongst everyone, because hey - most of us are in this blogging thing for fun and personal fulfillment, right? We're doing something we enjoy, which right off the bat, gives us all something in common.
I found some books recently in a little gift shop, that I then went and purchased on Booktopia (for half the price!) that I just love. At the time I found them, I was having a rather average week, and the first page I opened gave me a quote that I immediately could relate to. Flicking through it again this morning whilst trying to motivate myself to get up (I am so not a morning person), I found this quote:
to face your fears
Until you do, you remain in chains.
Never underestimate your courage.
Be positive in your approach.
If necessary, take it in stages.
Often your fear is outdated,
or based on a misunderstanding or misapprehension.
Once you break the spell, you're free.
Look it straight in the eye.
~ Patrick Lindsay from
'It's Never Too Late... - 174 simple acts to change your life'
Fear is what keeps us from doing a lot of things we want to do in life. Pushing through the fear is difficult, but if we don't, we'll end up missing out on so much, and hey - life is about enjoying ourselves, right? My fave saying always comes to mind, "Man cannot discover new oceans, until he has courage to lose sight of the shore." ~ Old Chinese Proverb
If you're worried about this weekend, please don't be. There are so many in the same boat as you, and really - what's the worst that could happen? I'm pretty sure, for example, if I happen to fall down on my way to the podium to read my blog post, at least a half-dozen people will jump up from their seats and help me up. For the most part, the blogging world is a very supportive one. That support, I believe, will transfer through to real life. Besides...you've already taken that first step in actually going. Facing your fears. Awesome.
If you're going on Saturday...see you then! If you're not, then look out for my tweets and an update next week.