The photos in this post were taken by Greenville photographer, stylist and blogger Wendi Matt of eandastyle.com.
This time around, I resolved to use blogging as an opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and cultivate face-to-face relationships whenever possible. Last month GVLToday featured several local bloggers from a local bloggers union. While I knew there were other bloggers in the Upstate I didn’t know there was a union that met regularly. I joined the Facebook group and attended a meeting.
At that meeting, one of the first things we did was go around the room and introduce ourselves and say what we envisioned for our blogs in 5 years. WHATTTT?! I was NOT ready! As I listened to the women in the room, I felt really intimidated. I never thought of my blog in that way. I used 5 year plans for financial or career goals. My blog has always been a hobby I could just put on the back burner or pick up when I wanted. This time around, however, I do have more concrete ideas that I want to explore, but I was hesitant to share right off the bat in a room full of strangers. When it was my turn, I gave a kind of canned answer that in no way conveyed what I really wanted.
Once we got past the 5 year question, I was able to exhale and engage in the conversation we were having. The more we talked, the more my true extrovert was able to come out and the more at ease I felt. I loved that we were all at different stages in this blog thing. Many of the women used the blog as an extension of businesses. Some were like me and trying to see just doing something we enjoyed and trying to see where it leads. I’ve been in this space for 9 years and I have amassed an awesome group of blogger friends across the country. I’m looking forward to having a group that close to home for accountability and encouragement. I’ve gained so much insight in the two meetings I’ve attended about the business of blogging, what I purpose I want this blog to serve and what I want to get out of it in return.
If you are a blogger, have you ever been to meet up of other bloggers in your area? If so, is something you do consistently and do you find it beneficial?