At the end of October I got the chance to attend the Go Blog Social Conference in Chicago. And now, a month later, I’m finally getting around to telling you about it. Better late than never, right? It was great – I got to meet some amazing Chicago bloggers, and I learned a lot and so I’m going to share.
- Set Networking Goals. If you’re anything like me, the thought of a room full of strangers who might talk to you is terrifying. Seriously anxiety inducing. However, I discovered if I set little goals for myself it gets a lot easier. Don’t feel like you have to talk to the full room, but just 4 people (or 2…). That’s way more doable.
- Everyone Has Doubts. I noticed a common trend listening to the speakers all day. No one just sails through life. Even the bloggers who appear to have it all figured out and under control struggled to get there. Felt insecure, had breakdowns. No ones journey is perfect or easy. I think that’s an important thing to remember – all of us need a cheerleader or a helping hand from time to time, and that’s ok.
- Be Persistent. Piggy backing off point 2 – don’t give up. Sticking with it might be the most important part of success. If you love what you’re doing keep doing it.
- Perfection is the Enemy. I struggle with this. I want things (ie – blog posts) to be 100% perfect and wonderful before I’m happy with the results, and if I can’t get to perfect I don’t hit publish. I can’t tell you how many half done posts I have as drafts. Or that I never start because of some irrational fear of being wrong. You have to start to get anywhere!!
- There’s Room for Everyone. This is my favorite lesson. There’s room for all of us. There’s no need for bloggers to be jealous or mean to each other – we’re all just doing what we love, and we should celebrate each other for that. I heard it over and over – and it was so refreshing, because I always have the little voice in my head telling me to just give up because there are already so many “fashion bloggers” out there. That’s no reason to stop.
OK – so! Those are my lessons, which I am going to try very hard to take to heart.