Wednesday, May 2, 2012

bloggers and business cards


Last Saturday I did something crazy.  I went to a speed-mentoring event for all OKC bloggers.

(Sorry if you were expecting something crazier.  I don't get out much.)

My friend, Reese, informed me of this event that would be put on by Engage OKC.  Experienced bloggers would be there to share tips on how to make your blog better, grow your readership, etc.

I knew that I should do this.  I had just written a post on loving to write and wanting to put more time into my blog.  So I emailed my RSVP.

I didn't know any of these people/bloggers, I had never stepped foot in the downtown library, and I was just plain scared.  It was like the first day of school.  Who am I going to talk to?  Who am I going to sit with?  What if somebody makes me talk?  I'm 25 and I felt like I was 15.

Fortunately, I walked in and immediately saw some girls making their way to the room where this event was taking place.  I entered the room, signed in, put on my name tag, and jumped into a circle of girls (... instead of camping out in a corner and pretending like I was doing something important on my phone.  Don't lie.  You know you've done it.)  I had to just get in there and make some friends.

I'm pretty sure everybody knew somebody ... except for me.  The good news?  Everyone was really sweet and really easy to talk to.  I'm not sure why I expected any different.  These are all fun people that like to eat cookies and blog.  I should've known better.

My mind was filled with a lot of web design talk that I didn't understand one bit of and a lot of really useful information that I couldn't write down fast enough.  At each table, we went around and introduced ourselves and our blog ... and handed out our business cards.  Business cards??  I don't have those!  Surely somebody at this table doesn't have business cards.  I don't think she ... oh, yes she does.  Awesome.  I'm the only one without business cards.  I felt a few steps behind.

(This kind of experience is one that I have a lot.  I mostly have them with Reese and Sara.  It's like that time we showed up at the Today Show in NYC and thought we were the first ones there.  Then we turned the corner and realized there was a HUGE line.)

In conclusion, I was nervous to go but I'm so glad I did.  I met a lot of really nice people and I'm glad to join this community of bloggers.

And if you need me, I'll be making business cards.  Have a lovely Wednesday!

15 comments:

  1. one of my friends from high school was there.. she was telling us about it last night. and i dont know if she has business cards yet.. i'll have to check ha! she said it was great!!

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    1. How fun! Maybe I met her and I didn't even know!

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  2. Ahhhh I wish I could have gone! I did read some follow-up stuff about it (like I told you) and I'm definitely feeling the urge to expand a few things. So excited that that we can be blogging friends!

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    1. I know ... I soo wish you could have come with me! Next time though. :)

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  3. It was so lovely meeting you! I'm so glad you came! I look forward to seeing you at the next event!

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  4. So fun! I wish I would've known about that, I'm in the same boat as you...wanting to put more into my blog and make it better, but don't know where to start!

    www.vistaprint.com is a great resource for business cards, FYI. :)

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    1. Well, maybe we can both attend the next event they have. :)

      And thanks for the website!

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  5. So glad you came! We loved having you there!

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    1. Thanks so much! It was such a fun/helpful event. :)

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  6. Can't wait for those business cards! ;)

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  7. lol ohhhhhh business cards, we should have known!! ;) I'm so glad you went, AND, I'm proud that you didn't hide out on your phone and jumped right in to make friends! yay for getting out of the house :)

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    1. haha this made me laugh so hard! thanks for telling me about it. :)

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  8. I can't wait to Order Business Cards like those..thanks for sharing it.

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