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Problogger Blogging Conference – Parents, Prams, Positives and Perspective

By Yvette Vignando - 24th October 2011

Some of you will have never heard of Problogger, nor of #pbevent  (a label given to the blogging conference on Twitter) and so you may have been blissfully unaware of the gathering of some of Australia’s most enthusiastic, experienced and new bloggers in Melbourne on Friday 21st October 2011.  And many of you were there with me - catching up with friends, learning and squishing into some of the floor-seating-only popular sessions.  It was an energy-filled day and for a very affordable conference, I must express my gratitude to Darren Rowse  (alias @Problogger ) for enabling us to get together to hear some quality speakers who were full of inspiration for both new bloggers and the ‘rusted-on’ ones like me.

I returned home with new ideas, deeper connections with friends and some new goals for the happychild blog.

There’ll be many blogposts written after the conference, so I was hesitant about writing this post – is there anything more to say? Do I have a Top 5 Things I Have Learned? Actually no, simply because I can’t narrow it down to five! But I decided to briefly cover Parents, Prams, Positives and Perspective.

Parents

If you’re a Twitter user, then like me you’re keen to follow interesting people and pore over their blogs.  Although the Problogger conference was not a gathering of parents, because I connect with so many parents online and offline, I wanted to first share with you the Twitter names of some of the beautiful parents I met before and at the event – because these are people you might want to check out (in the  nicest possible way)  too.  One of the hardest things for me about these gatherings is that I want to have long conversations with everyone I see there and it’s simply not possible – I didn’t even get the chance to look in the eyes of some lovely bloggers and ‘tweeters’ I know – if you were there I am guessing you know what that’s all about. For example I didn’t see @goodgoogs there even though she had a baby attached to her and I didn’t say a word to @ajmckenna even though at one point she was apparently only a metre away!  And @GetInTheHotSpot must have been hotspotting everywhere except where I was standing in spite of our good intentions to catch up.

So for any of you I have omitted: it will either be because I didn’t know you were a parent, or my faulty recollections – so please, please do add your name in the comments section if I have left you out. I want to make sure I am following you.  Here goes (in no particular order of course): @purple_cath @Bern_Morley @Problogger  (duh) @edenland  @Woogsworld @Denwise1  @BraQueen @easypeasykids @alyciaedgar  Cheyanne Ainsworth (not sure what her Twitter name is) , @Frogpondsrock @Sleeplessnights @Miscmum @ReservoirDad @_wideeyedgirl @StylingYou  @singular_insane @PlanningQueen @ZucchiniBikini  @hereIamloulou  @sawhole @StuffWithThing @MeganBlandford  and Shae (whose Twitter ID I have suddenly forgotten)  @JohannaBD  @YTravelBlog  … now my memory is letting me down – I may have to come back to this list. I think I locked eyes and smiled with other lovelies like @Lori_rrsham but it was never going to be enough time. Anyway, by stretching my memory here of people and their Twitter names, hopefully, you’ll find some blogs by parents that you love or can learn from. If you’re a parent and you would like to add a link to your blog in the comments section below, you are very welcome.

Anyway, my point is, even if you have kids and you are run off your feet and exhausted (yes, that’s most of us) , if you have a blog and can afford the time and modest investment, do come along because you’ll find there are parents galore all blogging about an incredible variety of topics - you are sure to connect with someone fantastic.

Prams

Just a short paragraph to comment on how fantastic it is to see prams, slings, backpacks and babies all over the place at a conference.  And that nobody cares one bit if a baby cries or comments during the conference because we’re all happy to be in a room that encourages every blogger to be present. I do wish all conferences were like that. Credit to Problogger and the other organisers such as @PlanningQueen for making sure the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming.

Positives

There are three main positives I invariably take away from every conference I go to and #pbevent was no different.

1.       Conversations I have with people there and afterwards. Connections with like-minded or totally different people taught me just as much about the subject of blogging as the presentations themselves.

2.       Headspace away from the routines and pressures of my work or home environment always gives me time to dream bigger and think more broadly about my business and about life in general.

3.       Inspiration came from hearing other bloggers talk about their journey as a blogger, their highs and lows, the common challenges and ideas of solutions.

And Perspective

As a parenting publisher and being in the privileged position of publishing beautiful blogposts from a range of parents, sitting at the Problogger conference gave me an even deeper perspective of how fortunate I am and we are in Australia to be at this point in the development of our blogging community. Some lucky and talented Aussie bloggers have made it to the much coveted blogging events around the world such as BlogHer – but aren’t we all lucky that the community here in Australia is small enough that it truly does seem possible for each person at the conference with a blog, some imagination, determination and moderate writing ability to achieve their blogging goals, large or small, and get the opportunity to connect with their fellow bloggers.

What are your blogging goals? I would love you to share them here, and add your perspective on Parents, Prams and Positives?

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