For the past year I have been searching for the meaning in my blogging, with a lot of self-reflection going on. What kind of space do I want to create? Where should the blog be in a year’s time? Will I be able to maintain content that is fun and enjoyable for you to read and share?
There are two things that I believe whole heartily- I have always held true to knowledge is power; one should never stop learning. I’ve also been a staunch believer that support is just as important. Sometimes, that little bit of encouragement is all that is needed to help someone lift themselves up and go for it.
I’ve tried to bring both of these values here to the blog by sharing tips on anything I have learned along the way and to help out those bloggers that may not be known to the masses or have an important message to share.
This has worked out well, but I have felt like something was missing. I wasn’t doing enough for my fellow blogger. I just didn’t know what to do.
In May of this year, I decided to attend my very first blogging conference. I wanted it to be small so that I did not feel overwhelmed. Even though have been blogging for two years, I still feel like a newbie. I was excited, yet nervous. Would I be learning things that I could apply to my blog? Would the folks I knew through my computer screen like me in real life? Am I really ready for this?
I chose to go to Bloggy Boot Camp, hosted by the SITS Girls. It had everything I was looking for. It was small, easy to get to, affordable and choc-full of content and support. That is their secret to success…support- and they do it BRILLIANTLY.
Not only did I meet fabulous bloggers, but made many new friends! I was challenged with each presentation to really think about my goals for right now and for the future. I felt empowered to make the changes to bring my blog to the next level and I was able to focus on a plan to start the process of taking steps toward my goals.
For the first time in two years, I was surrounded by a group of people I was proud to call peers, who understood and shared the same passion for the medium of blogging.
We were engaged.
I was so glad I bought that ticket. It was worth Every. Single. Penny.
I thought about this conference for the next few weeks and could not shake the thought of how could I share what I got out of the conference with other bloggers? How could I convey how I felt engaged in conversation, in learning and that I, myself felt engaged in the whole process.
Then it hit me. THAT is the idea!
I wanted to find a way to support fellow bloggers, so I proposed my idea to the SITS Girls:
I wanted to take a portion of my Ad sales dollars and invest that in a ticket for someone to attend a Bloggy Boot Camp. It would help defray the cost a little bit, and hopefully have someone partake in a conference that they would enjoy.
That is it.
I want to invest in YOU to help you set your goals and learn how to take your blog to the next level. I want you to engage in yourself, your audience, your knowledge. Engage in conversation with your peers, but most of all your education.
If you have been toying with the idea to attend a Bloggy Boot Camp but have been on the fence about going, get down and go! It is so worth it! You will benefit from all those things and more!
The SITS Girls loved the idea and were extremely gracious to help make it a little easier for you to attend the next two Bloggy Boot Camps through a giveaway/sponsorship.
I am so excited to be teaming up with the SITS Girls. They are just fabulous beyond measure.
How can you win your Free BBC ticket?
Leave a comment sharing:
“Why you would like to attend a Bloggy Boot Camp and how will you en·gage?”
Please include which BBC you would prefer to attend.
Comments will be accepted through Monday, August 1st, and winners announced on Tuesday, August 2nd.
I hope this will flourish and grow to include more down the road.
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