ProBlogger in 2013 was my first big blogging conference. One of the things that shocked me the most was being recognised by people. I’m not saying I’m like, totally famous, or anything, but being a blogger with small stats (I average 1000 hits a month, good thing I write mainly for me!) it does surprise me when people know who I am.
I guess I was also surprised that the very old photo I use on myself online is still valid enough to look like me. My photo is old. I hate having my photo taken and while I’m sure I “should” have a professional (or at least current) headshot I just hate it and don’t want to deal with it! I like being behind the camera….
Anyway, I’m so excited about ProBlogger coming up soon. It’s a glimmer of hope & fun in what has been a bit of a tough year. Just before ProBlogger last year I had weird dreams about being in the wrong place and missing the conference a few days ago I had a similar one! In fact, right now I have a glimmer of hope that I may even be able to keep my booked room and be able to afford to stay at the QT, if I get a roomie (I don’t know for sure yet, but hoping to know for certain soon!). It’s so exciting, like a holiday. Can you tell I really need a freaking holiday?!
I also have a confession to make: I still haven’t listened to all the recordings from last year. I know, slack much?! Especially after all those posts I wrote on how to choose sessions. I blame the fact my iPhone somehow deleted them all & I haven’t synced it to the new computer yet because I don’t trust it to not wipe everything that’s on my phone. I know there’s a way to prevent that from happening, but there’s a lot of effort in looking that up!
So, if I will be seeing you at ProBlogger this year, please note: I am terrible at name/blog name/face combinations and I will apologise in advance for probably making a ton of recognition-based mistakes or being weird. Seriously, I’ve been at my part time job for four months now and I still can’t work out all the faces to names. I know the faces, and I know the names, but matching them…yikes! I just smile and try not to stare too hard at other women’s breasts while I look for name tags/security ID photos. Yes, that does make work awkward.
I’m actually kind of hoping that the ProBlogger event team took on my feedback from last year and will have avatars on the event lanyard thingy, because I would be more likely to recognise people if I saw their Twitter or Facebook avatars! And I think it would save all kinds of weird moments for all of us who are trying to transition from behind computer friends to in person friends.
Will I see you at the ProBlogger Conference in 2014?