I took off a little time from the blog after returning from Bloggy Boot Camp in Chicago. Not only was I on information overload, I wanted to think a bit and reflect on what I learned without jumping into writing about it. The conference itself was excellent. I expect nothing less from The SITS Girls. There was a ton of information and awesome speakers and much to take away.
I loved listening to people who have made a business from their blogging beginnings. I think many of us toy with the idea of using our blog as a springboard into something more. Some of us want to write a book or become a successful freelance writer. Some of us are social media savvy and can use those skills to manage social media for others including big companies. There really are so many things you can do and the Brand Edition of Bloggy Boot Camp gave us first hand accounts from those who have done all of these things.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I have thought of writing a book. I’ve thought about a memoir type book as well as fiction. I still think one day I will.
But one thing became clear to me after the conference. I won’t be one that makes a living from my blog or from whatever my blog could lead to. I have a good “day job” and no intention of leaving it. Blogging and all that I am doing surrounding blogging is, for me, supplemental. It is, for lack of a better word, a hobby.
That isn’t to say it is not important. Quite the opposite. It is very important to me and is something that I consider “mine, all mine”. That is one reason why I wouldn’t want to make it my job. I like that it is a getaway for me. Something that isn’t part of the daily grind but, rather, something that I do for fun.
I see myself writing about my life and my experiences. I see myself sharing things I love which may include products that I may partner with brands to share. I see myself as being a brand ambassador which would mean I partner with a brand to share what I love about them on a continuing basis. And I see myself continuing to work with The SITS Girls as a Community Lead because I love connecting with and working with such fabulous people.
I am so glad I went to Chicago for this conference. I learned so much that I can use and learned more about myself as well. I figured out how I wanted to refocus my energy so that my blog remains true to what I love doing.