The past two days I have seen that a million people are going to the Blissdom Conference. Awesome for them! I am super happy when other people are happy. It is just contagious to me. For instance, if you are excited about your new puppy, my heart beams thinking of you giving that little fella a snuggle. But I know pretty well what social situations I find enjoyable and the educational forums I find most helpful and a blogger conference ain't it.
As an educational experience:
I am sure you leave a blogger conference with more knowledge than you come in with. Otherwise the jig would be up real quick. But I think about growing my blog constantly, so I doubt I would hear anything groundbreaking that probrogger.com hasn't covered in some detail or any of the infographics I have pinned to my 'blogstuff' pinterest board.
I am pretty resourceful on the internet, so I can go to the Blissdom website, see the topics they are covering and google away any information I might want. That is a better education for my personal brain. If I leave with 100 new ideas I am in the same place I am right now, sitting here with 100 ideas and just lacking the time and energy to tackle more than a couple at a time.
Plus, I don't want to listen to people talk about blogging for days on end. I love blogging as much as the next guy, but I can only intentionally pay attention to a subject for so long...
So as far as going to a conference to learn stuff, the medium is all wrong for me, and I don't think I will get a whole lot out of it for the money.
As a social experience:
Hell to the no. First of all, I have no interest in being around that many people for 4 days in a row.
You don't want to meet me. I promise you I am 1000% cooler online than I am in person, and I wouldn't want to tarnish my image, lol. I am a total weirdo when I meet new people and it is exponentially worse when the number of people I don't know > people I do know. I make weird obscure jokes, I laugh at inappropriate times. I forget everyone's names. It is my own personal hell. If I meet you one on one, I am a total delight. It makes no sense.
I don't really want to meet you. That sounds harsh, but I don't mean it to be... I have my top 900 blogs that I try to keep up with and I wouldn't know you from Adam. I see your picture on your blog, have interacted with you numerous times over email and I probably couldn't pick you out of a lineup of similarly looking people. People just never look like their pictures to me. So I would feel super weird being like "Hey I'm Natalie" to Sarah K for instance and not even knowing it was her - who is one of my best blog friends. Or what if I meet you in line for the bathroom and come to find out later that I really don't care for the stuff you write. Will I be stuck pretending that I like your blog just because I know you in real life now? I don't want to walk into that sort of obligation! Plus I really don't much care for superficially meeting people. That being said, having 'friends' however superficial your relationship may be, takes time, and I already feel guilty for not logging enough time with my IRL friends. I don't want to be adding a whole bunch of new people to the mix, I already try to keep tabs with enough bloggers whom I like. I feel like I am at capacity. Plus as I said before, I wouldn't leave with too many new friends because I am socially awkward. lol
Adding to obligations, the financial one is a huge one! Just your ticket in is $400!?! I will never be at a point where I take my blog so seriously that I would lay down that kind of dough to learn about blogging and meet bloggers. I can do that for free. I could go right to my Texas bloggers facebook group and get 10 people to meet for brunch on Saturday morning. All for the cost of a plate of eggs, and fits within my length of time I would care to talk about blogging, lol.
Add to that hotel for three nights, transportation to the city it is in, 4 new outfits. You are looking at an easy $1000 bucks. When my blog is bringing in approximately -$20 a month (you read that right, minus $20) this seems like a horrible waste. Plus I have debt, student loans, and a bucketlist loaded with vacations I have been meaning to take, it doesn't look like I will ever fit blog conferences into the budget.
So if you are at Blissdom, I wish you all the best times, I hope you get your money's worth and make stellar new memories. As for me, I will stay here behind the computer screen where I like it :)
The other title I had for this was 'the ramblings of a socially awkward and anxiety prone woman.'
What about you? Is Blissdom or other blogger conferences in your future? (or are you there now??) I'd love to hear your take!