I woke up today a little nervous. Feeling like a kid on their first day of school. I was about to meet some new friends and I was excited but a little bit tense.
(For those playing at home, Blogs and PR can be found here. They are a fab little organisation that I joined just a month or so ago)
I was confused as to why I felt nervous. I meet new people all of the time and am regularly attending networking events for my work. Never a nervous bone in my body. But today, I was giddy. A little dubious about entering a room full of strangers whom I really hoped would like me.
I think its because today was about selling myself. I wasn’t going there representing a brand or a business or talking about gigs. I was there to talk about my blog and myself and that all seems a bit scary.
It’s confronting to step outside of your comfort zone and walk into a room of women whose blogs you read, and whom you hope will one day read yours. Its confronting to back yourself and say yes – I’m here, I’m willing, please notice me.
But all of that disappeared pretty quickly once I arrived at the Meet and Greet. I was a little late unfortunately (blame the lovely weather and leisurely drive down the coast to get there) and I had to do the awkward “sorry I’m late” shuffle to a spare seat. Luckily, there was a familiar face across the table from me. The joys of social media meant I recognized Annaleis from Teapots and Tractors frock as I took my seat and instantly felt a little more at ease.
The morning flew and I had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of truly lovely and inspirational women. Each of us has a different reason for blogging and had taken a very different path to get to this point in our journey. Each of them were supportive and warm and so welcoming to one another that by the end of the 2 hours, all of the doubt and nerves were a distant memory.
That has been one of the loveliest little surprises for me since joining the world of blogging. The true sense of community. There really is a whole world of welcoming bloggers out there that embrace each other with gusto and support each other whole heartedly. Who knew so many of them were in my own city!
So to my new friends who made today so pain free – thank you! You made my first day at school totally awesome and hopefully I get to play with you all again soon.
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