Tuesday evening I had the chance to sit on the panel for the Bloguettes "Speed Dating" event. Along side me were several wonderful and successful bloggers, business owners, photographers, designers and other specialists. It was so special to be among the ranks of those whom I have admired for such a long time. The attendees sat with each of us for six minutes and we chatted about ways to improve and highlight their blog.
It was held at Lux Cafe in Phoenix, which is such a cool little joint. Being from the other side of the valley, it's almost a hidden gem to me. The atmosphere when you walk in is so the opposite of what you picture a cafe in Arizona to be. The moody light drifting through the windows perfectly compliments the eclectic assortment of furniture, bar space, even the food.
The Bloguettes Team truly out did themselves setting this up. We were fortunate enough to use a private room, in which they provided a lovely assortment of antipasto, fruits and hummus. We were each given a notebook, Bloguettes schedule, and their signature t-shirt.
As we began the evening I was really nervous. Sure, I've been blogging for a while and have learned to work my way through the steps of it, but I was very intimidated by the thought of giving other bloggers advice. I myself am still learning how to navigate my way through this other culture, and figuring out how to be successful at it. I was relieved when one of the other members of the panel told me how much they were learning themselves. It made me feel so good to know we're all in this together, and that we each have something work on and learn about.
Each person on the panel had their own "specialty" in what they could help the participants with. Mine was in honest writing. With blogging, we all know that pictures can make or break a blog. Most seasoned bloggers will tell you that having strong photos will ensure a lot of success. I'm inclined to agree. However, I believe that good, honest writing is what makes it even better. It's almost like a movie. When a film starts, the visual aspect grabs our attention, obviously giving us something to watch and be entertained. But it's the dialogue (or monologue) and conversations between characters that keep us engaged. It helps us to understand what's going on and humanizes the actors we see on screen.
The same goes with blogging. Without taking the time to write out our experiences, feelings and thoughts, we're only creating something surface level. Sharing these things about ourselves makes us so much more personable to our readers, rather than just providing them with a website showcasing pretty pictures.
Sitting with each of these new bloggers felt as though new life was being breathed into me. I felt myself become overwhelmed with the same enthusiasm they had about the beginnings of making a blog. It reminded me of all the hopes and dreams I had when Things We Fancy was created. I soon became washed over with gratitude when I thought about how far I've come since then. So many wonderful friends, opportunities and experiences have come into my life all thanks to this little blog. Who would have thought I'd be this blessed from simply purchasing a little piece of real estate on the Internet and sharing my life and ideas?
I want to give a huge shout out to the Bloguettes team for hosting this event and inviting me to be a part of it. What an inspiring and educational event it was. If you are looking for any blogging or specialty workshops, these are your girls! Great news is they don't hold them strictly in AZ, so check their website and see if they're coming to a town near you! Visit them at http://www.bloguettes.com!