This past weekend, I learned so much more than I thought I could in such a short amount of time.
I learned so many technical tips and tricks on how to be a better social media professional. But I don’t want to spend my whole post explaining that to you. I want to read between the lines and tell you about how what I learned this weekend will affect this little blog here.
First of all, I learned that you can’t please everyone. I know that’s become such a cliche, but it’s true. For some reason, people turn into someone totally different when they are hiding behind their computer screen. Some people can turn into terribly mean people whose mission in life is to make you miserable. Scott Stratten said during the opening keynote on Friday that “one insult + 1000 compliments equals one insult.” This is so true. You can have compliment after compliment on whatever social media site you use, but when that one person posts a hateful or rude comment, that’s the one you remember. We have to rise above that. “Don’t be a jerk,” as Jon Acuff said. Being involved in social media is hard. Everyone has a voice and a platform to shout it to the rooftops. A thick skin is needed, but let’s also be a little more intentional with what we say. Think about what you say before you do it and the world/blogosphere/etc. will be a much happier place.
Next, I learned that not everything is appropriate for this platform. I’ve shared some pretty deep stuff here, like my struggle with anxiety and my political views, but there are certain things that should remain private. I tend to be an oversharer, so this is pretty hard for me. Along the same lines, I need to figure out how to do this while remaining authentic and expressing what’s on my mind.
I also learned that I don’t necessarily have to turn this blog into a business. I know that’s probably the opposite of what many of you believe, and heck, even I wanted to eventually turn the blog into a moneymaker when I began. But I have a job that I absolutely adore and I want to be able to put my all into it. I’m not saying that I eventually won’t take the blogging thing a little more seriously, but right now, it really is just a hobby. Some of you have noticed that I removed my Passionfruit ad shop on my Sponsors page. I want to be able to dedicate myself to those that pay for or expect my support and right now, that’s not something that I can do. I’m still totally up for working with brands on reviews and giveaways, but a sponsor program isn’t something I feel like I can keep up right now. All of the ads that you see to your left are blogs that I handpicked because a) I read them every day and/or b) they are very good friends of mine and I truly believe in their blog and what they are doing.
Finally, I learned that most of all I just need to be me. No matter what, whatever you see on this blog is 100% Whitney. I’ve made so many wonderful friends through this here blogosphere and I don’t know where I’d be without them. I think many of them can tell you that I’m a little eccentric but very real when you meet me in person. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of displaying that on the blog so far, but I’ll continue to do that and I’d love for you to stick with me.
From now on, I’ll be living, and blogging, intentionally.
To those ladies that I met this weekend: each and every one of you showed me so much about the world. Thank you for spending time with me, sharing yourselves, and getting to know me. I won’t soon forget you!
Did you attend Blissdom? Have you attended a conference before?
If so, what did you take away from it?
Check me out on Charlotte’s blog Laws in the Lowcountry today! I’m posting about my wedding!