Gah! I cannot believe how neglectful I have been of my blog over the past month. Ever since returning from BlogHer, I just haven’t had the motivation to blog about anything.
Part of the problem is that my laptop is on the fritz, so I can’t edit pictures and can barely get online most of the time. My husband is in the process of researching a new laptop (suggestions?), so hopefully that situation will get remedied soon.
I have things to share with. Great pictures of my son’s 3rd birthday party, a couple fun giveaways from companies I met at BlogHer, and some reviews of great products. All these posts are running around in my brain….I just can’t seem to get them to my fingers.
I’ll be honest. BlogHer was not the experience I had hoped it would be and I’ve been feeling jaded about blogging ever since I returned. My first BlogHer in 2011 was amazing. I learned a lot and felt that as a small blogger, I fit in as much as anyone else. I think maybe I was just naive to all the other things going on that year, but I came back from BlogHer ’11 excited about blogging.
This year was different. I felt that my small blog was insignificant. People (brands and bloggers) weren’t interested in hearing about it because I wasn’t offering something that would benefit them. It felt competitive and cut-throat. It felt like high school…and I have no interest in returning to those years.
I know that I let myself get too wrapped up in the drama. I let myself get too concerned about what parties I was going to and didn’t spend enough time focusing on the connections I was making.
I don’t regret going….I loved spending time with friends in NYC. But I won’t be back to BlogHer. The conference is too big and too commercial for me.
Obviously, I’m still having a hard time processing my BlogHer experience and deciding how to translate it into my blogging life moving forward. I’m hoping by writing about it here, I might be able to move on and get back to blogging about the things I want to blog about.
And I hope you will stick with me while I figure this all out. Thanks!