Mom 2.0 ended last week. I have been going through the reentry process now for over a week. To be honest, I miss all my friends, the laughter, the late night talks — and don't get me started on the food!
When I signed up to go to Mom 2.0, I thought I was just signing up for another one of those blogging conferences. My plans were to go and connect with brands, say hi to some people I knew and then nothing else. However, God had other plans for me that weekend.
During my few days with this amazing community of men and women, I learned a few things that I want to share with you. If you have ever thought of going to a conference like this, but have been to shy to buy the ticket, or felt you were going to stand out and be awkward — let me reassure you now — BUY THE TICKET. You can thank me later.
5 Mom 2.0 Advice Tips from a Newbie Conference Goer
There are so many delicious and wonderful things that I learned at this conference. It was my first time stepping into a mainstream conference of this nature and I will be honest, I was scared. I mean, I have been to conferences in the past, but none on this scale or this level.
But 5 things that happened that weekend stood out to me so I wanted to share them with you here — just in case you were wondering too.
#1 Grab LOTS of Roomies
For starters, I shared a room with 3 other girls. This was the first time in my life that I shared a room with more than one other girl. This meant we all shared beds, and for guys this is just not acceptable and they cannot understand it, but for us girls, sleepovers and slumber parties are our jam.
When you share a room with 3 other friends, you are opening yourself up to fits of laughter, snoring, intimate talks about personal life stuff and more.
I connected more with my roommates over these 5 days than I have ever connected with anyone else. Deep friendships were made that will last a lifetime and I am so thankful for the Mom 2.0 Community for that.
#2 Size Doesn't Matter
During Mom 2.0, I went in with the notion that I am a little blogger. My blog is about the size of a pea compared to many of the mom and dad bloggers that attend this specific conference.
But here's the thing I noticed — no one, and I mean no one, acted as if their blog and their online space was bigger or better than the next.
That to me spoke volumes. I had women who had hundreds of thousands of followers talking to me like we had been friends for ages, offering encouragement and support and spurring me on with brainstorming sessions and great ideas.
Which brings me to my next point.
#3 The Encouragement and Support is Overwhelming
Have you ever been in a room with over 500 cheerleaders at once? Do you remember the days of the Pep Rally when you were in high school and that feeling of cheering your friends on? Yeah — that is what you get in the Mom 2.0 community.
During the Iris Awards, I watched countless women and men accept awards from their peers and watched a room full of bloggers erupt in applause and support when their fellow blogger won said award.
There was no back biting, or name calling or jealousy flowing through the crowd. It was an overwhelming sense of pride for a community of mom and dad bloggers all trying to help each other out.
It was the best feeling in the world to among that.
#4 The Learning is the Best Out There
The classes and sessions offered at Mom 2.0 were some of the best I have heard. I attended the one of the tracks on affiliates and realized — MAN I am doing this ALL wrong.
Then I walked away with 5 pages of notes to come home and work on for my little slice of the blog world.
The Mom 2.0 staff work tirelessly for years in advance to bring some of the best topics out there that are relevant to today's blog world and social media world.
#5 The Overall Joy Shared There
I have read so many posts lately on what the Mom 2.0 community does for a broken hearted mom, or a mom blogger who just surpassed her 500,000 follower on Facebook.
The joy of these women and men and this community is everything I have ever looked for when it comes to friends in my blogging world.
I now have Mom 2.0 to thank for opening my eyes to this amazing new world and I cannot wait until next year when I will once again make my presence known at Mom 2.0 2018. Look out Pasadena CA — I will be riding in like the wind ready to learn more, connect more, and to encourage another newbie conference goers to get out there and connect.
We are ALL in this together, right?