I’ve debated attending conferences like BlogHer or BlogWorld in the past, but they always seemed so far removed from what I do and what I want to accomplish. I don’t really pay attention to SEO and Google rank and all that stuff. I just like to write and blab about animals, forget all that technical mumbo jumbo.
But BlogPaws– a conference made up of pet bloggers? That’s right up my alley. I attended the inaugural event in April in Columbus and let me tell you, it was so much fun. I loved every single person I met there. The whole conference was so positive and fun and invigorating, and made me so proud to consider myself a part of the pet blogging community. We rock.
My work, as I think you all know, is a bit of a challenge at times. I find myself reading articles about burnout and nodding my head in agreement: yes, I feel that, mm hmm, it is hard to stay motivated sometimes when you spend so much time feeling disappointment. It is a career with tremendous highs and tremendous lows.
It is easy to convince yourself that you’re the weird one for caring so much in a world where so many people you meet are just ambivalent about the cause you are passionate about. That even if you do accomplish what you set out to do, no one would care.
Going to BlogPaws reminds me why I got into this in the first place. By refocusing the energy away from the negativity and towards a group brimming with positivity and a love for pets, I can come away energized and recommitted to my favorite causes.
I feel so fortunate to have connected with all of you online, and I can’t wait to meet those of you who are going to BlogPaws in person! I can truly say the last conference was one of the highlights of my year.
So are you going? Anyone meeting up with me at the raucous table again? (We are all about shenanigans.)