There’s a plethora of useful and insightful posts out there that perfectly wrap up the #PBEvent 2014.
This is not going to be one of them.
But don’t click the top right cross button just yet.
While there were invaluable lessons like transforming desire to action and there were new and lasting friendships to forge, they say it’s always the first and last half of anything that people remember.
Hence, Darren Rowse’s opening and closing words resonated with me the most.
Starting the conference with the unlikely metaphor of Emmett and The Lego Movie (and I thought I had escaped my children for the weekend), Darren confessed to facing moments of feeling “just ordinary” and boy, did that make me feel relieved.
I often wonder what I’m doing with this blogging caper. Do people really give taco boraccho about what’s in my head?
Yet, I keep going. I write when I’m loved up. I write when I’m angry. I write when I’m desperately sad and just need to have a verbal vomit.
It makes me wonder: What value do my thoughts and insights have?
I guess, we’re all a little bit like Emmett in that regard. Thinking we’re all a little ordinary but for me, it took the discussions and meet ups with all the other bloggers to realise that each one of us is doing something extraordinary.
You need to be bloody brave to put yourself and your opinions out online.
I told a friend that her online shop for her clothes boutique would be even more remarkable if she had a little blog on her site; something she could share with her customers and friends about fashion, colour, texture and how that all fit into every day life.
“Who’d read that shit???” she cackled.
“Ahem! What do I do for a living???” was the prompt reply while pointing both index fingers to yours truly.
She wasn’t insulting me, or what I did but I figured out that blogging isn’t for everyone.
No matter how creative or passionate you are, you can’t blog if you think you’re going to be insignificant.
Whether you consciously believe it or not we blog because we have plenty to purge about. It does not matter a single iota if anyone or NO ONE hears us. We hold our own value in what we have to say and there is an inner belief that it will somehow benefit others.
Beliefs can only be made stronger when tested and tried. There are days I still go back lamenting what I’m doing with this blogging gig but it always comes back to asking myself:
“Why stay silent when I have this freedom of speech and expression?”
I’m a mum raising two wildfire twin boys, living a pretty ordinary, comfortable life but I know this blog of mine, with the connections made and the chance to be creatively adventurous, this platform is the springboard to the extraordinary.