I have never been to a conference. I will make it to one this year with the help of a sponsor, hopefully! I am desperate to learn more about blogging and social media. I want to meet these fabulous bloggers that I have met online. However, I am anxious, nervous and scared as well! In the end, us newbie’s just want to feel welcomed to the blogging community.
These are some of the things that make me nervous about going to a conference.
1. Will they like me?
I usually don’t have a problem with this feeling in real life but when it comes to meeting all of you face to face, I am completely anxious! I am an always smiling person. I am Christian but I also am “normal”. I like to have fun too. Laughter heals the soul! If you would of asked me 6 months ago, I would have been more scared then. Now I am finally getting those one on one conversation’s to feel more comfortable with our blogging community. As long as those people who step out to us newbie’s continue to do so, I think I will be able to say, you will like me!
2. Will I be by myself the whole time?
This actually comes from a long weekend retreat I was invited to not too long ago. I was going to go, and then I was told I would be staying in the room by myself. I ended up turning that down. Everyone else was there with someone. I was not. Doesn’t sound fun to me, by myself! I always hear stories from conference goers of how they stayed up all night long talking, giggling, and so on. I want that too. Am I going to be by myself in the room? Am I going to be trying to find my way around by myself all day? I can go places by myself but when it comes to somewhere new, it’s a little scary!
3. Who is taking their husbands?
Seriously, my husband and I love to be around each other. So taking him with me would be a joy. But how many of you really take your husbands with you? If I decide to take him will I be alone in that decision?
4. Do I need money and how much?
Something I need to know ahead of time is if I’ll need spending money. I don’t see much of that talked about but it is something very relevant in our financial situation.
5. Do I need to do what everyone else does and go buy a new wardrobe?
Seriously, all I hear about on Twitter is people buying clothes, jewelry, shoes, handbags and I can’t afford that! Although, I guess know one will know if I bought that outfit a year ago or not. I guess I just answered to my nervousness on that one. Ha-Ha!
6. Do I really have to have access to the internet while I’m there?
I know most bloggers have a laptop or access to the internet from their phone. I want a laptop but do not have one. I refuse to pay for internet access on my cell phone when I can use my computer that I sit at all day long! Almost gives you the out of place feeling. It would be nice to know that I am not the only person that won’t be able to access the internet!
7. I hope that when I get back from my first conference.
- I will be happy and thankful I went.
- I will come back with new understanding and learn something new.
- I will be able to say I have met some great friends and want to see them again.
- I will come back realizing that I was a newbie once and reach out to others that are newbie’s. We were ALL there at one time.
Are you a newbie? What are you nervous about? What do you want to bring home from a conference? If you are pro conference goers, how do you think you can help us newbie’s?
About the Author:
Michele is a Jesus lover, dreamer, wife of an amazing husband and mother of 4 children. She is the author of The Bona Fide Life where she writes about her ups and down of her journey through life with a positive attitude. Her blog is a reflection of her thoughts on many aspects of life, all the while keeping it REAL! You can find her on Twitter (@CheleChestnut) and Facebook as well.