write on: 5 things i learned at a blogging conference

I'm in a post-Blissdom haze and my head and heart are moving like tiny rockets at the end of a long weekend sparkler. My thoughts throw themselves in every direction and my heart is bright.

I've tried to summarize my take-away thoughts here: 

  • The more often I say the words, the easier it is to own them. Being in a room full of people, who want to hear about my work, forces me to speak the words, "I AM A WRITER." And even though I felt my face flush each time, I was received gently. 

  • The 500 other writers and bloggers, whom I admire and read and compare myself to (far too often), are not my competition. They are my mentors and teachers and inspiration. They are my community. And I have a place within it. 

Blisschicks{@dana_reinke and @naychi}

  • I have a lot to learn. And rather than being intimidated by the process, I am motivated by the possibilities: new photo apps, new SEO techniques (see experimental title of this post), creativity, credibility, engagement. I will read and write and dedicate time to this space every day.

  • I know my blog is saturated with words like "joy" and "grateful" and though I could make an effort to balance it with the less-than-shiny stuff (and it is there, if you look), my writing captures the life I want my kids to know in the present and remember in the future. During @bonstewart's keynote address: "Who Are We When We're Online?" she said "Be the self you want to encounter online" and I felt so validated. Telling my stories and sharing my perspective in its truest form, brings me closer to the person I want to write about. 


  • Once an introvert, always an introvert. I may never work up the courage to approach the bloggers and writers I admire. I prefer interactions in small, structured settings (more microsessions please, Blissdom) and find random hallway meet-ups and bathroom encounters incredibly frightening. But, with a feather-in-my-cap, I saw firsthand the value of networking and will challenge myself to say hello at future conferences (though I do think a zeitgeisty costume with face mask would help immensley - pick me, pick me).

Frametastic{thanks for a great weekend roomies: @morganizedmom and @thepartymama}

Thank you, Blissdom Canada, for lighting my spark.

See you next year!




Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works through Elan.Works and is a designer and content editor at GenderAvenger. They have been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health, Woman's Day, and Flow magazines and at TEDxRegina and on CBC News and Radio. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.