I learnt things too at the Digital Parents Conference

with Nathalie and Kristy at Digital Parents Conference 2012

Follow your passions, use your blog as a microphone for social good, believe in your ability and power to bring about social change and get inside the head of your reader.

These were just a few of the of the pointers I took home from last weeks Digital Parents Conference, attended by over 100 parent bloggers from all around Australia. Or maybe they were just the words that I could actually decipher from my scribble as I decided to resort to old fashioned, taking notes, handwriting. I therefore didn’t take too many notes.  And aside from that I had both Louisa  and Kellie live blogging next to me so I knew I could just hook into their notes later.


There were probably 2 facets of the conference however that I can use immediately to help me take my blog and business forward.


1. Blogging for social good: Whilst I may not be the blogger that goes to Niger like Eden to report on the latest famine, or like Darren from Problogger who travelled to Tanzania to help bring about life saving medical procedures that would be routine operations in Australia, I believe I still have the ability to bring about social change, even if it is on a much smaller scale.


For me and my blog and business, I want parents to experience more joy in their family life and I want children and teens to be better equipped to face the obstacles that prevent them from having a healthy, happy and productive journey into the adult world. To do so, I will continue to try and inform and empathise and expose some of my own realities of raising a family in the modern world.


2.Technological Domination: The second facet was the enormity of this digital world and how absolutely it will engulf our children and their futures. Now of course at a blogging conference there are going to be lots of ‘tech heads’ and social networking geeks that just love their gadgets and stuff.  But if this is what can happen with those of us that still typed their Uni assignments on a typewriter (or maybe a Dos document in the final year), then one can only assume that our children, who as 2 year olds are swiping through screens on an ipad like its second nature, will be even more engulfed by this online phenomenon. It is this aspect of parenting that I believe needs particular attention. I recently wrote about the importance for parents to embrace the technological world and attempt to understand it from their child’s perspective. I now believe that more than ever and will therefore continue to make this a focus.


What else I learnt?


  • Some people are exactly as you imagined them to be from their online persona
  • Some people are so very different from how you imagined them to be from their online persona
  • I have some competition when it comes to karaoke microphone hogging (Not mentioning Shae, Clint or Jess)
  • Kristy from The Imperfect Mum and Nathalie from Easy Peasy Kids would make great room mates. (thanks for letting me crash in between events)
  • Gemma from My Big Nutshell is one funny girl, with a  lots of  spark’ (and has great taste in clothes).
  • I love writing. I want to continue to write and experiment and hone my skills
  • I will try to make every sentence count


So thankyou to all who helped make this years conference a fabulous experience and for providing me with the information, motivation and the confidence to move forward with my blogging aspirations.


If you were there, what were your highlights? And if you are not a blogger, what have been your experiences of conferences and networking events?


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  1. Nathalie Brown

    Martine I was hoping we could get together and watch the 3 part DVD on cleaning 😉 Love spending fun times with you Nx

    1. Claireyhewitt


      With Pizza? I will use the cleaning wipes to clear the mess.

    2. Martine

      Absolutely! I am sure we have a few spare hours between us to learn some extra tips! x

  2. Claireyhewitt

    Blogging for Social Good comes in all forms. Your post on Heartfelt never leaves the highest clicked on posts on my blog. Sharing information that way is sure to have helped a number of families. There are no limits to this blogging caper!

    1. Martine

      Thanks Claire, it certainly does have the power to have a very positive impact on the world. We just need to ensure we use it the right way for the right results.

  3. kirri

    It was brilliant to meet you Martine. Expect an email from me soon x

    1. Martine

      Fabulous to meet you to Kiri x

  4. I loved seeing you again Martine, but we need longer chatting time next time. Thank you for popping up to say ‘hi’ too, when I was a bit overwhelmed Denyse X

    1. Martine

      Thanks Denyse. It was great to see you again but I would definitely love to chat longer next time. YOur talk was fabulous too. You speak so well. 🙂

    1. Martine

      Yep it was a highlight for me too! Love a good dance x

  5. Laney @ Crash Test Mummy

    My highlight: singing Flashdance with you and wondering where our bicycles and welding masks were 😉

    1. Martine

      We did rock that Irene Cara! x

  6. Jess

    Martine you do such a beautiful job on your blog here. (Between you and me, it’s one of the only ones that’s goes straight to my inbox 🙂 )
    I took away a lot of similar things too. I feel really inspired to keep gonga no to get better at this, and do good from my blog, not just random craziness. Which is totally a category I post things into. 🙂

    Loved mike hogging with you xxx

    1. Martine

      Thankyou Jess, that is very kind. I love that you are feeling inspired…but be sure to keep some of the random craziness!

  7. Becci Swan (@beccibird)

    Besides meeting my buddy (thanks for the support Martine, like many others I had my moments of feeling freaked out and left out), what I got out of the day is I still have the same goal for my blog, to write about my life, my family and my history. Plus an additional passion for trying to do some good for the world, or a tiny part of it anyway.

    1. Martine

      I am glad you got lots out of it and sometimes it is enough to just reaffirm what and why we are doing what we are doing. Loved being your buddy too x

  8. Emily

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the conference! Still yet to hear a bad thing about it. On the to-do list for 2013.

    1. Martine

      Yep, definitely put in the ‘to do’ list..lots of fun and learning!

  9. Mandy

    Sumed up so beautifully. It’s true, we can all make a difference, some in smaller ways, other bigger. But it all counts.

    1. Martine

      Thanks Mandy…and well done on conquering the Fun Run for kids!

  10. Erin @ Lohtown Life

    I’ve been thinking about technology and kids quite a bit lately. Things are so different to when I was a child & expectations/experiences of communication, entertainment, relationships have changed. I wonder what it will be like by the time my boys are adults!

    1. Martine

      Yes it is changing all the time and hence we have no idea how it will look by the time our kids are adults. I think that is why I am passionate about parents keeping up with the changes as they happen.

  11. Née Say

    Sounds like such a valuable experience for a blogger, not to mention oodles of fun!! Thanks for sharing your experiences & learnings. Hope you meet you there next year x

    1. Martine

      Would love to meet you there next year!

  12. Veronica @ Mixed Gems

    Your first two lines got me hooked. I passionately share your concerns and thoughts about technological issues. Thanks for keeping this issue in the fore. This is definitely a topic to be raised and you seem like an apt person to be an gadget of influence in this area.

    1. Veronica @ Mixed Gems

      I meant to write “an apt person to be an agent of influence” not “gadget”! No idea how that came out. influence of iGadgets, maybe!

      1. Martine

        Thanks Veronica! I actually think both versions work! And I do hope to be the person to help parents find there way through the ever changing technological landscape!

  13. katesaysstuff

    Just wanted to chime in that you are already blogging for social good. I know I look to you for ideas and inspiration when I’m finding things hard going, and we’re not even near the teen years yet!

    Loved chatting to you albeit briefly 🙂

    1. Martine

      Thanks Kate that is very kind. And yes lovely to see you again…will chat longer next time 🙂

  14. Kelly

    Love this! I was most excited about blogging for social good!!

    1. Martine

      Yes I think it was the session that most surprised me as I realised that that is what most of us are doing, just in different ways.

  15. katepickle

    I totally think you do a lot of social good with your blog…
    If you help just one other parent or child you are doing something wonderful and I know you have already helped me!

    1. Martine

      Thanks Kate, you are too kind 🙂

  16. Farmers Wifey

    Hmmmmmm did we not share the mic for the last song of the night? Or did I dream that….either way I loved singing with you xx

    1. Martine

      No I’m pretty sure we did…..lots of fun 🙂

  17. Rhianna

    Sounds like a wonderful day that you got a lot out of. I can’t wait to get to my first conference

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