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?