I am so excited to be joining Krista tomorrow as we board an Amtrak train bound for Blogher ’12 in NYC. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been friends for over 10 years now.
I remember when we first met. The summer before my senior year of high school I was getting ready to leave on my first trip away from home by myself. Krista and I had both auditioned to be a part of a two week long high school choir program at a small college in Kentucky. I was filled with nervous excitement because I had no idea what to expect and didn’t know anyone who would be there. (Not to mention the extremely talented singing group from the college that would be a part of the choir) It was one of the most formative experiences of my life. Not only did I meet my future husband, although it would take a few years to develop, but I also met my life long best friend, Krista.
Here I am, twelve years later and that same nervous excitement is filing my chest. I’ve read a bunch of things about the conference online and been in a facebook group discussing how it’s all going to go down but I don’t think that feeling is going to go away until I’ve lived it.
I imagine Blogher conferences to be a little like the Olympics for bloggers. How can a world class athlete know that they are world class if they never come together to meet? How can young athletes set goals for themselves or discover their strengths if the had never seen anyone succeed and struggle through what they desire to achieve. Going to conferences gives us a real life tangible rule in which to measure ourselves and evaluate within a community that understands and embraces us.
I fully expect Blogher ’12 to be another life altering experience for me. I hope to come away with a better sense of who I am as a blogger. There is nothing like being surrounded by a community of people with shared passions, especially when that community is online. There will even be an elusively cool group of bloggers that I admire and respect, as much if not more than the college kids that were a part of our choir tour.
And more than anything I can’t wait for the friends, for the real life community. I can’t imagine life with out the two people that I met during my trip to Kentucky all those years ago. Krista and I have shared so much with one another, and thank God for the internet making it a million times easier to stay in touch! I am so grateful that she dragged me into this world two years ago.
Here we come Blogher ’12, are you ready?