Back in the beginning of the year I filled out my goal workbook. One of the things I wanted to make happen was that I was able to attend a blogging conference so I could learn and connect with fellow bloggers. It was a vision I had for myself in order to fulfill my goal of growing and making money off my blog.
Fast forward to February when I won the ticket to the Women In Travel Summit in Milwaukee thanks to Midwest Travel Bloggers!
The Women In Travel Summit is just a month away and I am busy planning which events and seminars I want to attend. Wanting to take full advantage of all the resources the summit has to offer, my goal today is to write a list of the things I want to attend. As I spend hours sitting in front of my laptop planning, polishing my blog so it looks presentable, promoting on Pinterest and my other social media outlets, I am plagued by self doubt and wonder if I can really be a successful blogger.
There are so many of us out there.
For the last 9 months or so it has been my dream to take what I love to do to another level. I have worked countless hours reworking my blog, promoting, taking online courses, and even a few hours actually writing content. When I won my ticket into the #WITS17 in my own backyard, I was elated! This was my chance to mingle and learn from those women that do what I dream of doing successfully.
Of course along with that excitement comes fear. Fear of not knowing a single soul and having to put myself out there, fear of not fitting in, and ultimately the fear of failure.
On the other hand, I have not let fear stand in my way of what I want to do. It took me 40 odd years or so to let fear motivate me to follow my dreams. I have no intention to let it stop me know.
I hesitated to call myself a blogger until now. Blogging was a hobby, something that I liked to do. It seems calling myself a blogger has now made it official. In preparing for the WITS17, last week I had business cards printed out. I am serious about this. Goodness, I even changed my Facebook work status to Blogger. Now that makes it official!!
I guess the thing that most makes it official is going to #WITS17. The idea of learning and meeting with successful travel bloggers makes me feel like a part of the tribe. We all started out with no followers, no comments, and no subscribers. Some gain success quickly, (although I feel that is the exception not the rule) most take months maybe even years. At this point, I’d be happy with 100 page views in a day!! It’s not an easy gig and anybody that tells you otherwise is crazy.
Most people have no idea the work bloggers put into their blogs. I think most friends and family of bloggers (including mine) really don’t know what blogging is, much less that you can actually make it a business. Blogging is huge business. Bloggers are a source of information for almost every subject imaginable. Need travel advice? Search for a blog about your destination. Looking for recommendations for your next book? There are lots of book bloggers for every genre.
Every time I publish a blog post, I feel like a part of me is released into the world for all (or in my case maybe 50 pairs of eyes) to see. Bloggers put themselves out there. The goal of a blogger is to offer expertise, connect, and share experiences with their readers.
It’s been 9 months since I lost my job and my world changed. I’m at the place where it’s OK and things like that happen for a reason. I would never have pursued blogging as anything more than a hobby if I was still working that job. At 53 I feel rather excited about the new things in life.
I am so excited and thankful to have a chance to attend this summit. I am looking forward to making new friends and learning from women who are successful travel bloggers.
If you are a travel blogger or a women who has a passion for travel, you can attend the summit. I will be blogging before, during and after the summit to share what I’ll be doing and seeing around Milwaukee.