First off, BlogJam is an awesome blogger event in Atlantic Canada to help us all learn more about anything blogs, blogging, and bloggers related in a super friendly environment.
I’ve had a huge awakening since BlogJam. I’ve always kinda known it about myself… but going to this blogger event truly hit it home.
Folks. I’m a big’ol shy scaredy pants.
Yup. It’s true. Those out there that are reading that know me may actually be SHOCKED to hear this. I am a person that DOES NOT come across as shy. Far from it.
Yet, here I am… missing out on amazing opportunities due to my silly SHYNESS!
I have several examples of this from the past. Many moons ago, I was at the Halifax airport waiting for a flight. Who was there… a mere six feet away from me… but Kevin Smith of Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks, and Mallrats fame. EEEEEEEEEEEE!!! (squeals like a 16-year-old) If you were a teenager in the 90s like me, Kevin’s stuff had a pretty big cult following. I was starstruck. I sent texts to friends gushing he was so near to me while trying not to stare. I watched people approach him for pictures and he was SO kind, joking around with each of them, posing for selfies.
After all this, what did this fangirl do? NOTHING!
What the heck, Amanda???
I’m still bummed I didn’t get that picture. Sigh.
This weekend at BlogJam I made the SAME MISTAKE! Here I was at this amazing event to network and learn from fellow bloggers… and I was TOO SHY to approach those that I follow and adore! As a blogger myself, I would LOOOOVE for someone to approach me and say “I love your stuff!”. So why not approach these lovely humans and communicate my appreciation of them? Because I’m a chicken sh*t.
I, folks, am a big ol scaredy cat that is afraid of awkward small talk.
So. Amanda. Whatcha gonna do about it?
I’m going to approach my fav bloggers in this post and say what I should have said Sunday. It may seem silly to YOU lovely humans that I would be starstruck… but… that’s just the truth of it. Here goes.
Fan girl time:
Kayla from Short Presents – You are the cutest & your energy is wonderful. You are rockin’ this bloggin’ business and I’m super impressed!
Jennifer of Simple Local Life – Your Christmas local buying guide has been a go-to for me these last couple of years. LOVE IT! I’m a HUGE supporter of local economics. Well done!
It’s going to be SO HARD next year at BlogJam because I’ve developed so much more blogger crushes! Awkwardly staring at you all from across the room with hearts in my eyes will just be that much more embarrassing.
My workshops with Alison Knott, Taylor Bare, Crystal Picard, Anita Kirkbride, Crystal Richard, and Mel Hattie were AMAAAAZING! I wish I could have gone to ALL THE WORKSHOPS, though! OMG! Thank you to those who have posted and shared your presentations! I HAVE WATCHED THEM ALL! XOXO
I’ve learned so much about blogging. Thank You.
I do want to give myself a wee pat on the back for the fact that I did meet new people at BlogJam (I’m lookin’ at you Kim at HappyPrettyBlog and Kayla at thehummingbird!). You were wonderful. I’ve been hardcore creepin’ your social media and blogs.
Man. So much talent out there! It’s downright exciting!
Bloggers in Atlantic Canada – Check out BlogJam next year!
And don’t be like me. Talk to EVERYONE. Get those selfies. Share those Insta stories.
Rock the heck outta it.
PS – Wanna be my wingperson next year? Help me talk to my blogger crushes? DM me.
Until next time,
Read. Write. TALK. TAKE THE SELFIES. Grow.