On Saturday, I did something I've always been completely terrified of doing. I spoke at a conference.
A couple of months back, I opened an email from Blogconf, inviting me to speak. My instinct was to politely decline, but I thought about it for a while, checked the date, and realised that Blogconf was happening exactly ten years to the day from the very first blog post I ever published. A decade of blogging, book-ended with a talk about how I made the transition from writing in the evenings to making it my career. The universe was trying to tell me something.
The talk I gave ended up as a double act with Lara Watson, editor of Mollie Makes. Together, we led a session for an hour, discussing how freelancers work with magazines, and setting a couple of tasks for the group. It was vastly less terrifying than I'd ever thought possible. I'd almost go so far as to say I enjoyed it.
Conferences are a brilliant way to network with fellow bloggers. It can be such a solitary pursuit making human contact and shared experiences very necessary. One way to get interaction with other creatives is through new networking site, Hiive. Designed specifically to bring together writers, photographers, designers, animators, and other creative professionals, Hiive bridges the gap for freelancers and offers support, collaboration, ideas and events. Go check it out.
Oh, and I also took my new Logitech keys-to-go portable keyboard for iPad as it's so light and easy to use. Definitely one to add to my office-in-a-bag.
Thanks to Blogconf for asking me to speak, Hiive for collaborating on this post, and Logitech for sending me the keyboard.