Coming up to the Kidspot Village Voices of 2013 masterclass and Top 100 launch party I could not have been more excited. Or nervous.
At one point in my preparations I started to slather moisturiser on my hands only to find it was shampoo. Yep, I was that nervous.
But I needn't have been.
Once I got over the this-has-surely-been-a-mistake-invite state of disbelief, I was super excited. To be in the same room instead of the other side of a monitor as some of the best, mostly women, bloggers in Australia was, in a word, awesome. In two words, awesome and inspiring.
The first class of the year (there will be more, any blogger can go!) was held at The School where around 100 of us listened to the wisdom of seasoned and successful bloggers like Jen from Interiors Addict and Stacey from Veggie Mama. The fabulous blog master Pip asked the panelists questions, such as, 'how can we avoid having an ugly-ass blog?' Good question Pip!
I tried very hard not to stare at people too much. To tell the truth I would definitely have said yes to a reference chart with three columns: blog name, picture of blogger's face and summary of all interactions we'd ever had. (App idea there, am I right?)
After the class I went home, got a bit fancy in a Gorman frock and took a taxi to Darlinghurst. The party space was lined with waiters offering drinks and canapés, and sporting two shiny Fords to play in (the winner of the Top 100 gets to drive a Ford Territory for a year. Lucky!). I had one glass of champers at the party and one more at the after party. That's two whole more glasses than I have had in a veerrry long time.
And it was wonderful -- almost a relief -- to talk shop with other bloggers. Feeling validated for something that is, in many ways, a solitary endeavour and that I struggle to call a job when asked, was priceless.
If you, my awesome readers, are listening to me I have a responsibility to say something worthwhile. This is such a lovely space for me, I'm happy to be here every single day. But sometimes I worry that there are real problems in the world that I am not addressing by blogging about cute things. Does the world really need more sunshine and rainbows? (Personally I love sunshine and rainbows, but you know what I mean.)
Hailey on the left and Cinti from My Poppet.
Hailey spoke about following your passions even if you don't really know what you're doing or what's going to come from it. She spoke about never giving up and persevering even when people say 'no'. About writing down what you want and prioritising it.
In a way this is kind of obvious, but sometimes we just need to be told. Well, I do. And it didn't hurt at all to be told by Hailey, who relayed her own story of following her dreams with a passion and sincerity that I think we all felt to our bones. She said:
"Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive."
I am honoured to be included in the Kidspot Village Voices Top 100. This is my post on the masterclass and launch party. And a special shout out to my preggo event buddies, Patchwork Cactus and Yellow Dandy :)