Aussie Bloggers Conference: A Question of Fit

For the last few months you may have noticed in the sidebar a button indicating I’m going to the inaugural Aussie bloggers Conference in Sydney on March 19. As the day draws nearer, I’m pondering more and more some of the concerns I’ve had about the conference from the start. I think it will be interesting, but to say I’ve not had doubts about attending would be a fib. 

My friend Ally of ActingLikeAMama invited me last year and I said yes right away. The plan is a good one. We’ll have a road trip to Sydney, stay overnight in the hotel where the conference is being held and have a fabulous time. In the evening we’ll attend the dinner and drink wine and let our hair down.

At some point I actually looked at the website. Probably I should have done that right away but I didn’t think I needed to. A conference about blogging? You bet! I love talking about blogging in the same way I love talking about knitting or my chickens or any other subject close to my heart.

When I looked at the list of attendees and their blogs and the FAQs I had a sudden, sinking feeling and one I’ve struggled with ever since. The conference is being run by a group who identify as Mummy Bloggers and it’s aimed specifically at Mummy and Personal Bloggers. The organisers said for the first conference they’ve aimed it at their own community and that they hope to expand it in future years. I hope they do. I understand they welcome people who blog outside that sphere, and that’s great, but my concern is less about how welcome others are and more about how well will other bloggers, like me, fit in content wise? What is our shared experience of blogging and is it enough to give us common ground on the day? I’m really not so sure.

If you’ve been reading here a while you’ll know I’m neither a Mummy Blogger nor a Personal Blogger. Even if I could be a mum, I don’t think I’d ever be a Mummy Blogger. Nothing against them, per se, but I’m pretty sure as a mum I’d want to still keep a blog that was primarily a knitting blog. If I had children I’d need that creative outlet as much as I do now. I’m certain of it. It’s how I started my blogging life and it’s the niche in which I fit most comfortably, even if I do stray from time to time. And  yes I do post pictures and stories about my niece and nephew but only when it relates to my core subject matter.

For the most part I don’t read Mummy Blogs either since stories about sleepless nights, tantrums and breastfeeding have no relevance to my life and to be frank, it’s a bit like picking a scab that’s healing nicely. So I just don’t go there.

Like the knitting community I’m part of, their community is obviously an important part of their lives and any place where we find like minded friends and acquaintances is a good thing.

I’m not a Personal Blogger either. Telling stories about the minutiae of my day to day life isn’t really what I’m about – small details slip through yes, but on the whole only in as much as they relate to the knitting, the garden that sort of thing. It’s never the full picture. Just a glimpse and I try to write universally.

I very nearly pulled out of the conference. Were it not for the fact that I was, and still am, looking forward to the weekend away with Ally, I might have. I just can’t shake the feeling that I’m going to be a little bit like a fish out of water there, not least of all because I imagine on meeting a room full of mums I’ll get the inevitable ‘how many children do you have?’ question. That’ll get old really fast.

I think knit-blogging and mummy blogging are quite different and so it seems to me like we’ll be talking at cross purposes a lot of the time. There’s not a lot of push in the knitting (or other creative activity) communities to get on board with advertising, sponsored content or ‘monetising’. We just don’t do it. We write about our creative journeys, photograph our knitting, sewing or crochet and tell stories about how we love it and derive great personal pleasure from it.

We write to inspire and be inspired about a pretty specific subject.

Have you ever tried explaining a knitting blog to the uninitiated? It’s hard. We write about the gentle things in life and how they relate to our knitting. How dull that must sound to someone who doesn’t get it but I don’t actually care. I’m not writing for the broader community and neither, I’m sure, are you. Just as the Mummy Bloggers (and the subset – the dieting bloggers) are really only writing for an audience who shares their experiences. We can’t and shouldn’t write for everyone. If we did we’d never write anything meaningful.

I’ve taken some comfort from the fact that there are a small number of bloggers attending who don’t identify as mummy/personal bloggers – but even most of those are mums (and a few dads). On the day I really hope that we’ll all have something to contribute and learn from each other that crosses the divide of our content differences.

I’m not sure I even know what I’m hoping to get out of the conference. I’m not out to learn about incorporating paid advertising into my blog. I’m not needing help and advice on growing my readership or creating better content because frankly I’m pretty happy with the status quo. All I can do is show up, be myself, hopefully meet some nice people and talk about how fun it is to write and read blogs of interest. That’s really what got me to say yes, simply the thrill of being in a room full of people who love it like I do. I don’t feel the need to be too earnest about it.

It’s only blogging, after all, you know? It’s possible to be serious about blogging without being Serious, if that makes sense.

If you’re going to be there, I’ll be the one who knits through every session. If you knit or crochet, will you bring something to keep your hands busy? Between now and next weekend I’ll be planning what to knit. That’s the big question for me right now and I have some exciting ideas brewing.

Bells

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53 thoughts on “Aussie Bloggers Conference: A Question of Fit

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  2. lots of people have already commented along the lines of what i was going to say – i love your blog, however it’s categorised! i always find knitting inspiration here, and enjoy the pieces of your life you choose to share. you write so well, thank you and i hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  3. Wow Bells! You have created a stir with this post!! hehehehe

    Being the guilty one that is dragging you along to this do, I feel a little bit guilty. I have always had a huge issue with labeling blogs. I hate being called a mummy blogger, which is technically what I am, I would never call you a craft or knitting blogger either, I come from the perspective that a blog is an open, evolving expression of ourselves. It’s an opportunity for us to do away with labels, so why do we limit ourselves by using them?

    With that in mind, I guess I too, did not look closely at the content or the target audience of this conference. I knew through networks (mainly twitter) of some of the organisers, and a lot of the attendees. I didn’t think twice about it actually specialising in a “group” of bloggers. I again, apologise profusely!!

    For me, who is not as committed to my blogging at the moment (just a short hiatus I hope), I am looking at this weekend, as a bit of an experiment. I am interested to see how people who have formed strong relationships over the internet react when in person. I cannot wait to see how I have formed impressions and assumptions about people and look forward to be proved both totally wrong and totally spot on. I look forward to seeing 2 dimensional sites become 3 dimensional people. I hope to have some laughs, I hope to make some friends. And I hope that I never get convinced I should try and monetise my blog!

    As we have spoken about though, if it all gets too much, we will hightail it to the bar and hulp down the closest mojito!!

    xoxox

    PS – that’s if you survive my singing in the car. Oh, didn’t I tell you I like to sing karaoke style while driving ;-P

  4. I think you have summed up how I feel about the conference. I am excited and see it as very beneficial for me, but it does scare me to think about being in a room full of ‘mummy bloggers’.

    Mine is not a mummy blog, and I am not into lots of monetization strategies, but I do monetize a bit.

    The conference has already given me an unbelievable opportunity with a book contract, so i am grateful for that, but I have seriously contemplated pulling out, lol.

    So I would LOVE to meet you. I think you are truly talented. I cannot knit, despite ppl trying to teach me when I was younger. I do love knitted things and am in awe of anyone who can do it! 🙂 Hope to meet you.

  5. The first time I showed my blog to my father, I told him how exciting it was to have readers from all over the world. The only thing he could come up with to say was, “Have you thought about how you could use this to make money?”
    No, I haven’t. For one thing, my blogging is too sporadic. For another, once a blog gets ‘monetized’ (what an awful word), I generally unsubscribe.

  6. That probably felt similar to when I looked up a home school conference that had sent me a postcard and saw that it was a very religious one. We’re not home schooling for religious reasons, and I didn’t feel comfortable enough to sign up for it.

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  8. I was wondering about bringing my knitting but thought I might look a bit like an odd nanna sitting at the back with my needles. Sounds like I won’t be alone though. I’m glad you didn’t pull out, it’s be a shame to think this conference was limited to solely mum and personal blogging. The more difference, the merrier.

  9. I guess I’m a mummy blogger and I’m a mostly left handed but pretty ambidextrous and consequently disastrous knitter who can only do a plain stitch with one hand and pearl with the other. I’m also a lover and keeper of 3 pretty cool chickens so I know we’ll have something to chat about. I look forward to chatting chooks with you sometime next Saturday. I’ll be the one with a baby strapped to her chest. I promise I don’t bite!

  10. I think everything has been said, and said well, so far, so I won’t blather on. My kids were grown before blogging existed, but I would have hated mummy blogs! I’m hopeful that you’ll find at least a few people who aren’t obsessed with diapers!

  11. Hi Bells. I so agree with Kris – you are a personal blogger – in my eyes anyway. I truly love your blog – it’s in fact 1 of only 2 blogs I read each day (and I don’t blog myself)! Keep up your brilliant writing and have a fantastic weekend. Ahhhh – to sit and knit all weekend – HEAVEN!

  12. I’m one of the dreaded Mummy Bloggers. You’ll be able to recognize me by the way I sit and stare, mesmerized by how effortlessly your fingers fly with the needles.
    I’m hoping there will be content to bring us all together. We all write about our lives and our passions; some lay it all on the table whilst others, like myself, only divulge a veiled persona.
    I am not my blog though I do call myself a Blogger. I’m just a girl who wants to go and meet some new people. I hope you’ll say hello when I introduce myself as the one who left the weird comment on your conference post.

  13. Hi Bells, I understand what you are saying. I really love your blog and get a lot out of it. I enjoy reading and seeing what projects you are doing and your pictures of your garden and knitting. Sometimes it is good not to fit into a specific category! Enjoy your weekend away and happy knitting!:-)

  14. like linda, it took me a while to realise that there were blogs other then knitting or craft ones! i am a mum, but took up blogging to create a space for me and my interests (mainly knitting) outside the relentless mothering, and of course kid-related stuff is there too because that’s my main job. i imagine that many other “mummy” bloggers would also blog for this reason, to nurture the self and celebrate what creative achievements can be fit in to a busy life of caring for others. i would have thought that you were a personal blogger too, as opposed to a newsy or social commentary blog, but understand your distinction. your blog is also a well-crafted writer’s blog. i love coming here for the knitting, writing and domestic artistry! hopefully there will be enough people with similar attitudes to blogging as you. i’m sure you’ll have a good time with a friend and knitting in tow!

  15. This whole reply string is very interesting to me right now as I pulled out of the conference last minute due to some of the reasons outlined.

    Mostly I pulled out because I am a writer and I don’t think attracting sponsored ads and advertising is really the avenue I want to take with blogging. Why? because I don’t think you can make that much money without completely busting your gut going down this path. Secondly I don’t want blogging to take away too much energy from my true passion – creative writing.

    So last week I pulled out and I feel all the better for it. I was twittering, writing twice a week and doing all sorts of things in an attempt to gain a readership and all I had to show for it was 35 followers and very few comments!

    While I’m a mother and I identify strongly with that as a key part of my blog, offering writing news and tips is also part of my intention. To be honest I feel like the mummy blogging world is a tight knit one, one which is quite hard to crack in, like a club of sorts. I ended up wondering whether there is really any room for another mummy blogger given most of them have huge readerships etc and support each other.

    So for now I’m happy to keep my blog as an online journal of my thoughts and experiences and writing news and to leave all of that to the long-term bloggers, those who’ve been in the game for a long time.

    While I feel there is a kind of insularity in the mummy blogging world I am still offended by any negativity associated with the notion of ‘mummy blogging’ as I see it as just another away to negate the experiences of women. The honest sharing of the experience of motherhood is vital in stripping back the myths and misconceptions surrounding it so I bristle at any triviliasation of this. Having a knitting blog is just as reasonable as having a mummy blog.

    I go to 2 kinds of blogs for 2 kinds of reasons. Firstly I am a budding sewer and a long-time writer so I will visit some blogs for projects/practical advice. The second kind of blog, sometimes being the ‘mummy blog’ or personal blog, I will want to read raw and personal accounts of people’s lives. Hearing about mundane existences connects me with others, it doesn’t bore me, does quite the opposite.

    I find it offensive that people are offended by the concept of the mummy blog as much as they are offended by a blog that is purely for craft purposes and nothing else. Everyone is allowed to share their experiences, ideas and tips for living in this world . I very much disagree with Alisa’s comment…’Not to mention the insult to feminism most of them are’ I find it quite the opposite – it is an insult to women and feminism to put a lid on women’s experiences as mothers and women.

    • it certainly wasn’t my intention to cast aspersions on mummy blogging. You’re right there’s room for everyone.

      If I have any issues with the notion of mummy blogging it’s that it seems a lot of time is spent, from my perspective, drawing negative pictures of the day to day reality of motherhood in a way that’s unflattering for everyone concerned. Ranting and letting off steam publicly isn’t really my style. Or my interest.

      Any writing that highlights the day to day realities and aims to draw strength and inspiriation from the community is a great thing but too often from an outsider’s point of view it seems unecessarily negative. But I’d say that applies to lots of different blogs, not just mummy blogs. On the whole I’ll steer clear of anything that’s demeaning or negative.

      • I should add to that that the mummy blogs who aim to produce completely unrealistic images of perfection are probably just as unhelpful.

      • Sorry Bells, I realise that my reply seemed like I was incensed with what you wrote, absolutely not. I feel similarly, even though I am a mother, I had doubts whether I would ‘fit’ in at the conference as well. My blog isn’t sponsored and I have made $2.40 out of my blog since starting it up 3 years ago!

        I was more reacting to the ongoing negativity surrounding mummy blogs because i see it as another form of oppression for women who need a place to express themselves beyond the domestic realm. For some it is an absolute lifeline. Negative and positive emotions make up what life is all about. You can’t have one without the other when expressing. When blogs are overly one way or the other I agree I’m not interested in reading them as it’s an oversimplification of what life’s all about.

    • I think although my response was poorly worded, that Carlie you and I are probably on the same page.

      I would never want to stifle the expression of the experience of women, but I find it difficult to think there’s any empowerment to be gained in posts about acquisition of shoes and dresses, keeping mr moneymaker happy when he gets home from a hard day in the office, multiple expensive extra curricula activities and the devastasion associated with being a little overweight, or having nothing new to wear. To me, these kinds of posts seem to exist mainly as an outlet for their authors to espouse the high opinion they have of themselves.

      Of course I also know it’s the internet, people can write blogs about whatever they want. Narrow, broad, niche – whatever. Not every blog is everyone’s cup of tea, but they still have a right to be there. My opinion of them is neither here nor there.

      I’ma little sorry that the discussion has become a little beside the point (my fault entirely), because the post is about whether the conference is for Helen, not about the value of the target conference attendee’s blogs.

      • I think that’s putting personal/mum blogs into a pretty tiny box. I do read plenty of personal blogs and don’t experience any of them in that way at all. Not everyone’s cup of tea for sure – but not worth ridiculing them all based on such a narrow definition. As you say not really the point of this post – the conference isn’t going to be for everyone but hopefully we’ll all find enough in common to have a great time anyway.

  16. I hope you enjoy it!

    Maybe a t shirt as RoseRed suggested? And I’m sure that knit bloggers are taking over the world, so fingers crossed you’ll not just get a long stretch of knitting done but meet some new and interesting people.

  17. Are there blogs that aren’t about knitting?!!!! I like the way you use your knitting as then central theme and then occasionally verge off the path into chickens etc. I hope you do enjoy the conference. It will be interesting so do report back! (as a mummy I will do anything not to blog about mum things, just wouldn’t go there!)

  18. Phew. I’m not sure I have anything to add to what’s already been said. In general, I do not enjoy large groups of strangers (or, sometimes, large groups of people I know, even), so I’m not sure a conference would appeal to me anyway. A night in a hotel with all my food prepared for me, though. That might be nice.

    I do not like ads on blogs. I do not like posts solely about sponsors. I do not like giveaways for said sponsors that involve more! chances! to win! if you tweet, facebook, blog, etc about the sponsored giveaway. I like an interesting, informative, inspiring post to read with some coffee before I get down to the business of the day.

  19. Knitters – and their blogs – are largely credited with transforming the whole blogging universe. I think you’d be very safe replying, “Oh, I’m a KNIT blogger” when/if anyone asks questions about parenting, etc. Most will know what that is. And while they may not have knitting in common, they’ll have all the other stuff: writing, coming up with topics, readers, etc. You’ll have fun! (Or, a story or two to tell us all when you get back!)

  20. You know, I never thought about what kind of blog I write. It’s just part of me that I put out there. When I started it, it was because I had read some knitting blogs and was intrigued. But life is more than just what’s otn (sacrilege, I know) even though what I’m knitting may take up a disproportionate amount of brain cells on any given day. I used to read what might be called mommy blogs but I read them not because I am a mother but because the writers were interesting and they made their lives sound interesting or posed things I had not thought of. I don’t read as many as I used to, time is a factor there, but I enjoy all types of blogs.

    I think you may find you have a lot in common with the other bloggers. And like rosered said, I’d totally wear an “I’m a knitter!” shirt.

  21. It’s the main reason I decided not to attend. I’m hoping there’s an Australian ALT Design Summit sometime soon 🙂

  22. Maybe you can teach me how to crochet, I won a book from chunky chilly last year but don’t really know where to start.

    I won’t know a soul, I don’t even really know why I am going, just to learn stuff I don’t know about and meet some of the faces behind the blogs.

  23. It’s true, the name is misleading – it isn’t the Australian Blogger’s conference at all.

    I really dislike parenting blogs. Wall to wall ads, sponsored posts – it just doesn’t sit right with me. I’m a mother too, but I’m not so ridiculously narcissistic to think that the internet would be enriched somehow by my witterings of how I do it.

    Not to mention the insult to feminism most of them are.
    And a complete invasion of their children’s right to privacy.

    hey kylie btw – this kind of thing –
    but the way that conference has evolved is intensely unappealing
    to me, as a blogger and as a person with half a brain
    is why I love you so much.

    and probably jane too says it better than I could ..

    most of the ‘mummy’ and personal blogs that I have read are usually
    intensely uninteresting to anyone but the writer and clearly serve a
    different and much more inward looking purpose in their lives which
    is absolutely fine but I think it’s what sets your writing apart..

    aint it the truth..

    Good luck Helen, there is a third option, you could bunk off and go get pissed and have a laugh – you know, like a man would..

  24. hmm the idea of Mummy Bloggers would have had me running for the hills too. But I’d feel comfortable being a personal blogger. Obviously knitting is a big part of my life but I do feel my (and your) blog go beyond a list of WIPs, FOs and yarn shopping.

    I do hope you get a lot out of the conference or at least have a fun weekend away. Let us now how it goes won’t you?

  25. I would also say you’re somewhere in the genre of the personal blogger. Hell, I’ve even started to stray there. Everyday life, your food, your niece and nephew, your gorgeous chooks, even this post – they could all be categorised as “personal” – but you write so well, and you only select small parts of what you let us all see, so I think you’ve got it to a fine, fine art.

    And it’s great. I hope you have a good time at the conference, I’m sure you’ll have wisdom to impart and wisdom to gain… 🙂

  26. I have never really liked the ‘mummy blogger’ tag, but I’m not delusional enough to think that I’m not one. But still it sticks in my throat a little bit – because it’s usually referred to in a pretty condescending way 😉 I think that’s why I’m more comfortable with ‘personal blogger’, it seems less like putting someone in a convenient box.

    I’ll be bringing my crochet with me. My mum taught me to crochet and knit, but I only know how to crochet now because I learnt when my fingers were too small for the knitting needles. It’s definitely the perfect way to calm the nerves and keep the hands busy!

  27. I think you have summed up my feelings towards blogging very nicely. Your writing stands out from the more ‘personal’ blogs that I’ve read in that it has a core theme and you weave stories about your life around them when they are relevant. Like me, you are selective in what you choose to share and you are concerned for what others might find interesting. I’m afraid most of the ‘mummy’ and personal blogs that I have read are usually intensely uninteresting to anyone but the writer and clearly serve a different and much more inward looking purpose in their lives which is absolutely fine but I think it’s what sets your writing apart.

    Interestingly I think Twitter is becoming a microcosm of this – I tend to enjoy following people who make pithy and aposite comments about their life and the world around them but spare me from the streams of information about headaches, nausea, public transport and breakfast menus unless it’s someting particularly delicious of course…

  28. I enjoyed your post and reading through these comments. I am not a mummy blogger, despite having three children, and have occasionally wondered whether I will ‘fit in’ at the conference.

    I think our online experience – why we write, how we connect through an online medium, what our blogs/writing means to us, technical issues – will give us all a common ground. I’m looking forward to meeting people that I have already become friends with online – really putting a face to the names and simply getting a chance to relax and unwind with people who understand what it means to enjoy blogging, in whatever form it might take.

    I won’t be taking my knitting as my skill level isn’t quite up to knitting and doing something else at the same time (like listening), but I am definitely looking forward to meeting you. We’ll have to chat over a wine on Saturday night. 🙂

  29. Wow, how interesting. Like Kris I would have categorised you in the personal blog category with a leaning towards craft. You personally like knitting so that’s personal isn’t it.

    I don’t have kids, it’s currently a hotly debated issue in our house and not something I particularly feel comfortable discussing face to face with strangers. I can imagine your hesitation about attending a conference that seems specifically targeted at this demographic.

    I wanted to go but accidentally made plans for the same weekend. I am really hoping that you enjoy and feel comfortable there and get heaps of knitting done!

  30. well I have had similar feelings about going.
    I am in no way interested in monetising my blog………
    nor do I have a large traffic flow…..
    in fact I doubt any one will know who I am,…………………..LOL

    but I am looking forward to meeting some new people and maybe making some new friends.
    I will be taking some knitting and some hand sewing!!!!!

    maybe we can knit together!!!!!

  31. *applause*
    You’ve touched on some things that I’ve processed in my head in recent months too…

    If I bring my hook/wool along, can you teach me a little bit on how to get good/constant tension? I can keep you company during any boring sessions 😉

  32. you just gave me a great idea to bring some knitting….except when I’m on the panel. That wouldn’t look too good! I’m actually worried about going because I only know a handful of people going as I’m not on the forums or twitter and tend to keep to myself so I guess everyone will have their own worries and concerns, big or small.
    I am looking forward to meeting you IRL
    corrie:)

  33. I fully appreciate your trepidation, Bells, and must admit the core group is why I wasn’t interested in that conference, which I think is a bit erroneously called something much broader. (I have nothing against the core group, btw, but that’s not who I read.) Your musings highlighted for me some of the concerns I even had about going to the Food Bloggers Conf @essjayeats was talking about – I wasn’t sure I even fit into that niche space until I got there! But then the diversity of the group turned out to mean bigger learnings for everyone, which was great. 🙂

    I was interested in your thoughts on what’s a ‘personal blogger’ and those offered by @Kris. I didn’t know there was a ‘category’ for that, I just figured some blogs have more personal narrative than others, including mine? I’m particularly interested though in your response that you try to be more ‘universal’, and I think it’s a useful distinction, even if others aren’t using it. I read ‘personal’ pieces mostly when they offer that broader perspective, and I know when I’m writing in that mode I attempt to do the same. From the specific to the general – it’s like an Arts essay, right? 😉

    Sorry, I digress. So, the conference. I reckon you’ll be bored witless at the bits that aren’t your schtick, learn some things you didn’t expect to, get (reasonably) annoyed at the ‘how many kids’ question, make some new friends and generally have a lovely time, knitting, chatting and being your lovely self. 🙂

  34. I’m SOOOO happy there are a variety of bloggers coming. I actually would like there to be more. So please say hello to me!! 🙂 It’s funny, my blog would definitely be classed as a Mummy Blog but until recently, I never thought of it that way before. I just blog about what is close to my heart…and you do too!

    I especially love the narrow niche you have here. I fell into blogging without much (or any) plan and it’s become much bigger than I thought. If I could go back and do it again I would still do a Mummy Blog but I would narrow it a little more. And that is what I’m in the process of doing on my own blog…it’s just taking longer.

    I’m also itching to start up a non-Mummy blog on the subject of one of my passions. I’m a little scared to do it though.

    So glad to meet you Helen (Bells) and I look forward to talking about blogging with you at the conference. Maybe you can give me some tips about starting up a hobby blog.

    I’m in the process of doing a knitting post, encouraging people to just knit something simple because it’s a fun and very satisfying. I actually can’t knit but I always knit a scarf every winter and I get so much pleasure out of doing it. I’m hoping I can inspire people to knit…even if, like me — they can’t. Everyone can knit a scarf.

    If you ever wanted to guest post for me about easy knitting kids can do, let me know!

  35. I agree with essjayeats – treat it like any other confference and enjoy the knitting.

    Like Emma, I’m interested to see what you choose to take with you. I’m making similar decisions about what to take to the Craft Expo (at Rosehill) tomorrow as I assist in looking after the Guild “stall” for the afternoon!

    I hope you have a truly wonderful time at the comference. And a t-shirt with “no kids” would forestall all those questions! (good idea, Rose Red)

  36. Hi, I’m a mum who blogs but my blog is not a mummy blog. Clear as mud? I’ll be attending because I think there is a lot we can get out of the conference as bloggers – no matter what field you blog in. See you there!

  37. After reading the FAQ, I can completely understand your trepidation. It brought me out in a cold sweat.

    Am looking forward to reading about what knitting you’re planning to take with you. You’ve left us with quite a cliffhanger there!

  38. We held a Food Bloggers Conference 12 months ago. Yes we all shared similar interests, but some topics carried over into more general blog chat – eg WordPress vs Blogger,platforms and how to fix up some tricky little bits of code.

    Some food bloggers went gaga over the discussion about making money out of their blog, I didn’t really care. Others bits I loved talking about.

    What I mostly got out of the conference though was sharing, and hearing different POV.

    But like any conference, you just walk out, tweet or play Angry Birds through the boring bits 🙂 (or KNIT! 🙂

  39. Huh. It took me a good couple minutes to process the fact that you don’t identify as a Personal blogger. Whaaa–? You totally are! There isn’t some grand taxonomy that we all fit neatly into. For me, “Knitting Blogs” are those that deal with just that – knitting. But I wouldn’t read yours if that was all it was. Instead I come for pictures of chickens, posts about Alice, the occasional recipe, all that stuff. Same with the rest of my friends, really. And my own blog! I think any blog that doesn’t have a particular focus is a personal blog. What else could they possibly be?

    • hmm that’s interesting. I guess my definition of personal blogs are those focus on day to day personal stories with no particular target audience – more general I suppose. I guess I see my blog more as a knitting blog with some forays into other areas. It really comes down to definition doesn’t it!

      • it does come down to definitions yes. its funny though, what kris is saying is true for me too, because to me your blog is intensely personal. you dont give away everything, and i know your blog is not all of you, but maybe because i do know you in real life, i can see how much of you is on the page (so to speak). and i think the best knitting blogs are the ones that arent just always about the knitted objects. as for the conference, egads. i think you have the right attitude about it, but the way that conference has evolved is intensely unappealing to me, as a blogger and as a person with half a brain. i think you will have a great weekend anyway, and i think you might end up connecting with some people you might not have expected to.

  40. Maybe you need to get a t-shirt? “I’m a knit-blogger” or something like that but much better!

    I’ve never really understood the desire to “monetise” a blog, or that it’s even worth it for advertisers, but I guess it must be or they wouldn’t do it.

    I reckon you will have a good weekend! Apart from anything else, the chance to sit and knit for practically the whole day will be productive from a knitting perspective! Can’t wait to see what you make!

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