DPCON12 Wrap Up – Part 3

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It’s time for my final wrap up of the conference proper, covering the last two sessions of the day. You can check out my previous posts here and here.

5. Mum Blogging is a Radical Act

This session was less about note taking and more about really listening to the bloggers on the panel – Eden Riley (Edenland), Beth MacDonald (BabyMac) and Nathalie Brown (Easy Peasy Kids). They talked about a range of issues surrounding being a mummy blogger, such as:

  • mums are in control of budgets and make the majority of purchasing decisions
  • sharing our stories is powerful
  • our voices are more powerful than we think
  • there is still a cringe-worthy aspect about mummy blogging (I totally get that)
  • parenting bloggers have a very strong voice and we should think about how we’re going to use it
  • mummy bloggers are privileged – you need access to the internet to be a blogger
  • we can make a difference, even if it’s just so people know they are not alone in their own experiences
  • you can be creative on your blog, it is your own space
  • we don’t have to follow the US lead, we can do what we want to do
  • we can and should blog mindfully
  • money doesn’t have to tear us apart
  • stay true and be honest about what you write about
  • you are allowed to steal time away and blog

The biggest take home for me came from Eden who declared she doesn’t care what others think of her which was the key to facilitating open and honest communication with her readers.

I think that is the key. This blog is me and reflects my thoughts and opinions and I shouldn’t hide from that or be embarrassed about my beliefs. Hell, it’s called My Home Truths, it should always be true to me and who I am, regardless of what others may think.

That is the most important thing in the end. You as readers deserve nothing less.

6. My Blog My Story

In some ways, the best was definitely left until last. This session had me laughing, crying and nodding furiously with all that was said.

It reminded me why people from all walks of life blog – to share their experiences and stories. To be heard. To belong.

And the nine bloggers who shared their blogs and their stories in this session well deserved their place on the podium.

Here are a few words that summed up their stories for me:

  • Shae (Free Range in Suburbia) – funny, real, powerful, reclaiming herself and her beliefs – total respect
  • Kristie (Hespera’s Garden) – poignant, painful, sad, grief, strength, belief – evocative story, gut wrenchingly told
  • Clint (Reservoir Dad) – hilarious, stinging, self-deprecating, clever, fresh – I can’t wait to read his upcoming book
  • Dorothy (Singular Insanity) – heartbreaking, hopeful, survivor, reclaiming life – a strong, strong woman
  • Denyse (Denyse Whelan Education Specialist) – experienced, generous, new career, new direction, new life – real mentor
  • Lucy (Diminishing Lucy) – inspiring, strong, powerful, real, funny – a real achiever and motivator
  • Georgia (Parental Parody) – sarcastic, funny, real, sharing, down to earth – a real character
  • Zoey (Good Googs) – love, respect, intense, inspiring, memories – Zoey’s words spoke the most to me that day
  • Jacqui (CRAP Mamma) – funny, fresh, honest, love, respect, unique – full of life and stories

This session was the ideal end to an intense day. The lights were dimmed and you were encouraged to sit there and drink in the words and the emotions and the stories rather than being distracted by taking notes.

I let it all wash over me and enjoyed a glimpse into the lives of some very talented bloggers. We are a talented bunch you know!

So that’s my wrap up of the formal sessions of the 2012 Digital Parents Conference.

Next time I will finish up my DPCON12 series with a list of the things I took away generally as a conference virgin (I learned A LOT in less than 48 hours) I hope you can come back and join me!

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7 Responses

  1. I agree. If you start worrying about what other people will think of you, then you will never write anything ever again. I think one of the most healing thing for me on my blog is when I share something that I think I will get loads of ‘OMG you are a terrible person’ or worse stone cold silence and I get nothing but support. That’s the community that I’m proud to be a part of.

    And I’d be lying if I wasn’t a bit chuffed about what you said about my speech. That stuff keeps me warm at night and smiling on a bad day.
    Zoey @ Good Googs recently posted..Four. How Did That Happen?

    • Kirsty says:

      Zoey, thanks for your thoughts on my post. The past few blog-free weeks for me has helped me see what I really want from my blog and where I want to be in this wonderful community.

      It’s true, I love your blog and I loved your speech at DPCON12 – it is all about the love for your girls and it shines through with every image and every word. I look forward to catching up now that I’m back online!

  2. Thank you Kristy. Your summaries are great. I liked the way you summed up the MBMS sessions too. Nice one 🙂
    Denyse Whelan. Education Specialist recently posted..Waiting for A Baby.

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Denyse. I really enjoyed the MBMS session – every single speaker, including yourself, had a powerful story to tell. All I could do was sit there and soak it all in.

      Thanks so much for sharing your story that day, it was a privilege to be there to hear it.

  3. Ummm sorry Kirsty
    Denyse Whelan. Education Specialist recently posted..Waiting for A Baby.

  4. This has been a great wrap-up Kirsty. I’m glad you got so much out of the conference. It was so overwhelming for me, that I’m still coming to grips with the feelings it stirred up in me. Yet to write up my own summing up post…
    Dorothy @ Singular Insanity recently posted..Where I issue a writing challenge

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Dorothy and thanks so much for sharing your own story on the day. I can only imagine how you would have felt after that, no wonder you felt overwhelmed. I hope you are feeling more at peace now – I’m looking forward to catching up on your blog now that I’m finally back online!

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