DPCON12 Wrap Up – Part 3
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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