This past weekend I went to the Type A Parent Conference for the first time. I had heard such great things about previous Type A conferences that it was a must do for me. While I was expecting a wonderful conference, I had no idea what I was getting!
There were so many awesome sessions that taught me so much (and so many I didn’t have time to go to)! Lynnette Radio taught a great session on Goggle+. Melanie Nelson blew my mind on maximizing my Facebook pages. There was some awesome knowledge that was passed on! Knowledge that calls for action! In some cases that pushed me to considering action that left me emotional. To the point that in the Speaking Engagement class it left me on the brink of tears. But that wasn’t the most powerful part for me….
In the days and weeks before leaving for Type A I have felt like I am in a hard place in some of my “real life” relationships at home. So when I walked into this environment of understanding and acceptance, I was overwhelmed. I was a little emotionally overwhlemed to be in an environment where people just get me. Not that we are all the same by no means! But an environment where differences are cherished and the fact that we, as bloggers(or what it is that makes us odd bloggers), often seem on the outside looking binds us together.
I have never quite gotten over being a loser in grade school so I was nervous about how I would be accepted beyond my friends like Anne and Robyn. I mean, granted I had met quite a few people at other conference before but I was sure they wouldn’t remember me or care to talk to me. But as I met new people and reconnected with people I met before (or talked to on Twitter) I was more and more at ease. And I have to emphasize that it isn’t because we are all the same! We are all from different religions, geek levels, political views, the whole gamut. It seems like acceptance was based on merely being nice! And while you just need to be nice, they all seem to value your weird and quirky interests even if they don’t share them! Imagine!
It was so hard to leave all my new friends, partially because they are so great but also because I am left with a frustrating conudrum. I don’t understand why. Why do these twitter/conferences friend that I have just met make me feel so accepted yet the people in my day to day life just don’t seem to get me? They think I have weird interests and that I am weird, nice but weird, able to do things but weird, really just kind of odd.
Oh well, BlogHer is in a month. And as soon as Type A Parent Conference passes are on sale for 2013 I will be buying 1. And until then I will continue to live on Twitter and with my virtual friends…