On Speaking at the 2011 Mom 2.0 Summit

Social Media has been good to me this year.  I will always consider my crowning achievement of 2010 (and for many years to come) to be winning the Mabel’s Labels BlogHer ’10 Contest.  That was such a huge boost to my confidence as a blogger and a member of this space.  I’ve had other professional opportunities as well, redesigned my blog to something more “mature”-looking, and have made some truly true friends.  I was honored to be flown to eBay headquarters and chosen as one of their first eBay Classifieds Ambassadors; they sponsored my trip to Type A Mom Conference, which was another social media high point of my year.

It was at Type A Mom Conference that I took all the knowledge and inspiration there and translated it into a speaking proposal for 2011’s Mom 2.0 Summit.  There I sat in my hotel bed, in my pj’s, with my room service breakfast and my awesome roommate nearby, typing out my passion into a little form and pressing “send.”

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When Mom 2.0 Summit started announcing their first two rounds of speakers, I just knew I didn’t have a chance.  I mean, they have these amazing folks coming, and them, too!  Where do *I* fit into that smorgasbord of greatness?

When I saw an email from Mom 2.0 last month, I said to my husband (before opening it), “Oh, here we go.  The ‘thanks for thinking of us’ email.”  But then I opened it, and discovered instead…WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU SPEAK.  I was dumbstruck.  Numb.  Unbelieving.  Blink. blink. blink.  WHAT?!

I am…excited, humbled, excited, grateful, excited, and just the teeniest tiniest bit terrified.  But not really.  Because I feel like I know the conference crowd by now, and I know we are all wishing each other well.  I’ve already received an outpouring of support, and I’m so grateful for that!

My *one* regret is that my blog is particularly product-heavy right now, what with the holidays and all, and I’m wondering if people are coming from the announcement to check out my blog and saying to themselves, “Does she ever write anything personal?”  YES.  Yes, yes, yes.  My ideal balance for blogging rests between content that is personal, parenting, products, and places.  Because, as my tagline says, I believe everything’s connected.

And speaking of connected, I hope to connect with as many of you as possible at Mom 2.0!  It’s going to be an exciting time, and I plan to squeeze every ounce of fabulousness out of it!