Blogging has impacted my life in ways I never imagined. While the blog’s origins were as a sort of journal for sharing Brandon’s milestones, it transformed into a place where I could share what’s in my head, what is going on in our lives, and how I feel about those experiences. I am by nature an over-sharer, and this blog allows me to be me, plain and simple.
Three years ago, I had the opportunity to attend Blogalicious in Miami Beach. It was the second year for the conference, and a genuinely enriching experience for me. Attending Blogalicious was a turning point for me and this blog. I was fascinated by all the women (and a few men) who spoke about how they turned their passion into a business, be it blogging, or DIY crafting, or music and entertainment. I met many wonderful people who now make up my social media circle. I felt embraced and loved by this community, and to date I still feel the same.
At the time I was employed full-time, and blogging was something that, no matter how hard I tried, got put on the backburner. Sometimes weeks would go by and I didn’t have a new post on the blog. Like anything else, you have to nurture and feed something for it to grow, and I honestly did not have the time and energy to do it properly. But all that changed this past February when I was fired. I think I was honestly burnt out, and what I was doing was no longer my passion. I decided that while a door closed, a window opened, and that window was a portal to many opportunities that awaited me in the social media community. In the last four months, I have been able to attend events I otherwise would not have had the chance to participate in if I were still at my “day job”. I have looked at this change in employment status as the universe giving me the push I needed to do something I love.
It took me a while to find it, but I now know what my passion is. I thrive in any environment that gives me the opportunity to meet people, experience new things, and learn from others. Blogging has allowed me to meet people that I otherwise would have never met. I value the relationships I have made in this community in the last few years. Even if there are times when posts are scarce on my blog, I visit friends’ blogs and comment, or interact with them via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And of course, there are the times we get to interact in person, which are so much fun.
But at this point, I’m still looking for a way to make my passion a way of living. I’d love to attend BlogaliciousFIVE this year because I know that there are still things I can learn to make this passion of mine truly successful, both spiritually and financially. This year’s Blogalicious theme, Create. Build. Fund., perfectly coincides with my goals for taking my blog to the next level. It would be an honor to be chosen by Latina Bloggers Connect and Blogalicious to attend this year’s conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The Blogalicious tribe is taking it back to where it all began for their fifth anniversary. I know that it will be an amazing experience, and I truly hope to be a part of it.
Disclosure: Latina Bloggers Connect is sponsoring a member of their network to attend the Blogalicious conference in October. This post is my entry for the contest, which I would be thrilled to win.