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Stream Of Consciousness Sunday:Blogalicious vs Family

This weekend, I went to DC to attend my first ever blogging conference Blogalicious. I’ll have more detailed posts later in the week, but this post is just about one little issue that bugged me all weekend.  A braindump! 



So Blogalicious was this weekend and I was so excited to attend my first ever blogging conference.  I decided to bring the family(Pookah and CDub) and figured that I could conference/network/mingle by day and family by evening/night. Yeah right.  I learned the hard way that that’s just not what happened.  I found myself torn you see.  Blogalicious presented all sorts of delicious opportunities for me to learn and network.  But if you know anything about my husband from reading my blog, you know that by the end of the day all alone with Pookah, he was tired of being single parent in the city.  Even though he was the one who told me not to worry, he would have plenty to do without me riding around the city visting the Smithsonian and stuff.  SO I found myself rushing back after the sessions, missing all of the parties to hang out with the two of them for a few hours.  Until Pookah went to sleep.  I thought that then I would escape to a party or two, maybe blog, but nooooo.  I went to sleep. SHAME! LOL. We did find opportunities to hang out, go sight seeing together( King Memorial anyone?) and hang out with my brother. It got so bad, that I am going  to end up missing this final day of the conference because it was just too much. I found myself torn between family and blogging. Not something that happens too often. But I just couldn’t find balance here.  I was always worried about spending time with them or not spending time with them, or which session could I miss so that I could go back to the room and spend more time with them.  Or being jealous of the tweets from the parties( a little alcholic beverage would have been nice.)  The conference itself was WONDERFUL! INFORMATIVE! EXCITING! It was like coming home to family! Family that understood exactly what my issues were and what I was thinking. I met a lot of great people, listened to a lot of great speakers.  It was like having a lot of conversations with long lost friends. I am so happy that I came, and I can’t wait for next year! But I think that my lesson learned from this conference is:don’t do it again.  As much as I love Pookah and CDub, I just can’t. I feel guilty saying that, but there it is folks.

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
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    Melisa - Mommy This and That
    October 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

    At least you can say you tried and will do it differently next year! Glad you enjoyed the sessions you did attend and look forward to seeing a more detailed post about the conference.
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    October 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    My wish for you is to return again & have it be total “me time” so you get the benefit of the complete experience. Don’t feel guilty – I think you’re a saint for trying to be Superwoman.
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    Candace (NYStateofMom)
    October 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    WoW! Really?? I’ve known some people who brought their babies w them but a toddler AND hubby you’re a super hero for even making it to the seminars!! Hope you got a lot out of the ones you made it to but I’m not telling you what to do but umm, BlogHer is going to be in NYC 😉
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    October 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I am glad you at least got to get out and enjoy some of it if not all. We can’t always do it all but I am sure everything worked out. I am going to BlogHer next year so start saving your pennies now cause we are out of here.
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    Blond Duck
    October 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Popped in from SITS! Kudos to you for not letting anything stand in your way of the conference!
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    October 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Congrats on attending your first conference. Sorry it didn’t work out like you planned. I can understand having your hubby and son with you. a few years ago I went to an eBay conference and hubby tagged along. Being that it was just hubby, it was easy. I couldn’t imagine taking my son so we left him at home with my parents. Attending a conference with a baby in tow must be difficult.
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    October 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I’m happy that you got to enjoy a little bit of Blogalicious! I wish we could have had the chance to connect, but I knew it would be tough. I know how hard it is to balance the hubby and a little man. Let’s make that solo trip happen next year, m’kay? I’m down!
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      October 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Girl! I JUST saw your email when I got back home!!! I wanted to cry! But you’re right, it would have been impossible. I’ll try to get back soon and this time, we WILL get together!!!

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    Jackie Holness
    October 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I’m sure you learned a lot about blogging though…even though you felt torn a lot of the time… And glad to have met you:)

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    October 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I took my husband and son with me to BlogHer in San Diego. For the most part, it worked out. But it was hard to come back to the room after a long day to get ready for a party and have my little guy say “Mommy, you’re going out again??” The upside is that I didn’t have to share a room with anyone I didn’t know!
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      October 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      I just felt pulled in too many directions! Maybe I just need to plan better!

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    May 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

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