If blogging were compared to long-distance running, which in many ways it could, then the #WeAllGrow Summit is that sudden boost of energy you need to propel you toward the finish line. And by finish line I don’t mean the end, but rather the accomplishment of specific goals that we’ve set for ourselves in the blogging world. A fresh new start.
I left the summit feeling inspired, renewed, bursting with ideas and connected more-than-ever with this great group of friends. You could feel the positive energy and sense the camaraderie from day one. It felt great to share the same space with other women who’re as passionate as I am about writing, blogging and entrepreneurship, and who fully understand the ups and downs that we all face along the way.
Because, you see, I needed this. After launching this blog in 2012, I sort of left it there and would only come back sporadically. Despite the fact that I like writing and enjoy working on the blog, I just did not have the time. Then September 2014 came around and I decided to leave my full-time job so I started blogging more consistently and viewing this as a profession. But like in anything else when you first start, it’s quite common to feel lost. Am I doing things right? Should I focus here or there?
There are many questions that suddenly pop up and it is in conferences like this one that you get to clarify some of your doubts. You understand that you’re not alone and get that empujoncito that we all need from time to time.
The #WeAllGrow Summit showed why bigger and better blogging is achieved through community building. Working from home can feel very isolating at times and being able to reconnect with some of these incredible women and meet other ones that you’ve admired from the other side of the screen felt very refreshing.
During the last day of the conference we got to hear the amazing stories of fellow bloggers and influencers Jeannette Kaplun, Lorraine Ladish, Astrid Rivera, Ana Cruz, Claudya Martinez and Carol Cain. It was the perfect closure to such an insanely good conference and oh boy did I cry! I was putting down the tissue and picking it up again every two minutes.
Each story being shared brought the room closer and closer together. I have the highest respect and admiration for these ladies. It must have taken all they had to go up on stage and share such personal stories, but in doing so they were making themselves and all of us stronger.
I left with so many new things learned and with so much to share that it is impossible to include it all in just one blog post, but here are some of the greatest takeaways that I brought back to Miami with me:
- Your blog is your voice; it’s your online resume.
- Decide what you want to be an authority on and focus on that.
- Learn to say no to opportunities that don’t fit your niche.
- Find the purpose behind your blog and cultivate it.
- Consistency is key. Keep on working hard and the opportunities will come to you.
Thank you to Ana Flores for having this vision and making it a reality and to the entire Latina Bloggers Connect team for putting together such a wonderful conference.
Thank you to all of the sponsors that came along. Looking forward to #WeAllGrow 2016!
Here are more pictures of the people, times and things I loved!
All #WeAllGrow watermarked photos are a courtesy of Robson Muzel and #WeAllGrow Summit 2015.
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