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I have something to confess: I have been focusing only on posting book reviews here for a long time because it was the easy thing to do. I have had this blog since 2005 (eight freaking years!) and while it occasionally had more than just book reviews, it always ended up devolving into nothing more than book reviews. Here’s the thing though, I don’t have as much time to read any more – my life has evolved, and I haven’t allowed my blog to evolve with my life.

Things are going to start changing up a little bit here.

After attending Blissdom last year, I had motivation to blog more. I certainly tried, but that didn’t end up happening as I had hoped it would. Instead, I see now that seeds were planted, and it just took some time for those seeds to germinate. The past few months, the conviction that I needed to change things grew stronger and stronger. The past few weeks, ideas have been starting to grow. The past few days, the ideas have turned into plans that I’m going to start implementing.

I attended Blissdom again this year, and it was exactly what I needed to help me figure out and get motivated for the changes I’m going to be implementing here. I will still be reviewing books, but the blog will also be turning a lot more personal. I’ve been struggling with exactly how much I will blog about, and what it will be about, and I now know where I want to go with this. I won’t stand in my own way, my own fear won’t dictate what I post here, and my blog is going to be an honest look at what’s going on in my life – including, when necessary, my anxiety, my depression and how having an alocoholic in my life affects me.

There was so much amazing stuff at Blissdom this year:

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  • Neil Hedley moderated an amazing social etiquette panel, with Glen Canning among the panelists. Talk about an utterly emotional and heart-wrenching experience.
  • Shannon Fisher had a wonderful microsession all on blogging about vulnerability. Inspiring. I am in awe of her.
  • Canadian Lentils hosted an amazing lunch for us one day. Gluten free and delicious – by far the best food I ate all weekend!
  • Marilyn Barefoot of Barefoot Brainstorming hosted a workshop all about how to brainstorm, which was high energy and so much fun. What I learned here can definitely be applied to more than just my blog, and I’m looking forward to using some of her techniques.
  • Andrea Tomkins and Shannon McKarney had a great session on digital legacy. I think I want to touch more on this at a later date, after I’ve given the ideas discussed some time to mature in my mind.
  • Meeting new friends, seeing old friends.

I feel like this doesn’t even begin to do the weekend justice. I am going to be sitting and thinking on a lot of these items for a long time, and I can’t wait to start sharing what I’ve learned.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:38 pm October 6, 2013.
Category: Day to Day

  • Hannah

    It was so great meeting you! The workshop with Marilyn Barefoot was definitely a high point – I learned an amazing amount about not only how *I* handle the creative process, but how other people do as well.

  • allison

    Considering I really went to the conference (full disclosure) to meet two friends in real life and get away after my husband was in Asia for a week and a half (after having decided not to go to any more blog conferences), I’m fairly impressed with what I was able to take away. And considering I’m always resolving to do LESS personal blogging and MORE book reviews, I feel like we’re two halves of a whole… or something. Happy to be adding you to my blogroll.

  • Katia

    I’m glad that I got to meet you at Blissdom. I agree with you, although I did not attend Shannon’s session, I found her very inspiring and talented too. While there are so many challenges I am faced with as a blogger, vulnerability was never one for me, but I know of so many women that I consider to be great bloggers, who struggle with it. I think as women we are first taught to be sensitive then spend our professional and often personal life trying to desensitize which is why it is often hard to embrace vulnerability in writing. You seem like someone with a great voice and story to unleash. I look forward to following you. :-)

  • Krista

    The Barefoot Brainstorming session was a lot of fun! Glad we had a chance to meet and chat and dance :)

  • sassymonkey

    I’m glad you had a great time. :)

  • Susan

    I hope you find a way to blog that inspires you, and helps you to enjoy blogging again. Certainly many of us have been struggling with blogging and what to include on it, and how to keep doing it when life gets busy. Good luck and I look forward to reading your thoughts as you make your blog more a reflection of you. It’s something I’m starting to do, too. I’ll have to think about the vulnerable part, it’s something I haven’t made up my mind how much to do on my blog.

  • andrea tomkins

    It was lovely to meet you Courtney! I had a great time speaking but the highlight of Blissdom for me is always the people I get to meet. I left Blissdom feeling ready to go… like my batteries are re-charged! I’d glad to see you feel the same way.