August 11, 2014

Leading a double life... as a blogger! #TypeACon

I love my life. Actually, I love both of my lives. My first and most important life is the one in which I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. This "first life" is this what inspired me to take on a second life. The Puzzled Palate was born out of a desire to share our journey and has quickly grown into more than just an online journal. Most of the time my double life works out just fine... other times it is a battle to keep the blogger life hidden or even to make time for it. 

Since my double life started, I have become necessarily addicted to my social media accounts. I spend hours on my computer networking and writing new content. I stay up way too late to give life to my blog. I think in hashtags and post ideas. It is hard to keep this all to myself. I am working hard to avoid alienating my non-blogger friends with "blog talk." So far, I am sure that I have had some slip-ups and I guess that is to be expected. Aside from my family and friends, the blog is what I am focusing my days on. I am proud of what I am doing. I get a rush when I click the "publish" button on a new post. The time involved in running The Puzzled Palate is much like having a full time job- except I am "paid" in products that must be reviewed. Since our blog is still considered new by blogging standards, my normal reward for a long day of "blog stuff" is the pride in seeing a higher than expected number of page views or new followers. 

There are nights when I go to bed feeling bad for forgetting to schedule a post or to update the Facebook fan page... and then I remember that this is MY business. I have built it and I am thrilled with the posts that I am publishing. I am thrilled that I am still able to spend time with my kids and my husband. However, I feel that I need to feed the blogger life. As much as I nurture my family, my blog is my project and my release and I need to nurture it as well. I seem to have good family days or good blogger days.

Today has been one of the best blogger days I have had in a long time! Why, you ask? Because I snagged one of the coveted onsite partner spots as at the upcoming Type-A Parent Conference! For my non-blogger readers, "Type-A Con" is a weekend conference that brings bloggers of all genres together to learn from one another and to celebrate our online community. 



I am looking forward to meeting many of the fellow bloggers that I network with on a daily basis. I read their posts, I watch their kids grow up and yet... I have never heard their voices. I am craving a time that I can just stop "hiding" my blogger side. I am thrilled that I will not be the only one sneaking pictures of everything and then disappearing from conversations to push them with Instagram! I will proudly hashtag my entire experience without feeling guilty. The best part- I won't be alone! I am so giddy about this that I can hardly contain myself! 


 If you are a fellow blogger and are interested in joining in on the #TypeACon fun, grab a pass here! If you enter the promotion code: BLOGPARTNER before August 12 at 10 PM EST- you can get 25% off of your pass! 



Yes... I am totally counting the days!
*I am an Official Blog Partner of the 2014 Type-A Parent Conference.* 
This post does include affiliate links. All opinions are my own.


Do you lead a double life? 
Have you ever been to a Type-A Parent Conference? 

56 comments:

  1. Kayla FrecklesinAprilAugust 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Blog conferences are so fun! I just did Alt in June and I'm hooked. This one looks super fun!

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  2. I love love love this post. I totally am addicted to social media and get the rush of hitting "publish". You have to keep up the good work and drive, like you said this is your business. You blogging baby and I am sure other like myself are loving the hard work you put into it. Great post!

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  3. This is such a great idea for a post. I'm looking forward to her answers! That picture of her is super cute! Looks like she's got some great questions to choose from. My son recently told me he wants to blog. He's 4. Maybe we'll do something like this instead! LOL!

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  4. Michelle ChouinardAugust 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I also have that guilt when I don't have time to post or update! So been there!

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  5. I say slip up all you want in talks. This is something that is important to you, and you're doing it well. AND it benefits your family in multiple ways. Aside from all that awesome stuff, I am so PROUD of you! You will so mindblown at the volume of information at TypeA and come out glowing on the other side. Yee haw!

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  6. I love that you're going to TypeACon WOW! I want to go but I'm a speaker/presenter at NicheParent14 and Blogalicious BegreatB6 so my schedule is crazy. You are going to absolutely love it and you will have a blast. So excited for you!

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  7. It is okay to have slip up every once in a while- but I am afraid that at times blog talk can be extremely annoying for non-bloggers. I don't want to heard about their job for an hour... so I try to be fair:)

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  8. Hey sweet pea, what is your favorite song? Love daddy.

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  9. I totally get what you mean as far as the double life goes! I hope you have a wonderful time at the Type-A Parent Conference!

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  10. That would be a lot of fun to go too! I lead a double life too, being a stay at home mom, homeschooling mom and trying to keep up with blogging can be rough but its also so much fun and there is no where I would rather be. Sounds like a good conference, one day when I'm not breastfeeding, I would love to attend one of these.

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  11. Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous. I want to go do this kind of conference. As a fellow blogger, a new one, I need to get to networking and having fun!! Enjoy yourself! I look forward to reading how much fun you had!

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  12. One day I am going to attend this conference. I've heard great things. It's so true - my non-blogger friends don't like to talk about my blogging lol.

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  13. I can't wait! I am still doing the happy dance!

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  14. I am sure that someone will have to sit me down for an intervention after I get back!

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  15. Krystyn from Really, Are you Serious? is bring her baby!

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  16. Keep your ear out for volunteer spots at conferences near you! That is the only way I am pulling this off!

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  17. Have a great time! I've heard only great things about Type-A!

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  18. What do you want for your next birthday? Do you like school?

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  19. I totally understand your "double life" as a blogger! My real friends always think its strange that I have "blogging friends" that I talk to regularly but have never met!

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  20. I totally get the too much social media thing. I try and switch off in the evenings if I can.

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  21. At the beginning of the year I made a resolution to not be on the phone or social media so much. It is definitely difficult, but I think I've made progress. I especially tried to change it when I'm around family,

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  22. TouristMeetsTravelerAugust 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I agree that it is some what like living a double life, you've got friends in both the real world and in the blogging world.

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  23. Congratulations on the conference! I've been blogging for about four years, and I have YET to make it to a conference. hope you have a great time!


    And I DEFINITELY understand the double life - it's something we all learn to deal with in our own ways.

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  24. Congratulations on the conference! I definitely think there's a double life when you become a blogger. I'm halfway there already, I think.

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  25. How fun! Hmmm, let's see. What the must have item on your Christmas list this year?

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  26. Virginia @thatbaldchickAugust 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    How fun! What is your favorite craft, M?

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  27. Oh how fun to go to a conference! I'd love to go to one someday. I totally am with you with the double life it feels we live. My friends and family just glaze over when I start talking blog. They're missing out though ;) It's so hard to not talk about it when that's what it feels like I'm doing all the time. My poor husband has to listen to me go on and on all the time. Have so much fun at the conference! I'll check it out to see if it would even be possible for me this year.

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  28. this sounds so fun wish I could afford to do this bu ti'm trying to save money for the Niche parent conference. I really need to start making money blogging so I can go to these things.

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  29. Chef John & AnneAugust 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    LOVE this idea! What is your favorite vegetable, M?

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  30. What a fun idea. I should try this with my daughter!!

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  31. Love the new blog btw :) How do you relax, M?

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  32. Congrats on going! I need to do my countdown too, very excited to be attending a conference in October
    Totally relate on the double life :-)

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  33. Oh I love this. Okay, how do the boy "lady bugs" feel about being called lady bugs?

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  34. I totally understand the double life thing. Sometimes, because I have so many projects I work on, I feel like I have more than a double life. Sometimes, lots of different lives interconnected in some weird way! Basically, I totally know what you mean!


    Congrats with your blog success too!


    Katie <3

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  35. Yep double life and my kids giggle at me but in the end they love it! Never been to a conference but maybe one day!

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  36. This is a great idea! What is your favorite book and why?

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  37. Thanks for sharing this double life post. Today has been one of those days were that double life seems like it consumes me. During the day I am a nanny, full time student, and I work two part time jobs. At night I am a homework completer and full time blogger. It definitely is a struggle.

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  38. songbirdsandbuttonsAugust 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Sounds like an awesome conference! Have a great time! And I totally get you on the double life!

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  39. That definitely is the perfect wording for this. A double life! Yep, I'm living one.

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  40. Awesome question!!! I can't wait to ask her this one!

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  41. I will make sure to ask her!

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  42. Hello Miss M! I heard you love going to the beach/ocean! What is your favorite part about that?

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  43. Caroline Paris BrennanAugust 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    If you were a Disney Princess which one would you be? You have a super fun mommy I hope y'all both enjoy answering these questions.

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  44. What is your favorite snack of all time?

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  45. That sounds like a great conference! I am an occupational therapist by day, blogger by night :P

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  46. That sounds so fun!! :) I haven't been to a blogger conference.. but I totally understand .. there are certain things you can only talk about to other bloggers.

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  47. Congrats! I totally understand the double life. I'm there too!

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  48. Congrats! It is always wonderful to surround yourself with people who are doing the same things you are doing. The blog community is so supportive! I know you will have a blast.

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  49. Cool. Do you have a dream? Like a goal oriented dream? What is it?

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  50. I have just gotten more involved in the community side of blogging. It's so wonderful but SO time-consuming. It's a struggle to balance it all but so worth it!

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  51. That's a cool idea. What's your favorite Disney character that ISN'T a Disney Princess? :)

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  52. It's great that you're going to a conference! It's good to get involved with any community, but blogging communities tend to be so supportive and uplifting that it almost feels surreal. And hey, leading a double life is *pretty* cool~

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  53. I wish I could make the trip! I would totally be there. I've heard great things about this event!

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  54. Onica {MommyFactor}August 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    That's nice that you including your little one for the bog. I bet she's excited to answer questions and join in.

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  55. Liz @ A Nut in a NutshellAugust 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    She must feel like a rockstar for this! I think it's adorable!

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  56. Love your story! I've tried to get my sister to start up a blog. She is
    one unique girl and I KNOW SHE'D BE A BIG HIT! Maybe one day.

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