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.*
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Do you lead a double life?
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