This week is the run-up to BlogU 2014, and though I will likely be the most ‘senior’ blogger in attendance, I am looking forward to sharing a blog-focused weekend with my daughter, a fantastic writer, self-published author and blogger (I’m Still Learning).
We’ll drive from home in New Jersey to Notre Dame of Maryland University campus in Baltimore, and after settling in to our functionally (if sparsely) outfitted dorm room, we’ll register for the long-anticipated festivities. For months we’ve communicated via the BlogU Facebook group or Twitter, and though I have been more observer than participant, I am curious to meet the women who’ve been excitedly selecting their retro, prom dresses for the Saturday night, themed dinner.
I’m not a total newbie to blogging conferences: Last year my daughter and I attended BlogHer in Chicago, and though our interests and session selections led in different directions at the huge McCormack Place Convention Center, it was fun to run into her on an escalator or across a vast and packed dining room; we had a couple of nice Chicago dinners and experienced a lovely evening at the Navy Pier. (My observations of that trip are captured in a poem I wrote and posted, entitled Rainbows of Our Lives).
This experience, I expect, will be different, partly because of the more intimate venue and smaller enrollment, the fact that we won’t have the luxuries of a swanky Chicago Hotel and tourist distractions, and because my daughter is on the faculty and assisted with the planning of BlogU.
For these reason, I expect to glean more practical tips for my blog, while focusing on my learning edges. The full day of Saturday workshops, should offer an intimate classroom setting and ample opportunity to share and benefit from the wealth of knowledge at my disposal; while allowing me to experiment with my digital SLR, a Pentax K30, in a mode other than “Auto”.
More importantly, I will have a bird’s eye-view of my daughter, in her milieu, while spending a pleasant weekend ‘on the road’ with my personal mentor.