Back. In Australia. I swear – I’m NEVER going overseas again without stocking up on Australian food beforehand.
I’ve been home for 24 hours and my mind is full of blogworld awesomeness. This post is going to be less of a ‘lessons learned’ and more of a ‘stuff I did’ post. This is for those who, like my parents and best friend, heard about the funny and interesting parts but didn’t get the full story of what I was up to. Let the tales of insanity begin…
Dave Work: Change of game plan
The original reason for me attending was to be Dave Navarro’s networking assistant. I worked hard before hand to make sure that when he got there, he would be able to take time off to relax and just hang out with his friends and readers. I sent emails, wrote descriptions of the people we would catch up with and gave suggestions of stuff he could do when meeting certain people. I’d planned it so that he could get cool media (videos and such) to help his audience yet also meet with the people that were his biggest fans. It was going to be awesome.
Then he decided to go AWOL.
Kidding – he actually met up with Naomi Dunford and realized that this would be the only uninterrupted time the both of them would have to talk about business strategy. They decided to take advantage of it. I respect that. It freaked me out that my costs were covered and I was – gasp – allowed to do exactly what I would have done if I had paid for my own expenses, but I still was able to do a lot for Dave. I found out about new projects his audience may be interested in and was able to talk about his work to my friends that were readers.
I know that this was the right decision for them because they showed me some of their plans. I would totally share them with you if I could just remember which ones I had permission to leak. Trust me – those two are going to really play a much bigger game next year. And, it was good for me to learn how to handle an event like this without having someone around to make me feel safer. I had to trust that I would be fine in social situations and I was. At least until the jetlag hit.
Jetlag makes my anxiety worse.
Seriously. Who needs to drink alcohol when you can make a total arse of yourself just with sleep deprivation. I was fine the first night. I’d spent 35+ or so hours travelling and was able to catch up with David Risley, Nathan Hangen, Dave and Chris Guthrie on the first night at New York, New York. I was knackered but it was so worth it – I learned that I had no reason to be scared of bloggers who have considerably more authority then me.
On the Wednesday night, I left a party crying because I was so overwhelmed. I called Bill and cried, saying I just wanted to go home. On the Thursday I ended up vomiting meters away from the room the Problogger party was being held in. This was humiliating but also very humbling. I learned that my anxiety disorder is multifaceted. I can be fine emotionally but if I ignore the warnings my body will let me know. It works the other way. I can feel exhausted emotionally and if I ignore the warnings, my body will play up. This may lead me to walk down the Vegas strip publicly crying.
I was fine on most of the other days. I learned to listen to what I was feeling, physically and mentally, and retreat to my hotel room when I needed a break. I learned not to feel guilty for being unable to spend every waking moment with friends or learning about blogging.
It’s stupid to try and pretend I’m superwoman. I’m not. I worked so hard in the months leading up to blogworld and surprisingly, the event was the trigger I needed to take a step back and just care for me.
I didn’t think it was possible to be so happy when surrounded by people.
I hung with the same crowd most of the time and I loved it. I felt so safe and loved, and I felt so peaceful being able to see how my work helps people. I figured out that I was more of a matchmaker then a connector and that the compulsion to connect is evenstronger in real life.
I realized the main thing that inspires me to connect is how much goodness I can see in that person. I’m always talking about Srinivas Rao, Ali Hale, Catherine Caine and, before employment, Dave Navarro. I did that because I could see a goodness in them and wanted to help the world see their talents. I’m kinda blessed in having a dodgy brain. My anxiety means that I can see considerably more steps ahead then most people are capable of. This allows me to see the impact certain actions of mine will have.
Something a lot of people asked me was to list who I was keeping my eye on. I was too jetlagged to think of suitable names at the time, so I’m going to kill two birds with one stone and write about those I met and the logic, or lack thereof, behind the friendship.
When I first met Karol I was intimated because not only has he accomplished so much at his young age, he is also rather tall. Seriously – we tried to shoot a video and couldn’t fit us both in the frame. I felt at ease around him quickly though. He is a lovely guy and quite the gentleman – he helped me carry stuff when finding a spot to shoot our video.
This is proof that you can’t starfuck with me. I decided Karol was awesome when I discovered that he was in Geelong the day we (the Geelong Cats) won the AFL grand final. The fact that he knew, and had been to, my home town was enough to make me feel comfortable enough to ask more about his work. While he was in Australia, he went to the Marketing Now conference. Three of the people that attended – Darren Rowse, myself and Emma Merkas – were also at Blogworld. More surprisingly, the only people he remembered was Emma and Darren. He is brilliant, inspiring and someone I’m looking forward to getting to know.
I was meaning to contact Traci about paid work (she offered to hire me) but failed to do to way too many work commitments. I promised myself that I would make it back to her when at Blogworld. I certainly did.
I connected her with Dave. He was really impressed with the fact that she implemented the recommendations he had given. She showed him a copy of her free book on her ipad and he was incredibly impressed. She also had a print copy of that book that she showed us. I helped her find some inspirational people for an interview project for her site. She’s going to be interviewed for Blogcast FM. She also happened to call the moment I gave the phone back to Dave, so she had Naomi Dunford answer the phone.
She has some awesome stuff coming up. If I hadn’t talked to her before hand, she’d totally be in the new discoveries section.
Dave had told me about how awesome Clay was but all I saw was the aura of super-geniousness that surrounded his work. I was too intimidated to talk to him.
Then we hung out over the Wednesday and I learned just how cool the guy was I don’t remember why – I just remember feeling like this guy is someone who will be accomplishing so much during 2011. And, I felt like I had to tell you that.
Sid. I was hesitant about meeting him. I learned you shouldn’t base your opinions of people on how long and confusing the tagline for their blog is.
Sid is hilarious. Again, I can’t remember why I like him due to jetlag however I will always remember the banana I stole from him. Seriously, Vegas fails at fresh fruit.
I rave about Srini online a lot. I’ve also heard about who he wants to connect with and what he wants to accomplish. Therefore – I had a challenge.
I connected him with some pretty kick arse people. I also learned just how much faith he places in my recommendations. He is also so fun to hang around. I always knew that he was awesome but I had never experienced it up close. He is totally the type of person I want as part of my inner circle – the people I trust and respect and want to keep in touch with because they make me feel happy.
There will be some fabulous interviewees appearing on BlogcastFM in the coming months. There will be awesome stuff coming from Srini. He is one smart guy and works hard.
Thursday seems so formal and serious online. She told me that her mum follows her twitter so I understood. I’m different in real life too because I’m on ‘mum manners’ online.
But seriously – she is so freakin’ awesome.Words can not explain it. She is smart and has a wicked sense of humour. Her hair is purple and her husband likes taking apart napkins. She is someone I think I’ll become really good friends with.
Andy is even more nice in person – we totally went on an ice cream date. The fact that it was actually frozen yoghurt is a tiny detail. Andy has been a huge part of keeping me on track this year and I felt so happy to be able to tell him that.
I did meet many others. Corbett Barr, Adam Baker, Erica Douglass, Sean Platt, Jonathan Fields, Deb Ng, Darren Rowse and many, many more. I just didn’t want this post to turn into a name dropping one. The people I met were awesome. I’ll be writing about their projects and sharing their stories in the coming months.
As soon as I learned that I wouldn’t be helping out Dave, my brain switched gears. I decided that I wanted to take advantage of the situation and learn as much about the awesome stuff as possible. I succeeded in my challenge.
However these will have to wait until a future post. This draft has sat in front of my computer for three days, untouched. I had such a blast at Blogworld and wanted to let people know that, but I’m currently unable to write about it as thoroughly as I’d like. Know that I’ll be talking about many of the people and information featured – and include pictures and links – in future posts.