This week is BlogHer ’13. It is a popular blogger conference being held in Chicago where bloggers from around the U.S. gather to share information, learn technical tricks, pick up on marketing techniques and find ways to fine-tune their craft. It is also a major networking event. From what I can gather, an impromptu party may just break out in the halls. (Well, that is if I’m lucky.)
Why am I nervous as all getup?
In a former life (before kids and Sensory Processing Disorder entered), I used to network all of the time. I was a PR professional who could schmooze with the best of them. Give me a room of strangers and I would end the evening with a room full of new acquaintances and future connections.
Networking never came instinctually to me. I’m an introvert by nature. Being an introvert doesn’t mean I hide in my room. It just means that while many people get jazzed up and energized from socializing, I often find myself drained of energy at the end of the day and need to recharge by myself.
I have been off of the networking scene for a decade, but that’s not why I’m nervous. I confess: I feel frumpy — frumpy, dumpy and lumpy. Why on earth would anyone want to talk to me?
You’ll be able to instantly recognize me at the conference because I’m going to be the girl who feels self-conscious of her weight. I’m going to be the girl who wishes she wasn’t currently growing out her hair. I’m going to be the girl who still thinks she’s 20-something and is surprised when she sees herself in the mirror. I’m going to be the girl who is afraid she won’t make any new acquaintances, let alone friends.
I’m also going to be the girl who seems at ease, outgoing and comfortable. Don’t let me fool you. I’m just as nervous as you are. Can we be friends?