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Monday, June 25, 2012

Back From Type A


We're finally back from Type A Conference that was held in Charlotte, NC. over the weekend.  I learned alot of things and came away better than worse form the whole experience. Now lemme just say before I go into a huge babble about the conference that I still have a ways to go before I am in the league some of these folks in the blogosphere.  There was a Comic Con going on next door and I can compare it to some bloggers being in a true-to-film Iron Man suit with all the lights and gadgets and stuff while I was more akin to being in a cardboard box costume colored in crayola red and yellow with a metal collander on my head...

While there I quickly found out that I was a minority.  I don't just mean being a junior blogger in the midst of creative writing royalty either.  I was a dude swimming in a sea of women...very powerful, successful, intelligent women.  Thankfully I have been married to one for 14 years now, so I have been well trained how to withhold my tongue and think before I speak.  Still it was pretty hard for a redneck with comedic wit not to make any "make me a sammich" and "I haven't seen this many dishwashers together since I was at Sears last week" jokes.  I knew it meant sudden death, from them and my wife.  And if by chance any of you gals from the conference are reading this and start to get all Gloria Steinem on me, I heard enough vajayjay jokes in 3 days to last me until the next conference...where I'm sure I will be easily spotted and shot on sight, being in the minority and all.

In all seriousness though, there should be more men attending conferences like this.  There are some amazing Dad Bloggers out there and their voices should be heard.  A big reason why I do this is to give voice to the fathers out there who work hard not just for their kids, but with their kids as well.  Some of them choose to stay at home with their kids, which is totally cool.  So many kids don't have a father they can look up to, and these dudes totally rock it in a different way.  Then there are the dads like me who put in a 40-70 hour work week, then come home to take over for mom who puts in more hours in a week than can be calculated.  You GO Daddy!...now go to godaddy.com and get a domain name for the blog you are about to write about your adventures in poppa-hood, then come to the next conference and make our numbers stronger!

I met so many awesome folks at Type A.  Here's a list of just a few who blew me away:

Cecily Kellogg <=== I will now be following everything this gal writes. Her opinions are strong and her stories even stronger.  She's a good mom with a great heart.  If the pen is mightier than the sword and she is a Jedi Master with her writin' skillz.

Rene Syler <===She gave the ending keynote speech.  She talked about how she went from being a successful CBS news anchor to battling breast cancer, losing her job and her huge comeback.


Anissa Mayhew <===This chick totally blew me away. One of the funniest people I will ever meet!  I have been invited to her attic since I'm not man enough for her garage.  That inside joke was not meant as a dirty double entendre, but I'm sure she would make it one anyways...

Tanis Miller <=== I've been a fan of hers for a while thanks to my wife.  We are now friends...and I don't just say that because Tanis hit me for calling her one of my heroes.  She hits like a Canadian girl by the way.  And by that I mean like one who has been trained to hit a guy in the shoulder hard enough to numb his toes...

And last but definitely not least, this dude:

Charlie Capen <=== He gave instruction on how to make your content go viral.  I have also been a fan of Charlie and his sidekick, Andy for a long time.  I would call him my hero, but I don't want to see if he hits like a Canadian girl...once is enough for me.  I will say this though.  He is a standout among dad bloggers and a stand up among all bloggers.  He and Andy are two very creative, hilarious and insightful writers out there on the internets.

One of the best things I take back with me from this conference is that when you blog you are giving life to your voice.  It is, in essence, a work of art.  Some choose to create their art just to get it out of their heads while others sell their art to make a living.  Neither choice is wrong.  The wrong choice, in my opinion, is not to embrace your art.

I don't mean everybody should get on the interwebs and blog (really, you should try it though) but do what you enjoy.  Grab a paintbrush, write a song, make something out of clay (totally just heard Unchained Melody in my head for some reason).  Whatever you do, get it out of you.  You might be like me and have 4 or 5 people that enjoy your work (thanks to my wife, mother and myself for being 3 of the 4 or 5) or you may end up making a living from what you do.

Who knows unless you try.


10 comments:

  1. It was great to meet you and your lovely wife.

    Thanks for being such a great sport during the Humor session. I could tell you were biting your tongue. The blood trickle was the giveaway.

    Anissa says your blogger award is in the mail.

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    1. Great meeting you too! Momma always taught me to be a gentleman in front of the ladies so I kept my mouth shut. Momma never met these people...

      As for the award, I am waiting by the door for the mailman...with a hood on and big sunglasses so nobody can tell it's me...

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  2. Great summary of the weekend. Thank you for sharing your perspective. Glad I got to meet you - however briefly! And I agree, I think there should absolutely be more dads, men, boy - bloggers at these things. It would be fantastic and should be happening! Well said!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! It was great to meet you too. Maybe next year we can get more Y chromosome representation!

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  3. Love this post! And I love your sense of humor. Nothing wrong with a vajayjay joke here and there.

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  4. Thanks Amy! And you're right about vajayjay jokes here and there...unless you're a gynecologist. Then there's a time and a place for it...

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  5. Now here I thought you were just the husband that had me laughing about his extreme fear of flying and turbulence. You can write as well! Great round-up post and I can't wait to read more of your work....and see you and your wife next year at Type A Con!

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    1. I am much more than just the husband who is afraid of flying and turbulence...I'm scared of spiders too... :)

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  6. Awesome post, sad we didn't get to really chat, but it sounds like you had a great time. Awesome for you trying to raise up the dad blogger community!

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    1. There is always next year. Gotsta represent my fellow homeboys livin' the Dad Life!

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