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(Please note: this post was first published shortly after the 2014 Gold Coast Problogger Training Event)

Around this time last year, I attended a blogging conference sans blog. Renegade, right? Not so much.

I like to be paranoid…I mean prepared…so I wanted to learn, learn, learn before I dared go online without so much as a dress rehearsal.

I flew solo which meant I chewed the ear of one direction…I mean whoever looked in my direction. Shout out to lift-presser, toilet queue holder, late night room service man. I may not have caught everyone’s name.

After each blogging session, I thought, thought, thought and then I talked, talked, talked. Yes, it was all becoming a bit Dr Seuss. There were no green eggs and ham but, man, did I develop an appetite. I wanted to blog like nobody’s business. At that stage it wasn’t even my business. Remember, I had no blog.

So, I went back to talking, talking, talking. Until I lost my voice. Cue tumbleweed.

I wrote notes, where once I asked questions. I smiled at strangers, where once I started a conversation. I ate at lunch, where once I mingled.

At the end of the conference, I stopped by the hotel gift shop and spied a shiny brooch from one of those locked (we-trust-you-but-don’t-trust-others) cabinets. It looked constrained in there so I bought it before I set sail.

Fast forward twelve months and that brooch is about to be dusted off for Problogger’s Ahoy-themed cocktail party. It won’t be my only accessory that night.

I finally have a blog and, thanks to that conference, I’ve found my voice.

Will you be attending this year’s Problogger Training Event?

12 Comments

  • Reply March 17, 2015

    Denise

    I was there too Tonia, and I loved every minute of it. I’m not surprised you lost your voice, the noise levels are something else. Maybe I’ll get to meet you at this year’s event 🙂

    • Reply March 17, 2015

      Tonia

      Fingers crossed! I’ve been exercising my keyboard hands all week – here’s hoping I’m quick enough to land a ticket. Such a great event. Really hope to see you there. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  • Reply March 18, 2015

    monica

    Let those fingers be quick. Visualizing the awesome threesome enjoying a cocktail…or 2 at the conference.

    • Reply March 18, 2015

      Tonia

      Here’s hoping we strike it lucky – such an awesome event.

  • What a great post. I love that the trinket you bought can now be worn for another Problogger! I’ve never made it to a Problogger event, regrettably, I would love to and am always following the feeds with interest and jealousy when they’re on.
    The first event I did ever go to, I lost my voice, too. I’d driven from Bathurst all the way to Melbourne and was fine but just before arriving at the venue my voice was completely gone! It made for a very interesting event.

    • Reply March 18, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks Becky and what a coincidence we’ve both been speechless at major events! Are you considering coming along this year? I hope so. You’d love it – such a great atmosphere and a great group of bloggers. Hope to either see you there or online.

  • Reply March 18, 2015

    Kathy

    It was lovely to meet you there last year Tonia. Where has that 9 months gone!

    • Reply March 18, 2015

      Tonia

      Ditto Kathy – time sure does fly in this blogging biz. Will I see you again this year? I hope so. I’ve been following your blog and it looks like you and yours have packed a lot into those 9 months. Be nice to have a relaxed cuppa and catch-up with you in August x

  • Reply March 19, 2015

    Surely Sarah

    You certainly have a unique and cool writing voice, if you lose your voice again this year I’m sure your blog can speak for you 🙂
    Hope we can connect at Problogger!

    • Reply March 19, 2015

      Tonia

      We HAVE TO MEET AT PROBLOGGER so I can buy you a drink! That sweet comment has officially made my week. Truly Sarah, that’s so kind of you. Can’t wait to put a face to the name in August. Again, thank you xx

  • Reply March 20, 2015

    Kelly

    Hi Tonia, I’m so glad you stopped by my blog today because now I’ve found yours, and it’s awesome! I so wish I was going to problogger this year! I haven’t actually been to any, but it is on the overall big plan. And I so get the need to prepare prepare prepare!!! Hopefully next year I will get to go, and maybe we will meet!

    • Reply March 20, 2015

      Tonia

      Ditto Kelly! Was greet to discover your beautiful blog too. I’ll keep my fingers crossed we meet at next year’s Problogger. Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend. Another trip to the Dandenongs, perhaps?

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