In the wee hours of the morning, I boarded a flight to California to join the best in the blogging & influencer field at the Mom 2.0 Summit. They were celebrating 10 years of blogging and after thinking about it, I realized I was too. It's been an odd online space as of late with so many changes leaving me to think that maybe it was time to stop blogging. Until I stepped into the magic of Mom 2.0 Summit and all the pieces seemed to float back into place.
Ten Years of Blogging
In reading your favorite blogs, you may come across the term “OG” or “Old Guard” and think to yourself, what the heck does that mean? Well, way back when- oh, say ten years ago (or more!) in blogging, many of us were just here to write and share our stories. Instagram and Pinterest didn't exist. Twitter and Facebook were just starting. Blogs were a way for us to write and get to know those who shared common stories, interests and a way to forge lasting friendships. I most certainly fit into this group. Some of my old posts don't even have pictures if you can believe that.
As I mentioned, Twitter was new and actually, pretty fun. Most of my blogging friends got to know me not as Kelly, but as my handle @Kpugs (a nickname I kept from skating days) and even to this day, many will look at my name tag and see my name, and say- “Oh, nice to meet you” – that is until they see the KPugs under my name and the lightbulb goes off and well, then this happens:
— Sugar Jones ? (@SugarJones) May 3, 2018
I've known Sugar on Twitter and Facebook for ten years and we have never met in person. Mom 2.0 Summit brought us together and of all the folks I was fortunate to meet, I am most grateful to have made this connection. Sugar, you are everything.
Should I Stop Blogging?
Should I stop blogging? This is a question I have been struggling with for a while. I love blogging, but trying to be everywhere all the time is exhausting. So many platforms, so many metrics, so many algorithms, it can be daunting to stay on top of it all.
How I Got My Groove Back
I have rebranded this blog three times. I also started my own business which has taken a lot of my time. Is blogging a space where I can still contribute value to my audience? Being in the presence of such supportive women who are there to listen, uplift and champion your ideas was everything I needed at this moment.
So, yes. I am ready to pivot once again. I bought a new domain and will be morphing this site into a new space to share a new season in my life. I feel re-energized to come back to this space and make a difference. I still have more of my story to tell.
Making a Difference
Speaking of making a difference – I wanted to give a shout out to my friend Leticia Barr who writes Tech Savvy Mama. She won an Iris Award for Philanthropic Work of the Year and it was one of my happiest moments at this summit. Read her recap here and please help me congratulate her!!
So much more to share of the awesomeness of this conference. It's been a week and I'm still trying to process everything.
Oh, and how did I come up with the title for this post? Well, I am still showing my age…the emcee for the Iris Awards was none other than Taye Diggs!
Which many know from Broadway, but I remember his debut film role way back when in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (affiliate link)
So, I thank you for allowing me to just sit down and brain dump and I hope you will continue to stick around for more of the journey and thank you Mom 2.0 Summit, all the wonderful women, and Taye Diggs for helping this blogger get her groove back!
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