In June I started hearing whispers of a blogger conference happening in Melbourne, and my girl Danimezza confirmed that she was going to be one of the guest speakers. I adore Melbourne and desperately wanted to go, especially to support her, but my heart sank when I saw the date was only 6 weeks away. It definitely didn't give me enough time to save for flights, accommodation and tickets, and the fact it was happening 2 weeks after we got back from Perth (which didn't even eventuate) made it even harder.
So, I resigned myself to the fact that I just couldn't go and told myself to suck it up and deal with it. There would be other conferences other time, right?
I then started seeing #nnb2011 all over Twitter. It saturated it. I stared balefully at each tweet, and witnessed pre and post Blogopolis events grow in size. Argh! I wanted to be there so badly and hang out with my cyber buddies.
Then, I had a brainwave.
As a teacher, I'm required to do 50 hours of professional development each year, outside of school hours. Now, that's a hell of a lot of hours and it makes it even harder to attend a session as not many are available in my rural city. So, I jumped online and found a Studio Arts information session in Melbourne on the Blogopolis Saturday for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
School booked my flights and I found awesome roomies in Melissa from Suger Coat It and Caitlyn from Closet Confessions. I'm now on the countdown and have five hours 'til my plane leaves. Blogopolis should be fabulous, even if I do have to duck out for a couple of hours to attend my PD. What I'm really looking forward to are the awesome new people I'll be meeting, and I'm hoping to make some new lasting friendships out of it. (Aw. Don't I sound like a sap?)
So, if you see me, come up and say hi! I would love to meet you and don't worry if you're shy because I have a few nerves kicking in too.
And honestly, I'm just looking forward to going back to Melbourne. I adore it there. I always feel inspired and revitalised after a dose of Melbourne... the food is amazing, the NGV takes my breath away each and every time, I turn into a feral Collingwood supporter if I'm lucky enough to get to a game (don't hold that against me!) and I love to breathe in every single art and theatre experience. Oh, and the shopping? Let's just say I need to leave my credit card home as I'm supposed to be on a budget. Way too tempting.
OK, time to get back to work. If you're heading to Blogopolis tomorrow, see you there! xx