Well, well, well.. If you had told me that I would go to a conference, meet a group of people that would help me understand the true meaning of what it actually is to be a blogger and that i’d have a brilliant time to boot I would have said you were “As mad as a bucket of fish”!
After a couple of slow months here on the blog I decided that it was time to get my butt into gear and crack on with it. When i’m actually ‘doing it’ (writing on the blog!) I really love the feeling of creating and crafting a post, tweaking it, pressing the publish button and setting it free to find it’s own way through the ‘Tinterwebs’ SO WHY HAVEN”T YOU BEEN DOING IT THEN SIMON???
Purely and simply that with the Fastkids, working, the house and the radioshow I was just too short of time. Haha, said like a true procrastinator! Well all i can say is Balls to all that and if anyone has any great time management advice i’m all ears.
I digress.. back to the conference. DPCON13 was – as I said in the title, down right Awesome! From the get go with the Keynote by Jono Fisher from WakeUp Sydney giving it large about kindness and “Paying it forward”, which essentially means think of others by sending a card, a message or anything to someone/anyone without it having to be for anything and you will get it back, again without it being ‘For’ something and i’m sure you know what it feels like to receive a little something completely un-solicited, I know i do and it feels great. So go on, I challenge you to pay it forward!
After that we had tonnes of panel discussions and breakout sessions that covered topics from Legal advice to Daddy Blogging and everything in-between with plenty of topics to keep everyone happy. My personal favorite was the Trolling session that was moderated by my new Daddy Blogger mate Reservoir Dad. A tricky subject that was well discussed by the panel which included some of Australia’s biggest blogging names, Retro Mummy, Woogs World and Where’s my Glow. Well done to all.
The Daddy Bloggers had a stint on the stage which I actually wasn’t supposed to be on but managed to gatecrash! Thanks to Reservoir Dad, Tackle Nappy and Baby Mac for taking it easy on me as a ‘Ring In. I am now a proud member of the ‘Daddy Blogger Realm’. Thanks for the initiation ceremony boys!
A few other shout outs must go to (In chronological order), Katie180 for being a cool chic and good fun to chat to about Ram positioning.. Look at the photos. Daisy from Daisy Roo and two for nearly stealing my phone and being great table company, along with Jess from Essentially Jess, Yvette from Little Bento Blog who not only had an unlimited supply of pens for anyone who was needy, but was also great fun. I could go on and on and on and on but the links would be worth even less than they are now for those that know their Blogging SEO. You guys know who you all are and I thanks you for the memories. Finally to Brenda, Melissa and the team at Digital Parents for putting on a great conference and I look forward to 2014!
Hi. I'm Simon AKA FastLaneDad and i'm a Daddy Blogger who tells the world about how I am bringing up 3 boys with the help of FastLaneMom. I will keep you informed about anything that I feel is of interest to anyone who is prepared to read it!