Last weekend I attended a Blogging Conference on the Gold Coast called ProBlogger Training 2013. I only decided to go at the very last minute when a friend of mine was unfortunately not able to attend and sold me her ticket. To be honest, the whole reason that I didn’t buy a ticket to begin with was because Mrs D plus 3 is a very small and mostly personal blog and I didn’t think I was big enough to attend an actual conference. I also really didn’t know the first thing about blogging, as almost everything I’ve done so far has been self taught (with a little help from Google), so I didn’t really feel like a ‘proper blogger’. What prompted me to suddenly grab that last minute ticket I do not know, but right now I am so grateful that I did.
With Miss L getting bigger by the minute (sob) I have started to feel a bit panicked about what I’m going to do with my life. I can’t be a stay at home mum forever – what will I do when the kids are all at school?? My first problem is that I still really want to be around for the kids as much as they need me, and finding a job that will allow me to do just that is not very easy. My second problem is that at this moment in my life I actually have no idea what it is that I want to do. Except write. I am not a professional writer, but I love to write and I was hoping that Problogger would help me decided if that is enough…….so off I went with a circus of butterflies in my tummy and a mediocre expectation.
Before I tell you JUST HOW MUCH MORE THAN MEDIOCRE it actually was, I thought I might give you a quick glimpse into how I started blogging.
HOW I BECAME MRS D PLUS 3
Ok, I’ll start with the obvious! My surname is de Beer and after I got married some of my friends stated calling me Mrs Diamonds (which I actually quite like, so if you ever feel like calling me that I won’t be offended at all!) Anyway the name kind of stuck and was soon abbreviated to Mrs D. I’ll leave you to guess where the plus 3 came from!!
I’m a qualified beauty therapist specialising in aromatherapy and make-up artistry and I worked for Virgin Atlantic Airways for almost 8 years before signing off to follow Mr D to Australia. It was a huge move for us (which has without a doubt been the right one) but it was so hard to keep our friends and family up to date on our progress without writing hundreds of repetitive emails. I started to wrote little updates using facebook notes when someone suggested I write a blog. I actually had to look up what a blog was in Google as I had no idea!!
So I set one up and called it ‘de Beers Down Under’. I wrote on it about once or twice a month and I loved it. I found myself almost thinking in ‘blog’ and every day there would be little event that I would scribble down to add to my next ‘update’.
I carried on like that for almost a year until two wonderful ‘real bloggers’ opened my eyes to the real world of blogging. The first was the uber cool Che from a blog called Indieberries. She is actually an old friend of my little sister, and one day my sister sent me her link saying “Rob, you must check this blog out, it’s right up your street. I think you’ll love her.” And I did!! Her blog is so much more than awesome and right from the first read, I knew I wanted to write my own. I didn’t actually have the courage or the know how until I accidentally met the lovely Corrie from Retro Mummy. She gave the me a brief outline on the do’s and don’t of blogging and told me to just ‘GO FO IT’. So that was how Mrs D plus 3 was born – on the 5th December 2012.
It has now become like my fourth baby and just thinking about all the stories I want to tell is making me want to get off my chair and do a little happy dance!!
So what I actually learnt at Pro Blogger will be coming up soon…………
It was so nice to meet you this weekend!
And good luck harnessing all those ideas…I know I am full of inspiration too…I just need to find a way to take what is in my mind and actually apply it to my blog!
So lovely to meet you too!! Tell me about it, I keep coming back to the “TIME’ thing!! I need to find a way to combat it!! Nothing like a personal challenge though xx Good luck with yours xxx
It was great to meet you this weekend ! I am sure that your blog will grow from strength to strength with all that you learned on the weekend.
Have the best day !
Thank you lovely and same to you!! I hope you got lots out of it too – and I really wish I had asked you about all that reflexology!! Next time xx
I loved reading this insight Rob – thanks for sharing!! And I’m glad you started and I’m sure in a few months you’ll be on your way to something amazing :)xx
Am still so jealous that you all got to go. Looks like it was a great experience for everyone. Looking forward to you all sharing what you got from the experience.
I was so great and I can’t believe I almost didn’t go!! I’ll share all I learnt ASAP. Hopefully we’ll get to catch up on the next one xxx
Glad you jumped at that chance to go at the last minute! Sounds like you got lots of great ideas, look forward to reading more about it! -Aroha
It was one of those last minute decision that I am SO grateful I made xx
Aha, so that’s the story… I hadn’t realised the blog is so new… you’re going great guns. Please get that post about the event written and posted soonest as I’m keen to read all about it. Thank you!
Thanks Seana – it’s kinda addictive this blogging thing isn’t it!! I love it x
Sounds like you had a great weekend. I love hearing what prompts people to blog. Thanks for sharing your story.
Thank for reading Julie – it’s so nice of you to stop by xx
What a gorgeous post Mrs D 🙂
Did you know that you were a real blogger from the very first post you ever published? Yep, you were. There is no wrong or right way, just your own individual way 😉
I’ve been a little sad the past couple of days that I didn’t go to PB, t sounds like it was a great conference.
That is such a lovely thing to say – THANK YOU so much!! I hope you make it next year, I’d love to meet you xx
It sounds like an amazing conference. Love hearing why people started blogging. So many different reasons.
Me too – I think everyone should blog!! xxx