At the start of the year, I wrote this entry about getting off the race and just going back into my cave to tinker with my own things.
Several bloggers have prodded about why I did it and if I was sure about my decision. Everytime I visit that thought and look at the results of the decision I made, I always feel light and good. And everytime I think about going back, the stress comes back.
It’s the right decision.
So when I looked at the program for the DPCON I realised there wasn’t really much stuff I wanted to know about that could add to what I’m doing right now that’s not related to blogging. The program is fantastic but it’s geared towards the real bloggers – not me.
I already had my ticket. I already booked the hotel. I already got full sponsorship for the whole thing. I was basically ready to go.
I was going to go – mainly because I wanted to catch up with several bloggers – and maybe party with my girls. But the more I thought about it, the more it didn’t sit well with me.
So I sold my ticket.
And I gave away my sponsorship.
I was lucky to have been sponsored by a company that was flexible enough to let me make the changes I wanted to make. I nominated three bloggers who are very keen to go to the conference but haven’t gotten any sponsors for it yet. I feel good knowing that the money will help them learn something for their blogs.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not made of lollies and rainbows. Had the company let me use the money to go to Adelaide for the first ever Comic Convention I wouldn’t have given the sponsorship money away (okay, I never really asked the company about it but I doubt they would have been open to it – I’m not sure it suits their company if I blogged about zombies and aliens using their logo, even if in my opinion, zombies and aliens are good for kids too – yes they are).
And seriously, it’s not like there’s a big drama behind all of this. It’s the simple fact that I can’t hack it in the pro/semi-pro blogging world. I can’t do what you guys do and not go crazy. I still keep in touch with some bloggers, and there are still friendships kept. I just want to pull them more into real life than URL.
That is all.
P.S. I would be willing to give my two cents to those wanting to know how I scored the sponsorship. I’m no expert though, just so you know.