The Realities of Being a Blogger

Meaningful content, creative designs and a tight-knit community don't just happen overnight. No, it's something every blogger puts much time and effort into.

We spend countless hours writing posts, reading blogs, researching blogging trends, participating in forums, leading forums, joining hops, hosting giveaways, researching brands, attending conferences. Oh and let's not even begin to count the hours spent on social media outlets.

Our spouses, children and friends are of course priority #1; however, in the back of our minds at every second is our blog. For most of us, these sites become so much of who we are that in the end it's hard to separate the individual from the blog. And really? That's what I love about it.

A blog begins to flourish when walls are let down, strangers are let in and we give ourselves to this outlet 110 percent. I've "met" many bloggers over the last year that have touched my heart, altered my perspective on motherhood, work and life in general. They have encouraged and allowed me to wear my heart on my sleeve blog. And for this I am undoubtedly grateful.

As I drove home the other night, I imagined what it'd be like to actually surround myself in a room full of these women. Almost immediately tears began to swell as I pictured myself gossiping face-to-face with Sarah about Evie and Jackson, gushing over the awesomeness of Hayley and Zane's dark hair with Melissa and having the chance to finally meet this dear friend in person.

The idea was overwhelming and it was then I knew.

I knew that attending BlogHer 13 was a commitment I needed to make for myself, not just for this site. If you would've asked me a month ago if attending BlogHer was a legitimate option, I'd probably have said no. But today I can say with full faith that I will be attending BlogHer '13.

Sure, I'm still a lot little terrified to make this commitment. But knowing that come July 2013, I'll be able to actually hug this girl and this girl allows me to maintain faith and persevere through the many hurdles that need to be overcome before July.

Oh and while we're at it, a shameless plug. Because if I'm going to get to BlogHer then I'll need some amazing sponsors along the way. I'd say, the ladies currently on my sidebar are a great start. But every month there are new opportunities to become a sponsor, and this blog of mine has grown leaps and bounds this month alone thanks to sponsorships!

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Are you with me, BlogHer 13? Who else will I finally meet in person?