The 2013 ProBlogger Training Event was held on the Gold Coast last weekend. The Tunnel’s Ed reflects on what went down and what the whole blogging caper might mean.
Yes, it all sounds a bit serious, doesn’t it?
For the uninitiated, it should be explained that the ProBlogger Training Event is A Big Deal for a surprising number of people. The blogging equivalent of the Eurovision Song Contest, if you will. And this year, the Eurovision Song Contest was in Queensland. (Oh, to live in that perfect universe.)
If you were organised – and quick enough – you could pay several hundred dollars to attend ProBlogger 2013 in person and talk, walk and drink blogging FOR TWO WHOLE DAYS. (Afflicted spouses will vouch for the appeal of this to the blog-obsessed.) If you were less organised – but still had the cash to spare – you could outlay the money and experience ProBlogger online with a Virtual Pass.
Here at The Tunnel, we were neither organised, quick nor cashed up enough to attend ProBlogger in any official capacity. So, last weekend, I lurked on the periphery of the event – a blagger amongst the bloggers. If you didn’t see me around the place, that’s because I wasn’t really there.
I’ll be honest. There was in-depth discussion about concepts like personal branding and I may not have given ProBlogger 2013 my full attention.
Saturday, in particular, was a write-off. It’s spring, after all, and there was horse racing to watch. Plus, North Queensland Cowboys fans must fortify themselves for disappointment. (I got so fortified, I could have sworn the Sharks scored a try on the seventh tackle?!)
Luckily, ProBlogger attendees were tweeting all the important information anyway. I won’t rehash any of that. Rather, I want to comment on why events like ProBlogger are important to us little guys.
It can be lonely writing a blog, particularly a satire blog. Unlike with parenting blogs, there’s not a lot of fellowship out there in the satire jungle. No weekly link-ups. No regular stream of gee-your-post-was-great commenting. Just a herd of hungry animals trying to be the first to pounce on the next joke. With the notable exception of The Sauce, the support and encouragement The Tunnel has received has come from bloggers in other fields.
If you let it get to you, it’s easy to think that no one cares and that everyone is funnier than you, that everyone has more Twitter followers – even some new group who only started blogging last month. (And they won’t follow you back, the bastards. Raaaaaah!!!!)
That’s why events like ProBlogger are good for the soul. They’re a reminder that blogging doesn’t have to be lonely, that it’s not meant to be a competition.
That your fellow bloggers are friendly people who are interested in the same sort of stuff as you.
That it’s socially acceptable to talk about plug-ins and retina ready templates sometimes.
That it’s okay to have 100 Twitter followers, rather than 10,000.
That it doesn’t matter that you will never be as funny, or as loved, as The Chaser.
Oh my God. Look at me getting all sentimental like some character in Seabiscuit. (From now on, I will leave the profound thoughts to the likes of Johnathan Thurston Seagull.)
Anyway, a big thanks to everyone who attended – and didn’t attend – ProBlogger 2013. I had a great time, as the photos below hopefully show!
The Tunnel Presents… is an Australian satire blog. For more blogging and ProBlogger stories, visit The Lounge, hosted this week by Slapdash Mama.