It’s taken me several days to feel semi human after rolling out of the Gold Coast after my fourth (out of 7) ProBlogger Training Event weekends, my third as part of the team. Hundreds of bloggers converge to hear inspiring speakers, go to practical workshops, fit in some socialising where they can… wait, I think I’ve got that round the wrong way.
I’ve had every intention of eating well and nurturing myself back to fighting weight since I landed but to be honest I’ve survived solely on breakfast foods today and I’m not likely to make any socially acceptable life decisions until at least Thursday. At least.
As usual, I had a blast. I never fail to learn things, meet awesome people, get caught up in the enthusiasm, and walk away feeling proud to be even a little bit part of it all. This year I was the fastest fingers in the north capturing all the learning and excitement on the twitter machine for the ProBlogger Event profile, check it out:
— Mick Russell (@mickrussell_) September 8, 2016
My finest work:
It all started Thursday afternoon with the niche networking and I wandered around grabbing every niche sticker from the stations for my lanyard because I don’t know know who I am or why I blog. Emilie Wapnick came in on the last day and told us that was GOOD because that meant I was a MULTIPOTENTIALITE and I could DO WHATEVER I WANTED. Lucky, cos I was doing that anyway.
After that I totally gatecrashed the Olympus VIP launch dinner in the penthouse, where I saw sneak peeks of incredible new stuff coming up, ate amazing food, talked to people who are cooler than I’ll ever be, and ate six desserts.
It was awesome.
The next morning involved 7am meetings, more registration desk shenanigans, my blog BFF Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim and Rebel hand-delivering me breakfast, and 500 bloggers pouring through the doors to fill their heads with knowledge and their hearts with motivation.
As usual Darren had a few home truths for me, aka something his Mama Rowse once said to him:
He had been asking us to think about what we needed to work on with our blogs, and that the things we are avoiding are probably the things we need to attend to the most. He’s right, of course.
He said that once he got over the procrastination and ticked his to-do list off today not someday, he saw real benefits for his effort.
I thought about what I had been avoiding – tons of fiddly admin work and a couple of those things that start with an “e” and end in “book” that I started years ago and never got around to, and nodded, and then freaked out and put it back on the someday pile.
“Change Evangelist” (I’m not sure what that is but if I can have “All-Round Badass” on my LinkedIn, he’s welcome to it) Brian Fanzo had a few things to say, mostly in Bitmoji form. He said perfection is a fairytale, and I’m inclined to agree. Perfection is not a standard, make it go away.
Reminds me of a post I wrote for ProBlogger a while back, where I talked about perfection holding us back from progress. There is a poster in Facebook HQ that urges employees to focus on getting stuff done (and then refining it) rather than slowing down or being hamstrung because they’re waiting to launch only when something is perfect.