This weekend I’m off to Bright Delight – a wonderfully conceived blogger outreach event organised by 365 Things to do in Bright. I am passionate about supporting local business and unique experiences, so it’s a good fit for me.
9 fellow bloggers and little ol’ me will spend a night and 2 days sampling the gourmet and adventure wonders of Bright. I’ve always wanted to visit Bright but have previously baulked at making the trip, given I would have to navigate a 3 hour car ride with 2 grumpy kids, an impatient me and the stink of McDonalds cheeseburgers in the back seat. This weekend. No children. Delightful.
I am dead-set excited about Bright Delight. Some of us will be dabbling in Simone’s kitchen with award-winning chef, Patrizia Simone (other guests are taking a helicopter ride/winery tour and yTravel are paragliding for the Do It in a Dress campaign), lunch at Snow Road produce in Milawa, dinner at Ginger Baker, and getting to know my fellow travellers on the yellow brick road of bloggery.
But when I received the itinerary and saw who was going, my mind did a massive brainfart and immediately seized up in an unseemly crisis of confidence:
Pip from Bub Sweat and Tears, Caroline from Present Imperfection, Megan from Writing Out Loud, Renee from About a Bugg, Laney from Crash Test Mummy, Katrina Higham, Caz and Craig from yTravel, Carli from Tiny Savages and Trevor Young. I mean, come on, these are brilliant bloggers, with remarkable social media presences. And I’m just little. me (cue strains from the world’s tiniest violin).
Look, I am very small at the moment (my boobs might disagree) and I suddenly feel like a giant fraud. I love the term “emerging” blogger – it implies that one will suddenly break out of an ugly, but functional cocoon and transform into a popular, oft-followed butterblogger. This makes me feel like a fraud as well as I’ve been blogging for 12 years but only recently as Melbourne Mum and my presence on social media is fledgling at best. Then I started to smack myself in the head a little bit but stopped when I realised how ridiculous I looked and that the neighbours could probably see me.
I found my “blog voice” years ago, but have yet to cultivate the community I set out to and I want to do Kim and #365InBrightVic justice. Husband keeps reminding me that it will take time – “It’s a marathon, not a race”, “If you build it, they will come” and reciting whole bits of “The Merchant of Venice” to me, but you know what it’s like with husbands – lalalalalanotlisteningnotlisteninglalala but he’s right of course and I’m just being an arsehole.
I’ll be live tweeting the experience with the #brightdelight hashtag from Sunday and taking a stack of photos (my penchant for shutterbuggery will come in handy no doubt). Watch this space. And go check out the smashing bloggers that will be attending – it’s ALL quality, people.
Just don’t mind this little blogging fraudster doing time for her white collar crime.