An Imposter at the Southern Bloggers Conference

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1st Southern Blogging Conference

I am an imposter. Did you know that?

For the last several months I’ve been researching and thinking and figuring out how/if I wanted to take my blog to a different level. In this process I connected with Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays. Amy was my daughter’s boss at the Greensboro News and Record when she was in high school. Rachel was the only homeschooler out of the high school students picked to write and photograph for their teen section. Rachel got great experience and ended up doing some transcribing work for Amy on the side.

After Amy and I started chatting she added me to a facebook group called blogtalk. It’s a group connected with hometalk, a fabulous site for DIY and home related projects and a place to connect with professionals in all fields related to the home. I had been contacted by someone with the group earlier with a request to post a window table my husband made. I linked up but didn’t get very involved at that time. (I never even realized our table got over 6000 views!)

I started reading all the neat posts and questions on blogtalk, but I was an imposter and didn’t say much at first. You see, it’s only been within the last year that we’ve done several home improvement projects to our home. We’ve lived here 21 years and it was in desperate need of help! I started writing about some of the projects and got some great feedback so I posted more updates and I was off to the races! I love home decor and thrifty deals, but before the days of pinterest and blogging I wasn’t very good at identifying my style or pulling it all together. In other words, I’m not a natural decorator or designer. At all. Thus, I am an imposter. Yet blogtalk made me feel like there was hope that the things I write about (of which DIY projects are only a little piece) have a place in blogland.

Amy encouraged me to attend the first Southern Bloggers Conference in Raleigh, NC (an hour and a half from me). I toyed with the idea and kept telling myself I was an imposter and somebody would find me out! Finally, I gathered up my nerve and signed up.

And I’m so glad I did! It was a total stretch outside my comfort zone. Rooming with a complete stranger. Mingling with 100 other bloggers. Knowing no one except Amy. Exchanging business cards, vainly trying to remember names. Feeling like it was the first day of school in a new place!

What did I learn from the experience? DIY bloggers of all sizes (their blogs not their waistlines!) are wonderfully genuine people, eager to share their tips of the trade. There was no pride or jealousy, no judging people based on the size of their blog. The team that put together the conference was amazing (you can find these ladies on the sidebar of the conference site). They spent countless hours putting together a first rate brand new conference. The speakers were amazing: Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms, Kelly of Eclectically Vintage, Annie of Maison Blanche Paint Company, Kristen of Sophia’s Decor and Amy of AttaGirlSays, Heather of At the Picket Fence and Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl. Genuine. Warm. Engaging. Funny. Moving. All different yet all sharing a love of transforming the home into a place of beauty.

Home is where your story begins. That’s my logo and my belief. Whether it’s writing about adoption, homeschooling, frugal living, faith or DIY, my life centers around my home and family.  So, maybe I’m not too much of an imposter after all!

Pictures from 1st Southern Bloggers Conference




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  1. Loved your post, Marty! Just for the record – you’re no impostor!! 🙂

  2. Marty – It was such an amazing experience and so glad I was able to share it with you! You’re no imposter – your blog is your voice and you should speak of all the things that truly speak to you.

    • Thanks so much, Kelly! I guess I feel like I’m a little late to the DIY party (although I’ve been crafting for years), but I’m enjoying learning and growing and meeting wonderful people like you! Thank you for taking the time to comment. It means so much!

  3. Marty – It was a pleasure to connect with you at the conference. In no way should you consider yourself an imposter! I echo what Kelly says – your blog is your voice!

  4. Marty-you’re no imposter, we’re all just writing our own stories and finding our own way! I’m so glad you came to the SBC-I went alone not knowing anyone outside of online interaction mostly on Blogtalk and it was an amazing experience!! Now I’m hoping to get to Haven next Summer!!

    • Melissa, you’re so sweet. Yes, we all have our unique voices but just as in everything else, it’s hard not to compare. I do believe I have a place, I just can’t narrow it down to a couple of subjects! I’m glad you came to SBC, too. I’m not sure if I’m brave enough for Haven, though. You go, girl!

  5. Congratulations Marty! I think attending the conference was a great idea 🙂

  6. Marty, I remember seeing you at the conference but I don’t think we actually met! Perhaps you met my husband. He was the one going around taking all the pictures Friday night! I would say that you fit right in at the conference. It was such an amazing experience and I’m already looking forward to the next one!

  7. I love this Marty! I felt that way for a while too..I think the conference finally confirmed for me that I am doing exactly what I should be…blogging, connecting, and being me. I was so nervous to go, but the moment I got there, I knew these were my people! Looking forward to reading your blog often!


  8. Hey Marty! I DO remember you of course. I remember your room mate as well. : ) So nice to meet you and you actually helped my confidence! I was very insecure and so happy to have you to talk to. Especially when I was dropping my cards all over the floor! Great post and thank you for sharing! Love, Me

  9. Marty:
    I’m so glad you came to the conference, and I’m glad I played a role in convincing you to come. You’re certainly not an imposter. You write and speak from your heart, and you share some amazing projects and recipes — all part of your home story. And you’ve been so generous with your time, knowledge and expertise on Blogtalk and to me personally. I’m glad to get to know you better, as more than just Rachel’s mom. (Although that’s a pretty terrific thing to be.) Since the newspaper’s teen page is long gone and the teens in questions are all adults now, I can say that Rachel was one of my favorite correspondents. I thought she was super smart, super talented, super reliable and super sweet. I could always count on her to do her assignments and to do them well — with heart. I still remember several of the stories she worked on, and I can’t say that about many of the other correspondents. I’ve been able to follow the careers/lives of some of the other teen correspondents, and I’ve been excited about the paths they’ve taken. There were some talented kids in that group, and my favorites were the ones like Rachel who were passionate about what they were doing. I suspect she gets some of that passion from you…

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