Monday, August 18, 2014

The Hundred - My Take

Last weekend, I was able to attend an amazing blogging conference in Dallas.  The Hundred Event. Hosted by some of the greatest (Grace, Megan, Bridget and Lauren), it was even better than expected (and they were too)!  Joules (don't waste a minute checking out their clothing and fabulous rain boots!) sponsored the event, along with a host of others, and it really was perfection.

There were style workshops by the fabulous Kendi, lessons in photography from Jenni, and ideas on how to increase your following via the infamous Stacy (a fellow Aggie, I might add).  Curt Steinhorst spoke to us about prioritizing our time and being careful as to whom and what we gave our attention.  There were delicious meals around Dallas, a perfect party at the Peacock Alley showroom and a farewell brunch that could not have been a better way to send us off!

There were no details left undone, no hang-ups in the flow, and nothing I would have asked for that hadn't already been thought of.  Honestly, it was a perfectly laid out event.  Even with the list of influential speakers, the top-of-the-line accommodations and the thoughtful gifts to make our time spent there even more special, I would have to say none of those things were what I would say was the best of it all.  If not that, then what?

It was the people.  Those whom I had followed and finally got to meet.  If you don't already follow Blythe, Nell, Olivia, Kate, Joanna and Katrina, I would highly suggest it.  It was the new people I connected with - Taylor, Indiana, Kelly, and Mary ( to name a few!).  If anything like me, we were all excited to be there but apprehensive about what really to expect.  

It's just like writing this post afterwards.  Will I say the right things?  In trying to be authentic, will I go too far and accidentally be less than that?  Am I even in a position to be here, because by no means am I a "big blogger"?  I cannot say that I didn't feel those things at some points in the weekend.  I cannot even honestly say that I don't feel some of them still.  

However, it drove home a point for me.  In order to do anything well, you must give it all you're willing to give it.  Give it your all?  Yes, if you want it to be your all.  Give it less than that?  Yes, if you're willing for it to be just that.  By this I mean that I learned a lot this weekend.  I learned what it takes to build a bigger following.  I learned a way in which to approach sponsors.  I learned that there is more to "making it big" than I ever imagined.  And, I learned, that I'm not so sure I'm up for that.

I love writing.  I love photography.  Both are a release for me.  More than that, though, I love my family.  I have been given a blessing that not everyone has, and that is staying home with that family and raising these kiddos.  If I truly take into consideration Curt's presentation, my little ones must be the greatest source of my attention-getting.  If not, then what am I really doing?  

Blogging, for me, started as a way to document our life.  I cannot get myself to scrapbook, so I told myself this would take its place.  One post after another, I loved it more, and as more people read it, I felt better about what I was doing.  This little blog gives others a glimpse into a life that isn't quite the norm for most.  I mean, really, how many of you actually worry about a cow rubbing some paint off of your car parked outside or follow the weather as if your livelihood truly depended on it?  Not most would be my guess.

But, it doesn't serve much more of a purpose than that.  Of course, it has connected me to some of the most beautiful women I know (or hope to actually meet some day).  It has provided me with a way in which to unwind and, in my opinion, be a better mom.  It has given the kids' grandparents and even great-grandparents a way to instantly get reports on our lives.  But, it's not our life.  In fact, it's just a little space on the world wide web.  

Our life is actually what you see in those pictures and the moments I wasn't quick enough to capture.  Our life is about the times we're there for each other however simple those moments may be, and much to my selfish dismay, those moments are not measured by a new "like" on Instagram or another follow on the ol' blog.  

The Hundred taught me that with a little more effort, my blog can grow.  But, it taught me more about appreciating the people behind it...and the people behind the blogs I follow.  If I can be the mom I want to be while still writing this blog and seeing it grow a bit, I'm all over that.  If not, I know which I'd rather see succeed.  

*All of these photos by the lovely Paige of Awake Photography


  1. Amazingly written! You put into words the thoughts I have about blogging. I so wish I could have gone to the event, it looked beautiful, and the take away seems like so much more!

  2. Love this!! I've been to a few conferences over the past few years and came away with very similar thoughts.

  3. It's a strange thing, this blogging world. I find myself REALLY wanting to know my favorite bloggers in real life, and sometimes longing to just sit down and have a conversation with you ladies. I would LOVE to live "next door" to you (as ranch-neighbors go!) or Grace or Blythe or many others so that we could talk in person. Just making comments on others' blogs is so unfulfilling, mostly. Then I just start feeling like a weirdo; like a peeping-tom. I appreciate the glimpses into your world. I am just not very good at long-distance relationships, I guess. I imagine that it is difficult deciding how much of your family's life to share, as well. It is all just strange, and as someone whose social life predates the internet, I almost feel too old (I'm turning 50 in a few days--ugh) to jump in. Thanks, Britt, for bing so thought-full. You have a sweet and beautiful family!

    1. It really is, Michelle! A wonderful place to "meet" likeminded women, but a very big time consumer if you let it be. Oh gosh, I know about wanting to live next door to some!! Wouldn't that be nice? Thanks for being so sweet about my family, and gosh, thanks for commenting! I love that :)

  4. This may be my favorite recap, yet! You're so right on.

    What sustains me in blogging is the relationships that form from it. The online friendships that turn into real life friendships, the support, and the feeling of "belonging" (which I sooooo lacked in high school). In this strange blog world, I find likeminded women (some of whom blog, some of whom simply comment on my blog or other social media sites) and the world seems smaller, cozier, and more friendly, I suppose. Every time I think about shutting my blog down, I get sad thinking about the losing some of those connections. The sponsors? It's become an added perk, but I'll peace the peace out the moment it starts feeling like a burdensome JOB vs. a fun outlet, you know? I think you know. :)

    I am so glad to have met you! I have big plans for us, lady!

  5. I love this. It's so easy to compare my little blog to so many other, bigger, better ones, but that really isn't the point. I'm so blessed to stay at home with my kids, and as much as I love blogging and the community here, I don't want it to take the place of being present with my family. I do wish I could have gone to this conference (or Edel, or both!) but maybe some other year I'll get to meet some of you blog friends in person!

  6. What a wonderful recap! It was so nice to meet you :)

  7. Such a beautiful recap, Britt! Love that you were able to go and meet so many wonderful women as well as have such a beautiful takeaway from it. It sounds like it was so very inspiring and refreshing. Also, love all the beautiful photos of you! :)