#20sbsummit & some changes at BelleRenee
It was a blast to meet and see my blog friends from all over the United States and Canada. I won’t rehash the whole thing on this blog, as I’m sure you can find wrap up posts and recaps through the official hashtag feed. Instead, I want to discuss the aftermath of the summit.
After dinner Sunday night with Jamie, Erin, Ben, Jenny, and Doni, I walked to the train station with giant crocodile tears streaming down my cheeks. The weekend was far more inspirational than I had anticipated. And, for once, I felt like I truly belonged. I’ve written before about how I sometimes feel out of place and without a core group of friends. But this weekend was different.
But beyond it being a meaningful social event, because the summit was ultimately about blogging and bloggers, I came away from it feeling inspired to put the effort into this blog that it so desperately needs. I have been half-assing it, to be blunt, phoning it in. I have this amazing platform, I’ve built an amazing community of readers, and I feel like I’m not doing it justice. So I’m going to change that.
What to Expect
As much as I would love to self-host and get a professional redesign, that’s simply not in the budget. Instead, I’m going to create more focused content. I already have lots of ideas, but expect them to evolve. For now, suffice it to say I will write one of my popular smarty-pants posts analyzing media from a feminist perspective each week but I’ll continue reflecting on personal experiences as well. In general, there will be much more content on this blog starting in the next two weeks.
Also, I spent all today recategorizing my old posts in an effort to separate the personal from the academic portions of this blog. (Much to the chagrin of your feed readers, apparently I was also republishing all my old posts – SO SORRY!!) There will soon be an easy way to view these categories, too. Look for that soon.
The bottom line is this: The 20sb Summit was one of the best experiences of my summer. It inspired me to cultivate the friendships I already have. It inspired me to cultivate the online space I already have. And it inspired me to embrace the uncertainty of all of it.