Finding my Bliss at Blissdom Canada with Catherine Conners

Bliss at Blissdom

Over the past 48 hours I have listened, learned and reflected on who I am. More importantly about who I am not. I am a very inclusive person, I will support my fellow blogger and put myself out there. I am not exclusive, I respect all people regardless of their social media ‘cred’. 
Catherine Conners @herbadmother ‘s key note address made me think of who I want to be within this sphere. She made literary, global and historical connections to our ever growing & ever changing interface. She asked us to look beyond our selves as singular and as a whole. The mantra we are greater than the sum of all our part resinated with her address. 
I will admit I have been blessed, from the fabulous Ottawa network of friends to the larger groups I interact with, my foundation is solid. Wonderful people like Julia, Diana and Mel, they are like minded, positive and get the person I am and appreciate it. 
My teaching career is driven by leadership and leading by example. I think it is about time I have the same presence on line. Trolls will be trolls, but maybe those trolls just need a little more understanding or a social media time out. I have never walked a mile in their shoes and as such I do not judge. Thank you to all the in depth conversations, flyby hugs and fellowship. I am honoured to be among the Canadian social media cohort and look forward to our adventures together. 

3 Comments

  1. Sherrie Mae, you are one of the reasons I enjoyed Blissdom Canada so much this year AND last year. I had a lot of fun hanging out with you!

    I think the whole point of the conference – or at least a large part of it – is to foster that inclusiveness, to support one another and champion our successes.

    It doesn’t always work out that way but I’ve been thinking that the exclusiveness may not be intentional. People are so focused on their own goals, they don’t see or can’t make time for others who aren’t on the same path.

    For me, my Blissdom Canada lesson is to ‘keep on keeping on’. I came away this weekend understanding that my path is a good one. Even if my blog doesn’t have hundreds of followers and comments, it’s my gem, my creation. And I’m happy with the direction it’s moving in. 🙂

  2. Hi SherrieMae, great recap! I too came away from the conference thinking about who I am and who I want to be online. I have a long way to go to get to where I want to be. The conference validated for me that I need to keep on keeping on.

    I really enjoyed our conversations about all of this at the conference. I think it’s important we step back and assess how our online personas are perceived by others. Are we really doing our best to be our best? Should we care? I think so.

  3. Thank you Mel! I think Blissdom, solidified my intentions and made me realize that trolls will be trolls an I cannot change the way others view me. I am proud of myself and others accomplishments.
    Wonderful speaking with you 🙂

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