SoCapOtt and Shout Outs

Just wanted to mention that I attended the Social Capital Conference on Saturday and it was really, really great. The organizers did an amazing job of putting it all together, and the presentations were excellent across the board. I came away from the day with tons to think about in terms of what I want to do with my life, this blog, my writing, and Dear Lord, The Twitter. If they have it again next year, you should definitely go. It’s worth it.

I will say, however, that my poor Mommy Brain is not used to actually thinking all day, and by lunchtime I was almost dizzy with the effort of concentration. Not to mention that I took about 500 pages of handwritten notes, and my right wrist is no longer up to such a task. All was resolved, however, by an afternoon cup of coffee that left me READY TO GO, HELLO PEOPLE, HOW ARE YOU. I never have caffeine, EVER, and I’m afraid I was a little pumped up during those late day round table sessions. Sorry if I scared anyone!

In related news, I saw many old friends at the conference and met quite a few really nice new friends. I’d like to give a special shout-out to Josee of Frugal Fun Ottawa, who gave me the thrill of my first official fan encounter – the first time someone has come up to me and asked if I am Lynn of Turtlehead, for the purpose of telling me that my blog is great. Luckily for me it was a case of mutual admiration, as I used her site extensively in planning this year’s Summer of Awesome. Awesome!

And a second shout-out to Heather of The Ottawa Mommy Project, who sat with me most of the day. It turns out we already knew each other – our kids went to the same preschool last year. That is also the first time that has ever happened to me – that I ran into someone at a blogging thing that I know, but I didn’t know they had a blog too. WORLDS ARE COLLIDING. But in Heather’s case, in a good way.

I’ll be blogging more about the results of the conference, for me personally, as I come to conclusions on things. I have a lot of notes to decipher and some pondering to do. But when I know what’s happening, you’ll know too. Thanks to the organizers for a great event!

4 thoughts on “SoCapOtt and Shout Outs

  1. Lynn! It was so nice to see you on Saturday. I wish we’d had more time to chat!
    One of my favourite things about conferences like this is putting faces to names and making those real-life connections. I am so glad to hear that you got something out of it all… and I can totally relate to dizzy/full brain syndrome. I had that by about 10:30. 🙂

    1. I think my poor brain is still recovering. Maybe I fried some connections with that one cup of coffee. I’m a lightweight!

      Still planning on meeting you at the beach one day…our schedule has been crazy. August is looking good, though!

  2. Thank you for the shout-out – it was really great meeting you in person. (Love your ‘Dear Lord, The Twitter’ line!) Twitter just completely changed for me now that I’ve met so many great people. Worlds were definintely colliding at the conference- I spoke with Heather for about 20 minutes before I clued in that she was @OttawaMommyProj!

    Hope to see you offline again soon 🙂

  3. Thanks for the shout out Lynn! It was great to run into you there. Imagine going to BCCNS all year and not realizing the other was a blogger 🙂 Small world indeed! AND Josee and I work in the same building so we are planning to go for a coffee break sometime!

    I really enjoyed the conference and one thing I am going to try and pursue is the self-hosted WordPress thing. I just need to find the time to actually do it!

    Let’s catch up sometime and talk about our writing and stuff!

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