Reentry back to real life after the blissful mesh of off and online that is a blog conference can be hard.
I wanted to let you know about a few things that you might experience that are TOTALLY NORMAL while you readjust back to everyday life in the days after returning home.
- Picking your phone up to check notifications in the middle of a conversation. This is acceptable behavior at a conference, but your spouse/child/co-worker/boss/priest may call you on it and say that it's rude. Just try to be aware and you'll eventually get back to being able to go longer stretches of time in between checking. Unless you actually work full time in social, in which case that never happens.
- Being disappointed that no one is leaving random cupcakes on your bed and stickers on your bathroom mirror. You might be able to bribe your kids into leaving you little gifts on your bed, but I wouldn't recommend trying to train a pet to do it because they usually will just poop on your pillow.
- Being selfie ready at all times. Unfortunately, no one in the real world is going to pop up next to you, raise their arm and say, “SELFIE TIME!” And it definitely won't be Kerry Washington.
- Thinking you hear or see your blogger friends everywhere. For several days following a conference, you'll find that you are doing constant double takes when you think you spot an online friend who actually lives in some far off state. Do not approach the strangers, they will run away and maybe call the police.
- You might expect people to hand you random gifts, or snacks or shots. Do not help yourself when you see lovely displays in stores. That's stealing.
- You will find yourself being more motivated, more inspired, more excited, more connected, more confident, more sure, more YOU than you have ever been. Hopefully, this part doesn't go away anytime soon, but if it starts to wane, we're still here for you always.
Did I meet you at Blogher14? How has your reentry been? Will I see you at Blogher15?