Until a month or two ago I’d never heard of Type-A Parent, a social network for thousands of parent bloggers and the base from which a huge and wonderful annual conference springs each year. Maybe that’s because I’m not a type A (though I would be if I could do it by snapping my fingers)…or maybe it’s because for me blogging’s been more about occasionally indulging a passion for writing than treating it like a serious gig, which I gather is how these Type-A folks pursue it.
I haven’t invested much of anything in blogging, or growing my blogging efforts or skills. And I haven’t paid attention to those who do because I’ve been too busy running my business and home, and trying to figure out how to make like half a mil (or something…maybe I don’t need that much) so I can move our household and businesses to NH without undue strain.
Recently, one of the Type-A Parent Conference organizers found me because I spoke at WordCamp Atlanta, and she invited me to come to their conference and lead a hands-on session to show bloggers how to tweak some key elements of their blog’s CSS. I felt honored to be asked, but even more so when I saw who was speaking and on what topics. I said yes after I checked them out but before I saw the session offerings. When I did see the topics it made me all the more grateful for the invitation.
While I’m not getting paid for speaking per se, I do get a full-conference pass and I’m going to use the heck out of it except for around my session and its prep. There are sessions about writing. Sessions about monetization. Tech-related sessions. Sessions about marketing. There’s a webinar how-to session (but it’s at the same time I’m speaking, darn it). Many things that will help me with the simpler web, my web development business, as well as session topics that may help me explore some related interests.
If you think the conference might benefit you, check out the sessions offered and navigate around to get the rest of the picture. If you decide to go and you use the affiliate link the Type-A folks provided for me, I will receive a commission and it will bolster the move fund. Not by half a mil, unfortunately. Promo codes do work with this link, though I’m not sure there are any out there. I would invite you to attend my session, Cosmetic (Blog) Enhancements: Simple Nips & Tucks with Big Bang for the Buck, but it filled up in about five seconds. You can add yourself to the wait list once you’re registered. And yes, I did come up with the session name. Got something against cheesy?
Other things in the works, professionally, include some new offerings for smaller, simpler sites that should help new businesses start off with much better websites than what they could do on their own. Hopefully these new packages will appeal to the small, local businesses with which I prefer to work. If not, I don’t know… I guess I’ll continue to do the occasional complicated and expensive site for people who are a little further down the road with their businesses and budgets.
Outside of paying work I have been a cranky-pants-wearing rabble-rouser a time or two, but I’m not going to write about that – at least not now. The good folks at the Douglas County Sentinel have that info if you’re interested.