I’m a self-proclaimed geek. I am. I have no problem with that. So, when I found out that some of my favorite bloggers would be attending Type A Parent Conference this year, I “geeked out.” I just knew I needed to go, and that it just might change my life. Well, two days after the end of the conference, I was absolutely right.
When I made the decision to go, I also made a plan of action of how I was going to pay to get there. Like you all know, I tweeted my way to going to the conference for free. Because i’m a dedicated Fan Girl, I also made my top 10 list of the bloggers I just had to meet. My introverted self caused me to only meet 7 of the 10, but I was beyond excited to accomplish that. I decided to room with Sara from All in an Iowa Mom’s Day, my twitter guru that blew my mind with her session at Bloggy Con last year. I was set, I was ready, I was on a geeky Fan Girl mission. Little did I know that with all the prepping I did, I couldn’t prepare my emotions.
Type A Parent Conference is a gathering. I use the word gathering for reason: at gatherings you feel like a valued guest and family in the same token. At gatherings, you are free to move about and talk with whomever you feel, and you don’t feel out of place. At gatherings, you are encouraged to speak freely, eat (and drink) freely, and just have fun. At gatherings, you are required to just be you. Type A is just that. I don’t think it was a coincidence that there was a comic book convention going on during the same weekend as the conference. To me, the ultimate Fan Girl, they are one in the same. You are praised for being zany, if that’s what you are, or being laid back, if that’s what you are. I felt like the real me there; gushing over my favorite bloggers and (holy crap!) having them gushing back onto me. It felt like home.
Now, I was beyond excited to have dinner with the likes of Robyn from Robyn’s Online World, doing some freak-dancing with Amy from Resourceful Mommy, giggling on the dance floor with Danyelle from The Cubicle Chick, and talking cute Instagram pictures with Tanis from The Redneck Mommy. But, I’ve become a new Fan Girl of a great blogger. She was a twitter buddy before we even hugged on the first day of the conference, but after meeting, interacting, and sharing stories (ahem, and drinks) with her in person, I adore her.
Anne of Not a Super Mom is beyond fantastic. She’s funny, she’s kind, and she faces her fears head on. She’s also smart. I mean, really smart. Anne is the shiznit and now I get to call her my friend.
I mean, anyone that can survive an encounter with a Jelly fish at a Disney party deserves to have her very own Fan Girl, right? Exactly.