I was truly honored and flattered to be asked to participate in a bloggers panel at the 2012 NAAFA conference. And then I saw who else was on the panel! WOW!!! I won’t lie, I was nervous. I felt so tiny next to these very driven and accomplished bloggers/authors/activists/etc. But my friends kept telling me that I belonged, that I was worthy and I needed to just do it…so I did! I’m so glad!
Who were these amazing ladies? None other than Jeanette DePatie of The Fat Chick and The Fat Chick Works Out! and Ragen Chastain of Dances With Fat and Fat: The Owner’s Manual! Yeah, I know! Woooooooooooo! Now do you see why I was nervous? Ha-ha! But they are the sweetest and truly coolest people to talk to and listen to and just be around. Our panel was moderated by the lovely and amazing Julianne Wotasik of NAAFA-LA who kept things moving and asked some great questions, too!
(Ragen Chastain-left, Jeanette DiPatie-center and yours truly-right)
Those in attendance were encouraged to ask any questions they had about our individual blogs, blogging in general, our inspiration and writing techniques and so much more. Julianne asked us what made us start blogging, how we handle trolls or rude/hateful comments, what other blogs we read and plenty more that I can’t remember. D’oh!
In the end my fears melted away and I was treated as an equal. I am so happy that I pushed my fears and insecurities aside to participate, so much fun!