Each year towards the beginning of the new year, the buzz begins on social media about the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I remember hearing about it and thinking that could never be me. I would tweet and follow the hashtag, but I never in my wildest dreams thought the day would come that I found the invite in my personal inbox.
However, last year on March 5th, 2013 that “it could never be me moment” came for me. I remember opening my email and seeing the invite. My first thought was that someone was playing an early April Fool’s Day joke on me. I was walking around the grocery store when the invite came in. By the way, when you are grocery shopping and checking email, you know social media has taken over your life.
I immediately reached out to someone that had been invited in the past. I figured she would be able to tell me if I was being “punked” or not. Instead, she confirmed that it was indeed real and told me to get my butt back over and register. It was a very surreal moment for me.
You see, I wasn’t a blogger with a huge following. Actually I sometimes looked forward to my spam comments so that I knew someone was visiting my site. I wasn’t well known as the “go to person” for all things Disney. As a matter of fact, I had never even been to Disney except once in my life, at the age of 16. So being invited to this amazing conference made me realize that I didn’t have to be the biggest and the best blog to have what I say and do matter. For one of the first times, I felt appreciated for the time and effort I put into my blog.
This year, I once again had the opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference with my family. However, when the email showed up in my inbox this year, I felt differently than I had the first time I received the invitation. Instead of feeling “punked” because I didn’t feel worthy of the invite, I felt honored.
I felt honored because I knew for sure that whoever selects the attendees for this event believes in me as a blogger. I am still not the most talented writer and I still haven’t acquired 100K pageviews a month, but I’m trying.
In the meantime, I am going to keep doing what I’ve been doing for the past 5 years and feel good about it. Sometimes when you love what you do, it shows in your work. I am hoping that is what made someone decide to make my dream come true with a little Disney Magic.
Be yourself and love what you do. And always remember that whatever comes your way, you are worthy of it!
Full Disclosure: I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. The Disneyland Resort offered a discounted rate for all attendees and their families. All opinions are my own personal thoughts, not those of the Walt Disney Company.