I am continuing on today with my blog story. If you missed one or want to start at the beginning, you can do so here.
So April arrived, and I flew to Los Angeles for the taping of Craft Wars. It was so interesting to really see all that goes into one TV show. WOW! I was there 4 days for one episode! There were like a zillion people involved to make one show happen. Many people asked me, “Did you really only get one hour?” Yes! I really only got one hour…60 minutes…3600 seconds. In case you were wondering, the challenge was to create a functional chandelier out of mini blinds in one hour. Here is the hot mess I created.
So I got booted after the first round – my 15 minutes of fame was gone. Poof! I was bummed, of course, but totally felt fine to have lost to professional artists. Never have I felt more like a Midwest crafty mom than competing against those two master geniuses. But I had a blast and, given the same outcome, I would have still done the show. So I flew back home with my tail between my legs. Ok, so it wasn’t that dramatic.
The most dramatic part was waiting for the episode to air without telling people. I am a horrible secret keeper when I have something exciting to share, so it about killed me.
The next big moment in 2012 was that I spoke at some blog conferences – SNAP and Haven. I absolutely love going to blogging conferences (and recommend you do too if your blog is your business!) and chose those two last year because of their niche focus. Since I straddle the fence between crafting, DIY, and home décor, both SNAP and Haven made sense for me to attend. While I enjoyed my topic at SNAP, I was asked to speak on a panel about Monetization and Advertising at Haven, which is a huge passion of mine. I presented my strategy on layering ads, and people freaked out. I honestly thought that everyone monetized the way I did. I found out I was wrong. By day two there was a lot of buzz about our topic, and the second time we spoke it was standing room only. Crazy! I really feel like that one moment really allowed me to gain some credibility as a leader in my niche. I am reeeeeeaaaalllly grateful to the Haven team for allowing me that opportunity because I think it was what really helped me launch my consulting business as well. More on that later. (Pssst…I will also be speaking on the same topic by myself at SNAP this year – SQUUUEEEAAALLL!!!)
Meanwhile, I felt like I was aligning myself with good brands, finding my groove, and working hard to maintain balance in my life, which is always the struggle of a blogger.
So August rolled around and I was super anxious about my episode of Craft Wars airing. The scary part was not knowing how they were going to make me look. Would I look like an idiot, a ditz, a slave driver, a crazy lady, etc? I just wanted that day to be over because the anticipation was killing me. So the day came, and I had my local newspapers calling me for interviews….