In July I had the opportunity to attend The Declare Conference in Dallas! Declare is a conference for Christian bloggers. The theme is mostly geared toward the inspirational bloggers, but there are usually technical and monetizing sessions as well. This year is was fun to meet up with a friend I went to Bible college.
My concern when going to conferences, well actually when going out in public is that I will royally embarrass myself. And on this occasion my fears were well founded. Actually there were several funny things that happened, but I will share two of them with you.
The first began when I went up to meed a well know person that had been to the conference. I have enjoyed a book she wrote, and I wanted to make a point to tell her. I figure people work hard to get known and they should enjoy some recognition. She was very sweet and thanked me.
A little later in the day I was taking some photos of of the brand sponsored displays. This same lady happened to be standing near one of the displays. “Were you taking a photo of me?” she asked. In the split second so much went through my mind. I wasn’t actually trying to take her photo, but as I looked in my camera monitor she was partly in the photo. To say no might come across negatively, and like I said she’s famous she deserves recognition. And though I hadn’t purposely taken her photo. She was in it so I answered, “Yes!” To which she looked at me so disgusted, rolled her eyes, humphed and walked away.
How do I get myself into these situations? Ha ha ha!
My most embarrassing moment of the weekend happened right here. I was chatting with Heather from The Mosbys in China. I liked Heather right away. She is a kindred spirit, and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to meet her. We were sitting here on a conference break talking about the business of blogging.
I don’t remember what aspect of blogging we were talking about at the time, but all of a sudden my nose felt very itchy. It’s so hard to talk with an itchy nose, you know. Finally, I stopped and just blurted out, “I feel like I have a booger right here!” To which Heather replied…”You do!” Ha ha ha! And it wasn’t a little thing either! In retrospect any normal human should have stood up and ran to the bathroom, but oh no that didn’t occur to me. I grabbed the little green and white polka dotted bag beside my knee that contained…my SNACK, threw it in there and kept talking. Ha ha! Heather was so sweet to tell stories of how acceptable boogers are in China. She’s my friend forever!
I had such a great time meeting these and so many more wonderful ladies. I hope to make it back to Declare next year. The date is already set. Will you be there?
I thought it was so fun that the conference photographer made all the photos available to us for free. So for a change you actually see photos with me in them! Check out Coco Paige Photography. She did an amazing job!
Well, on the first one, what was wrong with her?
On the second one–GROSS! Why did you have to say anything? Why didn’t you jump up and find a kleenex? Oh, well, I sound like your mother.
In defense of the lady that didn’t like her photo taken, you know she has a right not to like it. I saw an actor talk about how he hates people snapping photos of him all the time without asking. Maybe it’s the same feeling. I’m not trying to put her in a bad light here. I just found the whole situation humorous in that while I was trying to build her up it actually had the opposite effect. Such is life sometimes.
And YES it was so GROSS. I have no idea what was wrong with me that I didn’t flee to the bathroom. I just have this really bad habit of doing the wrong thing at the wrong time on so many levels. lol
Heather Mosby says
You are hilarious! I was not even bothered! haha. You know, I just figure all these experiences just keep us humble. 😉 I have my share of SUPER awkward moments, too!