The email in my Inbox said:
...The Social Media Club is hosting an event on Social Media + Family on Thursday 9/23 in St. Louis and I've been put in charge of reaching out to the prominent moms and dads who blog about parenting in your area.Me? Prominent? (Who knew?)
Even though I was pretty sure this message was sent to a lot of bloggers, I was flattered. I checked out the event and the people who were already signed up. It looked like many of them made their living in promotions, marketing, or writing. I wasn't sure how I'd fit in, but it's been a long time since I've challenged myself by doing a "new" thing. I didn't have anything on the calendar for Thursday night, and they promised appetizers and drinks, so after giving it some thought I signed up.
What to wear? Given the event's start time and the fact that many of the attendees were probably coming from work, I figured I should find something other than my normal work clothes of t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. I dug around in my closet and found something that looked acceptable. As it turned out, most of the people were dressed in business casual, but there were also people in jeans.
The event was held in a downtown office building. I parked in the building's garage and took the elevator to the lobby, where there were people waiting to direct me. I checked in, got a drink, and headed towards the conference room. It's been a long time since I've entered a room not knowing anyone, but I introduced myself to some nice people and chit-chatted about blogs, blogreaders, and Facebook until the event started.
Chris Heuer, the founder of Social Media Club and the night's moderator, talked about the club's mission and purpose, then introduced the panel's four parent bloggers-two women and two men. Three of them had infants, toddlers, or elementary aged children, and one had grown children and grandchildren. Chris asked a series of questions, and allowed each of the people to answer. The panel was streamed live, and some of the questions came via Chris' phone from people listening in. Because of the ages of the panelists' children, a lot of the discussion was about young kids, which doesn't apply to me, but the discussion was interesting and thought-provoking.
After the panel discussion ended, there was more time for mingling. I was able to talk to some more nice people before I left.