As you might have been able to tell from my hashtags from Twitter, I attended a blogging conference called Blissdom Canada.

What’s a Blog Conference?

Blissdom Canada was all about bringing together like-minded people and helping them improve their writing, photography, marketing, and all other skills required for blogging.  I went to Blissdom Canada for a few reasons:

  • to connect with other bloggers who write about mental health
  • to connect with other bloggers who deal with personal and really niche topics
  • to improve the “findability” of Not Just Clutter in search engines
  • connect with potential sponsors or brands that add value to Not Just Clutter

Connecting with other bloggers

I was really happy to have a chance to share my story with other bloggers, and hear theirs, too.  Everyone deserves the chance to express themselves.  That’s the great thing about the blogosphere.  And I was surprised to meet so many people who had a hoarding relative, or who wanted to know more about compulsive hoarding.  It helped validate why I continue to put all these personal details out there for the world to read.  I was really moved by some of the stories I heard at Blissdom Canada.  Compulsive hoarding touches more people than you might realize.  Which leads me to…

Improve my Findability

When I started Not Just Clutter, not a single person knew about it at first.  Slowly but surely over the last several months more and more of you are finding your way to me.  I want to be a resource for hoarders and their loved ones, and can only be that if I show up in search engines.  Attending Blissdom Canada gave me some tips for improving that, so hopefully I’ll start to see more comments and interaction on the site.  If you find Not Just Clutter to be useful, please share with others and leave your comments.  I encourage you to find me on Twitter and Facebook.  Your input is just as valuable as mine.

Some one at the conference suggested showing more photos.  While that works well for other topics, is that something you want to see on this blog?  Would you find value in photos of hoards?  I’d like to hear what you think about this.

Connecting with Brands

Don’t worry.  I’m not selling out.  I tell my story to improve public awareness and compassion for compulsive hoarders and their families.  I lay it all out there so other children of hoarders know they’re not alone.  I write about my relationship with my Mom so people understand how this mental illness  affects real people.  If I do connect with a sponsor, it’ll be related to compulsive hoarding, compulsive shopping, organizing your life, or relationships affected by mental disease.  Perhaps even a charity; here I go on and on about the 1st World Problem of too much stuff, when most of the world’s population has too little.

The Future of Not Just Clutter

I’ve returned from this conference motivated to continue.  I met with so many other talented writers, and their passion was infectious.  It was great to be surrounded by a huge group of Canadian women who all understood what if feels like to share a personal story.  Sometimes it feels a little raw to write about these problems in my family.  I’m vulnerable and exposed and live with the fear that someone will recognize me and tell my Mother I’ve been airing her dirty laundry.  I started this blog to get it all off my chest.  Cheap therapy for me, in a way.  And as people began to find my blog, leaving comments, and emailing me their personal stories about the hoarder in their lives, the more I realized Not Just Clutter has an important role to play.  I’m humbled to be a part of it.  Thanks for sharing my journey.


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