Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just You?
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Here’s the thing about opportunities– you sometimes have to be a little forward with them. Not grab-the-cute-guy’s-butt forward, but definitely is-it-hot-in-here-or-is-it-just-you forward. So that’s what I did a few weeks ago– saw an opportunity just sitting there, went up to it, and asked for it– and Killer Tribes founder/host Bryan Allain invited me to speak at my first conference. Which is 7/8 exciting and 1/3 terrifying. (Fear not– I won’t be speaking about math.)
So, on March 31 in Nashville, I’ll be the least-famous person with the fewest credentials speaking at the inaugural Killer Tribes Conference! I’ll run a little breakout session about embracing niche writing, and it’s entirely possible that the only people who will choose to attend it are the blogging friends I have mercilessly harangued/promised to go pole dancing with/mentioned it to in passing amid subtle suggestions to bring me candy (Reese’s Cups, not Eggs).*
But I’m thrilled because just showing up to speak at this first conference means I have a start. And when you’re a little forward with your opportunities, sometimes you can get pretty far. (Ahem.)
And before we go any farther (whew, is it hot in here, or is it just you?), I want to thank you. Part of why objectively-unfamous-me gets to speak is because I can share with the Killer Tribes attendees what I know about flying my freak flag and the killer tribe that’s drawn. I can speak about you.
A tribe isn’t just a group of people doing the same kind of thing as you, thinking the same kind of way as you. A tribe is a group of people rallying around you. So if you’ve been here long enough to read my Be Warned page and have repeatedly chosen to stay, then you, friends, are a part of this crazy little TOL tribe. And you’ve been a dang good wingman.
So you probably know me well enough by now to know that not many topics make me uncomfortable. But on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, asking for money ranks for me at about a 139. It’s the worst.
But here’s the situation: My husband and I learned a long time ago that staying out of debt does wonders for staying out of divorce court (thank you, Dave Ramsey), and this gig came up without much time to build it into our budget. And although I’m being paid handsomely in experience and networking, the stupid airline hardheadedly refuses to acknowledge these as legal tender.
So, I’m taking all the cash that I’ve saved from my birthday and Christmas out of its envelope marked “Tamara’s Next Tattoo” above a sloppily-drawn smiley face, and instead of replacing my aggressively failing car CD player with an MP3 outlet, Bryan is making his belated birthday gift to me a contribution to this exciting adventure. We will cash savings bonds that our grandparents gave us when we were kids because although at age 8 you think you’ll buy a Sega game or a Rainbow Bright doll with that time-release pseudo-check, the truth is that someday you might just have to invest a little in yourself. (And if we still can’t scrape together enough between now and the end of March– well, we might just have to piss off Dave Ramsey.)
So, one way or another, I’ll be at Killer Tribes on March 31, and I will speak the heck out of that little breakout session. And if you’d like to help me get there, you can just click the button. (Ahem.)
In the spirit of not racking up debt, I’m happy to earn your help. If you have a question about writing/editing/blogging, recreational pole dancing, the superiority of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over Eggs, or anything else that I may or may not be able to answer, please ask away in the comments and I’ll work for it!
Are you going to Killer Tribes? You can use the code “outloud” until Sunday, February 26 to get 10% off registration!