If you haven’t guessed by the million times I’ve mentioned this on my blog, I suffer from a bit of social anxiety. Despite being a marketing director by day and putting on a confident, extroverted front, I tend to freak out a bit when I’m around strangers. Well, I hide in the corner, I have trouble approaching people, and I am just all around awkward.
I’ve been looking forward to the Personal Finance Bloggers Conference in Chicago for almost a year now, because some of the smartest bloggers in the world write about personal finance. Not only am I a fan, I’m also — clearly — a blogger myself, though I can’t say my commentary is all that intelligent or enlightening compared to the other writers in the space.
The concerning part is that I haven’t “come out” as this identity before. I write a lot of personal information here, some that I’m ashamed of and some that I just wouldn’t want to share with friends or people who know me in real life. At the conference, I’ll wonder how many people have even seen my blog (it’s really not that popular) and I’ll question in every conversation if I should disclose my real identity vs this identity. I enjoy having this as an anonymous place to discuss when I do really stupid things with money, and really smart things with money. I’m sure there are a lot of people who I upset with what I write here because it’s 100% honest. So I’m not sure what to expect at this conference. I’d be ok going as myself not attached to this blog, but this blog is why I’m going. I’ve been writing about personal finance and related matters, on and off, for many years now. I just hope that the people I run into at the conference are nice and welcoming, and I hope I have a good time overall. It sure costs too much for the flight, hotel, and time off work not to.