I had big plans, guys.
Hubs, Bee and I were going to drive to Ottawa this Friday night, stay over with my sister and brother in law, then on Saturday the 26th I would spend the day at Algonquin College attending the Social Capital conference while the others wandered our great capital city.
If you’re not familiar with SOCAP and what the conference is about, here’s a bit of info, taken directly from their site:
“The conference blends formal presentations with community/un-conference style sessions on topics ranging from Twitter to LinkedIn, the technical details of self-hosting a blog to the how-tos of personal branding, and online community building to social media in the workplace.
With countless opportunities for networking and learning, Social Capital will be the perfect destination for all who are interested in social media, be it for personal or business reasons, for the beginner or the expert, to come together and learn from each other. Attendees will leave with new skills to implement and a larger social network than they walked in with.”
I’d recently taken up a new interest in social media, community building and learning how to create good content, which is exactly what this one-day conference sets out to teach. It was perfect.
And, okay. The best part may have been that Hubs booked a hotel room for me for that night, so I could eat room service in a fluffy robe, watch crappy HD TV and absorb all I learned from the day then sleep soundly in a king-sized bed, toddler-free.
It was going to be a weekend for the books, I tell you.
But, here’s the thing:
Months ago, when booking the conference, I thought, “July 26! Right in the middle of summer – the weather will be great, I won’t be too pregnant, and we get to see Jay and Chris! It’s meant to be! But… how come I feel like I know this date, though….. hmmmm…”
Ignoring that last, niggling thought for months, I continued to build on my excitement to go.
But as the date crept closer, that feeling of knowing that date – July 26 – got stronger and stronger, until one day just a couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, it hit me:
MY NIECE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY.
Oh. My. God.
And just like that, my perfect, learning-filled weekend went up in a puff of smoke. Because there is no WAY I could ever miss C’s first birthday. Not even an option. Not even a thought, nor a breath.
Alas, the hotel room was cancelled, my in-laws were sadly informed we could no longer visit, and I emailed the conference to tell them I could no longer attend, and to see whether or not I would be refunded.
Short answer: Nope.
Which sucks, of course. I hate the thought of having this ticket go to waste….
Enter my fabulous, linear thinking friend Kat Inokai! She urged me to turn my misfortune into an opportunity for one of you Good Readers!
Hence, the 2014 Social Capital Ticket Giveaway!
Here are some links to the conference – check it out to see if it’s for you, and if you have an interest in all things social media, and if you are in/can get to the Ottawa area this Saturday, July 26th, this giveaway is for you!
On Thursday, if I have any people interested (eeek), I’ll enter their names in a random picker and inform the winner that evening!
Yes, it’s super last minute. And yes, I know it’s possible I won’t have any bites! But I thought I’d put it out there just in case – hopefully someone will be able to attend this fun conference and learn lots and make amazing connections and go on to take over the world like I was planning on doing…..
Or, you know, just enjoy themselves!