This post is by TheNotMom team writer Laura LaVoie:
I have been thinking a lot these days about community. I’m involved in a few different communities relevant to my interests. As a tiny house builder and dweller, I am part of the Tiny House Community. As a lifelong fan of science fiction and other nerdy endeavors I am part of Geek Culture. I am also part of my local Asheville (NC) blogger community. And, the beer drinking community.
Recently, several names in the tiny house community have offered to host gatherings for people interested in these little living spaces. This is something Geek Culture did ages ago with the establishment of fan conventions like Comic-Con in San Diego and DragonCon in Atlanta.
Karen Malone Wright, TheNotMom.com’s founder, just returned from the BlogHer conference in Chicago. (That’s Karen’s pic of a 2013 session with Brit Morin above.) This summer also featured the second annual World Domination Summit in Portland, OR. These conferences bring together speakers, bloggers and others, usually surrounding a central theme. BlogHer encourages strong women’s voices online. World Domination is about being fearless. In a world I am not a part of, there are several Mommy Blogger conferences throughout the year.
And then it hit me. What about a NotMom Conference?Conventions usually start very small, but over time they can grow to epic proportions. Right now, the tiny house supporters are focused on hands-on workshops, but some events are growing to include more presenters from the tiny house blogosphere. In April 2014, Charlotte NC will become home to the first Tiny House Conference.
Would it be useful for women like us to have a place to go and share our experiences and lessons learned? Whether we have chosen this path or have come to it under other circumstances, we all have stories to tell.
I admit, I’m just dreaming out loud right now. I’ve never organized something like this and before I submitted this article for the website I hadn’t even mentioned the idea to Karen herself. When I did – big surprise – I found that she’s been thinking about the same thing. It would take a lot of money and a lot of planning… but I think it is possible. Not only do I think it is possible, I think it is necessary.
If you were to put together your perfect NotMom conference what kinds of programming would you like to see? Who should be invited to speak? Where should we hold the conference? How would we pay for it?
Karen and I are starting to look for serious answers to these questions to make a NotMom Conference a reality. Do you have suggestions to share? Please let us know!