Thoughts on Post-Conference Feelings and Imposter Syndrome

Hello everyone, I posted this thread on my social media sites, and it received some attention, so I thought it might be worth sharing here, and I will also elaborate a little more because I can do that in a blog!

It started as just thinking aloud, so I began with “Important post-conference reminder (mostly for myself, but I though it might help someone else):” but it has evolved and many people seemed to find it helpful. I hope you do too!

It is wonderful to be engaged in a field where I am able to meet others and get excited about their projects and ideas for the future! I am privileged to have such opportunities, so I want to get everything I can out of them. Importantly, then, I want to concentrate on keeping the joy that comes from these events and not let it feed imposter syndrome!

It is easy, especially when I am feeling melancholy after a wonderful conference ends, to make a harmful transition from “these people are remarkable and I am fortunate to meet them” to “I’m not as remarkable and I don’t know if my project is worth doing”. Ideally, I want to sit with the first thought, and avoid the second.

This is difficult, though, especially for introverts. It is okay to feel sad and even a little depressed after “being up” for several days. It is normal, and many people experience the same feeling. Allow yourself to be sad, this is part of life. The trick is to allow yourself the time you need to recover without allowing this sadness to combine with the thoughts that are harmful.

These times of recovery are often the times when doubts are most likely to come up. I struggle with this a lot! I will give you some things that I have learned to help myself, though I still struggle, and maybe they will help you!

Things to remember:

  1. Forgive yourself: it is okay to be sad. This just means that you have enjoyed the past several days and the people you have met!
  2. Thoughts like this are something that a lot of people struggle with. Remember that rebounding will happen, these thoughts are temporary!
  3. Most importantly, reaching out to others is the best way to help imposter syndrome!

Talking about imposter syndrome doesn’t make the feelings go away entirely, but knowing that you are not alone eases a lot of the stress and anxiety associated with it.

If you don’t have anyone to reach out to, message me!

Happy Birthday to!

Hello everyone!

This website has just passed the one-year mark, and I just wanted to write a post to celebrate the past year..and what a year!

I have been absolutely blow away by the support and interaction with readers and contributors! I wanted to share a few of the milestones with you all, as I try to stay as transparent as possible:

In the first year, the website has seen:

  • 114 published posts (more than 66,000 words!)
  • 62 contributors
  • nearly 15,000 visitors
  • over 20,000 views
  • almost a comment per post on average
  • more than one ‘like’ per post on average
  • a nomination for the Tolkien Society Awards 2019

None of these things would have been possible without the support and contributions of readers and fans. I rely on readers and contributors much more than a typical blog because of the design and aim of the Tolkien Experience Project! So I thank each and every one of you for your support in making this website a success! Keep spreading the word and we can make the Tolkien Experience Project an excellent repository for fan experience!

I also wanted to share with you that the URL now forwards to my website! So feel free to share that with friends if it is easier to remember!


Hello everyone!

I have decided to completely revamp the website for a number of technical and professional reasons. Over the next several months, I will be posting older material from my first website as flashbacks, but I will also be incorporating newer material that I am currently interested in/developing for future projects.

It should be an exciting time, and I welcome you all to share in the journey!