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Blogher 12 (Part One)

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blogher 12 (Part One)

It took months of planning, and my very first day of #Blogher12 went off without a hitch. It's easy to over think such a grand conference. With over 5,000 bloggers in attendance, who wouldn't? It's so easy to get caught up and overwhelmed with everything. I was able to avoid all that by keeping things simple (which meant not trying to get to everything, and everyone).

Before booking my spot I asked myself, "What do I want accomplish from this blog conference?" The answer was pretty easy. My goal was to build connections with other bloggers and companies. However, I did more than that. I walked away feeling so empowered.

We began the day with breakfast for 'newbies,' where we pretty much got the lay of the land. It was so much fun getting to know other first time attendees, and share blogging experiences.

Then it was off to speed dating! It was a great way to break the ice and get our feet wet by chatting with other writers. But, I couldn't wait to get to the main event. Some would probably say the Martha Stewart interview was the highlight of the day. But for me, it was the sessions! 

 I attended the Brand Blogger Connection panel where we met writers of various publications, including Denene Millner of My Brown Baby.  She shared some insightful messages like, "Stay true to your voice and values." Believe it or not, it's easy for some people to get caught up in all the blogger hype. The  panel talked about people compromising their integrity in order to work for a particular brand. As a blogger, it's important to know your voice and stay consistent.
Denene Millner My Brown Baby

I later caught up with Quiana Agbai from Harlem Love Birds! She invited me as her plus one to the Room Key's Roof Top party.  After following her blog over the last year, it was great to meet her in person.
Quiana of Harlem Love Birds

I also enjoyed a nice chat with Jeneba Jalloh from Bellyitchblog.com later at the Blogher party.

Jeneba Jalloh Bellyitchblog.com
It's one day down, and one more to go. Looking forward to making more connections!  Stay tuned for Part 2!

Weather Anchor Mama
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8 Comments:

At August 4, 2012 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Baby Making Mama said...

You look fabulous! Loev living the experience through you! Keep it comin! :)

 
At August 4, 2012 at 7:08 AM , Blogger Blond Duck said...

It sounds like such fun!

 
At August 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM , Blogger Amarie said...

You look adorable! Have a great time!

 
At August 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Thanks Amerie! Wish you were there!

 
At August 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Thanks! You were the topic of many discussions! :)

 
At August 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

We had a blast! Have you been?

 
At August 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM , Blogger De Su Mama said...

I agree with getting caught up with the working-with-brands game, and struggled with that earlier this year. I think I'm back on track now. Loving all your updates! And am excited for you to have met Denene... totally adore her writing style.

 
At August 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

It was so cool meeting the different brands. Denene was very nice,and spot on!

 

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