Last weekend I attended Blogger Week in DC and I held the first Brown Girl Bloggers Meet Up there as well. While the weekend was great I have to say that I’m glad it’s over.
Planning the meet up was stressful. I think a lot of the stress can be attributed to the fact that it was my first time planning this event but I also think that I’m crazy. I’m the type of person that goes over every possible horrible scenario in my head to freak myself out. Thankfully nothing crazy happened and if I decide to do another one I know what to keep the same and what to do differently.
I want to give you a break down of the weekend so I’ll start with Blogger Week.
I attended the networking mixer and the Unconference. We were never given a dress code for the networking mixer so I assumed I should wear cocktail attire. I had on a great dress, really cute shoes and a clutch…
I was the only person who dressed up.
Everyone else came directly from work.
Regardless of that I still had a great time and it was awesome to meet bloggers I’ve been talking to on Twitter for a while and new people. I didn’t take pictures because I’m saving the outfit for some other event where I’m dressed appropriately. (I can’t be the only one who does this.)
The swag bag was also pretty good.
The next day I went to the Unconference where I was also scheduled to speak. The first speaker was Danielle Belton of the Black Snob. Her talk was great for writers. She shared her story and a few important things to keep in mind when trying to become a writer and using a blog to promote yourself.
I attended a few other session that weren’t my own but since I’ve been blogging for a while I felt like it was all things that I already know. My favorite session was by S. Lynn @sociallyahead. She talked about pitching and working with brands. She’s a consultant so she makes a lot of decisions on how brands work with bloggers.
I spoke on how bloggers can help each other drive traffic and I think I did a good job (ha!) I received a lot of great feedback so we’ll just go with that.
Do I think Blogger Week was a perfect event?
No. However, I do understand that it’s only the second year that this has been put on.
One of the main reasons I wanted to attend Blogger Week outside of networking was to see how it was executed. Seeing what I felt they got right and what I felt was wrong gave me a lot of ideas for planning future events.
A lot of you want me to do a conference and while the idea seems great I would only do one when the time feels right. I don’t want to just slap BGB on any ol event and call it a day. I want it to be an amazing conference so I’m just bidding my time. If I do one it will be done right and I’m coming after all of y’all to help!
The Meet Up
There isn’t much to say about the meet up aside from the fact that it was AMAZING. I ordered way too much food so I’ll make sure not to do that next time. I had to harass people to take leftover shrimp, wine, chicken, sandwiches and sodas after it was over.
All the attendees were amazing. There were 18 people besides me and every single person had something amazing to add to the conversation.
We sat in a circle and discussed the good, the bad and the ugly of blogging. There were a lot of gems dropped and a lot of inspiration by everyone.
I’m really glad I did it. I wanted to cancel it so many times because I was afraid.
I’m not sure what I was afraid of but I’m glad I didn’t let fear get the best of me.
Check out the hashtag #BGBMeetUpDC to see who attended.
If there is anything you’d like me to answer about Blogger Week or the meet up leave a comment and let me know.
Have you gone to any conferences? What did you think? Where should the next BGB Meet Up be held?