Sometimes the thing that pops into your life unexpectedly is the one thing that you soon realize had been missing. This was the case with my attendance at the Blogalicious 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas this past weekend.
This conference had not been on my radar. I heard about it a couple of years ago and made a note but did not pursue it. Then this past July, 2014, I was in San Jose at the BlogHer conference and I met the Co-Founder and Chief Curator, Stacey Ferguson, along with several other bloggers who were past attendees of Blogalicious. In discussions with them I discovered that the 2014 conference city was in my backyard in San Antonio. So, this past week, I packed up my bags and headed west to The Alamo City along with my good friend and fellow writer/blogger, Anne Boyd, of Am I Vintage Yet (www.amivintageyet.com)
We arrived and the first thing we noticed was that the pace ramped up quickly. My first impression was this conference was not for the faint at heart. If you were afraid to dream and think BIG then you were in the wrong place. There were so many progressive speakers from the blogging world who were sharing their knowledge and energy in helping attendees identify their needs and a path to progress their blog/brand. I walked away from that conference with so much homework and so many ideas for my blog site. I made some new connections with brilliant, smart, positive, and beautiful women from all over the country. Also, I acquired some great blog topics to post so I will be sharing some great information with you over the next few weeks.
It wasn’t all work at the conference. We did have some fun. We had a private film screening of the movie “Beyond the Lights” presented by Relativity Media at the AMC Rivercenter Theatre. The movie is a wonderful love story and you should plan to see it. After the movie, we had a Q&A session with writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood. During the conference days, we also had the opportunity to chat with producer, writer, director Issa Rae (www.issarae.com) and actor Lamann Rucker (www.lamannrucker.com). One evening we relaxed with a really funny comedienne, Aida Rodriguez (www.funnyaida.com), who gave me some good belly laughs and I thank her for that because I really needed it. Plus, the sponsors treated us really good with hospitality suites and events that involved food and cocktails.
Overall, it was a fabulous high-energy conference and Blogalicious is now definitely on my path to success.