This time last week I was just getting back home exhausted from a weekend of eating, learning, eating, sharing, learning, networking, eating, meeting new people and experiencing new brands and did I mention earing? This was my weekend at BlogHerFood16, oh yeah and the closeout party. It was an amazing experience and a great investment.
Last November was my first experience with BlogHerFood. It was held in Chicago, my hometown, and it was an excellent way for me to learn more about the craft of blogging. While not a food blogger, I felt that surely there would be some universal lessons that could be learned at the conference so why not. It was a great decision. I learned more than I ever thought I would as well as met people who are still a prat of my life today.
This year was no exception. BlogHerFood16 was a great conference and an excellent opportunity to learn from the best and the brightest in the blogging community. For those who think that this conference is only for food bloggers, you are wrong. This conference is for anyone who wants to learn how to take their blog to the next level and how to use the latest and greatest tips, tools and techniques to be successful at blogging. This conference is more intimate than the annual BlogHer conference, so it provides you the opportunity to learn in a more relaxed and less hectic environment than the annual conference.
The attendees at the conference as well as the presenters were awesome. The Food Network Stars, the Smolletts, of Smollett Eats gave a cooking demonstration of one of their famous family recipes and we were able to sample some of the food as well. Helluva Good hosted a reception with the Real Housewives of Dallas Brandi Redmond with champagne and appetizers. And for the closing keynote we were treated to the wit, wisdom and comedy of The Chew’s, Carla Hall, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Lisa Lillien.
In addition to the presenters and workshops there are the sponsors. A few of my favorites this year were Owls Brew as well as Helluva Good!. Helluva Good had a recharge lounge where you could charge your electronic devices as well as sit back and enjoy endless chips and dip. Or veggies and dip, for those working on their figures. Hamilton Beach was there as well as Analon, Bay’s English Muffins, Martins Potoato Rolls, and Canadian lentils among others.
If you were every contemplating whether or not to attend the conference, don’t hesitate. The knowledge imparted as well as the people you meet and the things you learn are definitely worth the investment. The workshops and presentations while mostly for food bloggers can be used for any blogger. The atmosphere makes it easy to mix, mingle, network and ask questions, have discussions and learn from other bloggers as well.
And side note, these ladies know how to throw a party. The closing party was at Maggie Maes on 6th street at a huge rooftop party space with more food, drinks and dancing. It was a great way to end the conference and to spend time with new friends and old friends, laughing, dancing, and partying in the wonderful Texas weather. I can’t wait for next year. Hope to see you all there!
Stay Blessed…….Stay Fabulous!