I really wasn’t sure how I was going to navigate my story line with BlogHer Food this year. As I went through my pictures it just made sense to do Friday and then Saturday. Yet, there was a whole other category I wanted to address… the vendors! They help make the event even more fun!
Anyways, back to Friday!
Really, though, this goes back to BlogHer 2015. What is most funny about that event was that the people I consider my “crew” are people that I met online after the event. One was an awesome retiree who lived in New York City. She informed me in April that she had signed up to go to Austin. When she told me that, I quickly followed suit!
The original plan was to meet up Thursday night and go see the bats; however, we were unable to just leave from Hubbard and head straight to Austin. Instead, we had to come back to the Dallas area and run a few errands. We did not make it into Austin until 10.
Which meant I slept in until 7, knowing that I had to be at the Conference by 8. Trust me though, I thoroughly enjoyed that extra sleep. Thankfully my mom was there with the girls so she drove me to the hotel as I put my make up on and we chatted like two teenage girls who hadn’t seen each other in six months. When they let me out, I walked into the entrance area, then up the escalators to this…
Where the excitement begins…
I very quickly went to get my badge where the sweet girl getting my stuff together said, “I love the name of your blog” and she chuckles before saying, “I’m hungry”. I told her I hope she got a break soon because the breakfast was supposed to be great. She explained she was reading my badge.
Really? I had them put “I’m hungry”? And then I remembered why. I’m hungry- for food, for excitement, for change. I’m hungry could mean so many things!
After gathering my stuff and putting my badge on, I went to the main area. My friend, Carol, greeted me with a “I’d know you from anywhere!” Another awesome friend I met only a few days before, Diah, welcomed me with a sweet smile and warm hug. It was a feeling like no other, knowing I had a tribe! I remember having blogging ladies talk about their tribe and wondering what it felt like. Let me tell you, it’s AWESOME! What’s even better, we don’t stop anyone from talking and hanging out, we just blended… I hope you all understand. Also, I hope you all understand that I had to take a selfie of us cute ladies…
Which you can find on my Instagram. The picture was to pixel-y.
Next up, people talked to us as a group. One of the best Power point parts I had to share.
We were talking about the issues food bloggers have. Number two is completely surprising to me. How can people not be food obsessed weirdos?!
I will tell you all that the biggest thing for me was getting to interact-from afar- with Irvin Lin from Eat the Love.
I went to his panel at BlogHer and followed him pretty regularly. I find it odd that I can talk to celebrities like they are everyday people but you get me around a full-time blogger and my knees go weak. Seeing him at all the different events was scary awesome.
After the general session, I went to a few sponsored events. One was with Riedel Wine Glasses and let me tell you… I could not believe the difference a wine glass makes! The lady sitting next to me and I were shocked how different the wine tastes depending on the glass it was in. I hope to do a video on their glasses soon.
The second one was from Food Insights and it combined a cooking lesson with mindful eating. The pickled beets were amazing! Yes, you read that right!
Afterwards, I met my “tribe” at their Facebook lesson. It was so inspiring! I am hoping that starting next week I will post a live video on Tuesdays and a video made beforehand on Thursdays. And this inspiration came from me witnessing the five minutes of the session!
We went to some of the vendors (coming later, I promise) and then watched the Smollett family cook some mashed potatoes and chicken and talk about their ratings with one another.
The ladies and I didn’t stay for all of the welcome reception, but grabbed a few nibbles and headed to watch the bats. The view and the sense of friendship was the perfect way to end the day.