The night before, after we had left from seeing the bats and were headed back to the hotel, I got a text from my friend in Dallas whom I met after BlogHer in New York. The text said, “Good news is I’m in Austin, bad news is I forgot my wallet.” I was super excited, I gasped. That, of course, got the attention of my family. How exciting to have another writer friend to make the weekend even more memorable!
That night I could barely sleep, waking up at 4 AM and just lying there in the hotel bed. I probably should have gotten up and been productive but that just didn’t happen. Instead, I flipped through Facebook and tried to crash next to Veah, who is the big snuggly type thank goodness!
The excitement that kept me from sleeping all night also allowed me to be the first one in the Lobby at 7:30 for coffee. We had decided the night before we would head to Houndstooth.
The conversation was going so well, we might have slipped up and even talked politics!
After a fabulous cup of coffee, we went to breakfast, which was not nearly as impressive as day one. Tekisha showed up and I introduced my friends. I was so excited for Tekisha and Carol to meet because I had talked about Carol to Tekisha many of times at our meet ups!
Then they began the morning with the Pitch. The Pitch is similar to Shark Tank but we are not mean. It’s women supporting women. I will be honest though, it got boring for me. The first woman talked of an oatmeal style poptart for breakfast, the second was for an app that could help people looking for a private event bartender, the third a woman that created a spray for fruits and vegetables to help them last longer and the fourth was a woman who owned a food truck in Austin that served grilled cheese with 10% of her proceeds going to help end slavery…
Wait! I know her! Okay… it’s a bit of a STTTRRREEETTTCCCCHHH (big deep breath) but here goes: My high school English/Journalism Teacher whom I still love to this day, her daughter (who was about 6 years younger than me) joined a mission group after she graduated college. The mission group went around to different countries for a year and spread the gospel. During her time there she met Avery and decided to move to Austin when she got back. She roomed with Avery and helped her build the business. I was friends with my teacher and was watching her daughter’s exciting adventures and finally added her on Facebook. I talked to her last year about doing a blog post on SAvery food truck but at the time it just didn’t pan out. Maybe, I hope, it will soon!
The Oatmeal Poptarts Won. Hmph.
On Day Two I had already planned to go to Working with Brands and Grad School for Bloggers: How to Take it to the Next Level.
Biggest take away from Working with Brands? I need more readers… But I guess that means I need to put out more content and better content as well. It’s a full circle kinda thing, like tires one keeps the other rolling.
Then, lunch. RecipeLion decided to host a few of us who sent them a message on the Facebook page. We all met up and walked together. One girl, sitting across from me, I kept saying “I know you. I’ve seen you from somewhere…” Totally stumped. Then she mentioned haven been at BlogHer Food in 2014. Oh yes! I Instagram Stalked her for a short while when I saw the picture of her and Ree Drummonds (aka the Pioneer Woman) and read how funny she was!
The girl sitting next to me is currently in college to become a FACS teacher. She was asking for pointers and I’m over here going “Whoa! She’s asking me for pointers!” And I think I might pitch to speak at BlogHer Conference this summer… Life’s too short not to, right?
Lunch was held at El Sol y La Luna. The decor was cool but my food was not to hot… I asked the girls around me what their thoughts were and each of them agreed. The two that had alcohol did say that their drinks were good though. On our way back almost everyone in our group decided to go get a tattoo… drops mike. Yep.
Okay, back to reality.
Next up, grad school. The panel was pretty stellar. It included Aarti from Aarti’s Party (who also happened to win Season Six of Next Food Network Star) and some other awesome ladies. I took inspiration but nothing too concrete home from that panel discussion.
Naturally, being the hungry girls we were, we had to hit the vendors up for one last hoorah before the event was over.
Once that was over, we separated for a bit. Carol and Tekisha went back to their rooms, while Diah and I went shopping and got some coffee. Man that coffee was good too!
The closing party was not at all what I expected. It was very chill. I have yet to go to a BlogHer Conference party which I hear are a bit more exciting.
Then again, there is always Orlando…