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Friday, September 20, 2013

five on Friday: blog elevated edition

I'm so excited to be attending Blog Elevated this weekend. Not only do I get to attend a local(ish) awesome blog conference but I get to attend with many of my favorite #sabloggers  Though I've been slacking on my blogging this week I can't wait to soak up all I can this weekend. Day one rocked and I'm not sure how I'm going to have room to hold more amazing information from day two in my head yet. 
San Antonio bloggers at Blog Elevated
1. My first lesson I learned about attending a blog conference is that you should never update your iphone iOS right before. Ha! Lesson learned. I updated Thursday afternoon, had no issues that I could tell. Then Thursday morning I had 5 dropped calls that I chalked up to fluke until my camera app wouldn't open without a black screen then crashing. No pictures for me of the opening reception. (Since my phone is on it's 9th life I had to wait for it to die to reset it since I can't turn it off due to the broken sleep/wake button) Thankfully turning off and on fixed the camera - as for the dropped calls I guess we'll see....  At least I'm eligible for an upgrade (and have been for several months) so I can upgrade it soon.  Anyone else having update issues? Like/dislike the new update? 

2. The opening keynote speech was from Jon Saddington. It was a great way to start off the conference. He talked on entrepreneurship. The biggest takeaway right off the bat (until I have more time to process all the info we took in today) was that it doesn't matter unless you do something with it and don't be afraid to experiment. 

3. Session two of the day was a panel on brands and bloggers with several brands and PR people. It was great to learn about what is important to the brand when working with bloggers, and what kind of info they want to be given in pitches or when applying for blogger opportunities.  

4. Lunch was big for me because I am not an adventurous eater at all. I'm extremely picky... like a 2 year old. It drives the hubs NUTS. So lunch was organized fabulously with all the bloggers divided into groups of twenty to go around the center where the conference is being held and the different restaurants were hosting different groups. So one of the SA bloggers and I received our lunch tickets to Straits, an Asians, Thai fusions restaurant. Which is so far from my comfort zone and not a place I would have picked. Seriously I think Beau would have fallen out of his chair and won't believe me that I tired some of the food. The Satay skewers that we started out with though were oh so good as was the dessert. The rest of the tasting menu wasn't something I'd pick again with my oh so picky taste palate (I'm every serious chef's worst nightmare I'm sure of it) but I did try bites of it and they were good. The other ladies all loved it. Lesson learned here: I can be adventurous.... a little bit at least. 

5. The last session of the day was on SEO with Rae Hoffman. Oh man I'm still trying to process all that in my head. Such a mind-blowingly good session packed full of excellent information to implement now back to what Jon Saddington said and to implement it! 

Have you been to a blog conference before? If so what was your biggest thing you learned while you were there? This is my first real deal conference and so far it's been a lot of fun connecting with other bloggers and a lot of learning. 

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