Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2013

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tagcloud designed by Selena Bluntzer, Amazing & Atopic using tagul.com.

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”                  ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

This is why we created the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. We needed a venue where we could finally all be at the same place, at the same time, after years of online friendships that were forged over the internet. I suppose I have a much different view of the event, because it really was my party! ~I had a lot riding on it and on making sure that every detail went smoothly. I am overwhelmed by the responses being posted all over the web about the conference that Homa Woodrum and I teamed up to bring into reality. It started as a desire I had, to bring us all together- in real life- not just on the “interwebs” of cyberspace.  As I started this project, planning out the type of conference I would want to attend, with the sessions I would want to go to.  I can not tell you how many hours, emails, and phone calls it took to make this happen. It was a lot of work. I know I could not have done it without the encouragement and support I received from so many of my food allergy friends. I also could not have done this without all the wonderful speakers who each enthusiastically agreed to come, taking time from their busy lives, and families, to come participate. I also must thank our sponsors, who supported us and provided all the fabulous swag for our event. To see more about the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference click here.

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Homa Woodrum, Selena Bluntzer, and myself.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”― C.S. LewisThe Four Loves

I spent the weekend in Vegas pinching myself the whole time at my excitement to see it really taking place, meeting everyone who attended, and listening to the panels as I darted to and from both sessions! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and speaking to every person~ and spent so much time doing this, not turning to get food until after it had been all been taken away! ~that I missed eating dinner both nights of the evening parties!  Don’t worry, Homa kindly scored a plate of pasta for me Saturday night, and I enjoyed fruit sorbet for dinner Sunday night! 😉

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Myself, Dr. Lama Rimawi, & Homa Woodrum

 

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Kelly Rudnicki, Dr Lama Rimawi, Dr John Lee, Cybele Pascal, Dr. Mike Pistiner

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Caught stuffing Swag Bags w/ Cheryl Viirand

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Myself presenting to Nevada Senator Debbie Smith

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Kelly Rudnicki, Chef Keith Norman, Cybele Pascal, Homa Woodrum

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Joel Warady of Enjoy Life Foods & I

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LV FARE Walk: Cheryl Viirand, Alisa Fleming, Angie Morris, Keeley McGuire, Tiffany Ferreira, Me, Justin Cunningham.

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   A few cool facts about our conference?

  • Primarily all ticket sales were from Twitter links.
  • We had  total of  134  people who came to our first event, a majority with custom diet needs!
  • We had people from USA, Canada, and Australia attending!
  • Our FARE Walk team raised $3,500!
  • Our #FABlogCon hashtag reached 186,802 accounts.
  • It made 1,805,281 impressions over the three days of the event.

To read more of the #FABlogCon roundup posts click  here.

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The best part of the Conference for me?

That is easy to answer!

The best part has been the connections that were forged. I see relationships on social media now that are there because of this event, friendships that were just formed, or made stronger.  All these links and connections weaving together, creating a stronger, more unified food allergy community.  That was my dream, my hope, and my goal! Yes the food, the swag, the lectures, the parties, the location- These were all phenomenal,  but real factor that made this unforgettable for me, was all the people who participated. THANK YOU!!

You can follow the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference on Twitter @FABlogCon, and Facebook as well.

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11 Responses to Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2013

  1. Brynn November 15, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    Love, love, love the tag cloud. So interesting to see the stats and learn more about how the conference was put together.

    Thank you for creating such a wonderful gift to our community.

    Looking forward to next year!

  2. Gratefulfoodie November 15, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    What a great write up, but most of all…congratulations on making your dream come true and in under 12 months. Incredible

  3. Rebecca @ Pure and Peanut Free November 15, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    You did an amazing job! One thing that everyone at the conference kept saying was, “This is so much more than I ever expected!” And it was! So wonderful (and surreal) to meet everyone face to face and to all be together in the same room! So, thank YOU and Homa for putting it all together! Wish I had more time to visit with you, but I know you were crazy busy! Next year!!! I can’t wait! 🙂

  4. Selena Bluntzer November 15, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    I’ve read of this phenomenon called “shared dreaming”, which Wikipedia describes as, “linking one’s dream experience with another dreamer. […] When the experience is shared between more than two people, it is known as mass dreaming.”

    It just occurred to me that FABlogCon 2013 was one big mass dream! It’s a good thing we have pictures to corroborate the existence of the event! 😉

  5. Heather McGrath November 16, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    I think there is only one problem with FABlogCon….you’re going to need a much bigger venue for 2014! It’s the talk of the town and so many more are excited to attend next year. Thanks for a great weekend and all the hard work; it was much appreciated.

  6. Debra November 16, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    I am thrilled things went so well. Thank you for your vision and for caring so much about others. Hoping to attend next year’s conference 🙂

  7. kara November 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Where’s the like button! Awesome write up! You look wonderful in all your pictures!. Sure hope it’s a go for me next year. 🙂

  8. Jessica Kenny November 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I have loved seeing everything that you accomplished for FAB. I am looking forward to next year. I will be there.

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