“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.
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! 😉
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.
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.