You may have noticed, that I am behind on my updates and posts. I want to apologize, and share with you WHY! I have been busy, busy, busy! What started as a joke on Twitter has evolved, and now I am hard at work trying to make a dream- reality!
I am so very excited to about this up-coming conference! It will be in Las Vegas in November- the 2, 3, and 4th; at the South Point Hotel. Some of you may know this already, but I am the person behind this event. It is a huge undertaking, and I will admit being somewhat naive at the amount of planning, details and time that is involved. From securing a site, creating an agenda, securing speakers, selling tickets, all the small details- logos, signs, contracts, insurance. I am launching into event planning with trial by fire! Will I make mistakes? Probably! However, I would not, and could not, be doing any of this without the tremendous support I have received from almost every person I have talked to in the food allergy community! Some who are rolling up their sleeves and helping with every detail- others who are eager to come to this event, and yes, even people who can not come for various reasons are still excited and supportive too! Why? Because we as a community WANT to come together! We all know each other from our virtual interactions, but many of us have never met! This event will give us that opportunity!
We put out a survey in February to gauge the public interest in having a conference, and what topics were important to everyone. We used that to base the outline for the panel topics we will offer at the first conference. Although it is called a “Blogging Conference”, it is open to others interested or involved with food allergies, Celiac, EGID, EoE! [Advocates, nurses, doctors, parents, or patients!] We will have companies that support the food allergy community coming to let us get to know them and their products. We have book authors, doctors, and blogging community leaders coming to teach us. We are planning to have two tracks of lecture panels, One focusing on disease management issues, such as Anaphylaxis, Reading Labels and Avoiding Cross-contamination , Education and 504 plans, New research, and Advocacy. The second track will be focused on blogging information: Images, Monetizing a blog, Social Media, Legalities, Self-Publishing, Website tips HMTL codes, WordPress plugins, etc. We have few additional talks planned, which I will wait to reveal on the FAB Website! Can’t give away ALL the secrets here! 😉
So, if you miss me, and want to see what else I am doing- please come check out the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference website! I want this to be a success and I want to please everyone! [hint- not always possible!- but I am trying!] And since this conference is for the food allergy blogging community- I must accept that some people may find faults that may end up on their own blogs- But- I REALLY hope that doesn’t happen! 😉 I am “a pleaser”- and I want everyone to have an awesome time connecting, making friends, and learning! We will ALL walk away from this with more connections and tools in our toolbox; and THAT will make us better advocates and bloggers! ~ Better prepared to guide and support all the families who come to us seeking answers and help!