Oct 1, 2011 was my 34th birthday and my first ever #BlogathonATX. I was terrified. I was positive that it’d either be filled with bitchy mom bloggers who were dressed way better than me and who blogged about the brilliant things their kids did instead of the time their toddler told the preacher to “suck it”, or worse, super geeky dudes who blog about blogging, venturing out of their mom’s basement for the first time since the last Blogathon. I just new I wouldn’t fit in.
Instead, I was met by the warmest group of people I’ve been around in a really long time. You know how you imagine church should be, but it rarely is? That’s how BlogathonATX felt to me. I was welcomed with open arms and all my questions were answered – even when I couldn’t figure out how to connect to the WiFi cuz I’m a dumbass. I got hugs from people I’d only shared a few tweets with, I made new friends, and I even flirted with a really cute dude who turned out to be gay. Totally par for the course for me.
The food is amazing at every Blogathon, the food team does an amazing job of finding sponsors to provide really great grub. I’m a coffee addict and there’s plenty of that, too. There are 2 “meals” -breakfast and lunch – and then plenty of snacks throughout the day. I’m a nosher, so I need to nibble pretty much all day and Blogathon provides that, and it’s all delicious.
There’s always plenty of outlets, cords, WiFi and techy stuff too. You’ll want to bring your laptop and your power supply, and find a spot and park. There’s plenty of time to socialize and listen to speakers and attend breakout sessions, but if you want to sit and work, uninterrupted? That’s an option, too.
As I said, I’ve been to two Blogathons so far, and each time, I’ve left with a better blog. The tech room helps me fix all those dumb things I can’t quite figure out on my own (why is this thing CROOKED?!?!) and the Room For Improvement provided me with valuable insight on what I’m doing right and what I could improve on. Blogging is about community and Austin has a great one. BlogathonATX brings us all together in a warm, nurturing environment that’s a lot of fun.
I’ll be sharing a breakout session with Amanda Quirashi (@ImTheQ) called Assimilation. Is. Complete – we’ll be talking about using Social Media to enrich all aspects of your life, and I’ll also be compiling a little video – if this is your first Blogathon, or you’ve been blogging for less than a year – get ready for your close up! I want to talk to you!
In short – come to BlogathonATX. Even if you’re new to blogging, or new to the area. You’ll leave a better blogger, and you’ll have a lot of new friends.