Being the anti-social curmudgeon that I am, it’s generally pretty hard to drag me to events. I try to avoid large crowds of people where I am forced to smile a lot, don a professional demeanor, and/or pretend that I have some kind of expert opinion on any subject other than tacos. So when I say that BlogathonATX is a must for any blogger, you can be assured that I am not just blowing bloggy smoke up your bloggy ass. It’s because I’ve repeatedly found it to be one of the most beneficial and enjoyable events in the calendar year.
This homegrown conference was the brain child of Ilene “The Weenie” Haddad. Weenie originally thought it would be fun to get all her favorite local bloggers together in one place for a whole day and see what happened. The result was a loosely structured event comprised of impromptu learning and interaction with the coolest, hippest, smartest and most laid-back folks in the city. After the first BlogathonATX, the people wanted more. Now, on Saturday, September 15 2012, the fifth installment of BlogathonATX is scheduled to take place–and tickets are on sale now.
Each BlogathonATX is held in a comfortable location with free WiFi, plenty of seating, and lots of room for roaming around, or even for finding a quiet corner to hide out in and stare at your laptop. This time we’re back at the fabulous Tech Ranch in north Austin.
Throughout the day there are experienced speakers holding topical discussions on subjects ranging from content creation to technical challenges. Attendees have the option of sitting in or sitting out of these discussions.
Who needs to attend BlogathonATX?
If you’re new to blogging or if you haven’t even started your blog yet, this is a great opportunity to talk to a huge range of people that are blogging for all kinds of reasons. Bloggers–especially Austin bloggers–are very cool people who love to share what they know. You won’t find a better environment for asking advice, comparing notes, and getting straight talk from people who are actually in the trenches of the blogosphere every day.
Even if you’ve been blogging for a while, this is a great opportunity to meet other successful bloggers and network. You will meet lots of people with whom you can build relationships and find innumerable ways to cross-promote your work. There are always people at BlogathonATX with a really nice range of expertise (for example, while you may be the master of content, you may have some questions on plugins or hosting), and Blogathon is the place to take advantage of all that expertise in one convenient place! You’ll also have a chance to share some of what YOU know with less experienced bloggers.
Austin, Texas Professionals or Small Business Owners With Blogs
BlogathonATX is an Austin-centric event. When you attend BlogathonATX you’ll meet a whole bunch of local business owners who have found their way online. You will have a chance to see how they are successfully using social media and blogging to build their clientele–and you’ll have a great opportunity to network with other locals and gain exposure for your business.
Some of the best reasons to attend:
Great local food and beverages
Kohana Coffee, Roll on Sushi, Flying Saucer, The Cake Plate and many others are contributing noms to feed our bloggers. You’ll be able to sample some of Austin’s very best local food and drink.
Room for Improvement
The amazing Julie Gomoll will once again be holding individual sessions for both new and experienced bloggers looking to improve their blogs aesthetically or technically–or both! These sessions are your chance to get one-on-one advice about your blog from an experienced web developer, and are worth the price of the ticket alone.
Fun Breakout Sessions
There will be a few excellent break out sessions on different topics, but all you really need to know is that I am holding one! Yep, me and my compadre Evin Cooper of Food Good, Laundry Bad are going to be holding a panel discussion about social media and how to integrate it into every aspect of your life. We’re calling it Assimilation. Is. Complete.
Freedom To Do Your Own Thing
Come to BlogathonATX and march to the beat of your own drum. You want to sit in a corner with your headphones on, writing on your blog and following the action at BlogathonATX on the tweetstream? You can do it. Or join me on the couch for a nap. BlogathonATX is exactly what you make of it–which means each person can come away from this event with something valuable for them. This is not a one-size-fits-all event, which is just about right for Austin, Texas. Wouldn’t you agree?