Blogalicious 2009 Was Great!
What it does, folks? So I’s back from Atlanta from Blogalicious (conference for Women of Color bloggers) and it was FANTAWESOME! I was mainly there to rep The Red Pump Project because my goal is to get 500 bloggers “Rocking the Red Pump” on their blogs to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and women. But AweLuv got some love too because people recognized me by my avatar.
There were many Blogalicious highlights:
* The Panels and speakers – They were sooo helpful. I live-tweeted the Intellectual Property panel with Latoicha Givens, that discussed the legal ramifications of blogging and many folks replied to me saying they were taking notes. I need to pull those tweets out for when I do my Blogging 202 series. Y’all remember my Blogging 101 posts? Yeah that panel may very well be the most useful one I’ve been to in ALL the conferences I’ve attended. That is saying a lot. But yeah, the lineup was dopeness.
The keynote speaker was Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks, and she was so interesting that she kept my itis at bay. That is no small feat. Her speech on “The Beauty of Different” was hilarious, heartfelt and humbling (alliteration makes me swoon). Anytime a speaker ends with “You guys don’t have any questions? That means I AM the shit!”, an angel gets its wings groomed. LOVED her!
* Meeting up with fellow bloggers – This is the best part of any blogging conference. Getting to meet up with those you’ve connected with online is a great experience. When I ran into Brittany of Clumps of Mascara before the panel she spoke on, first thing she said to me was. “OK here’s a wall. Let me see your WALL SLIDE.” LOL. Then she went “Wow. Your cheekbones. Your profile is ridiculous. If you rocked some bronzer, they’d POP!” I giggled like a schoolgirl and blushed. LOVE HER!
I got a chance to catch up with my conference buddies (we’ve went to at least 2 together): Adria, Ananda Leeke, Corynne of That Black Girl Site, Renee of Cutie Booty Cakes, Natalie (The Frugalista), Senam (TweetMeBlack), MomNoir (aka Sunkissed Mommy). These women are fabulous.
* Seeing Kim Coles – At the plenary session on Saturday morning (which I, of course, was late to) I was minding my own bitness when Mignon of Intellectual Soul tapped me to look up. I looked up and saw Kim Coles sitting at my table. This is when I lost all semblance of being able to ack right. I ain’t know what to do with myself. I wanted to go up to her talmbout “Hey Sinclaire! How’s Overton an’ em?” Then the theme song kept playing in my head.
“We are Livvvviiinnngg Single, o in a 90s kind of world, I’m glad I got my girls. Keep your head up. What? Keep your head up. That’s right!… My homegirls standing to my left and my right. True blue, we tight like glue…” I had to sing that song in full before the day was over for my soul to be appeased.
It took EVERYTHING in me not to get up and bust out into the bounce and rolling backwards. Lawdamercy. I kept staring at her grinning like a fool. Mignon was just shaking her head at me. I didn’t say nothing to her though. I was too busy being an ogling groupie.
Sidenote: I’m pretty sure that if I was to ever see Queen Latifah, I’d do holler “IT’S THE QUEEN!” and do the Bro Franklin and pass out. Would be so uncouth.
Oh and the first night of the conference, there was a suite that had a cupcake party, provided by Lenox Cupcakes. Corynne, Adria and Natalie and I were the first ones in the suite and we MAXED some cupcakes. I ate 5 within 10 minutes: 3 caramels, a red velvet and a pink velvet. Then we all compared notes on the one we liked best. Caramel won unanimously. Yummmmm.
Sidenote: This was my first time in ATL, and the weather was amazing throughout. I will say this though. Why does Atlanta have so many Peachtree streets??? They are like Bubba Gump when it comes to Peachtree. Peachtree Lane, Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Battle, Peachtree Drive, Peachtree Avenue, Peachtree Boulevard… I mean, I THINK they’re trying to let us know that ATL loves peaches. Does Atlanta need ideas for street names? I won’t mind a Luvvie Street. I’m just saying. How do folks even know what Peachtree they need to be at? It runs across the whole city too.
* The Swag – I got so much free stuff that I had to get them shipped to me. They took up a huge duffel bag-like thingimajig and my luggage was not fitting any of it. I made it a point to not check in anything (that $20 fee is no joke) so I couldn’t even attempt to stuff everything in. Among the freebies: Suave lotion, pink clutch, E.L.F. makeup, USB jump drive. I even won a raffle that got me even more stuff. I can’t remember it all because I haven’t received my shipment yet. But this part rocked for sure.
Anywho, Blogalicious was DOPENESS! The people, the program and the atmosphere were so positive. I loved every part of it. At the closing remarks, it was announced that 2010’s conference will be in Miami. I am in there like funk on a hobo! I demand that all panels have a view of the ocean. I can’t wait! *does jig*