I hope to build my blogging network, diversify my blog and network, and to learn how to develop my blog so that it has an even larger impact.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START A BLOG?
I started blogging to create a live diary about my adventures, my travels, and my community involvement as I travel for work and leisure.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC TYPES OF BLOGGERS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CONNECTING WITH AT THE CONFERENCE?
Travel Bloggers, Philanthropists, and Fashion Bloggers
WELCOME TO BWB !
Since its launch in 2008, Blogging While Brown has grown to become the premier blogging conference dedicated to education, collaboration, and innovation among bloggers of color. The conference brings Black social media experts, speakers, and independent content creators together to educate, inspire, and expand their influence in social media and technology.
with the founder Gina McCauley
The following sessions provided a wealth of knowledge as my blog continues to grow and I work to find a healthy balance between blogging, working, and taking care of myself. I have so much that I want share with you as I travel, run, and work with local charity organizations. I’m currently working on some fab video blogs to share with you! Stay tuned :)
Beyond Facebook & Twitter: Using Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram
Turning your brand up to 11 with a Podcast
Diversity: Unpacking the Supply and Demand Side of Diversity
Crowdfunding your Creative Project: Advice From 2 Kick-Ass Women On Using Kickstarter
Vintage, Chic, and everything Glamorous! The launch party brought out some amazing outfits inspired by the 1940’s and 50’s. The magazine seeks out and features trendsetters who are bringing back classic looks from the 40s and 50s, and pairing these styles with today’s hottest fashion, like the always fabulous Tatyana Khomyakova of Bettie Page Clothing and Mina Deutsch of Mina D Jewelry. Proceeds from the event were donated to – Hope For Javier, which strives to turn HOPE into reality for thousands of boys affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
Hosted by TR Luxury at one of my new favorite places in the city, EVR – a sleek, sophisticated 2-story lounge near Bryant Park, the Vodkila launch party was a hit! The perfect blend of vodka and tequila, my favorites are original and watermelon.
Spring = Baseball Season
Baseball has become another one of my favorite sports to watch, although I’d much rather watch a game in person rather than on TV. We’ve had some really beautiful, warm spring days in NYC, so I made sure to take advantage of them by supporting both hometown teams.
At the end of May I’ll be hitting the streets of Toronto to explore, then attending TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange Conference)! This will be my first blogging conference, and I’m really excited to learn ways to improve my blogging skills, meet and network with fellow travel bloggers, and to have an opprotunity to meet and network with companies interested in working with bloggers.
I’ve taken care of my registration, now I just need to set up my hotel and flight. I was thinking about driving (I’m always up for a roadtrip), but I don’t want to spend 8-9 hours in the car to get to Toronto and only be there for 3 days.
Pre-Conference To Do List:
Define my blog….my niche in the travel blog world
Practicing pitching A Girl Travels
Order new business cards
Build my media kit
I want to be able to provide you with great products, inspire you to take new adventures, and to build my network so my goals while I’m at the conference are to:
Meet and network with fellow travel bloggers
Meet tourism boards who are interested in showing off local’s favorite spots (places that make people want to stay in, and move to, said destinations).
Network with people looking for writers and photographers.
Meet companies who offer unique travel/adventures/products that would like to sponsor posts on A Girl Travels
Talk with tourism boards interested in providing press trips to promote new destinations or events that are not popular with tourists yet (or promote sides of destinations that tourists rarely see).
I’m very excited to be attending the conference this year, and to have the opportunity to explore Toronto. Do you have any recommendations on things I should do while in Toronto? What types of things would you like to read more about on the blog?