I really wanted to gather up all the troops and hit the gym on Saturday morning but I was too tired after girl talking till 3am like a teenager 🙂
My body snapped awake at 8am, I took a quick shower and headed downstairs to see one of my favorite hosts from “the real” Adrienne Bailon talk about her life and her new role in the movie “I’m in love with a church girl” that she is co-starring in with Ja Rule.
After that we had a great session with the founders of PicMonkey and you guys know I was SO excited to attend. I am such a fan girl of PicMonkey ever since I learned the power at BBC Charlotte.
They talked a lot about blog design and flow. They spoke about choosing the right palette for your blog and having good navigation. In the first 20 minutes, I saw that I personally need to do some rearranging to improve the flow of my blog. It was a low key yet super aweso,e session that got my wheels turning!
Directly afterwards, there was a small biz pitch competition in which the winner would receive $5000 to fund their project. Here were the three finalists!
All three had amazing presentations and fantastic ideas, but Arsha Jones won with her Mumbo Sauce. We were all so happy for her especially because her flight got cancelled and she had to drive 17 hours overnight to get there! (Talk about meant to be!) We were all so happy we could cry, I think the reaction would have been equal for whoever won.
Finally it was lunchtime so Michelle, Cass and I decided to go a block away for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. We had such a good time, laughing and telling stories… (I think you can tell by now the theme of Blogalicious 5 is great sister girl time)
The best session of the conference
I was lucky enough to sign up and get a slot in a small intimate session called “Mastering Your Elevator Pitch” led by the amazing Harriet Cole who has worked with both Ebony & Essence magazines and countless celebrities.
When I first entered and realized how intimate this really was going to be, I literally contemplated running right out the door going upstairs and taking a nap. I was beat. Conferences like this one are not for the faint at heart.
After introducing herself she let us know that she would be doing surgical work on us, breaking us all the way down then building us back up.
We had to go up individually, when it was my turn I gave it my best shot. She pretty much told me “no” and made me do it 2 more times in front of the class. I had to dig deep to perfect the right tone, pitch, breathing and details. I walked out of there with the perfect elevator pitch and that to me is invaluable.
The rest of the day was a bit of a blur as I was in and out of sessions, trying to pack the disaster that was my luggage and also just decompressing from all the activities. We ended the night at the Kia reception, where we were able to pose next to some fancy cars. There was also a menu of sweet potato biscuits, shrimp and grits and lots of pasta. I didn’t partake in any of it (#teampickyeater).
I stayed an extra day to see my favorite cousin in the world, and Monday I traveled home and was back with my boys again.
Blogalicious was unlike any conference that I have EVER been to. There wasn’t a touch of shade, everyone was so open and so friendly it was almost overwhelming. Having so many of my friends
that happen to have blogs all in the same place was just a girls dream come true. I certainly hope I can attend next year!