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Blogalicious 5 2013 Recap – Day One

by Nellie

Blogalicious 5 — Day One

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When I decided I was going to Blogalicious 5 at the beginning of the year, I made the decision based out of my pure jealously of the ladies in Vegas last year for Blogalicious 12. Then when the location of Atlanta was announced — it was a no brainer.

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I had a semi easy travel experience to Blogalicious 5, I arrived about 20 minutes later and missed the welcome opening but I was able to catch the opening session that spoke about bloggers working with brands (which is always such a white hot topic at every conference I attend!) And because I learned how to share in the sandbox, here are some of the nuggets I took away from that session:

  • Be consistent and professional when doing sponsored posts both with the brand and with the PR Firm
  • ALWAYS be on time
  • Always reply to emails even if the opportunity is not for you (I’ve gotten better about this!)
  • WRITE QUALITY CONTENT, Google is watching
  • If you don’t get a campaign–don’t go on twitter and have a fit. “complain in private and be gracious in public” <– Love that!! I have been rejected a million times but I have never go on SM to complain…cmon son.
  • Don’t take every offer, wait and negotiate
  • DON’T feel like you have to follow the crowd!

 

After that we had a fun networking mixer. I always suck at these things however because I always meet one person, get so engrossed with them and I really barely make it around to anyone else, lol. Its okay though, the peeps I met were quality!

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Finally I saw a lot of my friends (after years these ladies feel closer to me than some of my real life friends–they have become real life friends). I gave long loving hugs to each one of them and I knew right then this conference would be pretty epic. We had a couple more mixer type sessions then we were downstairs for some grub before the scandal party commenced!

I didn’t eat much at all during the day so I was excited to eat! Until I realized there were two options, fish and chicken. Womp.

Since I ate none of the two, I went around to the various shops and sponsors. There was a particular booth that I simply could not get enough of:

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Finally it was time for the scandal party! I was beyond excited for this! (I am not sure which I was more excited for the party or the show premiering, my guess it was the latter!) Everyone had their best Olivia Pope fits on!

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There was some yummy steak on the menu, so I was able to finally get some protein in my system. The show was in a word: flawless. There was something about being in a room with a couple hundred women, all reacting to the same insane scenes. We had really great hosts including Luvvie from the hilarious pop culture blog Awesomely Luvvie. I need a host of Scandal every single time I watch it, so much better than commercials!!

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There were squeals, loud gasps, clutched pearls, and most of all screams when the dialogue slayed us into a million pieces.

After the party we headed up to bed because we had to run a race in the morning! That wraps up day one, stay tuned for day 2 recap which includes a race recap, some amazing inspiration and and 80s Party you have to see to believe!

What did you think of the season premiere of Scandal? Do you do networking mixers?

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47 comments

The Dose of Reality October 15, 2013 - 6:14 am

You know that feeling you had after last year’s Vegas Blogalicious? Yea..I’m having that about seeing all of your fantastic pictures from this year’s meeting! Love them…I’m so jealous!! It looks like it was a blast and you got to network AND you got a lot of info out of it, too. What a perfect combination! –Lisa

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LaShawn October 15, 2013 - 6:14 am

The scandal party was just AWESOME! And I agree about finally meeting or catching up with online friends. I was telling my mother the other day that some of my online friends are becoming better friends than some of my irl ones! Can’t wait for part 2 I know you went to a few sessions that I missed!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:28 am

Yes, we need to throw a virtual party every Thursday and have Luvvie host. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Allie October 15, 2013 - 6:21 am

So much fun!! I love that photo booth with all the crazy pics. Bloggers LOVE them some pictures, right?? Haha!! Of course I can’t wait for you to recap the race!! I can’t believe there’s a bloggy conference with a race and I wasn’t at it. I really need to get on my game.

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:27 am

You have GOT to go to fitbloggin in savannah next year, there is a 5k AND a 10k and so much working out its insane!

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Janine October 15, 2013 - 7:15 am

I am with Lisa and definitely a bit jealous here, but so happy you got to attend and looked like so much fun so far. Can’t wait to see more from the next 4 days now, too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:26 am

It was pretty great, I have lots of fun coming up in the next few posts!

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Kim October 15, 2013 - 9:07 am

I haven’t ever watched Scandal but the mixer sounds fun.
And – I love that ladies shoes – the checkerboard ones with the white pantsuit!!!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:26 am

Yes she actually has a shoe blog because she loves shoes so much!

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Tamara October 15, 2013 - 10:05 am

I haven’t seen Scandal yet… I watched the first one but didn’t ever try again. Now I really think I will catch up from the beginning!
Sounds like such an awesome mixer. I have never been to one…yet.

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:25 am

Try it again! It is the best show on TV hands down.

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Quiana October 15, 2013 - 11:04 am

So glad you were there this year! And about having a host when watching Scandal I found it fun especially because of Luvvie – she definitely engaged this non-Scandal fan ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:24 am

Glad I went too. It was definitely different from all the other conferences, definitely more of a sister girl vibe. Girl, We need to get you into scandal asap. It is your BLOGGER DUTY lol!

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Lia October 15, 2013 - 11:25 am

Loved your day one recap! Blogalicious was amazing, roomie!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:23 am

thanks roomie!!

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Trina October 15, 2013 - 11:59 am

Great recap! I wish we got to hang out more during the conference!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:23 am

Thanks girl, I know! We will see each other again soon i’m sure!

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KalleyC October 15, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Great pictures. I need to start going to blogging conferences to meet all the great bloggers that I follow! I saw the premiere of Scandal, and I was blown away. I loved it! I loved it so much that I watched it again on my ABC watch app on my phone. Did they say where the next one is going to be held?

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:21 am

Nope not yet, mayeb early next year? I didn’t hear about this location until March of this year.

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Joi October 15, 2013 - 2:47 pm

I’m enjoying Scandal so far! I can only imagine having Luvie as a host during commercials, her recaps are always hilarious. You make Blogalicious sound very appealing. Thanks for sharing the brand relationship tips. Looking forward to the other recaps!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:20 am

Scandal is super fun, and Luvvie’s recaps are just so good! She catches every detail, and she doesn’t miss a beat!

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Hope Reid October 15, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Those are great tips Nellie. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had a great time. I can totally understand how some of your blog friends become as or closer than real life friends.

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:18 am

I don’t even know when it happened, but I almost feel as if you guys GET me better

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FitBritt October 15, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Oh my gosh! I love the Scandal viewing party! How fun! I loved the premiere. I’m a few episodes behind now (well, one maybe?) because I was away on vacation but I’m excited to catch up. What a great event. I think your takeaways are spot on!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:17 am

You gotta catch up! That show is just on fire. I think I am going to rewatch the entire season, I just bet there was SOMETHING I missed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Kita October 15, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Loved the recap I love love love scandal like its a show that keeps you on your toes. So sorry I missed out but I am saving my pennies and hope to attend a conference by next year.

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:16 am

We missed you!

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Leslie October 15, 2013 - 10:28 pm

โ€œComplain in private, be gracious in publicโ€ โ€ฆ.. Iโ€™ve never heard it put better. I think I might need to frame it and put it up in our house. One question, do you ever feel like some of the PR firms that contact you are just a good spam cover? I donโ€™t do sponsored/paid content for now, but I do get some offers and half the time they just look really sketchy!

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Sherelle October 16, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Yay! I got a hug from Ms. Nellie! It was so good to meet you! I missed day one of the conference, but you ladies look gorgeous in your Olivia Pope attire! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the advice of “complaining in private, and being gracious in public!”

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:15 am

YAYYY! I was super excited to meet you too, you have been riding with me since forever so it was so great to actually give you a hug.

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Alison October 16, 2013 - 2:47 pm

You look like you had a blast, Nellie! Even more incentive for me to go to Blogalicious next year.

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:15 am

You gotta come Alison! I would so love to meet you!

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Alison Hector October 20, 2013 - 1:04 am

Where’s it being held next year? Atlanta would have been ideal. And I got a free ticket at the last minute but couldn’t go. Ugh.

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:57 pm

I’m not sure where its going to be held next year, they usually announce it in the first quarter, this year it was announced in March

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Mrs. Pancakes October 16, 2013 - 4:52 pm

I so need to experience Blogalicious…looks like the best time ever and the knowledge and info
You take away is endless and the friendships!!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:14 am

You gotta come to one Mrs. P!

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GIgi October 17, 2013 - 9:52 am

I’ve often thought about attending one of these blogger conferences – and you look like you had an absolute blast. I’m definitely going to look into a couple for 2014!! I like the tips you posted too – great for newbies and old pros alike to remember!!

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:14 am

Thank so much for stopping by Gigi…blogging conferences are so awesome. You should try to get to one next year for sure!

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Brittnei October 18, 2013 - 1:33 am

I love reading about your blog conference experiences! I learn a lot from them. This sounds like it was a lot of fun. Thanks for always sharing these nuggets! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:13 am

You are so welcome Brittnei ๐Ÿ˜‰ I try to share as much as possible so that people can feel like they were there!

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Alisha October 18, 2013 - 11:48 pm

It was so nice to meet you! I just wish I would have had more time to mingle with people that I’ve only known online. That was my only complaint…LOL

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:12 am

It was so nice to meet you too girl! LOL I swear if we have 2 weeks it still wouldn’t be enough! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Nellie October 20, 2013 - 12:29 am

Exactly Carla, but it happens all of the time…..

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Michelle October 20, 2013 - 10:52 pm

That looks like it was such a fun event! I am impressed with how much you get around!! Those tips are also great…there have been campaigns that I have not gotten that I really wanted, but I would never dream of complaining on SM. But I never thought to wait and negotiate. I am looking forward to going to another SITS event in Dallas next month, so hoping to get some good tips there too!

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Nellie October 21, 2013 - 9:05 am

I know I can’t wait to hear your recap!!

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