The next morning we were up bright and early to run the 1.8 mile fun run for the American Cancer Society. I was tired but I was also excited to see the city a bit since I had been in the hotel since I arrived in Atlanta.
The run was nice, super hilly! There was also several selfie spots and sice it was downtown there were several traffic lights that stopped out flow. Overall, the run was nice. I took a few pics of ATL too!
Afterwards, I took a very quick shower, headed downstairs–wasn’t feeling the breakfast–so I went to the market and got some milk, watermelon and a yogurt.
It was finally time for the keynote, Amy D. Barnett, the editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine would be sharing with us intimate details of her life and how she began to realize how she wanted to life to be.
Some amazing nuggets that stuck with me, one of them especially, but that is for another post.
She was real, raw, and extremely transparent. I appreciated her sharing her experiences with us, and when she was done it felt like my cup had been filled.
After that we had the blogger keynote whih included some of the top bloggers in the game including my blog-crush Afrobella, Denene from MyBrownBaby, Luvvie and many more.
I particularly loved this panel because the bloggers talked about how they got to the top of their game and where they are headed. So awesome.
We went to lunch next which was insanely delicious (pot roast, mashed potatoes, salad, bread–it was so good!) Then it was time for the OraQuick lunch and discussion.
This was a spicy conversation to say the least. OraQuick is an at-home HIV test that gives you results in 20 minutes. There was a very necessary discussion about keeping yourself protected. The panel was fun, engaging and super intelligent.
After that we went to a smaller session on how to engage your Facebook followers–something that I was very curious about! Here are some nuggets from that session:
- Use a call to action on Facebook “Share” “Tweet”
- Everything you do on Facebook should include pictures
- Posts have a life of 4 hours of Facebook
- Figure out what is relevant and has context in your community
- Posting links with powerful images will drive traffic to your site!
After that, I headed upstairs to regroup, then it was time for the session my roomie Lia was speaking at Blogging Your Passion. This was a session about balancing your 9-5 while growig your blogging empire. This was a great session about being more transparent with your employer about your social media skills.
Then we went to The Atlanta Grill which was mehhh. The customer service was outstanding though. The biscuits however shut down any other biscuit that I have ever tried.
After that we headed up and got changed for the 80s Hip hop jam presented by McDonalds. I got fully decked out in my best RUN DMC look and had a blast dancin the night away with my chicas. The DJ was so on point. (You know a DJ is great when ever single time he switches songs the crowd goes “oooooooooooooh”).
We were the last of the crowd to make upstairs and somehow we ended up in another bloggers hotel room and it was 7 of us having some really good soul warming girl chat. It was an unexpected blessing and I was just so happy to be a part of that moment.
That concludes day two of Blogalicious, stay tuned for the third and final day which includes a fun lunch date, and a session that changed me forever.