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Blogalicious 5 – Day 2

by Nellie

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”).

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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.

Have you ever been to an 80s themed party? Have you done anything for the breast cancer cause this year?

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28 comments

Allie October 22, 2013 - 6:23 am

So much fun to be had! I love all of this. I think I’ve mentioned like 1,000 times that I can’t wait to go to a blog conference – woohoo!!
I went to an 80s themed party for a friends 30th (so about 10 years ago!) and I dressed as the girl from Flashdance complete with the off the shoulder sweater and leg warmers. My hair was longer then too so I teased the heck out of it. It was a REALLY fun party!!
Can’t wait to hear more about your last day…

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:17 pm

oh my gosh. Please tell me there is a picture somewhere and you can do a post on it?!!!

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Kim October 22, 2013 - 6:49 am

I love your recaps of all of the conferences you go to and this one is no exception!!! Can’t wait to hear about the final day and the life changing information you learned!!!

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:19 pm

thanks Kim!

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Janine October 22, 2013 - 7:31 am

Looked like so much fun and I am always trying to figure out how to get more traffic to Facebook posts, so thank you for sharing this here with us!! 🙂

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Facebook is a tough nut to crack! I am still trying to figure out what works!

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The Dose of Reality October 22, 2013 - 8:02 am

Ooooh, it sounds like an AWESOME conference. I love that you had fun, good food, and learned a lot! (and thank you for passing along those tips. I need to use Evernote more. I have it, but I need to make the most of it) –Lisa

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Evernote is super awesome according to most folks but I need to do better with it too!

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Kita October 22, 2013 - 9:28 am

Loving the recap and you still found some time for exercise love that. I have never been to an 80’s party but I have been to a 70’s one…big difference lol

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:23 pm

omg yes I am very curous about this 70s party………lol

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LaShawn October 22, 2013 - 12:42 pm

The ‘facebook posts have a life of 4 hours” part…….

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:23 pm

I know. FB is the devil most times.

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FitBritt October 22, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Everyone looks so amazing at this conference. I would feel like I needed to get myself together to look that good! A lot of really great points from this conference. Thank you for sharing them with us. The FB one is really helpful. I find that the most difficult for me.

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:24 pm

me too, I am still trying to figure out what works on FB!

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Quiana October 22, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Ooooh biscuits – definitely a weakness for me! Great pics you captured especially of Amy’s outfit (oh and I agree her talk was amazing too LOL!). I was seated farther back (and someday will get a better lens!) and didn’t see the detail. Such fab shoes!

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:34 pm

I know I want them so bad. I was staring at them (and listening to her) the entire time! LOL

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Hope October 22, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Wowsers! I can totally see how the facebook posts have a 4 hrs lifespan. i actually though it may be less. Loving your recap. i love when women can get together and have heartwarming conversations.

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Nellie October 22, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Facebook is so crazy! I totally can’t get it. I need a facebook breakdown from someone!

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Tamara October 22, 2013 - 7:49 pm

I went to an 80’s themed bachelorette party! It was in NYC. Was it the Breakfast Club? Something like that. What a lot of fun! There was even a 90’s room that showed episodes of 90210.

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Carla October 22, 2013 - 10:40 pm

What a wonderful time! I struggle with Facebook. Any tips I can get are good by me although my actual execution needs a little help.

I have not done anything for breast cancer this year. Sad. Although I did actually get my mammogram this year as I’d skipped last year (my mom had pre-menopausal breast cancer so my risk is higher).

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Nellie October 23, 2013 - 8:47 pm

I am not so good at facebook too, I sometimes forget to even post there haha. I am happy you got your mammogram this year. so important!!

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Joi October 23, 2013 - 1:37 am

So much packed in a day! You did that 80s look hun. I feel the connections through your post. I’m better understanding why I need to attend and have that face to face bonding time. Thanks for sharing such a powerful delivery.

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Nellie October 23, 2013 - 8:49 pm

no problem Joi! Hopefully I see you at fitbloggin next year!

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Lia October 25, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Your recap for Day 2 slays! I’m so glad you cam to Blogalicious and had a blast. It was great being your roomie and feeding off your positive energy–it’s contagious! Sidenote: I want to borrow your 9-s outfit STAT!

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Losing in the City October 26, 2013 - 11:59 pm

those biscuits were the truth LOL.. i look like a sweaty mess in the party pic 🙂 fun times..

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Michelle October 29, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Love those nuggets! I am still behind on my blog reading but I had to come back and read your recap!! I’m headed over to part 3 next!

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Sherelle November 11, 2013 - 7:55 pm

I had to come back to this post, as I missed it during my blog break. I just re-lived Blogalicious with this post! I hate I missed Amy DuBois Barnett speak. Great pics too!

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