Later that day I received a message from ArtSeaChic stating it was her first time as well. I replied “awesome, can’t wait to meet you!” We discussed the various breakout sessions that were going to take place in between the meetings. We were going to attend the same sessions except for one. She informed me there were a handful of bloggers that she was going to meet and asked, if I would like to join them, of course I stated yes and she added me to their Facebook thread. From there, we introduced ourselves and eagerly awaited the conference. My uneasiness slowly faded away.
|Welcoming Entrance Sign|
When I arrived at the conference I informed everyone that I was there and would meet them for registration. Registration started at 6 p.m. and the Welcoming Reception started at 7 p.m. so we all agreed 6 p.m. would be our meeting time. When the time came for me to go register, my uneasiness slowly tried to reappear but I once again pushed it out of my mind and headed to register.
|Artseachic and I|
|Fresh Fruit and Fruit Kabobs|
|Plantains w/Mango Salsa|
The next morning I woke up earlier than usual, excited about the day’s activities. I had a full day ahead of me so I went down early to survey the meeting room. I had my laptop, so I wanted to make sure I could sit close to a wall outlet. I wanted to stay connected because I had a lot of tweeting to do throughout the sessions of all the valuable material I was learning.
|Blog Elevated Founders|
|Brands and Bloggers PR Panel|
|Meet and Greet|
|Kroger's Finest for the Night|
|Strawberries dipped in chocolate (yummy) and other goodies|
|Giveaway gift baskets from Kroger's worth $250.00|
|Goodie Bags from Kroger's|
|Amazing "FREE" products from Kroger's|
|New Blogging Friends|
|PhilaTravelGirl and I|
|Bloggers listening to a presentation|