I can't find my program from the first annual Book Blogger Con, so I'm going to be a little short on details- anyway, I'm sure you can find full accounts of the convention elsewhere, so I'll keep it simple.
Friday at the Javits Center, Michelle from Galleysmith and Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin, along with several other bloggers, organized the first convention exclusively for book bloggers. BlogHer runs its own conventions every year for bloggers, including a separate con for food bloggers, but even at the local BlogHer con a few years ago, I felt sorely outnumbered as a book blogger. So I really appreciate having this convention just for us. And what a convention it was.
Let me just say, the organizers did an incredible job and the day surpassed my expectations in every way. The swag bags were amazing- books, book lights, all kinds of knicknacks- the food was generous and delicious and the sessions were great.
YA author Maureen Johnson gave a great keynote- I'll admit to being nervous at the prospect of a 90-minute address to start the day, but her humor and wit made the time fly. Ron Hogan delivered a thought-provoking discussion on bloggers and professional ethics, and while I didn't agree with everything he said I respect him and his viewpoint.
Lunchtime was laid-back and chatting with fellow bloggers, as well as meeting some of the publicists I've worked with, was a treat. It was great to put faces to names and get to know each other a little better.
After lunch, the panels started. Panelists spoke on topics such as creating content, negotiating relationships with authors, marketing your blog, and social responsibility. I had the honor of moderating the panel on social responsibility and working with awesome, impressive bloggers Wendy of Caribou's Mom, Terry of The Reading Tub, Stephen of Band of Thebes and Zetta of Fledgling. What a treat.
The fatigue from the whole crazy week finally caught up with me and I guess I sort of hurried out at the end of the day, but I had a first-class seat on the Acela waiting for me and it was time to wind down. The whole week was incredible- it was such a great opportunity to turn online friends into real friends, and make new ones, too. Thank you so much to the organizers, the authors and publicists and everyone who contributed to the conference in any way- I feel blessed to have been a part of such a fantastic event.