What I Loved Most About Blogging While Brown {and my first trip to Harlem, NY}

Last week at this time, I was trying to decide what to pack – and was excitedly anticipating attending my first Blogging While Brown conference.

My bestie Mimi sent me the link sometime last year and we decided to attend together.

I love having a bloggy friend to share these adventures with {next up is BlogHer} and it truly was a great time had by all.

The moment I arrived in Harlem and started to get my conference on, I totally knew I was in the right place.

This was Blogging While Brown’s seventh conference and I can’t believe I didn’t know about this sooner {although I’ve only been blogging since April 2013 I would’ve loved to attend last year}.

Needless to say, this was just my first of many as I completely see this being an annual trip.


There was no Starbucks near the Shomburg Center and I had to settle for Dunkin Donuts – criminal, I know. Lol.

What I loved about the conference

The business of blogging pre-conference session started me off right – and got me to thinking more about all the great things I’m working on with my forthcoming book, eCourse, and premium content library.

It was great to feel the reassurance that I know what I’m doing and I’m on the right track.

I take for granted that I’ve over-educated myself {more on this in a later post} and I’m an internet–relationship–education-based marketing ninja at this point. If only I could get around to implementing all these great things… progress is happening though. *yea!*

My favorites – hard to choose but this is what spoke to me the most – were the sessions with Jullien Gordon; Lamar & Ronnie Tyler; and Elisa Camahort Page. Each of these sessions reaffirmed that I’m using my blog wisely to build my audience – which will in turn support my business.

Now, on to the networking

The best part of going to any conference {in my opinion} is the networking. Especially when you’ve already interacted with folks online – and you are now able to put a real life person to their twitter handle. Lol.

One of the many highlights for me was meeting Christine St. Vil of Moms ‘N Charge. She is such a beautiful soul – I absolutely love her and can’t wait to collaborate in the future.

I also met the fabulous Dr. Drai who is a hoot! Loads of fun, a great person, and very knowledgable doctor. He was letting us in on all sorts of little known facts {some of which we’ll be sharing in a Google+ Hangout soon} – and I just love him!

There’s nothing better than making real connections with people that you will know for many years to come.

And then there was Harlem

Of all the many times I’ve been to New York, it’s always been in the City. I’m usually there to see a show or to shop and so I’ve never really ventured out of the Times Square/Manhattan area.

It was a real treat to wander around Harlem for a day.

The infamous Apollo Theater: I love seeing landmarks live and in person – so cool.

Our visit to Carvins Mini Donuts was Ahhh-Maze-Ing. Little bites of heaven. If you’re ever in Harlem, you MUST stop by and give this shop some love. Your mouth will thank you for it. *and you can thank me later*

Mimi and I also had a delicious lunch at Red Rooster; complete with a cute little cappuccino to top it all off. *oh yea!*

Looking forward

I truly enjoyed my first experience at Blogging While Brown and I look forward to what’s on the horizon as a result of getting clear on my goals and strategy, making strategic connections, and having an all-around good time.

I want to hear from you!

Since I know I’m missing out on a few, tell me what your favorite conferences are. And what you normally aim to achieve when attending these types of events. Please leave me a comment below and let’s have a discussion.

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  1. I am so happy you really enjoyed this. I am also happy that you already had yourself going in the right direction. It had to be fun visiting Harlem. I have never been there. Thank you for sharing this. I wish you the best.

  2. I would love to visit Harlem. The people and the history, I just find places like this amazing to visit. And the food has to be amazing! Love hereing about you visit!!

  3. Awww I’m all late but just now seeing this post! This is such a great recap and thank you so much for your sweet words. I feel the same about you so we definitely need to connect soon 🙂

  4. Loved meeting you + Mimi!! It was a fun first experience at this conference for me! Also – going to Mom 2.0 Summit next year and trying to see if I can swing ALT Summit as well! Heard great things about Blogalicious though too!

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      Hi Amber! Meeting you was definitely one of the highlights of BWBNYC – you are a great lady and made the conference a lot more fun for me. You are getting your conference on! I’m not sure if I will be making any other than BWB next year – I gotta get this book eeked out and have a bunch of other goals to check off the list. BUT, I’m sure we’ll meet again (and will certainly keep in touch).:-D

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