2016 Blogging While Brown Conference

After several months of anticipation, I finally arrived at the 8th annual Blogging While Brown Conference held at George Washington University in D.C. This was not only my first time attending a Blogging While Brown event, but it was also my first time in D.C. When I signed up I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been to a lot of conferences and events and typically, people of color are highly underrepresented, so Blogging While Brown (BWB) was definitely a culture shock.  The schedule was jam-packed with more than thirty general sessions and  breakout sessions to choose from. I was particularly impressed with sessions led by Ty Alexander of Gorgeous In GreyDavida Arnold of Girl Game Changer & She Knows Media, and  Arsha Jones of Brand. Build. Sell & Capital City Mambo Sauce & Tees In The Trap.

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Day 1

Friday, July 15, 2016

  • Opening Party!

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DAY 2

Saturday, July 16, 2016

  • Opening Remarks & Occasion presented by Blogging While Brown

  • Blogger Entrepreneurship Keynote presented by Arsha Jones

  • Discoverability, the Differentiator that Matters FIRST in a Crowded Marketplace presented by Lucrecer Braxton, Davida Arnold

  • Sponsored Breakout

  • Attendee Meetup/Dreamup

  • Workshop: How to Be a Podcasting Rock Part I presented by Libsyn

  • Don’t Get Got! Simple and Effective Ways to Keep Your Web Presence Secure

    presented by Ann Daramola

  • Mobile UX for Bloggers presented by Naya the Creative

  • Sponsored Content 101: How Publishers & Brands Can Get Sponsored Content Right presented by Ty Alexander

  • Attendee Meetup/Dreamup

  • Learn from My Mistakes: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started a Blog presented by Ebony Ajima Maddox

  • Politic365 Panel: Politics, Policy, Social Justice

  • Black Weblog Awards (See the ceremony here) presented by Blogging While Brown, Dancehall Queen Bee, Winnie Caldwell and Sarah L. Webb

  • Storytelling: How Blogging Transformed My Life presented by Linal Harris

  • Attendee ExcursionGirl Game ChangerGina-McCauley-Blogging-While-Brown

DAY 3

Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Opening Remarks

  • Storytelling – PIVOT: How to Successfully Rebrand Your Blog presented by Vashti Patrick-Joseph

  • General Session

  • Attendee Meetup/Dreamup

  • Think Small, Create Big in 30 Minutes presented by Alexzandria Cormier-Hill

  • Engaging Audiences, while Increasing Content Monetization presented by Carlos Nai

  • Attendee Meetup/Dreamup

  • 5 Steps to Explode your Instagram & Facebook audience presented by Shazzy Fitness

  • Smarter Reporting presented by Davina “Dayvee” Sutton

  • Attendee Meetup/Dreamup

  • Productivity Tools You Need to Soar on Social Media

    presented by Cari Rene

  • Video Livestreaming to Leverage Your Business presented by Monique Johnson

  • Writing Your First Book presented by Stefanie Newell

  • Black Enterprise Panel

  • State of the Digital Space Keynote Panel presented by Blogging While Brown, L. Michelle Smith and Sarah J. Glover

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Sitting in a room full of bloggers, authors, and business owners of color was a powerful experience I’ll never forget. The opening remarks of Gina McCauley, BWB founder really set the tone for the entire conference and in the end, I walked away feeling empowered, connected, and part of the BWB family.

What’s been you experience with blog conferences and events? Any you do or don’t recommend? 

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jay Colby says:

    This event sounds like a great opportunity to network with other bloggers and entrepreneurs. I have been trying to connect with more bloggers recently to grow my blog to the next level.

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    1. Dāsha says:

      Hi Jay🤗 Blogging really is all about community; I’d be lost without my blog tribe. I highly recommend Blogging While Brown events, Gina’s next event will be in Austin during SXSW. I’ve had good experiences joining Facebook groups ( especially ones led by locals) and blog collectives. Good luck😉

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      1. Jay Colby says:

        That’s sounds great I would love to attend. Do you have any suggestions on what Facebook groups I should join. Also of you have some free time can you check out my site and give me some feedback?

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      2. Dāsha says:

        If you’re looking for some site traffic and comments I recommend FB group called bloggers supporting bloggers. But for a true connection and networking search for one’s led by locals. Many will have your cities name as part of the FB group name. You can easily figure out who your local creatives are by searching through instagram using local hashtags. Sure, I’ll check out your blog.

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      3. Jay Colby says:

        Thank you I will definitely check them out.

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