Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Conference?
June 19-20, 2014. Our days are filled with learning in keynotes, workshops and panels. Our evenings are filled with networking opportunities. On Saturday evening, we'll host a ceremony to recognize the winners of the 2014 Black Weblog Awards.
What is the conference location?
The 2014 Blogging While Brown conference will be held in Austin, TX. Conference sessions and the Black Weblog Awards will be held at the Parmer Events Center located at 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Is there a hotel room block?
Yes, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Austin at a rate of $179 per night. The Hyatt Regency is located at 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Who should attend Blogging While Brown?
- I am a blogger of color or someone interested in connecting to bloggers of color.
- I am thinking about starting a blog and am looking for advice and guidance from professional.I want to meet my favorite Black bloggers.
- I am public relations, marketing or policy professional who is interested in working with Black social media influentials.
- I want to learn more about digital media content creation.
Take a look at the 2012 Blogging While Brown highlight video.
How do I become a speaker at Blogging While Brown?
Our Call for Speakers opened on November 15, 2014 and will close on January 3, 2015.
I am not a blogger or I am a new blogger. Can I benefit from attending Blogging While Brown?
Absolutely! When you attend the conference one of the revelations we hope you experience is the ability to obtain years of wisdom by having a short conversation with a more experienced blogger or social media professional who has “been there and done that.” The most highly experienced blogger can benefit by problem-solving and sharing ideas with their peers. You’ll learn a lot from the panels, keynotes and workshops, but you’ll have an opportunity to learn even more from the informal interactions you’ll have during meals, social events and the EPIC adventures you and your new blogging friends will have exploring New York City when the conference is not in session.
I am interested in becoming a sponsor. What sponsorship opportunities are available?
Joi Gamble is our Director of Brand Partnerships. Joi can send you a sponsorship deck and talk about customizing a sponsorship package to meet your needs. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I wear?
We get this question every year :). Wear whatever is comfortable. For those who would like more specific guidance- Wear Your Brand! Whether you are a professional blogger, activist or hobbyist, you have a “brand.” We don’t have a dress code, however we do advise you to bring a sweater or a wrap because conference venues are notoriously cold. If you’re still not sure, look through photos and videos of our previous conferences. Some people wear flip flops and jeans while a few wear full business suits. We’re a diverse group brought together by our love of technology- not our choices in fashion.
I’ve never been to the conference before. Are the people friendly?
The friendliest. Although we spend a great deal of time interacting through social media, many bloggers are the only blogger in their family, workplace or social circle. So when bloggers have a chance to be around other people who “get it” or interact in-person with people they’ve been engaging with online for years, they are happy! People pay registration fees, purchase plane tickets and make hotel reservations because they want to meet and interact with new and old friends and colleagues.