We’ve been pretty quiet since the event ended, but that’s just because we’ve been basking in the afterglow of our wild weekend in Austin, Texas. Whatever expectations we had for the event were blown out of the water by what actually took place in the Lone Star State. To say we had a good time is a serious understatement.
We heard the weather had been miserable in the weeks leading up to Blogger Interactive, but Austin must have known we were coming because it was absolutely gorgeous when we got there. The sun was shining, the smell of barbecue was wafting through the air, and music was blaring from every corner. It could not have been a more perfect weekend for our inaugural event.
During the planning of BI, we had wondered aloud how it would be when everyone got together. Would it be awkward? Would people find they had nothing to say to one another? Would we be unable to take our online relationships offline?
On the night of the first meetup, it took about 30 seconds for people to warm up to one another before it was like we had known each other our whole lives. Well, Brother Jon confessed to
thinking we were crazy being a bit shy at first, but was eventually able to relax and enjoy himself. Drinks were flowing, people were mingling, and there was a very relaxed vibe in the air. It helped that 508 Tequila Bar gave us our own private section, one which included an oversized Jenga set, oversized beer pong set and hula hoops.
The next morning we headed to the Austin Historical Society to listen to our featured guest speakers Julian Gallo and Chiara Mazzucco (from The Indie Chicks) share their expertise. Julian gave an informative and inspiring talk on self-publishing, and Chiara gave everyone the kick in the pants they needed to take their writing to the next level.
Everyone went their separate ways after that, but came back together later at HANGAR Lounge, an amazing retro airport-inspired bar. The manager gave us the entire mid-level of the bar, and we spent the night dancing, drinking and lounging around. They started playing Top 40 hits at some point, and a few of the braver BI attendees busted out their best dance moves.
We heard that some BI attendees braved Austin’s famous 6th Street for Halloween festivities, and got quite the eye-opening experience that night. There’s a rumor going around that they saw a lot of nudity, and witnessed a very drunk man swimming around in a city trash can.
Since the event ended, we’ve seen posts from nearly everyone who went chronicling their experiences. You can read them here:
Why You Should Attend Blogger Interactive 2014 (Sips of Jen and Tonic)
Blogger Interactive 2013: A Recap (Julian Gallo)
Say Anything–Blogger Interactive 2013 (A Rich, Full Life In Spite of It)
The Top 4 Things I Learned at Blogger Interactive 13 (SocietyRed)
Blogger Interactive 2013 (Michelle Stodden)
What I Learned During Blogger Interactive 2013 (Brother Jon)
7 for seven (Key + Arrow)
We also reached out to everyone we met, and asked if they would mind sharing some of their pictures from the event. Click here to view a slideshow of those photos.
We also created a survey that we’d love attendees and non-attendees to fill out. It’ll only take a few moments, is anonymous, and will help us make Blogger Interactive 2014 even bigger and badder. Click here to fill it out.
We want to thank everyone who helped make this event possible: our sponsors, our speakers, our attendees, and anyone else who has supported us along the way. We couldn’t have done this without all of you.
Details on Blogger Interactive 2014 and other fun stuff coming soon.