I am very excited!
Last year, I registered to go to the Blogging While Brown conference in Chicago, but was unable to attend because I had a personal emergency situation spring up right before the event. I was so disappointed when I saw all of the pictures and feedback from the conference because I wanted to be there and learn tips on how to help my blog grow. I wanted to network and use the opportunity to meet other African American bloggers.
This year, make no mistake! I am officially registered and will be in D.C. to take part in Blogging While Brown! The conference is June 18 through 19th.
I have been asked a few times why I want to attend Blogging While Brown. The answer is simple. At many of the Blogging events that I have either been to or heard of, there are very few minority bloggers in attendance. It is as if we do not exist. At Blogging While Brown, our presence will be highly represented. And while I feel a camaraderie with all bloggers regardless of color, I cannot pretend that I do not long to communicate and network with bloggers that look like me.
During my ‘A Sweet Affair’ luncheon this past weekend, my great friend @Tojosan recognized that there is not much of a presence of African American bloggers at various events, tweet-ups, and conferences that he has attended. He used his blog to discuss my event and speak out about the lack of an African American presence at such events HERE.
I think Blogging While Brown is a wonderful opportunity, and this year, I will be there!
According to the Blogging While Brown website:
The purpose of the conference is to facilitate conversations that lead to collaboration and innovation among bloggers of color, African American bloggers in particular. Emphasis is placed on stimulating interaction between the attendees. All conference activities and events are aimed at fostering a shared experience which forms the basis of new relationships or strengthens relationships already in existence. Those relationships then form the basis of collaborations. Technology is important. The relationship between the attendees is more important.
Are you attending Blogging While Brown? What do you think about the presence or lack thereof of minority bloggers in the blogoshere? Sound off!