I know this post is a little late, but I have been sick due to the horrible weather we experienced during the conference. Before leaving for the conference I actually had bronchitis and an ear infection. I went in to Urgent Care the Monday before the conference so that I could try to get better to be able to leave on that Friday and was given some antibiotics to clear things up, but where I went wrong was not finishing up my meds and then heading to Austin without them only to get sick again…but nevertheless I’m feeling a whole lot better now.
My experience at Texas Style Council was overall an OK one. I was able to actually meet some of the bloggers that I follow and it was great being able to meet them in person and they were just as humble and down to earth as I imagined them to be. I’m sure that this will be my one and only time attending because I don’t agree with how some things played out. There wasn’t any diversity meaning not any African American on panel and we all know there are so many out there to choose from so that was a bit shocking to me..well sorta kinda, but expected. What I didn’t like about the conference period is if you aren’t considered an “experienced blogger” (which is silly to me because no of us are famous or anything like that and we each start out in the same place) you are basically looked at as a no one, but I was under the impression that it wouldn’t be that way. I know for sure that I won’t be attending again next year because of how I didn’t agree with certain things. I had met the organizer personally one other time a few months before at a Grand Opening in San Marcos and I was very friendly and nice to her and so was she, but during the conference I walked into the the Swap on Day 1 and ran right into her as I came in through the door and wasn’t even greeted with a smile even after I tried speaking to her, but I got nothing and it continued that way for the remainder of the weekend. As an event organizer if no one else is expected to be friendly, the organizer should be no matter what. I believe it’s just common courtesy…wouldn’t you agree?! It’s not a US vs. THEM!! At least to me anyways.
On the flip side there were some things that I did appreciate. I enjoyed the thrifting experience and all the advice and pointers the bloggers spoke on. I also enjoyed the swap on Friday when we arrived and the Posh Party that Saturday as well. It was great getting all dressed up taking pictures, mingling and having laughs with my new friends that I had made during the conference.
I wasn’t going to write this post because I was unsure of how it would be perceived, but this is how and I feel and I’m entitled to express my feelings because this is “my” blog. I’m not bashing anyone by all means, but it just didn’t sit well with me and it made me feel very unwelcome to an event that I actually paid for. Aside from that there also wasn’t much representation in regards to plus size and I was also surprised by that too only because we all come in a variety of shapes and sizes and that would have also been nice to see. Other than that I did meet so many AWESOME bloggers and made some new friends as well at that I appreciate. It was definitely great networking with everyone!
Again no hard feelings these are just my thoughts and that’s just it! It’s very unfortunate, but it would be nice to see more diversity in the blog world with more black fashion bloggers, because we each do the same. Many are unrecognized and it’s very upsetting.
Juanette from Fashionettework
Reiko from God’s Favorite Shoes
Kourtney from Cheap, Chip & Curvy
Tanvii from The Fabulous Life of Not-So-Rich and Infamous
What are your thoughts on this…please share?!?!
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