|Welcome to FABlogCon|
I just got back from the first ever Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas, NV. It was a fun, educational, and inspiring two and half day event that took place at South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa. Jenny Sprague author of Multiple Food Allergy Help and Homa Woodrum author of Oh Mah Deehness are the two masterminds behind the creation of this conference. Thank you Jenny and Homa for the many, many hours it must have taken to pull off such a successful event.
|Tess Masters, Joel Warady, and Annelies Zijderveld|
As a blogger I do not have a boss, no one tells me right from wrong or gives me goals to achieve. I don’t have a review every quarter, get written up when I do wrong, or have someone that pats me on the back for a job well done. I have to be my own boss. This isn’t always easy but it may be why I most enjoyed The Company You Keep presented by Tess Masters The Blender Girl, Joel Warady CMO of Enjoy Life Foods, and Annelies Zijderveld Online Community Manager of Attune Foods. Their advice included reminders to:
- be professional
- be honest
- act with integrity
- have integrity
- be positive
- be interesting
- encourage your passionate readers
- be creative
- create short and long-term goals
|Alisa Fleming – Go Dairy Free|
I also really enjoyed Alisa Fleming’s session HoneSt Pay-Monetizing Your Passion. Alisa is the founder of Go Dairy Free where she sells her book, also the same name, Go Dairy Free. She was very candid about her success in obtaining sponsors, even telling us advertising prices. Some of Alisa’s advice includes:
- respond to every email
- take most, if not all, opportunities in the beginning
- only send media kit when asked for
- e-book should contain 10-30 recipes and be specific to one topic
- publish e-books as chapters
- include links to everything you have accomplished in your books
- end all communication with “however I can help you, let me know”
|Living Confidently With Food Allergy|
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend all of the sessions, one in particular by Dr. Michael Pistiner with Allergy Home. I was fortunate enough to hear Dr. Pistiner speak at the USAnaphylaxis Summit hosted by AANMA in October. One of his projects is a guidebook, Living Confidently With Food Allergy, which I would love to see in every food allergy household. This free guidebook, in my opinion, should be handed out to all newly diagnosed patients.
|Tanya – Allergy Mentor|
Did I mention there were fantastic give-aways too? I had my eye on the KitchenAid Stand Mixer with no such luck. However, Tanya with Allergy Mentor was the lucky winner of this KitchenAid appliance. I think she was a little excited. What do you think??
This conference wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic sponsorship by the following companies:
- Allergic Living
- Enjoy Life Foods
- 1-2-3 Gluten Free
- Attune Foods
- AD Rescue Wear
- Don’t Go Nuts
- Lauren’s HOPE
- Medic Alert
- the No Biggie bunch
- SUN CUPS
- Well Amy
If I had to pick one thing that was my favorite about attending #FABlogCon (which is how it is known on Twitter), it would be the ability to meet and reunite with so many like-minded individuals who all share the same passion. As Donna DeCosta wrote in her post ‘FABlogCon was Fab-ulous!’, we are now known as the FAB family. An example of this FAB family can be viewed on Erica Dermer’s video at Celiac and the Beast.
I would like to thank my husband, James, for believing in me. He not only took the time out of work to accompany me to Vegas but he also never once batted an eye when paying all of the bills that made it possible. Thanks babe.
Last but not least a HUGE thank you to my mom, Ellen, who stayed at home with my boys. Her understanding of my son’s allergies and the importance of epinephrine use is what made it possible for me to go half-way across the country with confidence. Love you Mom!
EBL Food Allergies