Surprising Amanda Fact: I don’t really mingle. Frankly, I really hate it. On the Myers-Briggs test, I test in squarely in the introvert section. So going to a conference all alone where mingling is expected is a quite daunting proposition.
Many months back, I signed up to go to Food Blog South 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. I was excited at first, but the closer to Saturday I got the more unsure I became. But on Friday, I put on my big girl pants and drove down to Birmingham.
Thankfully fate brought me a lovely present. Sitting alone near the back of the main ballroom, I looked to the side and saw my friend, Elise. She was at the event for work, and neither of us knew the other would be there. Hazzah – I had a buddy!
Knowing that I wouldn’t have to eat alone lunch, I relaxed and settled into a day of speakers talking my favorite subject. :)
I bookended my day with two of my favorite bloggers – Adam from the Amateur Gourmet and Kenji the Chief Creative Officer for Serious Eats. While I won’t bore you all with the details of each session – You’ll have to pay your own way for that. I will say how inspiring it was to meet so many people who have the same passion as I do.
The folks at Food Blog South put on a great day – very organized, very professional. This conference was a blast. While I didn’t go out of my way to mix and mingle like I probably needed to, I was able to meet several people and hand out a few business cards. I hope that when I return next year, I’ll feel a little more confident with this fledgling food blog.