Hi Everyone! We’ve got our official speaker list finalized and will be posting it and the hour by hour agenda for the conference before the month is over. There will be a “blogging” track that covers things like monetizing, self-publishing, and working with brands and a track related to disease management and new research so even if you don’t have a blog you will find topics to engage and inspire you. Jenny remarked to me the other day that she cannot wait to see everyone in the same room – it is going to be great!
Looking for a Hotel Roommate?
Speaking of same rooms, we have been working with Cheryl, the founder of Freedible (a great new online community designed to allow those of us that deal with food restrictions to connect and share), to offer attendees to potentially share hotel room expenses. As you know, we are being hosted at the South Point Hotel and Casino so we’ve secured a fantastic group room rate (here’s a custom link, or reference the code FOO1102) so that if there are one or two people in a room you’ll be able to stay for $80* per night for November 1st and 2nd but only $50* per night for November 3rd and 4th. If you add a third person to a room the rate increases by $20 per night which is still a great deal! Since the rate stays the same whether there is just one person in a room or two, we needed a way to allow attendees to connect and make plans and Cheryl (thank you so much!) was able to help us set up a private Freedible group you can post to.
Just join Freedible (if you haven’t already, it is free), be sure you’re logged in, and put in a request to be added to the group. We’ll check requests against our list of registered attendees and approve you. Only other members that are logged in will be able to see posts to the group and you can private message on the site to work out all the details! You don’t have to stay on the hotel property to take advantage of this private group, we don’t have a group rate anywhere else in town but please contact us if you are looking for a local hotel with, say, in room cooking options. We will mention we’ve been working with Chef Keith Norman (be sure to send us an email about any restrictions/requests you have so we can keep you in mind!) and the plan right now is that in addition to the food we’ll provide at the conference, the hotel restaurants will have some options that may suit many of you!
*There is an additional $14 per night resort fee plus taxes that are not included in the group room rate. The resort fee has benefits that include: Complimentary in-room WIFI/internet, Complimentary Fitness Center access, Complimentary Airport Shuttle, Free local/toll free phone calls, Complimentary printing of Boarding Passes (great idea!), Complimentary WIFI in Business Center, and Complimentary parking and valet.
Two Ways to WIN Tickets to the Conference!
We have a FARE walk team that will be gathering on the morning of November 2, 2013 to participate in the Nevada FARE Walk (FABlogCon will have their own booth and rumor has it that we’ll be handing out an exclusive postcard to walkers!) and the highest fundraiser at the end of June 2013 was Selena of Amazing and Atopic. Selena had already purchased her conference ticket and asked if she could give away the one she won on her blog so if you haven’t already purchased a ticket you can head over there and enter!
Also, this month we are giving away a conference ticket to the highest fundraiser on our walk team at the end of July 2013! For this giveaway, if you’ve already purchased a ticket you can give your winning ticket away or we can refund you the price you paid for your ticket. Also, even if you can’t make it on the morning of the walk, virtual walkers are welcome and encouraged. So you can still raise funds and awareness for FARE (a Gold Presenting sponsor of FABlogCon). We are hoping to raise $1,000 as a team before the deadline to qualify to have our logo appear on the walk t-shirts. Be sure to register any children walking with you as they will get a free shirt without logos just for participating. For every $100 our team raises, an adult team member will earn a free shirt as well, it will be the perfect souvenir!
After the July 2013 ticket giveaway, you can still win great prizes for fundraising with our team, we are so excited to be able to offer these options. At the conference itself we’re going to be giving away, among other things, a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and a Vitamix blender (stay tuned to learn how).