This past weekend I attended the Black Social Media Summit in Houston Texas. I am from a medium sized town named Beaumont about an hour east of Houston. When I hear of anything to do with social media close to me, I am super excited and try to participate. On top of that, the very first blogging conference that I attended Blogging While Brown, was created by the same creator as the Black Social Media Summit in Houston. I even spoke at the Blogging While Brown Conference 2011 in Los Angeles.
The Black Social Media Summit in Houston was held at the Hard Rock Cafe and about 20 people attended. By my surprise not all attendees were from Houston and surrounding areas. A couple attendees flew in from other states.
There were 3 speakers aside from the founder of Blogging While Brown, Gina McCauley that spoke. Not sure if Gina knew that she inspired me by one small comment or not, but she surly did. I do not live in a metro area. In fact my local area seems to be oblivious to the power or social media. My local news only tweets links and the news anchors are only friends with each other and never actually has conversations with their followers. I want to tell them social is two way communication. Well, Gina stated that her actual hometown is Beaumont Tx. She graduated from the same high school that my daughter is a cheerleader for. I feel just a bit more empowered knowing that someone else from my city is actually successful in the blogosphere.
My goals for attending the summit were to catch up and meet new people from the Houston area. I took a year offline and I want to make sure I keep up with everything that is happening. Sitting at home typing away can sometimes make you a bit blind to the surroundings in the blogosphere. I don’t want to become blind to the changes around me. I also have never put my feet down and really try to utilize my local or surrounding metro area. I feel that I need to possibly try to make deeper connections with the people that are actively participating in social media and the blogosphere in my region.
OK , so do I feel like I accomplished the goals that I made myself for attending the Black Social Media Summit in Houston TX? My answer is YES. I learned about opportunities that are available right there in Houston. I found that in the eyes of Houstonians, Beaumont is the local area. I met and made some amazing connections. And I know my regional journey has just began.
After the Black Social Media Summit in Houston I attended the Black Weblog Awards. Here is a snapshot of the winners.
Necole Kane from Necole Bitchie.com won the blogger of the year award.
I also got to meet and hang out the amazing Brother Jesse.
The best connection I made was Imani from A Tribe Called Curl. She is such a sweet heart. I was debating on getting a hotel room for the night in Houston and she offered for me to stay with her. So to return the favor, Sunday I took her to the Galveston Seawall. I’ll tell yall all about that in my next post.
And this group of ladies is so diverse. They were wonderful and we grabbed some southern seafood for dinner after the Black Weblog Awards. In the grey sweater is Tiffani,who has a show on Blog Talk Radio and podcast called Embrace Life. Her PR rep is hiding behind Imani from A TribeCalledCurl.com and Elaine Gray is on the right in the black. She is an fiction and non fiction writer and blogs at WriterElaineGray.com