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The agenda item I am most excited about is the Live Food Blogging. With nine years of past attendance at the Wine Bloggers Conference, I have learned to love that portion of the event. It wasn't always the case.
How I learned to stop worrying and love Live Blogging...
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Here are some quick Live Blogging Survival Tips:
1, First, make sure you have your devices with you and they are charged. A handy thing to have is a device with cell service or Mifi in case the conference center infrastructure gets hit with too many tweets flying out at once.
2, Second make sure you have a stack of business cards handy. Since the time with the producers is so limited, it's great to have an easy way to make a connection.
3. IFBC put the names of confirmed presenters on the website at this handy link. Take a sec and follow them now, and as a bonus you can get a sense of what they are doing currently. It also makes it easier to tweet/Instagram/Facebook later.
4. Fifty minutes. Ten presenters. Five minutes per visit means it will go by superfast. Some presenters are naturally good at this format. They come with signs
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5. Get a table rhythm going. Hopefully one that doesn't savage the presenters. No one likes a "MeanGirl". I mean unless that's your thing...no judgment... #judgment, For the record I sometimes buy Bandit Wine after seeing the Bandit rep expertly handle some drunk, obnoxious wine bloggers. She knew her stuff!
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6, It can be hard to know what to post. Some of the presenters may be focused in areas not of interest to your audience. Whether you are a promoter or a critic, a nice picture and a snappy update are usually easy to find. After all, these passionate producers invested in connecting with us and our audiences. Find something new or fun or interesting. take a snap and post.
7, With live wine blogging, tasting lineups might range from dessert wine to a Pinotage to a cult Cabernet; this has given me vinous whiplash. No hours at home to sip, swish and repeat. Just a few minutes to listen, experience, learn and comment. It challenged me to quickly sample and comment even more quickly. Be prepared to move fast.
I am very curious to see if live blogging wine and food together is easier or harder. Mostly I am looking forward to seeing all the tweets/grams/posts. And also to seeing all the attendees. See you in SMF!
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