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  1. Terry Grier
    October 21, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I remember that tweet. And as one of the other men there. I thought it was classic and rung true. BlogathonATX is authentic. That word is over used sadly – but I cannot think of a better word. The people there seeking help are authentic and the people providing the help are genuine. That is the secret ingredient for this event. I love it.
    Terry

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    • Ilene Haddad
      October 21, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

      Overused or not, the fact that you described BlogathonATX as “authentic” lets me know that people are starting to really “get” what it is I’m trying to do. Thank you for being a part of it!

      – Ilene

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  2. Ilene Haddad
    October 21, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Thank you, Eric, for writing this post. Every time we put on another BlogathonATX, I question whether all the work and stress are worth it. I wonder if people really care or even notice. Your words not only make me feel good, they let me know that BlogathonATX might be making a difference in Austin’s blogging community.

    I am so lucky to have such smart, enthusiastic and all around nice people (including you) as partners. The sense of pride I feel for BlogathonATX has less to do with the event itself than with the people who help run it and who attend it. To know our planning team and attendees are so dedicated is what gets me through every time.

    It’s funny you should mention the gender ratio at our event. That was one of the first things Bill said when we got home that night. I’ve been wondering if that’s a reflection of just this event, the city of Austin, or of bloggers in general. Whatever it is, I’m glad BlogathonATX is a place where everyone can feel comfortable—women and men; beginners and pros.

    I’m glad you called attention to the inimitable Sherry Lowry. She was there when Blogathon was just an idea and has supported it since its debut in 2010. She’s an Austin original, and I hope that someday BlogathonATX will be considered an Austin original as well. I think we’re definitely on our way.

    – Ilene

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  3. thesuccessfulsinglemom
    October 21, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    You helped to make my first BlogathonATX such a wonderful experience. Thanks again for your help and humor. Hope to see you next year {and sooner!}.

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  4. lleiker
    October 21, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I agree with Eric – I always look forward to BlogAThonATX and my chance to play with food and coffee for a morning. I remember when this whole thing started and Ilene was convinced it wouldn’t last. See, Weenie? You were ahead of your time and continue to be … and we love you for it!

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    • Ilene Haddad
      October 22, 2013 @ 8:24 am

      “Ahead of my time,” or “ignorant masochist?” #fineline

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  5. John McElhenney
    October 21, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    Thanks, Eric, for giving a nice perspective from a nice guy. BlogathonATX is about community, and support, and meeting others. And gosh darn it, it’s about BLOGGING. I always make a point of trying to tackle a post I’d been putting off, and making BlogathonATX my line in the sand. It’s fun to chat with new bloggers and watch the lightbulb go off as you describe a process or way of looking at their writing. I hope Mrs. Weenie continues to put on such a supportive event, and that I am invited to be part of the team again. WIN WIN.

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  6. Evin
    October 22, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    As a relative newbie blogger (Only a few years in) BlogathonATX was my first blogging “conference”. It was fun and I met cool people and nobody conversed with my boobs instead of me. I thought “this blogging world is awesome!”…. then I went to a bigger, more traditional conference. I was shocked at the difference. The Mommy Blogger conferences are just as bad as the “tech douche” conferences, btw. The dudes all want to eff you but the mommies want to eff you up. BlogathonATX is where it’s at.

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    • Ilene Haddad
      October 22, 2013 @ 8:20 am

      That is high praise! Since I haven’t had much to compare it to, I’ve always wondered how BlogathonATX measured up to other conferences. Comments like yours help validate the choices we’ve made along the way to mold Blogathon into what I hope is more than just an event, but a community. Thanks!

      – Ilene

      P.S. You are the wind beneath my wings.

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  7. LuAnn Glowacz (@luannsaid)
    October 25, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    Great post, Eric: nailed it. Kay and I talked about how for those of us who volunteered in the beginning, it is like a family reunion. We may not get a chance to connect throughout the year, but BlogathonATX is where we can catch up and find out how we can scratch each other’s backs once more.Thanks for that, Ilene.

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    • Ilene Haddad
      October 25, 2013 @ 9:39 am

      That feeling of a family reunion is exactly what I was going for, but it’s the people that make it happen. Good folks and good food are only a backdrop for the real value of BlogathonATX. “It’s made of people!!”

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