Over one weekend early in November last year, about 80 bloggers from across Australia descended on Perth and Perth City Farm in particular to attend the fourth national food bloggers conference, Eat Drink Blog. The events of the day was very well documented with a constant stream of activity across various social media channels. And for one brief, shining moment the conference hashtag #EDB13 trended on Twitter in Australia.
Not a bad result for what is admittedly a niche conference, organised with no budget, by 5 people.
That positive vibe was further reinforced by conversations with various delegates, past conference organisers and sponsors throughout the day. Well beyond the conference proper, there was the stream of follow up blog posts conference attendees. Each with a different perspective, learnings and opinions. Each, generating more discussion and comments. Proof positive that my co-organisers and I have done something right. This thing that gestated for a better part of a year was welcomed and loved and appreciated.
Now that the buzz from the conference has subsided, and the incumbent committee is preparing to hand the reins over to the next, it's time to step back and reflect. While I've organised many events and get togethers in my time, this was my first conference. So, here are some impressions, in no particular order, on organising Eat Drink Blog - from the other side - as it were:
Organising a conference is hard. Obvious point, but one that needs to be made. There's a million details big and small that needs attention. The planning and organisation is also made that much more