Carolina Bloggin’

Another successful Carolina Bloggin’ has come and gone. This year, Teowonna Clifton of  That Teowonna asked me to be a part of the planning committee and I was more than happy to help! I feel this year was even better than last year’s! Can’t wait for the next one (You hear me, Teowonna?). Unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures as I was “working” but I am still going to give my recap:
1.Food: Gervais and Vine was absolutely great! Hospitality, food, attentiveness, willing to help….A+ across the board!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try the main courses, shrimp and grits, pulled pork, and chicken skewers (As Teowonna says, “She’s a NON-MEAT eater.” I would have indulged in the shrimp and grits but it had bacon…no bueno for me.), I did take some leftovers home to my husband and son and they loved it. I did make up for what I couldn’t have with their assortment of appetizers: hummus and pita bread, cheese assortments (one that had smoked salmon and capers in it…yum!), olives, fried artichoke….Oh, the artichoke! So YUM! For desserts: mini éclairs. Great because you can just pop them in your mouth. Bad because….you can just pop them in your mouth. ÉCLAIR OVERLOAD
2. Speakers: Alphonse FM shared tips on podcasting. These are the ones that stuck out to me: you may not be as entertaining as you think, don’t be cheap….invest in good equipment, stay consistent.
Mr. Goodwill Hunting: This man is amazing! Everyone said they felt like they were taken to church! Things that stood out: Be yourself, don’t try to do what other bloggers are doing, and don’t attempt to be famous.
Brad Warthen: His topic was blogging as a compulsion. His blog is a political blog and I remember he stated he is not Team Republican or Team Democrat. Which I feel is important with a political blog because you want to get both points across without swaying the reader. His style of writing may also be due to him being a journalist (he used to work for The State Newspaper).
All the speakers had different topics but one thing stayed the same: Have a passion for blogging.
3.Carolina Bloggies: This year the Carolina Bloggies were added to the luncheon. They were hosted by Ebony Looney of Maker Me Over, Eb, and Chip Oglesby of  his self-titled blog, Chip Oglesby
The big winners were Pee Dee Foodie. They won Blogger of the Year. Along with Best Foodie Blog.

Other winners:
Best Political Blog: Brad Warthen
Best Lifestyle Blog: Hungry Meets Healthy
Best Beauty/Fashion Blog: The Shop Tart
Best Writing in a Blog: The Paper Apron
Best Business Blog: SWEET: A Cupake Company
Best Gossip/Entertainment Blog: The Flossip
Best Parenting/Mommy Blog: Blue-Eyed Bride
4. Sponsors: Thank you to Firefly Vodka and Gervais and Vine!
It was great to meet new bloggers and catch up with old ones. See you next year (ahem, Teowonna)!
Shanika

Living in Columbia, South Carolina and using this blog as my space to share a little insight into my life in what I’m making on the sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, in the kitchen, and elsewhere.

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7 Comments

  1. October 24, 2011 / 7:30 pm

    Had an amazing time!

    Thanks so much for the invitation to participate!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  2. October 24, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    Looks like it was awesome! I had to pick and choose what I could do Saturday so I wasn't able to make it out. Thanks for posting this recap for those of us who didn't make it!

  3. October 25, 2011 / 1:12 am

    in order for your links to work, you need to put "http://" in front of them. 🙂

  4. November 8, 2011 / 3:03 am

    So sorry that I missed it. There was so much going on here that it was impossible to make it. I hope to organize and plan better next year. Thank you for sharing the post on it. Great stuff!!

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