This past weekend I attened the Blogging While Brown conference. It was great overall, but it definitely had both highs and lows. It was amazing to see how much of a vibrant subculture the black blogging community is when brought to one place. (I say black, and not people of color, because the conference’s main focus was on the black community and the majority of attendees were black.) On the other hand, I did feel as though I was an outsider on various levels. I talked to a couple people that were offended when I told them I had not heard of their blog. One guy even welcomed me to the Internet when I told him I was new to blogging. Even as an outsider it was still nice to be in a room of diverse people who were brought together for one simple reasons: being a person of color that blogged. Some people in the room had little to no followers and others made is very well known that they had half a million hits a month.
The highlight of the conference was getting to go to what I thought was going to be the white house. Still, this was by far the most interesting part of the weekend, for both good and bad reasons. 30 minutes after arriving in DC, I had to scurry to what is called the Eisenhower Building. They took us to a room that was filled with Obama photos and a small podium in the front. We spoke to “official” white house representatives, that both gave a brief description of their job and explained to us that we were there because they wanted help with building and bringing people to these new “online live forums” where people could come ask questions and express concerns.