True story – I’ve had visions of trying to organize an equestrian bloggers conference one day. Another true story – that’s a pretty big undertaking. However, I was talking with my local blog buddy Jen from Wyvern Oaks about how cool it would be if we all get together, and then we got to brainstorming…
You are invited to an equestrian bloggers weekend in Austin, Texas!
Jen and I, and possibly the super cool $900 Facebook Pony (depending on the weekend) would like to host you awesome horse bloggers for a weekend of fun in the lone star state.
What happens on a bloggers weekend?
While there’s no firm itinerary yet, we have ideas for fun things like group dinners, pony time with the real stars of our Austin based blogs, tack store shopping, Texas BBQ, wine tasting, and of course the standard Austin tourist favorites that everybody visiting the city should see! Mostly we enjoy some time meeting face to face and yakking about our favorite subject!
But where will I stay?
The two of us are immediately prepared to host a decent sized group of people. Depending on how many bloggers are interested could mean some creative sleeping arrangements (my house is super tiny y’all) but so long as we don’t get 100 million people wanting to come there are places to stay. Essentially, first come first serve on free hotel via the Mauldin Bungalow and Wyvern Oaks. Note that we both have pets (I have dogs, and Jen has dog/cats) so if you’re allergic, you may need to find an alternate place to stay.
What will I have to pay for?
Getting here will probably be the most expensive, honestly. From my experience, you can expect to pay $200-$300 for a plane ticket to the Austin airport from other major airports. Of course, that varies.
Once you’re here, expenses will be pretty minimal. Bring some extra money for food and shopping, but we’ll provide at least one dinner and breakfast as well as a lot of shuttle service to and from places.
When is this craziness happening?
That’s a good question. We wanted to pick something in the winter since show seasons aren’t ramping up across the US, and the weather is really nice in Austin especially for you northern folk. Right now we have a couple of dates in mind:
– February 13th – 15th 2015
– February 27th – March 1st 2015 ($900 FB has a conflict this weekend 🙁 )
Though many places up north don’t show much in February, we actually have two show weekends we’re trying to work around and of course stuff in our normal personal lives!
Am I really invited?
If you read my blog consistently, interact with me through the comments or my Facebook page and don’t secretly want to kill me in my sleep – you are really invited. Even if you can’t come the whole weekend, would love for any semi-local Texas people to drive in for the day to meet up!
The blogging community is great, and we don’t get much face time. This could be something really cool many of use could treat as a vacation, and who knows… maybe a blogger weekend could be held in your city in the future and I’ll show up 🙂
Please discuss in the comments your thoughts, and we also created a horse bloggers weekend survey for people to fill out (please only once!). I know it’s not possible for everyone to travel, but I’d love to hear your thoughts in general and if this is something you’d possibly be interested in!