About a year ago, Bree and I met over lunch and reminisced over conferences that had “retired” like Texas Style Council (we didn’t know at the time that there was one conference left in it!), Blissdom and the Houston Blogger Symposium. By the end of the lunch, we had resolved to create a conference all on our own, name it “Thrive,” and to host it in February 2015. We were so nervous to announce Thrive to you all. Little did we know, things would completely take off. I had experience planning events before, but the thing I was most nervous about what the support from my fellow bloggers. Would people come? Would they like the conference? What would they want to see? What should I wear? (You know, only the most important questions…)
Before we knew it, February was here and it was time for the conference. Obviously with this being the first time, there were kinks to work out, but overall things went well. REALLY WELL. In fact, things went better than we expected. After following along with #thriveblogcon, so many people started asking us about having a conference in 2016. Once the weekend ended, there was never any question in my mind about whether or not we would host the conference again. For me, it was so rewarded to see veteran and newbie bloggers all mingling in one room, swapping stories, tips and snapping selfies. The opportunity to work with so many amazing speakers and sponsors was something that I definitely wanted to do again.
That’s why I’m so happy to announce that THRIVE IS BACK IN 2016! *cue fireworks*
We are so excited to share this exciting opportunity with our blogging community once again. All of your support and encouragement throughout the whole process gave us such enthusiasm to come back and plan our second conference.
So, what’s different about this year? Thrive is going to have the same bones in 2016 as it did in 2015. It’s a one (and a half) day conference, starting on Friday, February 26, with an awesome opening party and sessions all day on Saturday, February 27. Most sessions will take place in the same room, allowing everyone to absorb the same information without having to choose between sessions. You can also expect fantastic and inspiring speakers, just like last year.
The differences? Well, we have a new home! And when we say “new,” we really mean NEW! It’s being built for us!
Okay, okay… it’s not being built FOR us. But we will be one of the first conferences hosted at the brand new Embassy Suites The Woodlands/Hughes Landing. The hotel opens in December 2015, and we are so excited to partner with them to make Thrive 2016 come to life! Each guest staying at the hotel will stay in a two room suite, get complimentary breakfast AND complimentary drinks at the cocktail reception each evening. Swanky, right? (Information on ticket prices and hotel accommodations can be found on our website.)
Also new this year is our Marketplace. We had a small marketplace last year, but this year it is going to be bigger and better! Get ready to meet with some amazing brands, you guys. They are ready to meet with bloggers and to work with you! Check out our sponsors last year to get a feel of what to expect in 2016.
Are you just as pumped as we are about Thrive 2016? Use #readytoTHRIVE to help spread the word! Thank you all so much for your continued support to make Thrive happen once again. We can’t wait until February 26!
What speakers and sessions are you most wanting to hear about in 2016?