We had the opportunity to attend five classes each day. I chose to skip a class each day to regroup and rest up (6 hours' worth of classes made me feel like I was in high school again!), so I attended a total of 8 classes. Here's the agenda to give you an idea of what I could have done: Vida Vegan Con Agenda.
Here are the classes I ended up attending on Day One:
1. Travel Panel, with Vegansaurus, Healthy Voyager, Stumptown Vegans, Super Vegan, and moderated by VegNews' Colleen Holland.
|the panel (L-R): Colleen, Laura, Samantha, Carolyn, Webly, Jason|
|Colleen, the moderator|
-when traveling to a city, Google the city name + "vegan blog" to find local restaurant reviews and tips
-a bad review of a vegan restaurant does not promote veganism
-when writing a review, say something good, something bad, and then end on a good note
2. Nutrition Panel, with The Vegan RD, Veg Food and Fit, Choosing Raw, Bryanna Clark Grogan and moderated by The Oregonian's Grant Butler.
|the handout on vegan vitamin supplements|
|Choosing Raw and the top of Veg Food and Fit's head|
|Bryanna Clark Grogan|
|The Vegan RD|
-veganism can be sustainable for life if you eat right
-olive oil is good for you and it makes food taste good!
-people tend to turn the raw diet into a purity contest; it isn't necessary to be consumed with percentages when eating raw foods
-give people tasty vegan food and they will be surprised by it and possibly change their own habits
-there are so many ways to be an activist - talking about nutrition is one way, as is cooking delicious food for omnivore friends
-to incorporate raw foods into your diet, serve them as your side dishes (vegetables, soups, salads) and cook the main dish
-moderation is key for everything
-you don't have to buy organic to be a vegan
3. The Accidental Journalist, with Vegtastic Voyage, Vegan Moxie, and Vegans on the Move.
-the longer a piece is, the less likely someone will keep reading it (keep in mind the economy of language)
-remember skills you learned in grade school, like using a paragraph for one topic, then transitioning into a new subject and new paragraph
-consistency is key: choose your style and go with it; you'll keep readers by being you and letting your voice be heard
-request permission to post someone else's recipe on your site
-read aloud, walk away for an hour and come back, then hit "publish"
-have someone else read your blog for any feedback
4. Dating and Mating Panel, with The Spicy Vegan, Super Vegan, Epicurious Vegan, Heartichoke Supper Club, and moderated by Grant Butler.
|(L-R): Grant Butler, Super Vegan, Spicy Vegan|
|(L-R): Super Vegan, Spicy Vegan, Epicurious Vegan, Heartichoke Supper Club|
|(L-R): Epicurious Vegan, Heartichoke Supper Club, other half of Super Vegan|