Ilene Haddad (aka: IleenieWeenie) began using social media in 2008, and it’s been downhill ever since. Between updating her Facebook status and checking in with friends on Twitter, she runs a busy graphic design business and hosts various community events centered around blogging and social media.
To help alleviate the isolation often experienced by business owners working from home, she started a casual coworking event at a restaurant in central Austin. Each week anywhere from 8-20 people get together for a couple of hours to work, socialize and collaborate in a casual atmosphere.
In the summer of 2010 Ilene presented the first #BlogathonATX. Entrepreneurs, educators, personal bloggers and professionals from some of the areas largest employers rubbed elbows with Austin’s brightest blogging experts and social media enthusiasts. Featuring areas for brainstorming, panel discussions, tech support and open blogging, this popular event reached more than 10,000 people in the social media universe through tweets, blog posts, Livestream and Facebook updates.