Arizona Blogger Meetup

The best thing about being a blogger is that you can work where you want and set your own hours.  However, this also means a lot of isolation with not much of an opportunity to connect with others in your field (yes, I just called blogging a field).  This is why the event we attended a few weeks ago was so amazing.

The Arizona Blogger Meetup Group is a Facebook group that connects bloggers from all around the state of Arizona- although most are located in the Phoenix area.  Once every few months, the leaders of the group host a meetup where we all get the chat (in-pers0n), eat delicious food, learn from other bloggers in fabulous education sessions and win incredible raffle prizes and swag.

Photography in this post that does not appear as an Instagram is courtesy of Photography Hill.

This meetup was held at the Shine space near downtown Phoenix.

Immediately on entering, our lovely hosts greeted us and gave us truly spectacular swag bag!  I didn’t know how amazing it was until I opened it at home.  Those details later.

The leaders of this event were the lovely Chrissy, Deidre, Kayla and Camille.  Please click on their names to check out their amazing blogs!  Meetup-HostsWhile mingling, we perused the fantastic giveaway table.  My favorite was this beautiful necklace from To Adorn:

And this one from DownEast Basics:

I was not lucky enough to win either.  However, I am now in search of a new chunky necklace.  I haven’t decided if this is a good or bad thing.

We were also treated to some delicious food.


I loved these chocolate breads from Proof Bread.

After some networking and trading of business cards, we got to pick from four classes that were to be offered for two sessions a piece. Megan and I decided to split up so that one of us could attend each class.

My first class was on branding your blog , taught by Reachel of Cardigan Empire.

She discussed the concept of being “smashable.”  To explain this, she described a coke bottle.  If you smashed a coke bottle against a wall, how small of a piece could you pick up and still be able to recognize it as part of a coke bottle?  This also pertains to a blog.  How small of a section could you look at from your blog and still tell that its yours?  Are you consistent throughout?  Are readers able to recognize your work, your writing, your photos if they look at only one post?

To be smashable, you have to know exactly who you are, what you represent and who you are not.  We were given a large list of adjectives and asked to circle five that describe our blog now, five that describe what we are not and five that describe where we would like to be.  JoAnn-branding-session

My second class was taught by Stephanie from Life Created.  Stephanie gave us lots of tips for photo styling.  I learned that the best angles to take a picture are bird’s-eye, 30 degrees and eye-level.  I’ve been trying to take more pictures at these angles.

We got one picture together at the event. I feel like it a prediction for the future of Whimsicle.

We met tons of fabulous bloggers on this Saturday afternoon  It is so amazing to actually meet someone that you know online.  When I got home, I opened my swag bag to discover.. amazingness!!  Packed in a canvas bag from Lawless Denim was:

a Pumpkin Brownie from FairyTale Brownies

a pair of gray, fleece-lined leggings from Pink Blush

A notebook from Tiny Prints especially designed for this event with artwork from Beth Allen Art and lettering by Strawberry Mommycakes

A print from Yellow Bungalow Shop

A pair of leggings from Agnes and Dora which I immediately wore to the park the next day


 What would you have most enjoyed about this event?

JoAnn Crohn

CEO/Founder at No Guilt Mom
JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker who appears in national media. Work with her personally in Balance VIP

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  1. What an amazing meetup! I Love meeting other bloggers and forming a community where we can all help each other. It’s especially nice when you’re able to meet them in real life!

  2. This is awesome! One day I will find a blogger meet up closer to where I am. They look like so much fun!

  3. This looks like it was a great meetup! I really want to attend something like this soon. I like the coke bottle analogy a lot! I’ll have to think of my blog in that way.

  4. I kept seeing these kinds of pictures on instagram and I cannot believe I missed out on this meet up! Looked like so much fun!

  5. I was beyond bummed I could not make it to this meet up (it was my 5 year wedding anniversary that day) but I hope to see you at the next one! 🙂

  6. Looks like you guys all had a really good time! The San Francisco Bay Area has one tonight, so it’ll be fun to go and party with a ton of babes!

  7. Sounds like a great event. I always love meeting others with the same interests and learning new things. Sounds like this event was both — with presents!

  8. What a wonderful meetup! The pictures are great and sounds like you had so much fun! I think for me the best thing would have been to meet other bloggers and network with them. I really wish I had that opportunity.

  9. This looks like a super fun event! I would love to learn more about photo styling because I want to do more styled shoots at home. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I definitely want to learn more about photo styling. Especially how bloggers get those amazing looking backgrounds on their product shots. I think there is some secret I’m not aware of.

  10. What a great meet up! I wish I could find more bloggers in my area! Haven’t met very many or any really.

    1. The year has gone by way too fast! I love meeting other bloggers though. So cool to see others do the same things I do 🙂

    1. This was my first meetup and I just attended my first blogging conference this past weekend at Blended. Which conference are you planning to attend Kristine?

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