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! While 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.
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 print from Yellow Bungalow Shop
A pair of leggings from Agnes and Dora which I immediately wore to the park the next day