MOAR Sponsors!

As if our outstanding group of current sponsors wasn’t enough, we have added FIVE new sponsors to the bunch, each bringing incredible support and exciting goodies to the event. Let’s give them a warm welcome!

Austin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau 

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The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau has generously offered to provide our attendees with visitor guides, City of Austin press kit flash drives, and an Austin Volume 12 CD card download. The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau is a destination marketing organization that provides insight for visitors. Their site is for visitors and locals asking tourism-related questions. All you need to know about the great city of Austin is right their on their website. In addition, they have provided us all with links to visitor maps here, and a digital guide as well. 

Follow Visit Austin on Twitter and Facebook!

Leigh Erin Photography

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Not only is Leigh-Erin a close friend of Becca’s since as early as elementary school, but she is a young entrepreneur and phenomenal photographer. We are all passionate about our creativity, and Leigh-Erin Scott is no exception. She will be attending the event in Austin snapping photos of us in action to be shared with the world. After all, what would an event be without tons of pictures to post to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumbler, and Blog to make all of your friends jealous? On top of the photos she will be capturing of us bloggers in the wild, she will also get an official group photo following our speaker session outside of the library that will be available for purchase after the event!

Follow Leigh Erin on Twitter and Facebook!

Speaking of photos, we will be launching an Instagram group closer to the event where you can share your photos from the weekend in real time. There will also be an official BI hashtag for official tweeting purposes! #Selfies encouraged.

Blog Engage

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Blog Engage is a blogging community where all bloggers submit their latest blog articles for exposure, backlinks and traffic. All articles submitted are sent to the upcoming page where users read and vote on the submissions. BlogEngage allows bloggers the opportunity to expand their audience while making valuable connections, which is exactly the kind of thing that Blogger Interactive is down with. It’s part of our own mission! Naturally we were stoked to hear that BlogEngage will be giving all BI attendees free membership to the site (normally 19.99) as well as a discount on advertising packages.

Follow Blog Engage on Twitter and Facebook!

Brother Jon

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Brother Jon is not just a LDS convert and blogging veteran, but he will be gracing us with his presence, and presents at BI this year! The guy can tell a story and is unquestionably “the most incredibly humble Mormon in the entire universe”. If you don’t believe us, just check out his blog here. We have a ton of great swag to bestow upon you all, but it came to us that we didn’t have anything to carry it all in. That’s where BroJo stepped in like a blogging super hero and offered to sponsor us and provide us with the perfect swag bags. Thanks Jon! We can’t wait to meet you.

Follow BroJo on Twitter and Facebook!

Bearsley & Bumski

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Bearsley & Bumski Boutique creates Mush Babushka Jewelry, Lar Photography and Prints, and all kinds of neat and affordable broad cards & notebooks. The official Sips of Jen and Tonic notepads you will all be receiving at the event were created by Dee, the woman and artist behind Bearsley & Bumski. We are delighted to support her Etsy shop (check out the About page here). She has also been wonderful enough to offer everyone (not just BI attendees) 13% off in her store. Coupons will be added to the BI swag bags, but we encourage you to share the coupon code with non attendees as well! The code will be blogint13, and it expires 2/28/14.

Follow Bearsley & Bumski on Twitter!

We can’t believe how many people have rallied behind this event. All of our sponsors have gone above and beyond to do so, and we extend an extra special thank you to them all. Please be sure to give them some love, and again, don’t forget to RSVP to be a part of the beginning of the best blogging conference evar. We are officially less than a month away from getting our real life encounters on!

Free Networking Cards From Moo.com

If you were to ask us to pick a favorite sponsor, we couldn’t do it. From sticker manufacturers to small publishers, our sponsor pool runs the gamut. Today we’re excited to announce that Moo.com is offering FREE* networking cards for those who attend Blogger Interactive.

What are networking cards and why should I care?

Networking cards are similar to business cards, but they’re used exclusively for networking purposes. You can include things like your name, blog address, and social media handles so that those who meet you at Blogger Interactive will know how to contact you afterwards. One of the greatest things about events like Blogger Interactive is the ability to meet like-minded people to collaborate with in the future. Networking cards allow you to exchange your contact information more easily.

How many will I get, and is it really free?

You will receive 50 cards, and the cards themselves are free. There will be a nominal $4.00 USD processing fee. (Note: Add-ons such as nicer/glossier stock may result in additional fees.) Continue reading

Blogger Interactive Merchandise Now Available

Things you already know about Blogger Interactive:

What you don’t already know about Blogger Interactive is that we now have a CafePress store! We realized that people buy customiz gear to remember certain events: rock concerts, marathons, elections, sports playoffs. These occasions are so special that we must walk away with a piece of memorabilia. Blogger Interactive won’t be any different.

Attendees: what better way to commemorate mingling awkwardly with other bloggers than with a BI t-shirt, or keychain? For those not attending: what better way to commemorate not having to mingle awkwardly with other bloggers than with a BI mousepad, or notebook?

You can visit the store here: http://www.cafepress.com/bloggerinteractive

Have a lookie loo around the store, and if you don’t see what you need, shoot us an e-mail. We’ll get it up there in a jiffy. We’re trying to start a Blogger Interactive revolution one t-shirt at a time.

Like what you see in the store, but don’t want to part with your hard earned cash just yet? You’re in luck because Becca is holding a Blogger Interactive sharing contest, and one of the prizes is swag from our new store! Who doesn’t love free stuff? Head on over to her contest post for details. There are some other really great prizes so this contest isn’t to be missed.

Lastly, a few friendly reminders:

Until next time…

Event Itinerary Now Available

We’re amazed how far we’ve come in the few months we’ve been planning Blogger Interactive. What started out as a small group of people hanging out has since turned into an event that will be both fun and educational.

While we had many of the major details figured out early on, there were still a few lingering items we needed to check off our list. The question we’ve been asked most as of recently is, “We know it’s in Austin, but where?” We’re happy to announce that we finally have a schedule of events for you.

Drumroll please…

Meet and Greet

Location: 508 Tequila Bar

Address: 508 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 25th

Time: 8pm-10pm

Featured Guest Speaker Sessions

Meet the speakers

Location: Faulk Central Library

Address: 800 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 26th

Time: 11am-1pm

Send Off Party

Location: HANGAR Lounge

Address: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 26th

Time: 7pm-10pm

The map below shows the location of each venue. Click on it to be taken to the interactive version.

BIMap

For the future, you can visit our Itinerary page (located under Event Details in the menu) which also contains the event schedule.

Need help planning your trip? Our Plan Your Trip page (located under Event Details in the menu) has information on where to stay, where to play and how to save a few bucks while doing it.

Still haven’t RSVP’d? What are you waiting for? Do that here.

We’ll continue to update all of you the closer we get to the date, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please free to contact us.

Meet Our Guest Speakers

We want to start off by thanking everyone who helped us kick off the Blogger Interactive website launch last week! It was exciting to see our hard work come together, and to receive the support of everyone who stopped by, commented and shared.

We know things have been kind of quiet on our end, but that’s because we’ve been busy securing sponsorship and venues, and more recently, we’ve been working with our guest speakers. We’re happy to announce that two experienced, and dynamic individuals have graciously agreed to lend us their expertise for this event, sharing experiences which can help you take your writing to the next level.

Chiara Mazzucco

Our first guest speaker is CEO and Editor-in-Chief at The Indie Chicks, Chiara Mazzucco. One of her mottoes is, “Reach for the sky and when you reach it, keep going.” In addition to her roles at The Indie Chicks, Chiara also does graphic and web design for bloggers, freelancers and start-ups. She believes in the power of the self, entrepreneurship, and giving yourself the life you’ve always dreamed of. She is also the author of “The 9 Mirages of Love”, and a lover of teen dramas.

As someone who started off as a blogger herself, and who now orchestrates some of the best articles on the net (including her own), Chiara can fill us in on what makes a post stand out in the vastness of the internet. Get ready to hear some pro insight on how to captivate your audience and build a sense of community around your site and its readers. With her background in graphic design, she will also be able to share a little bit about the importance of branding your blog through such designs, and answer questions regarding her work.

Julian240Our second guest speaker is New York City writer/musician Julian Gallo. His body of work includes poems and short stories published in about 40 magazines and journals throughout the US, Canada and Europe, and also has 14 books to date: 9 poetry, “Standing On Lorimer Street Awaiting Crucifixion” (Alpha Beat Press, 1996), “The Terror of Your Cunt is The Beauty of Your Face” (Black Spring Press, 1999), “Street Gospel Mystical Intellectual Survival Codes” (Budget Press, 2000), “Scrape That Violin More Darkly Then Hover Like Smoke In The Air” (Black Spring Press, 2001), “Existential Labyrinths” (Black Spring Press, 2003), Window Shopping For A New Crown of Thorns (Beat Corrida, 2007), “My Arrival Is Marked By Illuminating Stains (Beat Corrida, 2007), A Symphony of Olives (Propaganda Press, 2009) and Divertimiento (Propaganda Press, 2009); as well as 5 novels, “November Rust (Beat Corrida, 2007), Naderia” (Beat Corrida, 2011), Be Still and Know That I Am (Beat Corrida, 2011), “Mediteranneo (Beat Corrida, 2012) and “Europa” (Beat Corrida, 2013).

Are you unsure of how to begin a freelance writing career? Have you considered self-publishing, but don’t know where to start? Do you worry about criticism, and how you’ll handle it? As a seasoned professional in this arena, Julian will discuss ways to kick start your writing career, and how to put your written word into book form. He’ll also offer up his opinion on the state of self-publishing, and how he thinks it’s changing the publishing landscape for independent writers everywhere.

We’re delighted to have them on board, and know that the attendees will benefit from their panels. Want to know a bit more about our guest speakers? You can find them all over the web using the following links:

The Indie Chicks website

Chiarra’s Twitter

Julian’s Blog

Julian’s Twitter

Are you interested in speaking at Blogger Interactive, or know someone who is? Reach out and touch us at BloggerInteractive@gmail.com. We’ll be posting venue and events information soon, but until we do, head on over to our Evite page and RSVP ‘yes’.