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…

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’.

Blogger Interactive is in Full Force

Those of you who follow Becca from 25toFly and Jen from Sips of Jen and Tonic know that there has been some serious buzz about a blogger meetup going on for the past few months. The event was proposed, locations and dates were thrown out, and a vote was taken. Excitement ensued.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the idea for an event like this came about after we kept seeing blog posts detailing meet ups between individual bloggers. That got us to wondering if there was a way to get all of our favorite people in the same place at the same time. It was then we decided to create a larger event to help more bloggers connect beyond their URLs.

In honor of the awesomeness of this event, we decided to give Blogger Summit (formerly Blogger Meetup) a major makeover, and are excited to announce the launch of the official Blogger Interactive site!

We created this space to house all information and updates regarding our first annual event in Austin, TX this October 25-27th. This is where attendees and supporters can come to keep updated on the who, what, when, where, and how of the big weekend. We also want to use this space to showcase our lovely participants; get acquainted through our forums, and give us suggestions and feedback on what you want to see at Blogger Interactive 2013 and future Blogger Interactive events.

This event is completely open to all bloggers, prospective bloggers, and friends and supporters of bloggers everywhere. Our attendee list is growing, but there is no cut off for the number of people who can attend. Just be sure to RSVP through our official E-vite so that we have an estimate of the number of people who plan on hanging out with us in Austin.

Don’t forget to:

  • Follow this blog (either through WordPress or by e-mail)
  • Fan us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Show your support by grabbing the Blogger Interactive badge from the sidebar, and sharing it on your site

Check out our Event Details page for information and updates on lodging suggestions, and tentative itinerary plans. Feel free to leave comments or shoot us an e-mail through our Contact page for questions and/or suggestions, or if you are interested in getting involved as an official sponsor of Blogger Interactive.

Welcome again, and thanks for helping us make this the go-to blog event this year. We can’t wait to meet all of you!