Announcing Our First Mini Meet-Up

Hello you beautiful bloggers. It has certainly been a hot minute since our last post recapping the events of BI13, and rightfully so. After all of the success of BI13, we needed some time to relax, reminisce, and basically recharge our bloggerific batteries before jumping in to the organization of BI14.

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Triple this goodness in 2014!

One of the goals we set for future BI activities was to engage and involve more bloggers in more places. We want it to be easier (and cheaper!) for everyone to join in on the real life fun. We decided that the best way to do so was to reach out to bloggers in other regions to develop BI mini-meetups. This will be in addition to the main BI event (official details about the main event for 2014 are coming soon — hint — we already have a location nailed down). We think this will help open up more opportunities for involvement, and grow BI into something even more unstoppable.

Here is your chance to get involved as a BI Ambassador. If you are interested in hosting or helping to organize a mini meet up in your area, please contact us immediately. We are so pumped about this, and already have a few BI Ambassadors on board around the US that are helping us get the ball rolling. And speaking of mini meet ups, Becca has organized a mini meet up surprise right back in the city that it all began…

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That’s right, Austin! Following are the details to join us for the Mini Meet Up at South by Southwest in Austin, TX:

When: the week of March11th-14th, 2014 any time until 6:00pm each day.

Where:
 Jellify Offices
708 South Lamar, Suite
Austin, TX 78704
(Jellifi is an event planning marketplace where Director Chesley Roberts has invited a group of our bloggers to use their offices as our official hangout spot during this weekend, free drinks and all)

Who: ALL bloggers. There is only one condition. Attendees must write a post SXSW post on his/her blog that gives mention to Jellifi as our mini meet up sponsor and host. They do for us, we do for them.

Why: Because it’s awesome, immediate, and includes chances for free passes to SXSW Interactive (check out the incredible SXSW schedule for the weekend of the 7th, and don’t forget that some sessions are free to attend)

To RSVP to the mini meet up and coordinate with other attendees, please visit the new Mini Meet Up tab on our menu bar and select Austin, TX – March 11th-14th.

We Came, We Saw, We Conquered

We’ve been pretty quiet since the event ended, but that’s just because we’ve been basking in the afterglow of our wild weekend in Austin, Texas. Whatever expectations we had for the event were blown out of the water by what actually took place in the Lone Star State. To say we had a good time is a serious understatement.

We heard the weather had been miserable in the weeks leading up to Blogger Interactive, but Austin must have known we were coming because it was absolutely gorgeous when we got there. The sun was shining, the smell of barbecue was wafting through the air, and music was blaring from every corner. It could not have been a more perfect weekend for our inaugural event.

During the planning of BI, we had wondered aloud how it would be when everyone got together. Would it be awkward? Would people find they had nothing to say to one another? Would we be unable to take our online relationships offline? Continue reading

New Meet & Greet Venue!

Today we have some exciting news! Blogger Interactive has been growing. As more people get involved and spread the word, more attendees are hitting that RSVP button. Because of this, our original venue for the Friday night welcome mixer could not accommodate a group of our size. We do, however thank Swift’s Attic for being so open to working with us.

So where are we all going to meet for the first time? We are thrilled to announce that 508 Tequila Bar in downtown Austin will be welcoming us with open arms!

508 tequila barLocated on 8th & Red River, the site of 508 Tequila Bar and Pelon’s Tex Mex carries a rich history in the great city of Austin as it was formerly Jaime’s Spanish Village for over 40 years. 508 Tequila Bar specializes in unique craft Tequila cocktails, and it is the perfect place to taste a range of Mexican tequilas. With a casual atmosphere and outdoor seating, 508 is the perfect place for us to all hug it out when we arrive in Austin. They also have a street parking lot for those of you driving, and authentic Tex Mex eats at Pelon’s should you chose to grub while you mingle! 

508 tequila bar

Be sure to check out 508 on Facebook for more photos and directions. Give them a thumbs up with the Like button for supporting Blogger Interactive and welcoming our bunch! And don’t worry if you can’t make it by 8 o’clock on Friday. We will have just as much fun getting to know one another on Saturday night as well at The Hangar Lounge.

Is everyone as excited as we are?

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…

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!