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.

Meet Our Sponsors

You’ve been getting acquainted with the new site, you’ve met our delectable guest speakers, and last week we released the tentative itinerary for the event weekend in Austin. We may still have a few months before the festivities start, but we hope that everyone is as stoked as we are to get the Blogger Interactive weekend rolling.

There have been a few people and businesses who couldn’t wait until October, and have been cheering us on since the idea for this event was conceived. We think it’s high time to bring our sponsors out from behind the curtain, and into the spotlight.

Without our sponsors, Blogger Interactive couldn’t have come so far in such a short amount of time. We also wouldn’t be able to brag that each of our attendees will go home with a swag bag full of treats. Naturally, we owe them a proper introduction. Without further adieu, meet our sponsors!

WordPress

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WordPress.com is one of the largest blogging platforms on the web. At the beginning of this year, the updates about Blogger Interactive were executed through our personal WordPress.com blogs. While we had a wonderful handful of enthusiastic attendees, we weren’t gaining much speed. That’s when we received an e-mail from one of WordPress’s Story Wranglers, Michelle Weber, regarding our idea. We both proceeded to tootsie roll our pants. Michelle not only praised the idea, but offered to support Blogger Interactive by helping us launch this site as well as sending goodies for our attendees.

The Indie Chicks

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The Indie Chicks is an online magazine that focuses on self-empowerment, self-improvement and embracing your inner badass. The creators and their community have always been incredible blogger supporters, and the inspiration they provide is immeasurable. So it was no surprise to Blogger Interactive when The Indie Chicks reached out to help us reach out to you! CEO Chiara Mazzucco not only offered to come give us all some pro tips on blogging and more, but she also designed our sharp looking official logo. The Indie Chicks have also helped us tremendously to reach bloggers outside of WordPress. Just check out the post they wrote about us yesterday!

Powell’s Books

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Powell’s Books is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world, hailing from Jen’s turf in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1971, Powell’s Books has built its reputation on being a bookstore for writers and readers alike. With their commitment to authors of all kinds, as well as the written word, it’s no surprise they offered to support us by donating items for the attendee bags. Looking for a used, new or out of print book? Want to engage with other word lovers? Make Powell’s Books your go-to spot.

Scout Books

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Scout Books, another Portland, Oregon institution has also said, “Yes, we’re in!” when they heard about our event. Powered by Pinball Publishing, Scout Books is a publishing platform that allows you to create custom book and notebook projects. They also sell regular notebook packs because what writer doesn’t need at least 50 of those at any given time? Their books are 100% recycled and sourced from the Pacific Northwest and Midwest, and are made with vegetable-based ink because, like us, they think being environmentally friendly is sexy. They’ve graciously agreed to give Blogger Interactive attendees (and BI admirers!) a discount on their products. Details forthcoming. In the meantime, have a looksie around their site.

Moo

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If you’ve ever been in the market for business cards, you know who Moo is. Their motto is, “we love to print” and they live up to it by offering an assortment of business cards, facebook cards, greeting cards, postcards, stickers, and other accessories. We’ve ordered from them before, and have been blown away by the speed and quality of their service. Because Moo realizes how important it is to network at events like Blogger Interactive, they agreed to give free business cards to any attendee who wants to grow his/her brand. Details on this will be outlined in a future post, but be sure to check out their website while you wait.

Stickermule

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Sticker Mule boasts clients such as Google, Twitter, Adobe, Coca Cola and GitHub. Their business model is simple: send them an image, and their creative team will turn it into a sticker or skin for your electronic device. You can choose from a variety of shapes and sizes, and the best part is, their employees do all of the reformatting for you. Who hasn’t wanted their blog banner to become a bumper sticker seen on cards around the world? Sticker Mule was kind enough to donate custom stickers we’ll be using for Blogger Interactive. Make sure to visit their site and show them some BI love!

TheChowderhead.com

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The Chowderhead is another proud sponsor of this year’s Blogger Interactive meet up, and a welcomed addition to our growing list of blogging superstar sponsors. He is already using his quirky and unmistakable humor to help us promote our event. Be on the watch for a hilarious PSA regarding Blogger Interactive in the next few weeks!  Additionally, Blogger Interactive attendees will walk away with Chowderhead swag sure to impress family members at their next Thanksgiving dinner. We’re absolutely geeked to have his support.

A sincere thanks again to all of our sponsors!

To our attendees and prospective attendees, please remember to RSVP by clicking the RSVP tab at the top of our page. This is very important so that we know who exactly is coming in order for us and our sponsors to share all kinds of goodies with you!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Blogger Interactive, whether you are a business or a blogger, please contact us as soon as possible. There is always room for more!

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.

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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.

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!