Bloggity bloggity blog. I’ve been writing here for (redacted) year and see no end in sight. I love blogging and I’d totally do it in a vacuum, but this tribe of bloggy people I’ve been able to connect with? I’m so grateful to have found them. Hands down the best thing about blogging is all the people I’ve met because of it. And I got to spend last Saturday morning with a bunch of them! Yay!
The most recent AZ Blogger Meetup event was in partnership with Say Hi Society and it was a whirlwind! Say Hi Society puts together mini conferences with speakers to help bloggers and other influencers improve their game. The AZ Blogger Meetup group provides a network for local influencers so we can support one another. I’ve been to so many events over the years and am a big fan.
(I’m also friends with the organizers of both groups, though, so I’m a little biased.)
By the way, that little booklet in the first pic? It’s from Chatbooks and we each got one. It’s like a tiny yearbook for the event, with everyone’s photos and contact info and space to take notes. So handy! I’ve already used it to get in touch with and follow some new friends.
After some meet and greet time, we heard a presentation from the founders of Mommy Mailbox (which I now totally want a subscription to) about marketing and collaboration strategies they’ve used successfully. Then we took a break to be pampered a bit. Reachel of Cardigan Empire provided color draping and style profiling for everyone, and Lindsey of Painting You Pretty gave us mini makeovers and makeup tips.
Next Matt, the chief marketing officer from Tanga, shared some great tips on email marketing. He gave me so much food for thought…but I’ll come back to that in a minute. Because first: food.
To be honest, I should’ve eaten breakfast before I went. Stonyfield provided the most delicious yogurt for us to snack on at the beginning, but by the time lunch rolled around I was getting pretty hangry. Breastfeeding a 20 lb baby will do that to a person. Kneaders to the rescue! Sandwiches and pastries galore! Huzzah!
I promise I don’t just go to events because of the food…but I’ll also confess having good food isn’t going to hurt your chances of getting me there. Also those little fruit tartlets are life changing. Just saying.
We got swag bags filled with Happy Socks, BabyLit board books, and a darling mug from Kern + Flourish (who was also there and is a delightful human being). There was a photo booth, obvs, and a corner to paint your nails and get your hair braided by Harley, who is a hair genius…basically we got all kind of spoiled. Add that to spending a few hours sans kiddos with so many of my blogger friends, and it made for a lovely Saturday morning.
Back to the email thing, though. I’ve really been thinking about it since last weekend and would love to hear your input.
Feisty Harriet and I got to talking about how we’ve both been purging our inboxes and unsubscribing from most of the email lists we’re on. If I don’t want to be bombarded by emails, why would I turn around and bombard my readers with them? It seemed a little disingenuous.
And yet, as Matt said, those of you who read my blog–you people are great, by the way, and your hair looks marvelous today!–you’re already invested and interested in whatever it is I’m providing here. If emails add more value to what you’re already getting here, wouldn’t you want that? I’m intrigued by the idea of maybe a quarterly newsletter, or using email to better engage with y’all.
Honestly, I avoid subscribing to emails when possible. Maybe I’m one of the rare few, though, and other people prefer getting stuff sent straight to their inbox.
So assuming you slogged through this whole post, I’d love some feedback. Would you subscribe to an email list if I had one? What kind of stuff would you like to see on it? Be honest; if you’re totally opposed to newsletters I want to know. The last thing I want is to waste any of our time! Which team are you on: team email or team unsubscribe?
Big thanks to Chrissy of Let Me See You Sparkle Photography for providing all the photos you see here. And another big thanks to all the generous sponsors of this event. Getting #PamperedByPampers was delightful!