6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Local Blogger Events

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I am an admin for a facebook group called Bloggers of the PNW. Through this group, I’ve met several amazing bloggers in my area. I’m also a member of another group for Seattle bloggers. These groups have made blogging feel less like a solo-hobby and more like a community based project. The members in each inspire and encourage me all the time, just by seeing what work they put out.

A couple of years ago, I met a handful of PNW bloggers at an event held on an Argosy cruise.

Jennifer, Susannah, Kusum, Me, Angie

After that cruise, we talked about a few of our struggles with blogging and life, including a couple of ladies saying they were struggling with getting pregnant. The connections made that day were real and strong. It was so nice to get to know the women behind the perfect blogs and perfect social media. We all have struggles of various kinds. It’s nice to know that the friends who “live in our computers” can totally understand how it feels. As of today, all of the women in that photo (except me, of course) have had a baby. It’s truly amazing and has been so wonderful to watch.

Bloggers, Babies & Bling Baby Shower

Kusum, Angie and Sarah had a joint baby shower a few months ago. It was held at the Kendra Scott location in Bellevue, Washington. It was gorgeous, and the ladies were stunning!

Why You Should Attend Local Blogger Events

Why You Should Attend Local Blogger Events

I got to meet Callie, a wedding and event planner in the Seattle/Tacoma area (Holcomb Weddings). We talked for like an hour about different wedding venues, considerations, guest lists and even more than I should be talking about with a wedding planner considering I’m not engaged… haha. She was so knowledgable and totally in tune with the hot spots in Pierce County, which seems rare (Seattle is in King County, and a more “popular” place to get married than down south).

Her event planning company helped put on the event, along with Missy who took photos and Tammy who designed the floral arrangements (First and Bloom). I learned that these three super talented ladies work together a lot so it was cool to get a mini-version of what that’s like.

Why You Should Attend Local Blogger Events

Please excuse my black shoes with a blue dress. The weather was really hit and miss around March and I didn’t have closed toed shoes that matched. Oops.

Why You Should Attend Local Blogger Events

It was so fun to get to get celebrate with these wonderful ladies. Angie and I had time to chat about how life has been, and also managing blogging with every day life/a baby on the way.

Plus, the Kendra Scott store was SO GORGEOUS! In our gift bags, we had a card for a free necklace or set of earrings. I went back last weekend and redeemed mine. I got a tassel necklace, personalized with the color bar. I’ll have to show you my new necklace the next time I wear it. I learned that each Kendra Scott store is designed like her own home. I wish I could visit there. I bet I couldn’t be trusted with a glass of red wine.

Why You Should Attend Local Blogger Events

I’d never been to a baby shower at a retail location before, and it was totally awesome. I loved getting to spend more time around other bloggers in the area, and hang out again with Kusum and Angie!

Photos by Missy Palacol Photography, shared with permission. You can follow her on Instagramย @missy.palacol.

Bloggers’ Earth Day Closet Sale

On Earth Day, a group of bloggers got together at Fresh Tangerine for a closet sale. Fashion bloggers selling their clothes at a fraction of the price and helping the environment by buying slightly worn fashion with mimosas?! Count me in!

I drove up to Seattle on Earth Day and got to meet a few bloggers I’ve followed for awhile. Morrea Seal (who I met at Influence Conference in 2012 and won a pair of her earrings at the end of the conference), Jenn at Hello Rigby, Alyson of Circa 1988, Katrina at The Demure Muse, Lisa at Story of My Dress, Rebecca of Blogger Not Billionaire, and of course, Kim who owns Fresh Tangerine.

I always get a little awkward in these situations, so I left pretty soon after buying the clothes. I do regret that because I would have liked to talk to people more, but I’m still glad I went for the time that I did.

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I bought this dual material sweater from Ann Taylor and a pineapple tank that I somehow don’t have a photo of yet. I already knew the tank would be perfect for the different camping and festival plans we have this summer. I was right! It was perfect on our Memorial Day Weekend trip. I’ll make sure to get a photo when I wear it at Watershed!

Then, I stopped in for Indian food called Mahajara Restaurant before heading back home. It was soooo good!

So let’s recap:
6 reasons why you should attend local blogging events

Why You Should Go to Local Blogging Events

  1. Get to know your favorite area bloggers face-to-face;
  2. Grow your community of support in your solo-hobby/business;
  3. Even if you have a terrible time (you won’t), there’s likely a swag bag or a mimosa;
  4. You can discuss your challenges with finding time to blog with people who actually understand it;
  5. You’ll meet new bloggers, small business owners and find new blogs you’d never read before; and
  6. Your friends who live in the computer will becomes your friends in real life!

What’s the best community event you’ve gone to lately? Do you have any experience going to local blogger events?

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Rachel Ritlop
    June 19, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Blogger events are so fun! It’s so cool to meet other people who are also passionate about blogging !

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    Corinne & Kirsty
    June 19, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Blogger events are always so much fun! You get to meet fellow bloggers and make friends but also get in touch with brands. It’s is always so nice to speak with people that have the same interest as you and are so passionate about what they do! xx corinne

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    Haley Marie
    June 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I love these tips! I have never been to a blogging event because I’m not aware of any in my area, but maybe I could start one someday :)
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    hal
    June 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    i’m so busy i almost always miss them – whenever i do i love actually seeing people face to face!

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    Kallie | But First, Coffee
    June 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Totally agree that local events are THE BEST

  • Reply
    Janel
    June 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to attend one, my problem is I don’t always hear about them to attend. Hopefully that changes soon.

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    Kristen Kavan
    June 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    this looks like you have a great group of local bloggers! I love when my denver bloggers can get together! It’s the best!

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    Jenny
    June 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I love going to local blogger events. I always have such a fun time!

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    Elise Cohen Ho
    June 20, 2017 at 1:02 am

    It sounds as if you have made some wonderful connections. I have my blogging buddies too. It is wonderful.
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    Sharon
    June 20, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Aw how sweet is that joint shower! You ladies look so adorable. I wish we had local blogger events here in Atlanta. The only groups I’ve found require a paid membership, which just isn’t in my budget. Maybe one day!

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    entirely erika
    June 20, 2017 at 11:36 am

    This is a refreshing post! I am in a lot of general blogger groups but didn’t think to join local ones! Unfortunately, there are not many groups dedicated to Georgia bloggers.

    erika (..) http://www.entirelyerika.com

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    Marissa
    June 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Looks like a fun party!
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    Brittany Daoud
    June 21, 2017 at 8:51 am

    This was a great post! I definitely agree that attending blogger events is really important. I’ve meet some truly great women from attending some events! The most recent event I went to wasn’t a “blogger” event, but it was an influencer event. I went to the Oregon Home Magazine Taste of Summer party last night at this restaurant Departure in downtown Portland, it was a lot of fun to meet some of the people from the magazine!

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