In sitting down and discussing our events for 2015 the leadership team talked about how we felt like it was time to take some of our events online. We still want to continue our work in connecting bloggers and local companies in real life, but we felt like we could help connect people more often and connect even more bloggers if we added some online events. (Check out our current schedule of events on our Meet page!)
Our first event of every year is a blogging goals and brainstorming event. This year we moved the event to Facebook where 55 bloggers attended and over 1,600 people were reached! How exciting is that!? The discussion was lively, fast and something we’ve referred back to over and over again.
We could write ten posts on the ten questions asked and answered in the event. Talk about content creation! However, today we want to share some of the highlights from the event and invite you to the next Facebook event— “Fall in Love with Facebook on February 26“— which is just around the corner!
Highlights of our Blogging Goals & Brainstorming Event
Question with the most engagement: To continue the chat about goals… January 1st has come and gone, but we don’t believe goal making should be reserved for one day in the year. They should be continuous, changing and ever-challenging! So, what goals you have for your blog this year?
Some randomly selected responses that really resonated with us:
- “Oooww…good one! I think it would be a great goal to create new goals and assess previous goals more regularly Why wait a year?” —Yvonne from Dress this Nest
- “Write 3 short travel guides to sell as ebooks, double my income, host more live events, triple my blog traffic…..I hosted a Travel and Technology event in Seattle last year and doing another in Dallas in March. Hope to do more like this.” —Megan from Mommy Travels
- “I have a few goals for this year: 1) Earn money! (via the blog itself, not necessarily by photography jobs) 2) Offer online tutorials 3) Guest post/invite guest posters to my blog and 4) post WAY more often with correct labeling/SEO/categories etc.” —Becky from Studio 623 Photography
- “I really want to be consistent in my blogging / post more regularly. I also want to be posting more creative/interesting content. I have a TV blog so I’m really trying not to post too many recaps – focusing on a love for TV in general. I also want to get my professional blog started and gain some credibility in the digital marketing/social media sphere.” —Dara from TV Junkies Unite
- Click here to check out all of the responses and connect with someone with similar goals!
Question with the BEST shared resources: Great! We’ve heard some great ideas from everything to blog design, to regular content and on to make more MONEY! Why don’t we talk about resources for a bit. What are the best blog design resources that you’ve found so far? (Links, tips, shout outs welcome!)
Random responses we loved:
- “I love me some www.canva.com for simpler and neat graphic/photo things!” —Chelsea from The New Wifestyle
- “I’m loving mythemeshop.com (friendsofpepper discount code)themes because they are responsive design over 50 percent of my content is mobile.” — Pepper from Pepper Scraps
- “Adobe Lightroom is my friend for photos. And have a photo in every post, Facebook link, etc. Klout is great for those days where you don’t have any content for your blog, but feel like sharing on Social Media.” — Alina from One Girl …One Glass ..One World
- “Lightroom has saved me so much time! The mass export – resizing, naming, and watermark feature is fantastic. It quickly became my favorite.” —Lauren from A Red Ember (We actually had several comments with Adobe products being a great resource.)
- Check out all of the responses here!
The Question that made people think: We’ve talked in past events how goals are a part of a bigger picture. They are part of a plan to move things into the direction you’d like to see them go.
Do your goals fit you blog’s mission? Does your blog have a mission?
We loved that many people responded with , “Wow… I really need to create one of those!” We love that our community is challenging each other to improve the experience of the bloggers involved and readers everywhere. We’d love it if you shared your blog mission in the comments!
Responses that wow’d:
- “love it! my blog’s mission ( The New Wifestyle) is to empower women and their relationships! i want people, especially women, to make conscious choices about their relationships and not live in outdated expectations of who we are supposed to be as women and wives/partners” — From Chelsea
- “My perspective is to show my readers how to design a cohesive, eclectic room. The 7 design principles guide us how to mix n match styles to look fresh and timeless- hence, a missmatch interior My goal is to create more original designs.” — Sara Rose from Missmatch Interiors
- “My mission on Frugal Family Home is to help homemakers budget, their time, their resources and their money. Supporting them by giving tutorials to help them do the best they can with what they have.” — Shell
- Check out all the amazing blog missions that were shared.
Free Printable Planners
We didn’t want to end the event without a little bit of a party favor… so, we shared the freshly updated 2015 Free Printable Blog Planners. However, it is free for ANYONE who wants to join our mailing list! We don’t share too often… you won’t receive daily emails from us. We also like to make sure we are sharing really relevant content. We often share news on local events and opportunities along with information that ALL bloggers (no matter where they are from) can use. Click here to see the 2015 Blog Planner provided for Portland Bloggers by Jenni of A Well Crafted Party.
Did you enjoy reading about the comments from our first Facebook event? Then please join us for our event this Thursday on February 26 at 7PM PST, “Fall in Love with Facebook“. Click here to RSVP! Not sure if you can make it, but want to be involved? RSVP so that the questions can show up in your newsfeed and you can engage later!