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A couple of weeks ago I went to the Ohio Valley Bloggers Meet & Greet at Ikea here in Pittsburgh. It was my very first blogging event, and I had no idea what to expect. I was the only PF writer going. The rest were mommy and lifestyle bloggers.
But I went. And it was actually really fun. We played a version of get-to-know-you Bingo and then did a photo scavenger hunt all over the store. There were a couple of raffles, and we exchanged business cards accompanied by candy. Pretty much everyone there made their little gifts and business cards super cute (there were a lot of DIY bloggers,) and then there was me with hole punched 100 Grands tied to my business card with a white piece of yarn.
There were a few conversations going on about how people didn’t want to write themselves into a niche; they wanted to write about whatever they wanted to write about at all times, and if they tied themselves down to a specific niche their readers may feel violated after an off-topic post. This flies in the face of all the advice I’ve heard in the PF community, but some of these ladies are pretty successful. So there’s something to look into.
We also got swagbags to take home. And holy moly they were amazing. I wouldn’t recommend going to a gathering of bloggers who are mostly mommies if you don’t have kids simply because of the swag, but I do have kids, and Natalie got some amazing sponsors.
I’ve got some exciting stuff coming up for you all with a few of these people soon, but I wanted to share this one right off the bat. Threads/The Shine Project gave us these super gorgeous bracelets:
The kids that make the bracelets are at-risk youth. By making and selling the jewelry, they are able to earn their way through college via Threads. It’s really a pretty amazing company and some really pretty jewelry. You can read more about their mission here.
All you bloggers out there–have you ever been to an event? What was your experience?