The Central Market room is booked up until June. In an effort to be more consistent, we'll be meeting on the THIRD THURSDAY of the month from now on. We'll continue rotating the meetings through the city, in an effort to make at least a few meetings convenient for all bloggers.
The meetings will include free discussion/networking time, a beginner's topic, and a more advanced bloggers topic. If you have an idea for a meeting, something you can speak authoritatively on, or sometihng that your blog specializes in (such as giveaways), and you'd like to moderate or lead a discussion, let me know and I'll get you on my list!
However, I still need ideas for meeting places! We've had some great places (Central Market) and some real duds (La Madeleine's, Galleria.) Leave any thoughts, ideas, places, etc. in the comments. Where would you like to meet?
The meeting schedule for the next few months is as follows:
March 17, meeting North (CyFair, Cypress, Woodlands area)
April 21, meeting West
May 19, meeting South/SouthEast (Pasadena, Pearland)
June 16, meeting Central (inside 610 loop)
July 21, meeting North
I prefer a location that has a room or a separate area so we can have a great discussion without competing with ambient noise.
Location should accomodate all budgets. A restaurant where each guest must order a meal is not ideal. La Madeleine's, Panera, a cafe, etc. where members can grab a cup of tea, a light dessert, or a full dinner depending on their needs would be a good choice.
You are the expert on your area- so toss out a few ideas! Also if there is anything you'd like to see as a topic soon, throw that in the comments, too. Upcoming topics include a full series on monetization (affiliates, ad networks, media kits, selling products/ebooks); using Facebook to promote your site; goal review and check-in; getting great photos for your blog; graphics, headers, buttons, and more (plus how to DIY); working with PR reps; gaining traffic; evergreen content and SEO; family privacy vs. open blogging; and more.
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