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Bloggers International: Be a Part of It

The inaugural Bloggers International meeting will take place in Portlaoise, Ireland and Chipping Norton, England on 29th June at 7.30pm.

Bloggers International aims to bring bloggers and social media groups together to help each other to improve their blogs and usage of social media, drive more traffic to their website, promote their businesses, create more leads and improve their communciation with customers.

Bloggers International is a  new organisation formed by KLCK Bloggers Network and The Chipping Norton Social Media Club.  The KLCK bloggers network was founded by Amanda Webb (Spiderworking) and Lorna Sixsmith (Garrendenny Lane) as a local network providing a monthly social media networking and advice meeting for all those interested in learning more about blogging.  Beatrice Whelan (Website Extraordinaire)  joined the team in 2011 and from their first AGM, Bloggers International was formed.

The first Bloggers International meeting will be a live video link up with Chipping Norton Social Media Club and will take the form of a bloggers clinic. There will be a panel each side of the water answering questions on both the technical and creative sides of Blogging.  The Irish panel consists of Beatrice Whelan (Website Extarodinaire), Niall Devitt (Joint founder of Irish business blog Bloggertone), Amanda Webb (Spiderworking) and Marie Ennis O’Connor (Social Media Marketing for Non Profits).  The English panel includes Shaun Fagan of (Black Dog New Media) and Chris Hogan (OxCopy).

Blacknight, the hosting company, is kindly sponsoring the Irish event, which is being held in the Heritage hotel in Portlaoise.  The event is free for all visitors.

Why Blog? Why Join a Blogging Group?

  • Blogging is far from dead. As pointed out in an article by Anne Perez, 65% of businesses in 2011 have a company blog, 57% claim that they have acquired customers via their blog  and that is a much more cost effective means to generate leads than other marketing channels.
  • When I started my interior design business 3 years ago, blogging brought in at least 40% of my turnover in the first year. It can be done!
  • That means there are 35% of businesses that aren’t blogging. If you don’t have a blog, this could be the place to find out how to go about it.
  • A blog is not just about improving your Search Engine Optimisation for your website, it is also about establishing relationships, building trust in your brand, generating more brand awareness, community building and much much more. Ask questions at this meeting to equip yourself going forward.
  • Every blogger, no matter how experienced, will learn something new at a blogging meeting.
  • Blogging events offer great scope for networking.
  • Good blogs are rewarded – not just with improved SEO and increased sales but also with the recognition of awards. Learn how to make your blog as good as it possibly can be.

Questions can be submitted before the meeting on the Bloggers International website or asked on the evening via video link, twitter or the facebook page. For those unable to make the physical meeting, they will be able to follow the discussions, questions and answers, and debates on twitter using the hashtag #bI11.  A video link is also available with a limited number of 2-way connections available. Whether you are there virtually or physically, you are very welcome and we would love to have people from every continent. It promises to be an exciting and inspiring event for experienced and aspiring bloggers and social media users.

Lorna Sixsmith is a social media trainer at Write on Track, providing mentoring, training and content creation services to SMEs. Particularly passionate about blogging and Pinterest, Lorna also teaches these courses online at We Teach Social. Married to a dairy farmer in SE Ireland, Lorna recently self published her first book 'Would You Marry A Farmer?', a humourous look at life married to an Irish farmer.

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  • Thanks Lorna, really looking forward to this, should be great!u00a0

  • Anonymous

    It sounds great, Lorna, best of luck for the day!

  • Be

    sounds great!u00a0 seeing as I cannot be there I will follow in Twitter.u00a0 Looking forward to learning lots 🙂

  • Welcome to Tweak Your Biz Adam. You’ve given some great points to deal with a very hard time in business life. Looking forward to your next post

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