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When Bloggers Get Together, Great Things Happen!



It began with a suggestion between Frederique and Greg to meet up for a coffee. Frederique thought, “well why not see who else can join?”

She emailed the main contributors to Bloggertone, and the date and place were set. Over the weeks, people had to commit to other activities, and by the date itself, we had half of the core group sitting at one table, some meeting for the first time.

Bloggertone opened its doors in October 2009. We had a social meeting before Christmas that year. It was then I met the 3 great guys who keep Bloggertone going: Niall, Fred and Facundo.

I knew instantly I was in great company, and the blogging community of Ireland was in good hands. The site was fantastic, so great in fact, little has changed on the face of it over the last 18 months, except we have updated the Social Networking buttons, and the categories were better defined.

I set out that late morning, having completed other important tasks of the day, and was looking forward to my early weekend, kicked off by meeting some great people. Despite a diversion on the way that added 30 minutes to my journey, everyone waited with ordering lunch until I had arrived. I realised that there was only one blogger that I had not met in person, Derbhile.  Others had only previously known one person.

The lunch was a total success, Bloggertone Meetup#2, and it was hard to leave. Just a few days later, we are already in contact to organise Bloggertone Meetup#3, which we are hoping will include the wonderful Elli St.George Godfrey who will be visiting from the States.

So when you build a relationship online, to actually meet offline is such a bonus. The debate will go on for decades whether online relationships are possible. For me particularly, trust is key. Trust can build easily online through transparency, reciprocation and mutual promotion, as well as dialog outside of the main group that enhances the relationship. Skype is great for this purpose.

I am not saying that offline meetings are necessary, or that they need to happen, but when they do, great things happen!

Thank you Bloggertone, thank you all who made the trip to Dublin last week, and thank you readers, for making all this worthwhile.

I look forward to Meetup#3 already.

 



The Author:

Elaine Rogers is a Business Training & Development Specialist. She provides training and coaching in the areas of IT Skills, Business Skills, and Soft Skills. Elaine has just launched a new online training store at http://www.thesmarttrain.com that provides videos and workshops in the areas of IT, Business and Soft Skills. http://www.thesmarttrain.com

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  • http://www.tweakyourbiz.com Niall Devitt

    Hi Elaine, great post and I agree, it was super to meet so many of the wonderful Bloggertoners all together. A great group of people online and a great group of people offline. Really looking forward to Elli coming over!

  • http://twitter.com/IrishSmiley Frederique Murphy

    Thanks Elaine, for putting this together and spreading the word that Social Media works (wink wink ;-)nnI tweeted this last week:nnThere is something very powerful about Twitter; while the connections (the tweets, and @ and DM) are virtual, the engagements & interactions are real ;-) #veryspecialnnAnd, our meeting was that extra layer, that extra distinction, and we all know the importance of always going that extra mile! I cannot wait for #3!!!

  • http://www.garrendennylane.ie Lorna

    Yep, thoroughly enjoyed it, great post on it all Elaine and doesn’t all the food look scrummy again, I’m getting hungry just looking at it all again :)

  • Anonymous

    Elaine,nnI can imagine myself with you with this evocative post! nnMeeting offline really can cement a relationship. You get to talk, learn and laugh together. This bonding to one another leads us to be more open to seeing what opportunities lie ahead. Friendship or business partnerships are built from this! nnThanks for the shout out and I think I’m just as eager to see all of you!

  • http://positivespinblog.com Linda Hewett

    This has inspired me with confidence. I’m going to the London Bloggers Meet up in a couple of weeks and am so looking forward to it, especially after this post!nI’m wondering if I could find some bloggers local to me, to have informal get togethers.nYou never know!

  • http://www.sianphillips.ie Sian Phillips

    Great blog Elaine and just what I was thinking. I’d only met you in person before so was great to meet everyone else too. Looking forward to next one already :)

  • Facundo

    Indeed a great lunch, it makes such a difference to meet in person!

  • http://www.encouragingexcellence.ie/ Mairu00e9ad Kelly

    Absolutely Elaine, great ideas, great lunch, great company. It really does go to show that good relationships can be formed online and cemented offline too. I’m really looking forward to the #3 Meetup.

  • Derbhile

    It’s great, but it’s very strange. You know people, but you don’t really know them. I found there were so many people I wanted to talk to that I nearly became tongue tied. The noisy restaurant didn’t help. But your tip for cupping your ears is a lifesaver. Will apply it for Meetup 3

  • Roisin Bell

    It would be great to hear the experience of a business which is already using proximity marketing (via a smartphone as opposed to a sandwich board! See Anne Perez’s post: http://tweakyourbiz.com/marketing/2011/04/07/place-and-time-promotions-in-2011/ ) here in Ireland. Does anyone have any experience to relate?

  • Anonymous

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

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    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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