The Blogger’s Guild – What We’re Up To

I’m not one who’s known for her organizational capabilities.  I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal, which means that I tend to wait until the last minute to get things done.  Which is why it’s now mid-February and I’m finally posting the guild’s new year goals.  Fun, huh?

There are some exciting opportunities coming up in 2009 for bloggers in the St. Louis area.  And this is my official plug for the St. Louis Blogger’s Guild.  As a testimonial, I joined the guild because I wanted to learn more about a little thing called blogging.  I did not realize that I would be walking into the company of so many fine and talented people.  If you’re interested in learning more about social media, making new friends and joining a group of interesting and unique talent, then I urge, implore, demand that you join the blogger’s guild.  Okay, I don’t demand it – I strongly encourage it.

In addition to the above mentioned perks, you will also have the opportunity to participate in some really interesting projects that the guild is spearheading this year.  The largest endeavor would be the Interactive Festival, which will take place in early fall.  This is a great opportunity to reach out to the local social media community, make new contacts and hear some knowledgable speakers on topics ranging from RSS feeds to photography and everything in between.  This is a fantastic event and, even if you’re not a member of the guild, I encourage you to think about coming and soaking up the wisdom of the experienced.

In addition to the Interactive Festival, we will also be hosting Business workshops for area businesses who are interested on becoming better educated on how social media can influence their operation.  The topics of these workshops will be varied and will be conducted by some of the top bloggers and podcasters in the St. Louis area. 

We have also recently elected a new outreach coordinator, the lovely Kim, who will be organizing ways for us to give back to our community.  From food drives to tutorials to scholarships for area students, we have many aspirations and visions for how we can benefit the St. Louis metro area as a whole.

Our first big project, a podcast, will launch in just a couple of weeks.  ‘Blogging in the ‘Lou,’ is designed specifically to be a weekly gathering of the great minds in local blogging.  We’ll discuss a wide variety of topics, all pertaining to blogging and social media.  You won’t want to miss it.

The guild meets once a month for a couple of hours so the commitment level is not rigorous.  If you’re interested, please click on the Contact button to your left where you will find all the information you need to join.  We are currently in the process of putting together a new site, which we hope to debut in the next month.  Until then, visit us here to read some of the top writers in the St. Louis area. 

In short, the St. Louis Blogger’s Guild is here to help you, local bloggers, better understand your craft, make contacts in the blogging community and inform you of the current learning opportunites available in the area. 

Please take a few minutes to surf our site and get to know us better, and, if you’re interested in joining us for a meeting before you commit, we will be gathering this Saturday, February 14, at 11:00 at Shock City Music Works, 2200 Gravois.  The meeting is free to members and non-members pay a $5 fee.  We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have face to face.

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