I was lucky enough to attend a really fun blogger event in Utah last week. It was the 2nd Annual Blogger BBQ hosted by Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillee. There are tons of bloggers in Utah and they seem to host a lot of meet-ups, conferences, and programs to network and learn from each other. Jill and her team put on a terrific event. They decorated BamBam’s BBQ in Orem with adorable table runners, flowers, buntings, and lanterns. There was a fantastic photo booth (which I, unfortunately, did not manage to take advantage of), amazing door prizes, and lots of great conversation.
I always love meeting bloggers and learning what they’re doing. I finally got to meet Jordan of Fun Cheap or Free. Brittan attended a panel Jordan was on when we were at BlogHer 14 this summer and was really impressed and motivated by her so I had the chance to let her know and say thanks. I also got to be part of the programming at the BBQ, as a representative of BlogHer. I talked very briefly about how we facilitate partnerships between brands and blog influencers. There were representatives from Spark Naturals, Blendtec, and Silhouette talking about their brand partnerships too. Jill also introduced a program that will launch soon to help build awareness about child sexual trafficking–something a lot of people don’t want to talk about but needs to be dealt with.
I’ve realized lately how much I miss working with people face-to-face, so this was a nice break from the daily routine. The event was held at BamBam’s BBQ in Orem, and I am not kidding when I say the pulled pork sliders were out of this world. I could have eaten three of them but I’ll just have to go back. Jill also gave attendees the loveliest gift bags that included some of her crazy-yummy Honey Butter Ambrosia and her completely charming children’s book, Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing.
I was completely blown away by her generosity to her community. I’ve met a few bloggers locally and have thought for a long time about organizing a meet-up. Attending this event got me excited to go home and get something started. Obviously, I’m not going to do anything on a scale like Jills’ BBQ, but connecting with like-minded people is really energizing. Thanks to Jill, Kaitlyn, Britta, Scott, and all the rest of the One Good Thing team. I had a great time. It was one Good BBQ!
What kind of blogging events do you attend in your area? I’d love to get your ideas about what works, is fun, not so great, etc. Let me know!