December 31, 2015

Say Hi Society

Back in August, after I went to SoFab on the Road in Minneapolis, I wrote this post about what to look for in a blogger conference.

It helped me recognize that what I really like is a small conference - under 100 people and preferably under 50 - so that I actually have a chance to make real connections and not get lost in the shuffle of hundreds and hundreds of bloggers (not to mention the fact that the introvert in me much prefers a small group).

I also want it close to home so I don't have to spend gobs of money traveling, getting a hotel, renting a car, and arranging for childcare.

And I want it to not cost a fortune. I'm not that interested in dropping $300-500 on a day or two of conferences usually.

And for heaven's sake, I want it to have some substantial content, that makes me leave feeling like, "I got my money's worth here!" I want great speakers and I want a chance to talk to those speakers afterward. But I don't want it to be so long that I reach saturation long before it's over.

And I definitely don't want it to be a lame meet-up where everyone mills around awkwardly, the few popular bloggers who already know each other hang out by themselves, and everyone else eats a stale cupcake, looks at their phone, and then goes home.

After my August trip, I talked Bart's ear off about all these things and after a while he said, "You know, you could do your own mini-conference here in Phoenix. It could be a small group, have reasonably-priced tickets, great speakers, and no awkward pointless mingling."

So that's what I'm doing in January.

Meet Say Hi Society:

An intimate local event for Phoenix bloggers and influencers

It's a small event, about three hours long, capping around 50 attendees.

We have two amazing speakers: Alexandra Evjen is speaking about using Pinterest to build your blog (she has nearly a million Pinterest followers and is the BEST speaker - I heard her at Alt a few years ago and she was just a rockstar) and Heather Riccobono is speaking about sponsored blog content - how to pitch, how to make amazing sponsored content, and how to find the right brands to work with.

I cannot wait.

There are the benefits of a big conference - legit content, networking, and a fun experience - without the hefty price tag, the travel, or the overwhelming crowds.

I can't think of a better way to kick of 2016 and a new year of blogging.  And if you're in the area, I'd love it if you came (or if you know someone who lives in the Phoenix area, feel free to pass it along to them!). It's going to be a great time.


  1. This is seriously such an awesome idea! I know you're going to make it fabulous!

  2. Can I just say I think you're awesome? When you first mentioned this I was like, "Dang! That Janssen is on top of it!"

    So now I want to know how I can do this in my area. Because Connecticut is not close to Phoenix.

    I mean, I have found out on the internet that there is a CT bloggers group, but apparently half of your posts have to be about local restaurants to join? And obviously my blog is not half about CT restaurants. How do I find ask the people like me who DJ not qualify to be in this group? Ahhh. (Thinking face.) I have some ideas.

    But once I connect with these people how do I start a conference? We need speakers. Venue. Etc. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Maybe there's already some awesome conference. I'm just afraid that it's 50% about CT restaurants.

    1. "How do I find all the people who do not qualify" is how that should read.

  3. I just had someone share this in the Facebook Blogging Community I help run and I've never been so excited! I live in Phoenix and wanted so badly to go to a conference but none were affordable or close to me! I just bought my ticket! Can't WAIT!

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

  4. this is awesome. and sounds so fun. and the fourth reason this holiday season that arizona is growing on me. can't wait to hear how it goes!

  5. How awesome are you?! With a catchy name and all. I love it.


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