Invitations and Announcements

As most of you have heard (or rather, read) me talk about over and over and over again until your ears (or rather, eyes) fell asleep from boredom, one of my main motivators in blogging is relationships.  There is nothing that excites me more about blogging than to get emails and comments, or better yet, to get to meet a reader.

Call me weird, but I consider you all friends.

You enrich the whole experience for me, and your interaction urges me on to be a better blogger.

With that in mind, I have a couple of invitations for you – two events are coming up soon, and if you are local (or semi-local), I would love to meet you at one of them!

The first event is less than two weeks away, so hurry up and get your calendar out!

Another local blogger and writer, Javacia Harris Bowser, has organized a wonderful resource for bloggers and writers called See Jane Write.  She hosts panels, discussions, and learning seminars, as well as sharing great information through her website and email list.

The next See Jane Write panel is specifically about blogging, called So You Think You Can Blog.  It is planned for Thursday evening, July 28th from 6-8pm at the Homewood Public Library.

I am honored that Javacia asked me to be a part of this panel with two absolutely fabulous Birmingham bloggers, Laura Kate Whitney of Magic City Manifesto and Jen West of The Jen West Quest.

The three of us, moderated by Javacia, will be discussing many different facets of blogging, the challenges therein, and strategies for improvement.

Besides the panel discussion, there will be plenty of time for visiting and networking before and afterwards, and I would absolutely LOVE to meet you!  The event is free, all you need to do is register.  I hope you’ll join us!

Secondly, I am organizing a Blogger Tornado Relief Work Day through one of my other blogs, Alabama Bloggers, and I wanted to extend the invitation to all of you to come help as well.

The date is Saturday, August 13th from 10am to 1pm.

There is still so much to be done in our state, yet there are drastically fewer volunteers, so this is an opportunity for us to pitch in and help.  Let me stress – you can sign up to come whether you are a blogger or not – we are just scheduling this in lieu of our monthly Alabama Blogger’s Lunch Meet-up, hence the name.

We will either be serving alongside the amazing volunteers at the Old Scott School in Pratt City, or with the organization that has largely headed up the disaster relief in our community, the Christian Service Mission.  I am talking to both of them, and we’ve just not determined which we will be working with yet because it is dependent on how many people we have sign up and which one needs help that particular weekend.

But if you sign up to help (the sooner the better for planning purposes), I will be emailing with further instructions and details as the date gets closer.

Pratt City

We would love to have you join us and help volunteer on that day.  If you have any questions or need more details before signing up, feel free to email me at

Last bit of news – I am going to get to go to San Diego for BlogHer!!

And better yet, Chris is coming with me!

No, no, no, I’m not going to make him attend BlogHer.  I’m going to only go BlogHer on Friday (while he runs and explores San Diego – I told him he could do anything he wanted – EXCEPT hop the $2.50 trolley ride to Tijuana), and then he and I are going to have a San Diego date day that Saturday.  So if any of you are in San Diego, used to live in San Diego, or have visited San Diego, feel free to knock me over with sightseeing and food recommendations – they would be much appreciated!

…Regular Programming will resume tomorrow.