I can no tell you how excited I am to share the pictures from my second small business blogging workshop that I recently held here in Washington, DC. At The B.Y.O.B. (Blog Your Own Business) Workshop, I took a little break from sewing my stylish wedding garters and hosted 13 creative small business owners from the DC area at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown and we talked about all things blogging, like how to start your blog, why blogging matters, what to blog about, how to blog the right away, how to grow your business through your blog and so much more! It was a jammed packed day full of cupcakes and lots of blogging. The attendees left with tons of blogging knowledge, a huge to-do list and lots of fun swag to make it all better!
Here are the photographs from Anna at Red October Photography. Let' start with one of me in the room all set up, because why not!?
At the workshop, we talked about all things blogging, but what I was most excited to share was my tips and advice on how to fit blogging to your work day. Attendees also had the honor of hearing from my friend Myrna of Mezzohead Media. Myrna talked about SEO (search engine optimization) and the world of online marketing and what all of it means for those of in the creative small industry space. The online world is changing so fast and the old, marketing techniques don't always apply in the age of social media. It was truly a gift to talk with Myrna, hear her perspective and listen to her talk about SEO in a language that we all could understand!
The room at Sprinkles was very modern with its white tables and chairs and pink floor. So, I went with the same gray and yellow theme as my first blogging workshop in Maryland and I loved how it all turned out! It was so bright and fresh, perfect for blogging all day! For each attendee, I made them a tote bag to take home all of their swag and blogging materials. (These tote bags were the same that I made at my last blogging workshop and you can find the DIY tote swag bag instructions right here!) On each bag, I made the name tags using my new (and very rough!) brush stroke skills that I learned from Michelle at Meant To Be Calligraphy at her modern brush stroke calligraphy class.
At each attendee's place setting, they received my custom blogging workbook to take notes and follow along with the presentation, a few pencils, a blank notebook, and their personalized blog and website review in a gray folder. For the favors, I made a custom yellow, gray and white sprinkle mix in a jar with a sticker that said "Sprinkles Make Blogging Better," because well, they do! (Don't worry, I'll be sharing my DIY instructions for how to make your own custom sprinkles mix!) Each guest also received a little glass milk bottle with a sticker that said, "Blog. Sip. Repeat." I also put little signs in the bowls of chocolate kisses that said, "Kiss Your Blogging Mistakes Away." As a little to-go treat, the guests also received custom cookies made by Tiffany at Sugar Studio Co. She was able to hand pipe the icing onto the cookies in the different blogging phrases of "Your Blog Is Like Really Pretty," "Blog It Like Its Hot," and "You Can Totally Blog With Me."
Running your small business and your blog, it all about the sugar and hydration! Here are the rest of the pictures…
Photo Credit: Red October Photography
So, there you have it! You can clearly see that I'm all about the sweets, the hydration and the blogging!
Thank you so much to Red October Photography for taking such beautiful pictures and really capturing the workshop. A special thanks to my friend and DC area wedding planner, Janice, at Bellwether Events, for helping me to plan and execute the workshop. It takes a village!
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