A Blog Workshop for Weddings and Parties

by Robbie Schlosser · 5 comments

Thanks in advance for reading this article. I appreciate your interest and hope you get a few good ideas. I'd love to hear what you liked. Please write me a little COMMENT below. Start a conversation. Tell me what you think, and I'll reply. Promise.

Ever attend a blog workshop? Blogging is important for me and many of my colleagues.  Most of us work in small businesses, either self-employed or with just a few friends, and we’re often our own sales and marketing departments.

You, too?

These days many businesses are marketing with more and more social media — blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest — and we’re eager to learn the “best practices”.

I’m right in there, so I explore these new media to see how they work, talk with friends and experts, read books & magazines, and regularly attend a blog webinar or a blog workshop.

I’ve always been trying to learn everything quickly and completely.  Early on, back in 2010, I attended a wonderful blog workshop presented by my friend Stacie Tamaki.

She made it one of those days where I realize that the more I learn, the more I see how much more I don’t know yet.

Stacie did a fantastic job of rounding up many important aspects of blogging, that we OUGHT to be aware of, and then “filling in the blanks” clearly and thoroughly for each one — explaining either what it’s all about, how to do it, or where to find out more.

She started with “Why Have a Blog”, progressed through “Traffic and How Search Engines Work”, “Creating Your Blog (including a demonstration)”, and a few other topics, and finally discussed “Blog Etiquette and Legal Issues”.

Nine other Bay Area wedding & event professionals attended — Armando Sarabia, Daniella Degrassi, Fearon DeWeese, John Woods, Katherine Knoller Fernandez, Megan Woods, Naphtalie Squier, Sara Otsuka, and Susan Groves — and I’m REALLY looking forward to their blogs.

This was the first in a series of workshops Stacie called “Newbie Bloggers 101 Seminar”, and I recommend anyone interested should visit her blog and sign up for the next one.

Way back when I attended high school and college, I never intended to become a marketer.  But these days marketing helps me entertain at weddings and parties.  Which is where I really want to go, and marketing with my blog helps me get there.

In fact, in between these weddings and parties I’m either in my office, helping people plan the music for their next celebration,

Or with my family,

Or with my friends and colleagues at a networking event.  Where naturally our conversations include talk about blogging.

Are you a blogger, too?  Some blogging enthusiasts I know seem to “live to blog”, while I’m more in the “blog to live” camp.

How about you?  Where’s the balance?  Which camp are you in?


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Daniela Degrassi

It has been indeed a very helpful workshop. Stacie is so well prepared and professional, and such a sweet person. All the content was easy to follow and I look forward to implement the new information in my blog. Thank you Robbie for such a well written review, I look forward to share more time at Stacie’s workshops!
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Robbie Schlosser

Thanks for your comment, Daniela. Nice chatting with you at Stacie’s terrific workshop, and I’m sure we’ll continue to meet often. I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog, and I hope it will give you an idea or two. In the meantime, I’ll jump over to your blog and see what you’ve been up to.

Stacie Tamaki

Thank you both for the kind words. It was such a pleasure to be in a room full of people who want to learn to blog! The advantages are many and I truly believe that those who start blogging now will be ahead in the long run while those who wait to begin will sooner or later be playing catch up.
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Naphtalie Squier

You summarized the importance of blogging and learning about it very well! We all were so inspired by Stacie – but I think we also were inspired by each other! Thanks for sharing your blog and helping motivate me! I have just begun a simple inspirational blog just to get going (http://scatteringjoy.wordpress.com/) but I know that I have other brewing blog ideas that will come out with time! Thank you for writing this!


Hi Naphthalie,

Thanks for commenting on my blog and inviting me to yours. Your low-light photos are amazing! They create a fascinating new perspective for seeing familiar things differently. You’ve started a nice blog — I’ll return soon and look for more images.

By the way, I love how you use the Snap Shot feature. There must be a thousand useful little gadgets like this! What’s the best thing you like about it?

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