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Blog Events: The Secret to Engaging Your Community, Growing Your Network, and Establishing Your Expertise [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Shofner
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Book Description

How do you draw your community to your blog while growing your network and establishing your expertise?

Blog events.

They're not just for hobby bloggers--they'll help your business too.

And Blog Events provides a framework for setting up your own successful event.

You'll cover why blog events are beneficial to you, how to define your event's purpose, what to consider when deciding on particulars, tricks for developing an effective marketing plan, how to tackle systems and responsibilities, and how to deal with the wrap-up.

Blog Events also has a special bonus section, filled with the secrets of a veteran blog event host--from what makes an event successful to tips that'll help keep your sanity intact. Because you can never be too prepared.

Approximately 34 pages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Path of Least Revision (August 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ECIIR38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Before I started reading this book, I naively thought that it wouldn't pertain to me. I've been a blogger for a while, hosted some events, so what information could this book bring to me that I didn't already know?

However, when I started reading, I realized that I was nodding my head in agreement, writing down notes for things that I didn't know, and frankly just enjoying the entire layout of the book, from the detailed chapters, to the brief recaps at the end (something I remember loving about textbooks in university). I may have known some of what Amanda was talking about, but it was nice to revisit those points, as well as learn something new in the process.

Any blogger knows that ideas can come in an instant. Amanda shows you that with a little bit of planning, that idea can become something that benefits not only your blog, but your readers as well. Instead of immediately writing up a post based on that idea, why not take the time to really flesh it out to make it the best idea you can? Amanda gives readers and bloggers the ENTIRE process one should go through to create an event, from the first sparks of an idea to the wrap up at the conclusion of the event.

This book goes through the entire process of running a blog event with critical details bloggers might overlook. I appreciated that it wasn't dense, was easy to read and understand, and had examples to illustrate certain points. This is definitely a worthwhile read for any blogger who wishes to host his or her own blog events in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grow Your Reach August 6, 2013
By Stacey
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Amanda does a fantastic job of making something that can be overwhelming super easy! She gives you tangible ideas and suggestions to grow your reach and showcase your expertise.

In addition to that she shows real world examples including her own extremely successful blog event which makes everything easy to understand and implementable.

Read the book and take action!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blog events made easy! August 6, 2013
By Nikki
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In this book, Shofner manages to make blog events accessible and provides many resources and examples to show how it can be done fantastically. It's a great starting guide for hobby and business bloggers alike, and made me excited to start dreaming up events for my own blog! With her very solid action tips, I feel like I can go out there and actually do it now, successfully and with little stress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for any blog event! August 27, 2013
By Melissa
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From the time I joined my first online read-a-thon I dreamed about hosting my own blog event. How hard could it be, right? It's actually a lot harder than you might think, but maybe it doesn't have to be if you go about it the right way.

Enter Amanda Shofner with her new little tome Blog Events.

Amanda is the co-host of Bout of Books, a 3 times yearly, week long online read-a-thon that engages between 400-500 participants. We just finished up Bout of Books 8.0, so yes, I'm one of those participants. I am reviewing this from the point of view of an event attendee who sees the polished end result, not the behind the scenes and I am always impressed with the professionalism and smoothness with which it seems to run. There are twitter chats, daily challenges and the overall feeling of a festival. I always come away feeling like I'm part of a community and looking forward to the next one, wishing it wasn't so far in the future. I call that successful, which is why when Amanda announced that she had released Blog Events I was eager to read it and find out her secrets.

The beauty of this book is that you can apply it to any blog event, big or small, any purpose, hobby or business. While she uses Bout of Books as an example, those examples are easy to adjust to your own needs. Simply, she makes holding a blog event accessible to anyone by breaking it down into manageable parts and providing a checklist of things you need to consider to make your event successful without driving yourself crazy.

Some key points I took away from this:

*Define your purpose clearly, what are your participants gaining, and what are you gaining? Answering both of these questions is important to help the event stay focused and benefit both sides.
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More About the Author

Amanda Shofner (n.)

1. Writer who creates stories to satisfy her opposing desires: adventure and staying home
2. Coffee aficionada and "wine away the whine" proponent
3. INTJ: introverted, intuitive, thinking, judging; HSP: highly sensitive person; left-handed; curly-haired
4. Secret admirer of quirky and unapologetically passionate people

Made by combining the words Amanda (lovable, worthy of love) and Shofner (an Americanized German surname, thought to be derived from Schaffner), Amanda Shofner is from Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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