What we're about

This Meetup is an open group for all bloggers - whether you're already established or you're still dreaming of becoming a blogger. Our group will be a collaborative and encouraging place to get and share information, tips, recommendations, and methods used for blogs (or personal online writing).

Let's work together to make our own writing, videos, and photography better. Let's meet together when we can to share fun, camaraderie, networking, and/or friendships.

As of April 2018, I'm living in Chicago, so the scheduled Meetups will be online, remote and virtual (no physical meeting place or time). Just use your Internet to access this site and check out the information. That means you can have the meeting's information any time you want!

Send in your comments, suggestions, and desires for this group. What do you want to see, hear, or learn?

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Need guidance? Choose the blueprint that fits your blogging needs

The Blueprint Series [provided by www.BlueHost.com] wherever you're starting from, you have a guide. Tap into these helpful ebooks for expert advice on everything from building successful websites with WordPress to creating an amazing blog. ------------------------------- Beginner's Guide Learn how to get started with WordPress and how to design, build, and publish your first site. Included in this guide: Understanding the WordPress Dashboard Themes: The Design and Structure of Your Website Plugins, Unplugged Building Your Site with the Content Editor Publishing Your First Page or Post https://www.bluehost.com/static/downloads/blueprint-beginners-guide.pdf ------------------------------- Blogger's Playbook Learn how to create and maintain an engaging blog with exclusive advice from successful bloggers in food, fashion, travel and more. With this guide you'll learn to: Define your brand and style Produce meaningful content Promote yourself using search and social media Monetize effectively https://www.bluehost.com/static/downloads/blueprint-bloggers-playbook-1.pdf ------------------------------------- Web Pro's Guide Dive deeper into advanced WordPress features and learn to unlock your site's full potential. Included in this guide: Performance optimization Security best practices Efficient workflows Troubleshooting Website migration Advanced features https://www.bluehost.com/static/downloads/blueprint-pro-guide.pdf ------------------------------------- Bloggers, if you still need web hosting, or are unhappy with your current website hosting company, I highly recommend BlueHost.com They have competitive prices, high-quality technology, and excellent customer service. I have all my websites hosted with BlueHost.com and I can say they make it easy for me. [I am not an affiliate, I do not receive compensation from BlueHost.com]

Can't travel because of COVID virus? Blog about past trips or future plans

-- No event, no meeting; just information and blog prompting -- Okay, travelers and personal bloggers, many of us are stuck in one place or feeling restricted even in our daydreams. Instead of wallowing in misery, let's switch to remembering (and writing) about past trips or fantasizing (and writing) about future travel! If you want some inspiration, here's a link to "travel words that describe wanderlust". Check out the words and their definitions, you may find one that reflects the way you think/feel about traveling. https://www.theintrepidguide.com/travel-words-that-describe-wanderlust-perfectly/#.X7K2fi2ZPJM And then write about it in your blog!

(info only - no meeting) No excuses, get started today

Hello new Bloggers and to those who have not yet started, Did you know that there are some true benefits to being a newbie? First off, there’s something beautiful and appealing about discovering your passions and pursuing them to the fullest that makes for robust and interesting writing. Three reasons why new bloggers have an advantage: 1. New writers are more motivated The longer you’ve been doing any one career, the more the shine has worn off. But not when you’re just starting out. Novice writers are hungry and eager — they’re ready to do the work, and they tend to go at it hard and accept feedback more easily than those who have been getting their work published for a while. And, for many bloggers, this as a second (or third or fourth) career, they understand the effort it can take to master something unfamiliar, and they’re more willing to push through the tough times to reach their goals. 2. New writers don’t have as many bad habits Any editor who has worked with veteran reporters knows that they are often set in their ways. They’ve been misspelling the same words for decades, and they craft their sentences and set up their story structures in similar ways, over and over. Not so with newbies. Sure, it’s true that a story from someone who hasn’t produced it for public eyes previously can be filled with grammatical errors and need assistance in things like transitions, sentence structure, and other writing conventions, but for the most part, learners want to do just that: learn. New writers also are more likely to retain feedback, because they are eager to become proficient, and they’re more motivated. 3. New writers often come from interesting backgrounds The fresh perspective from new Bloggers that comes from such varied life experiences can be so reinvigorating. I really enjoy hearing about a place from someone who has a different—and often unique—worldview, because the outlook on available activities, dining, lodging, and modes of travel can be fascinating and provocative. The exploration and acceptance of our differences and our similarities is what makes the world go ’round, and it absolutely feeds and enhances the travel experience. So, if you’ve been putting off blogging because of lack of experience, you can quit using that excuse right now. Start with where you are and with what you have. Start today. Start right now. Wherever you are, with whatever you know, and whatever you can write, photograph, or post. Right now, work for 10-30 minutes.

Need guidance? Choose the blueprint that fits your blogging needs

The Blueprint Series [provided by www.BlueHost.com] wherever you're starting from, you have a guide. Tap into these helpful ebooks for expert advice on everything from building successful websites with WordPress to creating an amazing blog. ------------------------------- Beginner's Guide Learn how to get started with WordPress and how to design, build, and publish your first site. Included in this guide: Understanding the WordPress Dashboard Themes: The Design and Structure of Your Website Plugins, Unplugged Building Your Site with the Content Editor Publishing Your First Page or Post https://www.bluehost.com/static/downloads/blueprint-beginners-guide.pdf ------------------------------- Blogger's Playbook Learn how to create and maintain an engaging blog with exclusive advice from successful bloggers in food, fashion, travel and more. With this guide you'll learn to: Define your brand and style Produce meaningful content Promote yourself using search and social media Monetize effectively https://www.bluehost.com/static/downloads/blueprint-bloggers-playbook-1.pdf ------------------------------------- Web Pro's Guide Dive deeper into advanced WordPress features and learn to unlock your site's full potential. Included in this guide: Performance optimization Security best practices Efficient workflows Troubleshooting Website migration Advanced features https://www.bluehost.com/static/downloads/blueprint-pro-guide.pdf ------------------------------------- Bloggers, if you still need web hosting, or are unhappy with your current website hosting company, I highly recommend BlueHost.com They have competitive prices, high-quality technology, and excellent customer service. I have all my websites hosted with BlueHost.com and I can say they make it easy for me. [I am not an affiliate, I do not receive compensation from BlueHost.com]

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