I believe it's safe to say that our first Adelaide Bloggers and Social Web Media Group get-together of the year started off pretty well. Not only did we manage to get our first venue sponsor (yes - free house wine and softdrinks + 50% off everything else we ordered + free 3 hour parking) via Caffé Primo - Norwood - we even managed to have a pretty decent attendance (25 attendees, even though it's a long weekend - and a few new folks joined us too + some of our old friends and regulars).
And yes, thanks again to Ara, the owner of Primo Norwood. He even came to talk to the meet-up attendees at the start of the party, to tell us how and why he franchised a Primo. And, his dream of changing and making things better - as well as his general love for the food industry. It was great.
Another thanks, of course, goes to my sister, Sasha Manuel, who made the contact and organised the sponsorship deal. If she lived in Adelaide, I would've definitely asked her to keep working on these types of deals. Heh.
I'm really hoping that this is just the start of better and more exciting things to come for our growing group. I've got other ideas, and I'm hoping to find ways to pull them off. But yes, social media is definitely alive and kicking here in Adelaide. And, I'm really grateful to all our friends and members who help to make this happen. Thank you, all!
Now, here are the folks who helped us to make this event a success -
Also, here are some blog posts about the event (Note: If you're an Adelaide blogger who joined the event and blogged about it, please let me know so I can add your link here too.) -
Again, thanks so much for making this happen. Until next time!
Oh, and yes, if you want to be notified of future events, check out our Facebook group page and/or our Meetup Page* (Sponsored by australianblogs.com.au). We have tentatively booked the 24th of April 2009, Friday, 6 to 9pm, as the next meet-up date.
Here's the video slideshow of photos from the event -
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.