Friday, March 26, 2010
Last night's Tulsa Blogger Meetup was the best yet.
About 50 local bloggers showed up to shoot the stuff at Blue Dome Diner last night at Tulsa Blogger Meetup, Second Edition (search #tulsabm on Twitter to get the feed - yes, I wrote #tulsabm and, yes, all the required jokes have been made).
Lucky for us, Brett McKay, 1/2 of the team behind the award-winning The Art of Manliness (along with his witty and lovely wife, Katie McKay), talked to us about how to build a better blog.
As in, a blog that has more than 18,000 Facebook fans and nearly 40,000 subscribers and gets a couple million visits every month. And wins the title of the best blog in the entire state of Oklahoma in the 2010 Oklahoma Blog Awards (quite an accomplishment with the likes of the Pioneer Woman in the running).
You know, like The Art of Manliness blog.
Here's the gist of how you do it: Hard work. Dedication. Great writing. Original thought. Listening.
Translation: More than five weeks, a million followers on Twitter and a box set of e-books.
The folks at the Blue Dome Diner were gracious hosts.
How often does a person get a choice of three different types of sliders for supper?
Not often. At least, not for me. When you are a house with a two-year-old, you're too busy figuring out new ways to appropriate chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese into consumable meals to prepare three different varieties of sliders.
What is it the kids are saying these days? FML? Not that I know what that means. I'm just trying to be groovy, daddy-o.
So, the food was tasty. The door prizes - thanks to Ida Red, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa Gal, Mandy Vavrinak, A Studio, Schanke Turnbo Frank | PR and Brewburger - were real crowd-pleasers.
The company, though, was the best part.
See that bag? Handmade. And entirely out of keyboard keys.
Someone buy this woman a beer.
Make that 10 beers over three nights.
Thanks to all who came out last night. Plans are already in the works for next month's meetup, so stay tuned.
If you took photos at the event last night and want to share, feel free to upload them to the Tulsa Blogger Meetup group on Flickr.