Come one! Come all! Lise M. from Urban Style Vibes in the Netherlands contacted me a few months ago and together, we’ve been working on launching a blogging event in Amsterdam. She had the idea and asked me to get involved and we quickly realized that it would be a great collaboration since I have also been wanting to pull together another blogger’s event like ones I’ve hosted in the past here in Europe – just a bit larger. Lise has been great to work with and along with her friend, Janneke, we’ve worked out quite a nice event for you to attend so try to make it if you can as it’s going to be a pretty big deal!
The idea around Meet The Blogger is to get a bunch of blogger’s together in a room to mix + mingle, to be inspired, to hear stories of other bloggers and of course to enjoy light refreshments and to break off into smaller groups afterwards to go for my book signing from 5-7 at the American Book Center and then out for cocktails, dinner, etc. to develop our online relationships further offline. We don’t have a lot of blogging meet-ups in mainland Europe, I know there are some lovely ones I’d heard about in the UK, but not so much where I live so this is the perfect chance to put a blogger’s networking event out there to see what kind of response we get. These are quite common where I’m from in the US, but here… not so much. YET. :) I predict this is about to change!
Lise and I have already talked about teaming up to do another event in a different part of Europe after this one, so perhaps that will be the next step. I’ve also been talking to Leslie Shewring about working with me as well to do a few others, so this is going to be the start of other events I’m sure. You are welcome to get involved if you think Meet the Blogger should come to your city – just shoot me an email and we can talk (holly at decor8blog.com). Lise and I have talked about Germany or France as being potential locations for the next event but for now we want to test the waters to see how blogging events are received as blogging is still growing and evolving here. I love being part of Meet The Blogger and I’m so honored that Lise thought to include me. Thanks, Lise!
For Meet The Blogger in Amsterdam, I was able to locate Hotel V centrally located in Amsterdam thanks to the American Book Center who gave me the lead — so that was easy to find. Lise worked with the hotel to give us a discount on the room rates, so if you want to stay there mention “Meet the Blogger” when you book your room for 10% off and a bottle of Prosecco in your room. The event begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. (please do not be late, we have to start on time as we only have the hotel for 3 hours) — here is the complete schedule. Note: This event is in English.
2:00 Meet The Blogger Event begins at Hotel V.
2.05 Introduction by Lise M. of Urban Style Vibes blog
2:15 Talk/Q&A by decor8, Holly Becker
2:35 Talk by Flavourites founders Natascha and Marije
2.55 Short coffee/drinks and Lily’s cupcakes break
3.20 Talk by Lily’s Cupcakes founders Angelie and Cecile
3.40 Recap/Thank you by Lise
3.50 Time to mix and mingle and for a small book sale/signing by Holly. Holly will leave at 4:30 to go to the American Book Center to continue the signing.
5.00 Meet the Blogger event ends. All attendees will go home with a goodie bag (provided by Kelly Hoppen, Flavourites and Dutch magazine VT Wonen).
Anytime after that you may come to the American Book Center for my book signing as well. Joanna Copestick, my co-author, will also be present to sign. :)
I’ll be in Amsterdam for four days, so if anyone is flying in and wants to hang out let me know and we can make some plans. See you in Amsterdam on June 25th!
IMPORTANT: Join this page below to RSVP your attendance so we can have an accurate headcount or send Lise an email if you have questions or if you are NOT on Facebook and want to confirm your attendance. It’s vital that we have a headcount so we have enough cupcakes and drinks (and goodie bags) for all, so please RSVP. In order to receive a goodie bag we need to have your name down on our guest list.
See you in June! Yay!