A few months ago I had a realization that hit me like a ton of bricks. I am lucky to be able to be on The Phoenix Marathon committee because my company sponsored them this year and we were able to design and build their website. Everyone there is a veteran who has run several marathons, and most of them have done Boston a couple times.
After one meeting I asked a training question and came back to work full of ideas, tips, and resources that made a huge difference in my training instantly. I was almost upset at myself for not networking into this community of experienced runners earlier.
And then it hit me, I network with other marketing professionals, MBA grades, church members, and now runners, but there’s a big part of my life that I don’t network with and don’t have a community of resources, and that is the blogging community. How has it taken me this long to realize how much I could benefit from the support and experience of others? I seriously feel like 2 years of blogging on this blog later (and 8 years now total!) that I have been a lone wolf and not really reached out to others.
I began to look for some Arizona groups, and I found a Facebook group, but not too many other resources. It seemed as though some meetups happen, but not very regularly and not to a large community. I’ve always loved Ghandi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and even though this may not involve world peace, I knew if I wanted one of these groups there had to be other bloggers ready for a regular meetup group as well. Maybe we could help change each other’s world and learn from each other while building some friendships. And that was when the AZ Blogger Meetup was born!
Feeling a little shy about starting this whole thing, I enlisted the help of my friend and coworker (who I originally met through blogging) to help. Katie was all about the idea and game to co-found this with me.
Our first meetup happened in February, and I’ll post all about that very soon! But really, it was great to start meeting so many cool, amazing, talented souls who are all part of this blogging community. I can hardly wait to watch this grow and meet so many more!
Do you feel the same? Are you an AZ blogger who wants to join part of a community? We’ll be meeting up quarterly and would love to have you join our Facebook group for more details! https://www.facebook.com/groups/azbloggermeetup/
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