Connect with Us in July

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Wow, is it ever turning out to be a busy social media summer here in Austin. One thing’s for sure — you’ll know where to find us if you want to connect with the Every Dot Connects team. Here’s what we’re up to in July:

July 3 ~ Social Networking Blood Drive

Mike and Connie will be joining the Austin Twitter/Tech community to save lives by donating blood on Thursday, July 3, at the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas. Connie had the idea to do a blood drive in association with the Frozen Pea Fund, and Michelle Greer and David Neff stepped up to help organize the Austin event.

The idea is to gather with some friends from your favorite social network — Twitter, Plurk, Ning, Facebook, for example — at your local blood donation center and give a few pints for a good cause. It’s especially timely this Thursday, which is the day before a major summer holiday, when the blood banks need extra inventory.

Choose a sign-up time for the Austin blood drive here. And if you organize a drive in another location, please let us know here.

July 16-17 ~ SEM for SMB Conference

Connie will be speaking at Search Engine Marketing for Small and Midsize Businesses. The conference will cover both business and technical topics and give attendees hands-on training with tools, processes and skills needed to deliver more return from online marketing and advertising. In addition, attendees will be able to sign up for one-on-one sessions with speakers, so you can get personalized attention for your specific needs.

Every Dot Connects is happy to provide an additional $50 off of the registration fee of $195, making it $145 for two-day, meals included. Please use smc2008 as the discount code during the payment process. Please register today, the early-bird discount ends on July 1.

July 17 ~ Social Media Club Austin

Andy Meadows of Live Oak 360 is speaking at our next meeting on July 17. Thanks to the generosity of Joshua Baer and Datran Media, we’ll again be meeting at their conference room. Pizza and networking at 6:00 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m.

July 18 ~ Every Dot Connects workshop in Austin

We’re happy to welcome Jennifer Navarrete as a speaker for our summer workshop series lineup. She’ll join Sheila Scarborough for a three-hour, hands-on workshop on Web 2.0 tools, followed by an informal lunch where the conversation will continue. The workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn in northwest Austin.

Watch this space for more information and a link to online registration later this week. Or, drop our admin Erin a note and ask to be placed on the mailing list.

Update:  The 18 July 2020 workshop info/registration page is now live.  Click here to Learn Three Web 2.0 Tools in Three Hours.

July 19 ~ BlogHer in Second Life

Can’t make it to San Francisco for the annual BlogHer conference? Stay at home and join the virtual conference, sponsored by CNN, which features livestreaming of keynotes from BlogHer to Second Life. By the way, men are welcome to attend. Check out the schedule and register here. It’s free! A full house is expected, so register soon.

Connie will be speaking on an exclusive Second Life-only panel on Saturday afternoon called Using Second Life for Good. The BlogHer in Second Life office will be open beginning on Monday, July 15, so you can familiarize yourself with Second Life and get assistance mastering the basics of attending in-world events. Or just chill out on some cozy floor pillows while drinking some virtual lemonade and thinking of all that gas money you’re saving.

July 25 ~ Every Dot Connects workshop in San Antonio

Sheila and Jennifer will repeat the three-hour workshop in San Antonio. August and September dates will be announced soon, as well as a new all-day seminar on starting a blog.

Please let your friends know about these workshops. They are especially good for people just dipping their toes into social networking, and are designed to provide a no-fear environment for learning the basics. We are also available for onsite training at your business. Contact us for a quote on a customized training session.

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Connie Reece - who has written 152 posts on Every Dot Connects.

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7 Comments For This Post

  1. MizFit Says:

    I had no idea about the virtual piece (perhaps because I was too deep in I CANT MAKE IT THIS YEAR mourning :) )

    thanks for the heads up.


  2. Connie Reece Says:

    I didn’t get to attend the virtual conference last year — really excited I get to be a part of this year’s. See you there!

  3. Elisa Camahort Page Says:

    Actually BlogHer is holding regular office hours in Second Life starting now. Hours are (all in Pacific time zone)
    Monday 10am-2pm
    Wednesday 10am-2pm
    Thursday 12-2pm 8pm-11pm
    Sunday 4pm-6pm

    Contact our BlogHer in Second Life ambassador, Queen Tureaud (aka Erin Kotecki Vest) if you need a personal tutorial at:


  4. Connie Reece Says:

    Elisa, thanks for the update! I’ll be dropping by the Second Life office this week, then. I’ll miss getting to see you in person, but I know I’ll enjoy being a part of the virtual conference.

  5. Mike Chapman Says:

    I will blog about the upcoming Netroots Nation gathering soon. Over 3000 progressive, political bloggers are coming to Austin and I’ll be there.

  6. Paul Chaney Says:

    I have so got to get to Austin. So much cool social media stuff happens there all the time. Our company is doing business there now and, well, it seems only right that the marketing director (uh, that would be moi) should have some face time over there.

  7. Connie Reece Says:

    Paul - well, hello! Of course the marketing director needs to be in Austin now and then. I sniff a tweetup in the air . . .