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CT Bloggers MeetUp and A Fab Mr Price GiveAway…

March 5th, 2015 · 21 Comments

I have said it before and I will say it again, I firmly believe that bloggers need to meet up with other bloggers to blog their best. They need to mingle with folk that understand that they will stop mid-sentence to photograph their breakfast, the need to mingle with folk that understand that in every moment their is a blog post lurking. Folk may blog about the same topics or different topics, whatever, they will definitely have different viewpoints… but friendships are made and supporters are found and you can’t beat the encouragement.

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Cape Town Mom’s Meet Up – #CTMOMBlogMeet

So Saturday past, the Cape Town Mom Bloggers got together to meet and learn more about blogging and to feast of course.

Graze

So here we go, we met at Graze in Kenilworth… I’ve never been there before, but I will have to remedy that with a few more visits because: I love their green wall, their hardworking chefs and their beautiful food. The breakfast was beyond stunning and I have to say we lingered a fair while and some folk were coming in for lunch, and my gang would definitely like to stop by here for burgers one evening. The kiddie menu is cute and functional and for moms of tots a bit of a dream come true.

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Meet the People

Moving on… the point of a meet up is to meet the people…

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So here are the Cape Town Mom Bloggers that attended: Caffeine and Fairydust; Haley’s Joys; Acidice; Rumtumtiggs; A Thing of Beauty; What Happened to My Body; Surviving the Madness; The Milk Memoirs; Perfectly Normal Life; Between Daydreams; Nikki and Nicholas; Red Lips and Daring Adventures; Life and Times of the Fireflies; Cupcake Mummy and Fysh; Elle Kay – Living with Boys; Cass Lee and Chasing Dreams.

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Meet the very talented Cindy Alfino, from 3 Kids, 2 Dogs and 1 Old House, who not only likes organising blogger meet ups, but she is brilliant at it.

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And our speaker, Nikki Lincoln, who is the Digital Food Editor at Woolworths Online… what happy to share all sorts of valuable tips about blogging, SEO and Google Analytics in a very understandable way…

The Talk

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You could have heard a pin drop as notes were taken, clearly bloggers are eager to know more about the art of blogging… and our very eloquent speaker had heaps of excellent tips and ideas…

Se7en+1 Topical Tips, that I jotted down while listening:

  1. Get yourself a Working Editorial Calendar: It will help you blog more efficiently and remove the stress of “What’s to do next?”
  2. How to Create a Working Editorial Plan: Print out a calendar and make a list of posts you want to write… your favourite celebrations and special occasions; a list of curated content (pulling older posts back up to the fore-front); a list of created content. Fill up your calendar with potential posts.
  3. There are Four Types of Post: Inspiring, educating, persuading and entertaining. The more of these components that you can add to a post the better.
  4. A Post Needs to Be: Findable, readable, actionable and shareable.
  5. What Are People Looking For: Searchable, Interesting Titles… with relevant keywords. Layer your post with {H1}, {H2} headers.
  6. Google Analytics: The important ones – visitors, sessions and uniques. Your bounce rate is the % of visitors that drop off your site… things that affect are links to a subdomain, always open them n a new window because navigating with the back button effects your bounce rate. In other words, in-page navigation is important to google.
  7. Device Metrics: How are folk reading your blog and what does it look like on that device… hmmm that is something I should look up… never ever thought of it before.
  8. Reader’s Like Longer Posts: If they arrived because they are looking for something, then they are looking for details. You can’t know where your readers are entering the topic from, so provide background.

The Sponsors

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Another great aspect of blogger metopes and why they may well be the best thing for bloggers to attend is the hidden in the goodie bag… heaps of lovely sponsors and an introduction to brands that you may not have come across before.

Huge thank you to all the sponsors, including the main sponsor of the event, Gumtree. Our goodie bag was packed with products from: Wakaberry; Kin Shop; Oh So Heavenly; Ella’s Kitchen; Reusable Pouches; Tangled Tree; Baby Group; Optiphi; Wellness Warehouse; Almay; Mitchum; Beautiful Earth; Adventure Bootcamp; and The Galileo Cinema. Not to mention GiveAway Prizes from Ella’s Kitchen; Lauren Pretorius Photography; Sticky Fudge; Adventure Bootcamp; Wellness Warehouse; and the Windsor Hotel.

Mr Price

And then the sponsor that took us by storm… because everybody loves Mr Price, and turns out Mr Price loves us right back. A Last minute call for our children’s clothing sizes and each mother attending was surprised with a personal gift for each of their children. And some mothers had quite a few more children than others, I have to say I was blown away. Beautifully selected and gift wrapped gifts for each child…

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Vouchers for our teens:

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And complete outfits for everyone else.

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You can safely say that my gang were simply over the moon with excitement…

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The GiveAway

We were given a voucher to share with you all… and we have a R250 voucher for one of our readers to spend at Mr Price Fashion. All you have to do is leave a comment, tell us about your kids’ favourite clothes, before the end of play on Saturday the 7 March 2015. You can use this voucher to shop online (Hoorah!!!) and deliver to a South African Delivery Address.

Huge Thank you to Cindy for organising this fabulous event and Nikki for her great presentation. And of course, thank you to Mr Price for the fabulous gifts and GiveAway Voucher for our readers. This is not a sponsored post, we were not paid to write it, and the opinions expressed are as usual our own.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MrsFF // Mar 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Looks like was a fun day!! And the venue beautiful! My kid just loves clothes. I guess she is too young to decide what she likes best But I would say sundresses And all and anything look best on her ( in my unbiased opinion)
    MrsFF´s last blog post ..Another Silent Sunday …

  • 2 Heide Goodman // Mar 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Comfortable, yet very girly. A difficult combination! Online shopping is great because we dont have to spend hours and hours shopping

  • 3 Sanna // Mar 5, 2015 at 8:23 am

    hard to say what my 2 year old likes, but if I ask her she does often say dresses and she loves to be told that something looks pretty.

  • 4 Cassey // Mar 5, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Graze is a great place, and I can happily recommend the burgers. My kid doesn’t have a preference for what he likes best, but he does prefer blue or red items.
    Cassey´s last blog post ..TED Thursday: The power of vulnerability

  • 5 cat@jugglingact // Mar 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

    What a great treat from Mr Price. The Princess loves funky clothes – she would love that black jacket for instance – and always denim. The boys just want to be comfortable and like elastic waist pants and hoodies
    cat@jugglingact´s last blog post ..It was really a good weekend.

  • 6 Nita // Mar 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Go MRP !

  • 7 Carina Maré // Mar 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    My son loves wearing BRIGHT colours – shocking pink, orange, red and sunshine yellow. It matches his personality.

  • 8 aunty muffin // Mar 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    T-shirts of all shapes, colours and sizes!
    And they enjoy MRP!

  • 9 Marcia (123 blog) // Mar 5, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    What a wonderful post! Sounds like a great time – I don’t know where you got time to photograph AND write down all the tips 🙂

    Connor gets stuck on a colour for clothes. Thank goodness he’s out of the brown phase. That year I had to search high and low for a brown jersey 🙂

    Kendra likes anything girly – the more frills and flounces, the better.

    I like the way Mr P’s pants fit her, actually, as they’re a thin fit, perfect for her build.
    Marcia (123 blog)´s last blog post ..Parenting advice from my friend, Se7en, a mom of EIGHT!

  • 10 Wendy Young // Mar 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I am in a blog slump and would have loved to have been there. Super cool gifts for your kids!
    Wendy Young´s last blog post ..The slog and the blessing of a vegetable garden

  • 11 Anita // Mar 5, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    My biggest loves any SA sports gear and my middle has two favourite brown t shirts (hand me downs from a friend) that he alternates between. Youngest too little to tell us yet!

  • 12 Sue // Mar 5, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Great giveaway!! I have 3 kids with 3 very different tastes. One girly girl who loves frills and colour, one boy who’s into superheroes and oversized clothing (maybe because of a kind cousin who hands down…) and an almost teen who likes classic or sporty clothing. Mr Price Sport is our favourite shop!

  • 13 Delene // Mar 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I have two boys who love comfy casual clothes and a little girl who loves dresses.

  • 14 Nici // Mar 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    A girl can never have too many dresses? Or cute shoes? 🙂

  • 15 Ray // Mar 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    T-shirts – the staple for a boy!
    Ray´s last blog post ..Comment on Twelve things we’ve learned in twelve months of marriage by Lisa

  • 16 Em // Mar 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Love Mr.Price Onesies! Trendy and reasonably priced!

  • 17 Alex // Mar 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I love their jumpsuits and dresses 🙂

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