Want to Come Hang Out with Me in Atlanta?

Writers Weekend ImageI never wanted to be a blogger. Hear me again, I NEVER wanted to be a blogger.

A blog, to me, sounded like a late night chat room—the kind of place we were warned not to go during our technology classes in middle school (yes, technology classes. That was before babies got iPads).

But much to my surprise, here I am. I’m a writer who writes primarily on a blog. Some might even call me a blogger.

And I love it.

Blogging has the power to change our lives, if we allow it to, because it’s just another kind of community.

Stories connect us—one to another—they always have. And I’m so grateful to have a front row seat to what can happen when we drop our facades, stop trying to be perfect, and start being honest.

I receive the most fantastic emails from you—inviting me into the corners of your life in such a beautiful way that never fails to make me cry.

But along with emails about life and love and God, I also get a ridiculous number of emails about blogging.

You’ve seen and been through things that would give us goosebumps if you told us about them, and you’re ready to use those stories to make the world around you better.

But blogging isn’t easy.

You have questions about hosting and about the difference between WordPress and Blogger, and I bet more than a few of you have sat with your head in your hands as you racked your brain for the perfect name for your space.

How much do I share, and why should I write, and how often should I be posting?

How do I get my name out there? Is self-promotion wrong? And if it’s ok, then why do I feel like a used car salesman as I do it?

The internet is a huge place and sometimes our dreams get lost in the abyss of the blogs that already fill Google’s virtual hallways.

We wonder if anyone really needs to hear our story anyway.

But they do.

You have a story and there is someone out there going through something similar, and they need a friend to reach back and tell them that it’s going to be ok.

And so that’s what I want to do with you.

I know from personal experience how daunting it is to start a blog. I know how confusing it is to build a website for the first time, and how you feel like you were dropped into a Chinese class when you were expecting English Lit. I know how it feels to wake up and wonder if anyone’s reading but your mother, and like everything worth writing about has already been written.

But some things are just worth doing, and that this is one of them.

And so I think we should do this together.

It has become my dream to help the beautiful women of The Lipstick Gospel to tell their own stories—making the gap between you and your dreams smaller and easier to navigate.

And selfishly, I am just so tired of having you all so far away. I don’t want to live in the land of perpetual online coffee dates. I want to see you and get to know you and actually be friends.

And so…

I want to host a Lipstick Gospel Writers Weekend.

I want to invite you to come to Atlanta to hang out with me for a few days. I want to get to know you and to give you the chance to network with other people with the same passions and goals.

I want to sit down and hammer out some details with you: what is your story? How do you want the world around you to change, and how are you going to use your story to help make that happen?

I want to talk website logistics—not via email (which always makes things much more confusing) but in person—pulling out the thesaurus together as we, together, try to come up with a name.

I want to walk right alongside you as we figure out who you are as a writer, and how to make the greatest-possible contribution to the world around you.

This is a brand new idea, and we don’t have any details yet. But I wanted to share it with you and see what you think.

So if you are interested, I’d love for you to send me an email (TheLipstickGospel@gmail.com). And in it, I’d love if you’d answer these questions:

  1. Would you be able to get to the Atlanta area sometime in the next three months?
  2. How much would you expect to pay for a weekend retreat like this (including lodging, food, etc.)
  3. Where are you in the blogging process? (Do you have a blog already? Are you looking to start a blog? Are you wanting to grow your platform?, etc.)
  4. What are your biggest questions when it comes to blogging?
  5. What would you hope to get out of the weekend?

This is crazy, but I think it just may be amazing.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

All my love,

Stephanie

Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea! I can think of lots of friends that want to start blogging, but don’t really know where to begin. I’ll pass this along! I love finding fellow ATL bloggers :)

  2. says

    What an AWESOME idea!!! I live in Orlando but could possibly be able to make the 4 hour drive. I just starting blogging 2 months ago, so I need all the advice and tips I can get. I’ll email you sometime this week :)

    • Stephanie May says

      Yay! I’m so glad! Definitely send me an email with the answer to those questions. I should hopefully have some details soon!

  3. says

    I would definitely fly out to Atlanta for Lipstick Gospel Writers Weekend! Fabulous idea! To answer the questions above…

    Would you be able to get to the Atlanta area sometime in the next three months?
    I’m a teacher right now, so with state testing the best time to get to Atlanta is summer. The earliest in June.
    How much would you expect to pay for a weekend retreat like this (including lodging, food, etc.)
    Hmm, I’m probably too frugal to a fault, but no more than $150? I hope that’s not too cheap. I’m not sure.
    Where are you in the blogging process? (Do you have a blog already? Are you looking to start a blog? Are you wanting to grow your platform?, etc.)
    I do have a blog, but I don’t write on it as often as I’d like/should. I get stuck on the cosmetics and constantly editing before really putting down content. I need to stop editing as I write because it slows me down. Then I get discouraged which leads to a 3-month hiatus = unacceptable.
    What are your biggest questions when it comes to blogging?
    How to connect with other bloggers locally and just staying consistent with posting. Honestly, I would love to make a living from writing/blogging but I didn’t want to sound selfish with that :)
    What would you hope to get out of the weekend?
    Connect with other bloggers. Hear others’ stories and how to become a better blogger/writer and connecting with my audience/readers.

  4. Denise Ross says

    Loving what you’re doing here and where you want to go with this. Fantastic.!! Since I live on the east coast of Australia I wouldn’t be able to attend, but would love to know how it all goes. All the best with this and God Bless

  5. says

    Good Morning, Stephanie!

    I live in a little town, north of Toronto, Canada and I’ve been blogging daily since December 2010. My blog is at: overflowdl.com

    I would be very interested in learning more about this get-together. I will be in the Atlanta area in June (22-25) because my first book is coming out and I’ll be attending a trade show for those days.

    It’s a great idea, Stephanie . . . keep me posted, please!

    Diane

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