It is hard to imagine but it has now been almost 6 months since I created a community here in Rome called Rome Bloggers. The Rome Bloggers group meets once a month either to attend a presentation on a specific topic or just a networking event. Here is a sneak peek of the next meet-up happening in a week and a half.
I can’t take all the credit for founding Rome Bloggers, as the idea came to mind when I found out about the Ft. Lauderdale and South Florida Bloggers chapter months before I left Miami. These chapters are part of The Blogger Union, an organization founded in 2015 by Paola Mendez, founder of Pinkghost, a designer toy store, gallery, and haven for local and international artists. She also runs a few other online businesses, Coral Gables Love —the most influential online hub in Coral Gables— Dapper Animals, and Cool Gifting. Girlboss much?
Since the start of the original first blogger chapter, South Florida Bloggers, a demand grew for chapters nationwide. There are now chapters in Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Greenville and now Rome, which I am the Sponsorship, Events, and Social Media officer for.
Starting a community of bloggers in Rome wouldn’t have crossed my mind if I didn’t know about the concept while living in South Florida. The thought of leading and creating something myself was scary and intimidating. I didn’t know how people would respond to such a thing, especially in an international city where blogging is seen to be more like a hobby, rather than an actual career or way to make a living like it is growing to be in the United States. I had all these questions racing in my mind when I decided I wanted to host my first meet-up…
Will anyone show up?
What will I talk about?
Will it be a problem that my Italian is not proficient enough to host a meet-up entirely in the native language of the country I’m living in?
As you can see, I was very doubtful of my capabilities. With each meet-up, I think it has gotten easier and easier. Thankfully, I have had really great volunteers speak at previous events, such as Zoey Arielle on the topic of YouTube, Anastasiya Craze on the topic of Social Media, and now my right hand man, Jared Chuba, will be doing a presentation on photography this month-a new found passion he just discovered a year and a half ago when he started shooting pictures for my blog. I couldn’t be more grateful for these individuals and their contribution to sharing with us, the Rome Bloggers community.
I think the greatest reward I have received out of starting Rome Bloggers is the amount of friendships I have developed and helped create, not only friends I’ve made personally but within the group and connecting people who otherwise might not have met if it weren’t for these monthly meet-ups. I know these are relationships that will last me a lifetime, no matter where in the world we may be & I’m so happy to have crossed paths with everyone I have met on this journey so far.
Rome Bloggers has taught me that the eternal city is truly one of the greatest melting pots in the world. I have met people from Australia, Africa, England, US, Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, Brazil, Iran, Sweden, and of course, Italy! I have never lived in a city with so much diversity and that is what I love about this group…it’s open to everyone and anyone that loves to create.
Big thank you to the following people who helped make this vision happen and continue to happen: Jared, Paola, Linda(The Beehive is like our second home♥). A re-cap of the past 4 meet-ups are available via Linda’s blog by clicking here.
Quote of the week: “You want to make sure you are doing the best you can, cause if not… then why are you doing it at all?”
All my love,