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Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Blogging Guest Speaker... Who me?

So, tonight I carpooled up to SF with Lea McIntosh and Diane Phillips to attend a Bay Area Wedding Network meeting. Tonight's BAWN was special... I was more then an attendee, I was one of the featured guest speakers. My topic: Blogging.

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The event was held at the Flood Mansion. For those unfamiliar with the neighborhood some of the steepest hills in the city are adjacent to the mansion. We arrived early and wanted to go to Union Street to grab a nibble and just hang out until the meeting began... But the steep hills and Lea's shoes were not a good mix, so the only solution to get us down the hill and back up again?

You got it. Lea called for a cab. LOL I couldn't believe we were taking a cab for 3 blocks.

We first went  to Spuntino, a small Italian cheese and specialty food shop. The staff was warm and friendly and the cheese? Oh my gosh! The Cave Aged Marisa was phenomenal. Seriously my new favorite cheese! We got some drinks and crackers to go with. I will definitely go back again the next time I'm in town.

Next we stopped in at La Boulange for some Macarons de Paris. I got a few, ok 5, to test. 

Our destination was The James Leary Flood Mansion. A big thank you to Gwen Helbush and Marie Rios for inviting me to be on the panel of guest speakers. I love encouraging others to blog so this was a great opportunity for me to talk to a large group of people all at one time.

The Crowd

The Goodies

Cakes by True Confections & chocolates by Coco Delice Fine Chocolates

Cake Coquette meets DK Designs


A special thanks to MetMedia Creative Digital Video & Multimedia and Everything Audio/Visual for helping me to get set up with my presentation. Jonathan took the slide images I sent him and got them all set up into a power point presentation for me. And Everything Audio/Visual took care of the microphones we used during our presentations. Also a special thanks to Alan Helbush of, Where To Start, Inc. Technology Solutions, for running my slide presentation while I was talking so that I didn't have to :o)

During the Presentation

The topics for the evening were: websites, blogging and social networks. I talked for 15 minutes about why to blog and what a blog is. I hope the information was helpful. Several people told me after it was so that was good to hear. Among other things I tried to demystify blogging and tried to help the audience embrace that a blog is an opportunity to meet new people and to show them what you do, not an imposition that just takes time.

Afterwards we made a quick stop...

Ketchup, a study in light...

Always wanting to improve the quality of my blog pictures I have been learning how to manually adjust the lighting on my camera. Here the best image came from turning off the flash and overexposing the shot. Cool huh? Learning more about lighting while waiting for my grilled cheese sandwich. LOL


  1. Ahhh... I LOVE the Flood Mansion. It was only a handful of blocks from where I used to live on Fillmore Street! I miss SF! WAAAHHHHHH! Glad that the BAWN event was a success... wish I was there!

  2. LOL! I'm glad I got to be part of one of your blog posts. It was a BLAST and I got to see firsthand how you create your blogs. :) Can't wait until the next adventure.

  3. LOL Evonne, you should time your next trip back so that you can come back to SF and go to one of these events with us!

    Diane I'm not sure if it's a good thing you now know the method to my madness :P But weren't those macaroons good? One of mine wasn't so great but the others... *drool* I can't wait to go get more.

    Going to go eat the rest of my cheese right now!

  4. Stacie... definitely, I'd LOVE to go to one of these events with you ladies. It seems so much fun getting together with everyone. I miss all the networking in the city! Do you have a schedule of what's coming up in 2009? I know my hubby and I will be back for one of his friends' wedding some time next year (maybe Spring)! Keep me posted... thanks girlie!

  5. I will keep you posted Evonne. As soon as BAWN publishes their schedule for 2009 you'll be the first I share it with!


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