When we talked about the challenges facing new bloggers and how to break through those new blogger barriers, one suggestion that came up was networking with your fellow local and regional bloggers. While a lot of my blogging relationships are based online, there's something amazing about being able to email a local and say, “Hey, want to get coffee?” and meeting up to chat about things going on with your blog.
Finding those locals can be difficult, frustrating, and exasperating… so I've rounded up a handful of networks from coast to coast! Hopefully you'll find one close to you and new bloggers to say “Hi!” to.
These international sites help you find and participate in local meetups with your nearby fashion industry insiders and bloggers. Both versions of Meetup have groups within the United States and internationally – including Hamburg, Vancouver, Abu Dhabi, London, and Amsterdam! *Two Point Oh Plus just recently hosted their first international event in London, but I anticipate as membership needs grow, so will their network of events. (Link takes you to Two Point Oh – a site for both Two Point LA + Two Point Oh +)
Within the United States:
Midwestern Blog Networks:
Chicago Blogger Network
Midwest Style Bloggers
East Coast Blog Networks:
Northeast Bloggers Network
Boston Bloggers (includes all bloggers, but fashion + food bloggers are their largest group!)
Blog Better Boston
Cap Fabb (Washington D.C. Fashion, Beauty, & Lifestyle Bloggers)
This list of regional networks is, by no means, exhaustive! There are tons of networks related to niche as well, but when you're looking to meet locals, host meet-ups, and find a buddy for fashion week, your local and regional network is going to be a great option for getting started.
If your region (local, state, or tri-state) isn't represented, this is a great way to make a place for yourself as a blogger – start one up! It's a great way to network with local bloggers, build relationships with brands (both independent + local to corporate), and build relationships with public relations brands!
If you're a member of another regional network, in the US or outside, please share it with us!