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30 Mar, 2011

Cheese Up

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Publishing/writing/career stuff|The business of blogging

I had the opportunity to attend a Tweet-Up at Serious Cheese the other day. I love cheese, and mingling, so it made sense to attend. It was a great little event. (Have you ever been to Serious Cheese? I wrote about this neat little cheese shop/lunch counter for SavvyMom awhile back.) 

A tweet-up, by the way, is a networking event that’s set up and mostly populated by Twitter users. :)

As I reflect upon what happened at the Tweet-Up I realize how important it is to get out of the house and network. The evening was so full. I feel like so much transpired … before, during, and after the event.  I chatted with the Jamie, the owner (who tweets here) and many other lovely people including the charming and funny Caroline Savignac, the Comms Manager at Brookstreet; I bought some pretty amazing (spicy!) Mac & Cheese, and I know I will be back for more; Vicky (who organized it all and blogged about it here) liked my Twitter necklace from Blend Creations and ordered one for herself when she got home (transparency alert – the Blend link is an affiliate),  I tried some inspired cheese/jam combos during the Tweet-Up and bought some michaelsdolce strawberry and balsamic jam afterwards (FYI, that shop tweets from here).

It was a good event for me. It stayed with me, because here I am, still thinking about it and sharing what I walked away with. See? Ripple effect.

It’s neat to add up the connections, the transactions (and who knows, future transactions?) that happen at networking events like this. If I had to give one piece of advice to bloggers, business people and entrepreneurs, it’s GET OUT THERE. Networking can be difficult, and it took me awhile to get comfortable with it, but now I know that can walk into a room and do ok.

Speaking of networking events, Shannon and I are planning an Ottawa Brain Drain for April. This will be the fourth (?) installment of a casual networking/infosharing event about topics in social media. Stay tuned!

2 Responses to "Cheese Up"

1 | Sasha

March 30th, 2011 at 7:54 pm


This is one (of many) of the surprises I’ve found since starting to blog: how many opportunities it offers to get out and meet people in real life. But you have to get out there, I still need to practice that part.

2 | vicky

March 31st, 2011 at 10:22 pm


Im delighted you came to the tweet up and had a positive experience. Hope to see you at future tweet ups Andrea.

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