It hasn’t really been much of a secret. If you have spent any time considering to attend the Beer Bloggers Conference in Portland Oregon later this year in August most of us have found one glaring problem…it’s stupid expensive.
With round trip plane tickets ranging from $400-$600 a ticket, then the need for hotel stay, food, beer (duh) etc many of us are having a hard time pulling it off, and many just can’t pull it off. Unless, they find a way to make up this additional income soon.
I don’t really consider this post much of a “post”. At least not a traditional blog post. It will be a quick background story, a small bundle of ideas from a fellow beer blogger, and then it’s all about the discussion that follows in the comment section.
The discussion will be the most the important part of it all as it will allow us all to brainstorm, bounce idea’s of one another, and take action….all while helping one another along.
“Why” This Post Has Been Erected (dirty word)
About a week ago, the famous, talented and babe’o’licious beer blogger Carla Companion of The Beer Babe (known as @thebeerbabe on Twitter) shot me a private message on Twitter. Her concern was this, that without figuring out a way to pay for the trip to BBC11, she simply wouldn’t be able to swing it.
Being the person that she is, simply giving up wasn’t an option and she wanted to find a way to make it happen. She approached me asking me for any ideas or help I can swing her way. But she already had a slew of great idea’s at the ready. More of that later…
A Quick Story & Proof That It CAN Be Done. Courtesy of a Goat Lover
While I’m sure that many people made their beer blogging dreams come true last year in Boulder, Colorado…there was one person that stood out to me.
Her name? Goa…uh…I mean Tatiana Peavey. Why of FugglyBrew of course (known as @Goats_Udder on Twitter). She’s not only a prime example of how to make it happen, but a prime example of how many things in life should be approached. She went knocking on brewery doors, her place of work, local merchants, the Beer Bloggers Scholarship Fund etc.
Whatever it took to get here, she did, and as just about everyone knows, she made it to BBC10. Her hard work, cunning and creative nature paid off. She got the sponsorship and money that she needed to make it to BBC10. No one can resist a goat. Everyone knows that.
She’s an inspiring story. She proves it can be done, and if we’re lucky, and welcome her with open arms to this discussion, she’ll go into great detail about what she did, how she did it, and ultimately how she pulled it all off.
The First, But Not Last Set of Ideas…From Carla Herself
I’ll be quick here so we can all get to the discussion, and I can supply my idea’s in this very discussion below within the comments. So far, Carla has some solid idea’s and a good foundation for all of this. Here they are:
Idea A: Personal fundraising – i.e., please chip in $5 through paypal or what not – rewards?
Is this a good idea? Will I start sounding like an NPR pledge drive if I do this and turn people off?
What do you think about the following rewards if they do chip in:
- Special link or shout out on my blog
- Personal thank you note
- Spot on the back of a shirt that I’d wear at the conference
Idea B: Selling something – i.e., t-shirt, bottle opener, or something small that I could make some profit off of.
I already have a zazzle account and can design cool things, but what would people want? Something event specific? Something generically beer-y?
Idea C: Soliciting to breweries/companies directly
What I struggle with is – since I’m going so far from home – how can I make the case that it would be a worthwhile thing for them to do? (I.e., I could bring their beer too Portland, OR, but if they don’t distribute west of the Mississippi, what good does it do?)
What do you think about offering some kind of service in return for different levels of donation?
- Featured blog post/link/review about the brewery or their beer
- Brewery logo on the back of a shirt that I’d wear at the conference
- Offer to bring their beer to the night of many bottles?
And now PLEASE chime in within the comment section below. Let’s all bring up idea’s, stories, possibilities, and most importantly band together and all take action on them.