Creative Photo Editing

Ways to Spark Your Creative Genius

Creative Genius

Creative Gulf Coast Bloggers

We had a great meeting on May 12, 2016 and missed those of you who couldn’t attend. A huge thank you and shout out to Page and Palette in Fairhope, AL for setting up our tables ahead of time and providing such a great venue for our meetings. We discussed creative ways to advertise on our blogs and covered quite a bit of information. We all left with fresh ideas for our individual blogs. 

Donna Weber shared good news about her talk at the Fairhope Rec Center and the possibility of future speaking engagements. We are all very happy for her new success and wish her the best. Jenna and I shared a bit about our upcoming cookbook and ideas about future ads. Miriam had just returned from New Orleans and will be posting soon about her trip. She was also excited to hear several ideas for ads on her weight loss journey blog. She looked absolutely beautiful and is doing great on her journey. We look forward to great things on her blog! Leslie Anne shared her success stories with (AL.com and offered lots of great advice about advertising. In particular, Leslie Anne shared that we should all visit and (BlogHer) for ideas about advertising.

Our next meeting will be June 9, 2016 at 10 am and Jenna Meon will be facilitating. The topic of discussion will be “Ways to Spark Your Creative Genius” and will include the how-to’s of photo editing.

Creative Photo Editing

How to Advertise on Your Blog

How to Advertise on Your Blog

The Gulf Coast Bloggers will be discussing “How to Advertise on Your Blog” this Thursday, May 12, 2016 at The Book Cellar (Page & Palette annex at 32 S Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532). We will meet from 10-12 and then go out to lunch. Here is a tentative agenda for our May meeting:

How to Advertise on Your Blog

  • When and How to Advertise
  • Niche Ads
  • Ads that distract
  • Creating an “Advertise Here”  button or page
  • Ranking keywords and phrases in Google
  • Putting Together an Advertiser Pack
  • Brainstorming session: Potential advertisers who might be interested in your blog.

How to Advertise on Your Blog


April Meeting Notes

We will continue to meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Book Cellar at 10:00 am. Page and Palette will contact us if there is a conflict with our time. We will also continue to meet throughout the summer and schedule night time meetings during some months.

Discussion Topics:

  • How to Build an Email List
  • Free Offers to Subscribers
  • The Importance of Newsletters
  • Member, Marylon Barkan shared the name of her Independent Graphic Designer, Helen Savage-Olsen out of Louisiana.
  • Donna from Reclaim Your True Emotions will be speaking at the Fairhope Rec. Center on May 11 on the topic, “Transforming Your Stress”.
  • Brainstorming Session: Content Ideas for the month of May

Subscription Invitation

We hope to see you on Thursday. If you have any questions, my email address is

February 2016 Meeting

Hello Fellow Gulf Coast Bloggers and Guests,

Our February meeting will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Fairhope Public Library. Alan Samry has scheduled a study room and our speaker will be Taylor Ripley with TurkReno, Incorporated. His topic will cover, but is not limited to “Making Adsense Work for You.”

Mr. Ripley is the President and Chief Technology Officer of TurkReno Incorporated. He oversees the day-to-day projects of the Corporation and works as a platform developer. He is fluent in matters of network security, social media strategy and online behavior analysis. He co-founded CertGuard, Inc. in 2006 and served as the Vice-President until the company was sold in 2010. Mr. Ripley graduated from Faulkner State College with an Associates of Applied Sciences, and was the recipient of a Network Administration Systems Specialist certification as well as the 2008 annual James H. Faulkner State College Computer Science Award.

He holds Microsoft certifications and has achieved certifications such as the CIW Professional certification. He is an active member of the communities in and around Mobile, Alabama. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, biking, spending time with his friends and family, Twitter and gaming on the Sony PlayStation Network.

January Meeting

Our January meeting was at the home of Alan Samry where we participated in a creative writing workshop, facilitated by Alan. Under his guidance, we used a collection of antique postcards as prompts to write to each other. We each chose one card from his beautiful collection and wrote a short note relevant to the picture on the card. It was a fun and imaginative exercise that helped us  think outside the box regarding where to get ideas for posts or articles. It was also an encouragement to stretch our creativity in how and what we write. We also left with homework to do the following:

  • Choose a room in which you want to write
  • Describe the room
  • Choose music to listen to and inspire you
  • Listen to and use the lyrics as you develop your story
  • Develop one character, which could also be a persona

February Meeting

December Meeting

The December meeting was organized by Debbie Holobaugh and we had a wonderful Christmas Luncheon at the Grand Hotel. We missed those of you who could not attend.

December Meeting

Plans for 2016

We have other speakers in the works for the upcoming year, so please mark your calendar for the second Thursday of the month. We will also schedule evening meetings to accommodate those who work during the day.

Happy New Year!


Gulf Coast Bloggers November Meeting

Gulf Coast Bloggers’ November meeting will be held at the home of Kim Burdette. We will meet on November 10, 2015 at 10 am with guest speaker, John O’Melveny Woods. He will be addressing self-publishing including e-books and other options. We will go to lunch in the area after the meeting. If you are interested in attending, please email Kim at

Laptop Photo

Hope to see you there!


Welcome to Gulf Coast Bloggers!

Welcome to Gulf Coast Bloggers!

Gulf Coast Bloggers is a casual group of people who have an interest in blogging and using social media to reach their target audiences.  We were originally organized in 2013 as the “Southern Bloggers Jubilee.”

First Meeting as Southern Bloggers Jubilee


Bloggers Group

Our group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at a different location in Baldwin County, Alabama. The members of Gulf Coast Bloggers have a wide variety of topics and skills they use in their media related businesses. If you would like to be notified of upcoming meetings, fill out the contact form and we will send you more information.

You can find a list of our members here. . . .