Welcome to the Ft. Lauderdale Bloggers Chapter

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To contact The Ft. Lauderdale Bloggers email FTL@thebloggerunion.com.

Chapter Officer: Holli Lapes

Holli Lapes is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN), Photographer and Blogger. She enjoys connecting with other bloggers and believes we should never stop learning! Holli is the founder of The South Florida Sage (TheSoFlaSage.com) a food & drink blog featuring culinary experiences from the Miami, Broward and Palm Beach area. Holli will be launching a nutrition & wellness blog soon! 

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    Blogger Opportunity: Think Escape Game Blogger Team Building

    10 spots are available to attend a live escape game at Think Escape Games in Ft. Lauderdale

    10 Bloggers are invited to have fun with their fellow bloggers while using #KindCollaboration to escape the room at South Florida’s most innovative escape game location.

    Post Event Requirements

    *** All attending bloggers must post on social media & write a blog post on their site within 2 weeks after attending. ***

    Date: Wednesday, May 31st 2017

    Time: 7pm – 9pm

    Location: 2635 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

    Website: thinkescapegames.com

    How To Participate

    If you are interested in participating please email FTL@TheBloggerUnion.com with a link to your profile on thebloggerunion.com. If you do not have a profile, you can create one by registering, it’s free: thebloggerunion.com/register.

    Please remember it is SUPER important that you FOLLOW THROUGH with any commitments you make with The Blogger Union opportunities. If you don’t follow through, you are not only hurting your reputation but the entire South Florida Blogger’s community reputation. There are only 10 spots open for bloggers to participate. Please, only sign up for this opportunity if you are 100% sure you can attend & follow through.

    About Think Escape Games

    Live escape games are team-building adventure games in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit from different scenarios.

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    FT LAUDERDALE BLOGGERS MAY MEETUP

    Join us May 20th for our meetup featuringMichelle Y. Talbert!

    In this interactive presentation Michelle will walk you through unconventional and time-saving (yes, time-saving!) ways to add podcasting to your content offerings without pulling out your hair! Attendees will learn the benefits of podcasting to expand your audience AND create closer bonds with your existing readers. If you’ve considered podcasting and thought, “I just don’t have the time” or “I hate the sound of my voice,” then this presentation is for you!

    RSVP Your Spot

     

    GUEST SPEAKER:

    Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq

    Michelle Y. Talbert is a recovering attorney who through Her Power Movement uses digital and social media to provide tools and resources such as podcasts, videos, live events, and written publications to Empower Women from the Bedroom to the Boardroom(TM).  She writes for major publications and is a sought-after presenter and speaker on topics related to relationship building in love and business. She is an expert tribe builder and is known in networking circles as frequently introducing Peanut Butter to Chocolate.

    After attending community college part-time for 10 years, while working as a secretary by day and raising her children, she transferred to Cornell University and then went on to receive her law degree from Penn with a Business Certificate from Wharton. Michelle left the full-time practice of law in 2012. She has been quoted in USA Today and Forbes.

     

    Thanks to our sponsors:

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    Event Photos: Blogger Dinner at Sirens Table – The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

    The Ft. Lauderdale Bloggers were recently invited in to experience one of the latest additions to Fort Lauderdale Beaches’ “restaurant row”; Sirens Table, which is located at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

    The property has been around since 1964 and is known to welcome vacationers and locals alike. The resort caters to convention goers, which account for 30% of visitors.

    We were impressed by the collaborations Siren’s in making with local communities such as the recent Tortuga music festival and partnering with the upcoming air show. So, naturally, the Ft. Lauderdale Blogger Community was delighted to be apart of the efforts. #KindCollaboration

    Our evening consisted of a 6 course tasting menu with wine and spirit pairings. See below!

    Commentary & Photos by Holli Lapes – TheSoFlaSage.com

    Sirens Table Ft Lauderdale Beach

    Sirens Table Ft Lauderdale Beach

    Sirens Song – Tito’s Vodka, Hibiscus and Pineapple

    Nothing like a tropical welcome cocktail when you’re beachside. A great way to kick off the evening!

    {amuse bouche} Ahi Tuna Tostada – Crisp Wonton, Sriracha Aioli, Avocado and Cilantro

    {first} Lobster Bisque Cappuccino with Cognac Cream

    We’ve never had anything quite like this soup. Under the alcoholic froth was lobster-y deliciousness. At this point, we knew for sure that Siren’s Table was something special. This calls for a prosecco toast!

    {second} Spinach and Watermelon Salad with Shaved Fennel, Barrel Aged Feta and Caramelized Shallot & Lemon Vinaigrette

    Chef let us in on his secret to this seemingly simple dish. The shallots are sliced thin and carmelized in olive oil. Then he adds certain parts of the lemon for a citrsuy and sweet taste. The watermelon is compressed / vacuum sealed to keep it bright red and crisp.

    Queens Park Swizzle

    {third} Butter and Lemon Basted Scallop with Asparagus & Crab Risotto, Morel Mushrooms and Fried Leeks

    YUM-O these scallops were so good and the risotto was really unique and tasty. Bravo!

    Kung Fu Girl Riesling

    {main} Dry Aged Prime New York Strip Steak with Potato Gratin, Creamed Spinach and 4 Peppercorn Sauce

    As chef said, “the good stuff”. This savory delight was paired wit Joel Gott Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley. This dish was very rich but so good that you can’t stop eating it.

    {dessert} Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with Almond Brittle

    We were pleased that dessert was on the lighter side after finishing that rich entree. It was also really fantastic. The passion fruit wasn’t too sour and had just the right amount of sweetness. This one was of the best panna cotta’s we’ve ever had. Plus, it’s a “from tree to table” dessert, sourced from farmer Bob Petrucci who is located in the Redlands area. In fact, several things on the menu are from South Florida such as the grouper, snapper and shrimp. Chef is looking to incorporate lionfish on the menu soon as well to support the environment.

    Thank you to the Siren’s Table team for hosting us!

    Stay connected:

    Sirens Table on Facebook

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    Blogger Opportunity: Dinner at Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken in Ft. Lauderdale

    10 spots available to attend a blogger dinner at Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken in Ft. Lauderdale

    10 Bloggers are invited to enjoy dinner at Spatch on Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 at 5:30 pm. Bloggers must post on social media & write a review on their blog within 2 weeks after attending.

    Date: Tuesday, May 2nd 2017

    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

    Location: Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken

    3848 N Federal Hwy
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

    Website: https://www.spatchperiperi.com/

    How To Participate

    If you are interested in participating please email FTL@TheBloggerUnion.com with a link to your profile on thebloggerunion.com. If you do not have a profile, you can create one by registering, it’s free: thebloggerunion.com/register.

    Please remember it is SUPER important that you FOLLOW THROUGH with any commitments you make with The Blogger Union opportunities. If you don’t follow through, you are not only hurting your reputation but the entire South Florida Blogger’s community reputation. There are only 10 spots open for bloggers to participate. Please, only sign up for this opportunity if you are 100% sure you can attend & follow through.

    About Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken

    Peri-Peri is Chili-Chili in Swahili. Spatch chickens are marinated in our special brand of this Peri-Peri sauce, in varying degrees of holy-smoking spicy to soul warming, and grilled over open flames until they are lip-smackingly Peri-Peri GOOD. Peri-Peri Good is our food and our philosophy. Friendly and professional fast-casual service, our promise. A first of its kind in the market, Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken serves up poultry with personality and an eat-in or take-out fast-casual dining experience unlike any other in South Florida.

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    FT LAUDERDALE BLOGGERS APRIL MEETUP

    Join us April 29th for our meetup featuring Alexa Carlin! And help us celebrate our

    ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

    She will discuss “How Your Story Makes All the Difference.” As the founder of the Women Empower Expo, she has used her story to connect with and empower women throughout the country. She will tell us how we can also share our stories in our branding online to be authentic and to connect with our audiences.

    RSVP Your Spot

    GUEST SPEAKER:

    Alexa Carlin

    Alexa Carlin is a nationally renowned speaker, author, Founder of the Women Empower Expo and Creator of BeAPublicSpeaker.com. In college, Alexa found herself in a coma with a 1% chance of living. This life-changing experience and the constant struggle she deals with from her autoimmune disease inspired Alexa to share her story authentically to audiences all over the world, amassing a social media following of more than 50,000 people. She was recently featured on the cover of Meetings & Conventions Magazine as 1 of 15 “Young Millennial Go-Getters to Watch.” Alexa’s mission is to make a difference in at least one person’s life every single day.

    Thank you to our sponsor:

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    EVENT PHOTOS: Writing for the Mobile Web

    Event Recap: Writing for the Mobile Web

    Did you know mobile readers bounce away from sites in 1/3 of the time compared to a desktop?

    Your first impression online is more important than ever and it needs to be quick. That means your visuals and your writing need to be on point and easy to digest on mobile screens.

    Here are some tips from freelance copywriter Barbara Chaney. She gave us some advice on how to adjust our writing for the mobile web during our March meeting.

    First, Check Your Posts on Mobile

    To start off, check your posts on mobile. She suggested we make it part of our regular review process to check all blog posts on mobile.

    It’s all too easy to write and publish on a desktop and walks away. But you need to see what your readers are seeing when they view it on mobile. Try to improve that experience as much as possible.

    Grab attention

    Your home page headline should give them a reason to stay.  This is prime real estate on your website. Is it fully visible on mobile? More importantly, does it tell readers what to expect on your site? Does it give them a reason to stay and read?

    Please don’t use “Welcome to Our Website.” That is a waste of important space and doesn’t tell them why they should read your content.

    If you don’t have a static home page, make sure your blog page has a slogan, tagline or subhead in the header that tells them what you’re about. Remember, your blog headlines are constantly changing, so try to have a consistent message at the top or in your header. (Don’t rely on the sidebar. It’s now at the bottom on mobile.)

    Front-load blog post headlines for mobile.  Keep the most important information in the first 40 characters in case the headline is cut off in the screen view, in emails or in social.

    Use copy elements that grab attention on the page. These are often the first things visitors read – headlines, subheads, and photo captions. Sure, you’re using headlines, but what about subheads and captions? Try them. Some bloggers even put links in captions.

    Other eye-grabbing elements: block quotes (or tweetable quotes), bullet points or lists.

    Make the first sentence count. Try to hook your reader in with an interesting first sentence. As copywriter Joe Sugarman said, “The primary goal of the first sentence is to get readers to read the second sentence.” You want them to keep reading!

    Keep it short

    Use shorter sentences and shorter paragraphs in your body copy or text.  You’re writing for people who skim or scan text on mobile and even on a desktop. Keep paragraphs to 3 sentences or less.

    The post itself doesn’t have to be short, just the text. Try to keep your writing tight and concise. And don’t be afraid to break a few rules of grammar to do this. It’s OK to start sentences with contractions, for example. Use a tool like Grammarly to check grammar.

    Avoid a screen full of text on mobile. Readers are turned off by huge blocks of text. Use shorter paragraphs and don’t forget subheads and other elements that break things up and add white space.

    Get or “Sell” the click

    Are you using a call-to-action (CTA)? Every page should have one, even if it’s just “sign up for my emails” or “follow me on Instagram.” Be careful with using pop-ups for this. They don’t always work well on mobile.

    Where is your CTA on mobile? Double check the placement on mobile. Remember, sidebars move to the bottom and things get repositioned.

    Long links are better for mobile clicks. Users shouldn’t have to zoom in to click a text link. So, avoid one-word links like… “See her post on mobile marketing here.” Instead link whole phrases or even sentences, like… “See her post on mobile marketing.”

    “Sell the click” in the Meta description tag of your page too. What tag is that? It’s the short description that shows up under each page name in Google search results.

    If someone sees your site in a list of results, they should be enticed by the description to click on your page. In other words, “sell” them on the click with your words. If you use the Yoast SEO plugin, click “edit snippet” to edit this.

    Remember…

    When writing, grab their attention, keep it short and sell the click!

     

     Thank you to our sponsor:

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    Blogger Opportunity: Blogger Dinner at Siren’s Table in Ft. Lauderdale

    10 Spots Available to Attend a Blogger Dinner at Siren’s Table in the Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort

    10 Bloggers are invited to Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort on Monday, March 27th at 6:00 pm for a Blogger Dinner at Siren’s Table. Bloggers must post on social media & write a review on their blog within 2 weeks after attending.

    Date: March 27th

    Time: 6pm-8pm

    Location: 321 N. Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

    Website: www.westinftlauderdalebeach.com

    Website: www.sirenstable.com

    Please remember it is SUPER important that you FOLLOW THROUGH with any commitments you make with The Blogger Union opportunities. If you don’t follow through, you are not only hurting your reputation but the entire South Florida Blogger’s community reputation. There are only 10 spots open for bloggers to participate. Please, only sign up for this opportunity if you are 100% sure you can attend & follow through.

    How To Participate

    If you are interested in participating please email FTL@TheBloggerUnion.com with a link to your profile on thebloggerunion.com. If you do not have a profile, you can create one by registering, it’s free: thebloggerunion.com/register.

    Siren’s Table

    Discover Siren’s Table at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, a getaway for the senses serving impeccably-sourced seafood and prime, juicy steaks that are sometimes innovative, sometimes classic, but always fresh.

    Siren’s Table is a reference to the irresistible lure of the singing sirens in Greek Mythology. It is the promise of pristine seafood, rousing refreshments, ocean views, and the call of the sea. Siren’s Table is located At 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.

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    Event Photos: Blogger Breakfast at Point Royal & The Hotel Bar in The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL

    We had the pleasure of checking out the newly opened Point Royal and The Hotel Bar at The Diplomat Beach Resort on Saturday, March 4th. We were amazed at all the changes that have gone into the recently renovated property. If you haven’t been yet, it’s a must see! First, some breakfast.

    Point Royal Seafood Restaurant at The Diplomat Beach Resort in South Florida Hollywood, FL

    Point Royal is a Coastal American Restaurant & Bar by Geoffrey Zakarian. In keeping with Geoffrey’s reputation for producing some of the country’s most relevant restaurants, he created Point Royal exclusively for the Diplomat Beach Resort. With an accessible, modern take on a seaside restaurant, the indoor-outdoor venue features the property’s only raw bar and a menu featuring the full gamete of Zakarian’s Coastal American cuisine. Complimented by a center bar focused on fresh juice based cocktails and one of the largest wine lists on property, Point Royal delivers a lively bustling environment and is open for breakfast and dinner daily.

    Check out our favorites from the wonderful breakfast buffet that we enjoyed during our visit!

    Point Royal Seafood Restaurant at The Diplomat Beach Resort in South Florida Hollywood, FL

    Whole Wheat Malted Waffles Whipped Cream, Compote of the Day, Maple Syrup

    Point Royal Seafood Restaurant at The Diplomat Beach Resort in South Florida Hollywood, FL

    Fried Chicken Biscuits Buttermilk Biscuits, Bacon Jam, Sausage Gravy

    Point Royal Seafood Restaurant at The Diplomat Beach Resort in South Florida Hollywood, FL

    Tortilla Espanola Confit Potato & Onions, Chorizo Aioli

    After breakfast, it was time for a cocktail at the adjacent Hotel Bar before we did some exploring.

    The Hotel Bar is an indoor-outdoor bar highlighting fresh juice based classic cocktails from historic hotel bars around the world and famous local bartenders in the South Florida region. Paying homage to the cocktails made famous in global hotels, the menu features drinks including the Singapore Sling (The Raffles Hotel), the Nacional Cocktail (The Hotel Nacional) and the Vieux Carre (The Hotel Monteleone).

    In addition to a list of classic sections like the Manhattan and the Dark & Stormy, the bar celebrates cocktails from recognized bartenders in the surrounding area, including the Papa Doble from Julio Cabrera featuring light rum, luxardo maraschino liqueur, fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice and lime juice, and the Toasted Marshmallow Old Fashioned from Elad Zvi made with Bourbon, toasted marshmallow syrup, dash of orange bitters, Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters and garnished with mini toasted marshmallows and orange oil.

    The Hotel Bar Diplomat Hotel

    All cocktails are prepared with ingredients from the hotel’s ‘juice commissary’, the source for all freshly squeezed juices and house branded ice, which is distributed throughout all food and beverage concepts on property.

    We took a tour of the gorgeous property, checking out some of the other eateries on site such as Bristol’s Burgers, Portico and Diplomat Prime. Then, we made our way up to one of the rooms for peek. Look at that view!

    Point Royal Seafood Restaurant at The Diplomat Beach Resort in South Florida Hollywood, FL

    Point Royal Seafood Restaurant at The Diplomat Beach Resort in South Florida Hollywood, FL

    Time for a little R&R, we enjoyed some poolside lounging in the cabanas!

    Point Royal Seafood Restaurant at The Diplomat Beach Resort in South Florida Hollywood, FL

    Pictured: Paola Mendez, Rachel Santos, Stephanie Mota, Lisa Lotts, Camille, Wayne Augustin, Suki Eluterio, Jessica Poitevien, Sarah Barreiro, Mallory Mitchell, Kassie Ricci

    We had a fantastic time hanging out at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.

    PS: all visitors receive complimentary parking! 

    Stay in touch:

    Point Royal: https://www.instagram.com/pointroyal/

    The Resort: https://www.instagram.com/diplomatbeachresort/

    All the noms: https://www.instagram.com/diplomateats/

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    FT LAUDERDALE BLOGGERS MARCH MEETUP

    Join us Saturday, March 18th at Quarterdeck Seafood Bar and Neighboorhood Grill from 3pm to 5pm.

    GUEST SPEAKER:

    Barbra Chaney

    Barbara Chaney is a freelance copywriter and digital marketer at Clever Copy.

    With more than 15 years as a copywriter and a background in PR and marketing, she works with businesses to reach and engage their audiences. She’s worked with clients in both B2B and B2C, including Miami Dade College, Holland & Knight LLP, Pet Supermarket and others.

    TOPIC:

    Writing for the Mobile Web

    Is your blog hooking in readers on mobile? Freelance copywriter Barbara Chaney will show you how to optimize your writing for mobile, with tips on how to grab attention, format your copy and get clicks

    Thank you to our sponsors:

    Please RSVP HERE:

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    Blogger Opportunity: Brunch & Drinks at Point Royal & The Hotel Bar

    10 Spots Available to Attend a VIP Tasting Tour at Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL

    10 Bloggers are invited to The Diplomat Beach Resort on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am starting with brunch at Point Royal and ending with cocktails at The Hotel Bar. Bloggers must post on social media & write a review on their blog within 2 weeks after attending. Sorry, bloggers who attended the previous tasting tour at the resort are not eligible to attend.

    Date: Saturday, March 4th 2017
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019 (meet in the lobby of The Diplomat at 10:00 am)

    Website: http://www.diplomatresort.com

    Please remember it is SUPER important that you FOLLOW THROUGH with any commitments you make with The Blogger Union opportunities. If you don’t follow through, you are not only hurting your reputation but the entire South Florida Blogger’s community reputation. There are only 10 spots open for bloggers to participate. Please, only sign up for this opportunity if you are 100% sure you can attend & follow through.

    How To Participate

    If you are interested in participating please email FTL@TheBloggerUnion.com with a link to your profile on thebloggerunion.com. If you do not have a profile, you can create one by registering, it’s free: thebloggerunion.com/register.

    Point Royal is a Coastal American Restaurant & Bar by Geoffrey Zakarian. In keeping with Geoffrey’s reputation for producing some of the country’s most relevant restaurants, he created Point Royal exclusively for the Diplomat Beach Resort. With an accessible, modern take on a seaside restaurant, the indoor-outdoor venue features the property’s only raw bar and a menu featuring the full gamete of Zakarian’s Coastal American cuisine. Complimented by a center bar focused on fresh juice based cocktails and one of the largest wine lists on property, Point Royal delivers a lively bustling environment and is open for breakfast and dinner daily.

    The Hotel Bar is an indoor-outdoor bar highlighting fresh juice based classic cocktails from historic hotel bars around the world and famous local bartenders in the South Florida region. Paying homage to the cocktails made famous in global hotels, the menu features drinks including the Singapore Sling (The Raffles Hotel), the Nacional Cocktail (The Hotel Nacional) and the Vieux Carre (The Hotel Monteleone). In addition to a list of classic sections like the Manhattan and the Dark & Stormy, the bar celebrates cocktails from recognized bartenders in the surrounding area, including the Papa Doble from Julio Cabrera featuring light rum, luxardo maraschino liqueur, fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice and lime juice, and the Toasted Marshmallow Old Fashioned from Elad Zvi made with Bourbon, toasted marshmallow syrup, dash of orange bitters, Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters and garnished with mini toasted marshmallows and orange oil. All cocktails are prepared with ingredients from the hotel’s ‘juice commissary’, the source for all freshly squeezed juices and house branded ice, which is distributed throughout all food and beverage concepts on property.