by promocymru_admin | 3rd Aug 2011

Staff from ProMo and CLIC (particularly its Cardiff site theSprout) have been attending the Cardiff Bloggers Meetups and Social Media Surgeries since they were started in March 2010 by Hannah Waldram of Guardian Cardiff and Ed Walker of yourCardiff.

But when Ed and Hannah recently announced they were leaving Cardiff for the bright lights of London, and these events would not continue, ProMo was among those who helped to put together and promote a last-minute event at The Maldron Hotel called The Cardiff Bloggers Summer Social on July 20th 2011.

Despite there being no time to book speakers and barely enough time to promote the event, through a group effort we still managed to attract a full-house of around 80 people. And, thanks to sponsorship from Warwick Emanuel PR, those who arrived before 8pm were treated to a free glass of Pimms or lemonade.

We spent the evening distributing questionnaires and consulting with attendees – both in person and over Twitter using the #cdfblogs hashtag – to learn exactly what people liked (and didn’t like) about the Cardiff Bloggers Meetups so we could ascertain what changes should be made for future events. ProMo are now taking the lead on marketing future #cdfblogs events, so watch this space!

You can keep up to date on all #cdfblogs events by following the Twitter account, Facebook fanpage, or at the WordPress blog.

Click here to read The Penny Post’s review of the event

We’d like to thank the following Cardiff bloggers for their ongoing support for this project. Without their hard work we would have nothing to promote, so please take a moment to follow them all if you use Twitter:


The Cardiff Bloggers Meetup is a bi-monthly gathering of bloggers, Tweeters, webheads and those keen to learn about the online social scene.

As well as providing an opportunity to meet your Twitter friends in the unusual realm known as ‘real life’, Cardiff Bloggers Meetup (#cdfblogs for those who speak Twitterati) has hosted a range of guest speakers to share their experiences of blogging and give professional advice. Past talks have covered topics including niche blogging, group blogging (presented by Dan and Arielle from CLIC) and internet campaigns.

Around the same time the Cardiff Social Media Surgeries were established: drop-in workshops where people could turn up to give or receive one-on-one advice about using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Both the Meetups and the Social Media Surgeries quickly grew in popularity and led to larger venues being sought to accommodate the growing numbers.