In addition to growing my portfolio of images to sell on stock photography agencies and teaching other photographers about how to get into the business of stock photography, I also work with businesses (small and large) with their social media marketing. To advance my skills in all things WordPress, I also have been assisting small businesses and individuals in creating WordPress Blog Websites for their businesses. My blog/website has become a testing ground for valuable lessons I have been learning in promoting my images, classes and photography and working my way towards creating income with my online blog. Here in Denver I belong to a Meetup group called Denver Bloggers Club (#DenverBloggersClub). This group is a place where food, family and lifestyle bloggers come together to share, inspire, and socialize with other bloggers in Denver/Boulder/Colorado Springs areas of Colorado. Through this club, they hope to unite, connect and inspire bloggers to be the best they can be.
This past Saturday the Denver Bloggers Club was hosted by a local Denver restaurant, Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, located on Larimer Street between 21st and 22nd, a couple of blocks from Coors Field. Mark Dym and Kristy Latorraca Dym opened Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana to celebrate the Neapolitan art of making pizza instead of conforming to the style of American pizza. Mark learned the art of pizza making directly from the true source of pizza-making in Naples, Italy — the birthplace of pizza. By training under the best Pizzaiuoli masters in the world, Mark and his team were awarded the certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, and are currently the only certified Neapolitan pizzeria in the state of Colorado. What makes this pizza so special is all the ingredients that go into creating the perfect Neapolitan pizza:
- Special wood-fired oven imported from Italy
- Stretching process
- New York water (Yes, I said New York water! It’s a story you need to hear first hand when you visit Racca’s)
- Antico Molino Caputo Double Zero Flour
- San Marzano tomatoes
- Freshest ingredients possible (Prosciutto, Sausage, Pepperoni, Basil, Olive Oil, Olives, Mushroom, Mozzarella, Onions etc.)
Not only was the food at Racca’s top notch, but the service was exceptional as well. Racca’s Manager Beth Tidwell bent over backwards making sure our experience was superior. Her history lesson of Racca’s and helping us understand the care and attention that Racca’s takes to ensure the tradition of Neapolitan pizza making, leaves no doubt in your mind that Racca’s is #pizzafiredbypassion.
We were served a variety of pizzas to sample from their menu, including specialty pizzas and dessert pizzas. Oddly my favorite was the Sardegna (Pistachio). It was fresh Mozzarella cheese, sweet Italian sausage, Pistachio Pesto, EVOO. Sooooo yummy! I absolutely went nuts over their Cannoli for dessert! A crisp pastry shell filled with a house-made mix of Impastata Ricotta Cheese, chocolate chips and a hint of orange, definitely to DIE FOR! We were also treated to a shot of Limoncello. Limoncello is the generic name for an Italian citrus-based lemon liqueur that is served chilled. Limoncello is now considered the national drink of Italy. DELISH for sure!
After we were done smacking our lips on yummy treats from Racca’s, our topic of this Denver Bloggers Club Meetup was monetizing our blogs. One of the most profitable ways to monetize a blog is through digital products. We are already creating content for our blogs. Creating a digital product is the next logical step to providing value to our blog readers. Our presenter, Laura Brandenburg (Momstyle Your Business), runs a 6-figure business while working part-time. It all started 7 years ago with a blog. Laura started a blog about her passion in business analysis (an extremely boring topic to most, but an exciting topic for her). She wrote because she loved the work. As her blog grew, she discovered that people kept e-mailing her the same questions over and over again, and it was sucking her time and energy to write individual e-mails back to them. Even new blog posts didn’t seem to be helping people the way she knew she could help them. So she did the logical thing and wrote an e-Book. It was an incredibly empowering experience to see those first sales come in. Since that first e-Book, Laura has created and launched over a dozen digital products, from online courses to digital tool-kits to, yes, more books. Now she is helping mompreneurs create passive income by building profitable, flexible, online businesses so they can nourish their creative spirits in an economically empowering way. (I borrowed this description from our Host and Meetup Organizer Jenny Finke from Good For Your Gluten Free, thanks Jenny!)
Laura’s presentation was not only inspiring but encouraging as well. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have started and stopped the creation of my first e-Book! After listening to Laura’s story, and brainstorming with others in attendance from the Denver Bloggers Club, I am confident that I can now complete my first e-Book and put it out to my community with pride.
The Denver Bloggers Club is definitely a place for bloggers to socialize at events, learn/share blogging tips and strategies, and connect bloggers with opportunities to work with brands. Through this club, I hope to continue to grow my knowledge of the world of blogging and get to know the many inspiring group members who have so much creativity and knowledge to rock the blogging world in Denver!
Thanks for an awesome day Denver Bloggers Club, I am definitely looking forward to our next meeting! And Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana I already have plans to visit your Inverness location in south Denver, you now have a fan for life!
Cheers from behind the camera,