11/14/13 2:47pm

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We’ve produced a number of events over the years at Brooklyn Based, but yesterday’s Indie Media Camp was by far the most satisfying. The daylong conference was filled with our kind of people—media makers, indie publishers, and those still in the planning stages of their own blogs. We curated the panels to gain insights into the things we do on a daily basis, often in a vacuum (or just holed up in our apartments). How do you sell ads? How do you get good photos? What kinds of stories go viral? What are your social media secrets? If you’re not in the business of blogging, branding, or online journalism, it would have been a snooze, but for us it was fascinating. Oh, and the food and drinks rocked. Whole Foods Market put out an amazing spread of cured meats and local cheeses, a killer kale Caesar with chicken, salmon or seitan, honey-miso baby sweet potatoes and so much more good grub (including the best gluten-free desserts we’ve ever had). Naturally Delicious and Gimme! Coffee provided breakfast treats and during our cocktail hour, the Brooklyn Brewery brews and stiff drinks from Owney’s Rum, Greenhook Ginsmiths, and Atsby Vermouth were flowing. Hosting it at 501 Union, a spectacular venue, also made the event extra lovely.

Of course, there were definitely some kinks, and we already know how we’d produce next year’s IMC differently. (If you’ve got ideas, we’d love to hear them.) We also didn’t get answers to every aspect of the industry that we wanted, so we’re going to solve that by starting a series of monthly Indie Media events (stay tuned!). We did glean some pretty great takeaways, though. Below are a few of the things we learned. (more…)

10/14/13 2:00pm

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 4.52.27 PM (2)Starting a blog or a site takes about five seconds these days—so long as you have an email and a password, there are dozens of places to set up virtual shop for free.

Gaining fans, followers, and traction—not to mention making money once you’ve built a solid readership—is a lot harder. What should your social media strategy be? What kinds of stories resonate most with readers? What are the secrets of a successful site?

We started a conference to answer these questions and more. On Wednesday, November 13, we’re holding our first Indie Media Camp at 501 Union in Gowanus, with the staff of your favorite blogs and sites.

Throughout the day, we’ll hear from the bloggers, editors, publishers, and marketing pros behind sites like Gothamist, Greenpointers, Refinery29, DesignSponge, The Awl and Eater, plus brands like Brooklyn Brewery, who’ll share their insights on everything from taking professional-quality photos, to pricing sponsored content, to the best uses for Facebook and Twitter. Whether you’re a blogger, a social media editor or an entrepreneur, we guarantee a day of learning, plus food, drink and networking.

Passes for the all-day conference are $99 until November 1, and $150 afterward, so get ‘em early, and let us know you’re coming.

Indie Media Camp is presented with the help of our sponsors, MailChimp and Squarespace. Get in touch if you’d like to support IMC.

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