The next time someone asks me why I believe in Birmingham I’m going to tell them about the See Jane Write Magazine Launch Party presented by Hamer Law Group. 

As I looked around Aloft Hotel on Thursday night I saw a diverse group of people, many meeting for the first time that evening, laughing and enjoying great conversation with one another. Thursday night’s event embodied all I love about Birmingham and represented so much of what Birmingham can one day become.

See Jane Write Magazine would have never happened had it not been for the success of See Jane Write Birmingham. The women of this city embraced my vision for a networking group for women writers, journalists and bloggers. And these same women embraced my idea for an online magazine. Women like Chanda Temple, Tanya Sylvan, Christy Turnipseed, Sherri Ross Walters, Jessica Jack Wyrick, and Clair McLafferty even stepped in to help with stories, logo design, and some of the technical stuff that makes my head hurt. 

Here I am with the wonderful Sherri Ross Walters

See Jane Write Magazine contributors Christy Turnipseed and Tanya Sylvan

Birmingham is the place where dreams come true because if you have a vision you can and will find people in this city to support it.

Thursday night’s party wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Birmingham-based businesses who stepped up to be sponsors. They took a chance on me and showed that they believed in what I’m trying to do with See Jane Write. I was very happy to partner with them because they are all businesses doing great work that I believe in too. 

Our presenting sponsor Hamer Law Group, LLC is a law firm that is dedicated to helping small businesses. Earlier this month, on this blog, the guys at Hamer Law group offered 5 Steps to Consider When Starting a New Business. Attorney Keith Lee of Hamer Law Group understands the world of blogging and social media because he’s a blogger himself. His popular law blog Associate’s Mind even helped him land a book deal. This month on Keith told us about 3 Laws Bloggers Should Know.

Rock on, Keith Lee!

When Birmingham’s NPR station, Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, signed on to be a sponsor I shouldn’t have been surprised. This is, after all, the same station that is home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM’s support of this community is nothing new. I believe all writers should love public radio. WBHM’s new reporter and “All Things Considered” host Sarah Delia believes in Birmingham too. In a recent interview the Virginia native said, “I think Birmingham has a lot going for it and I think there are a lot of stories to be told here. There’s so much history here and there’s so much effort to make things better here, to make a better place.”

The Simple Booth was the highlight of Thursday night as I saw people who didn’t even know one another before the party taking goofy photo booth snapshots together, which you can see here.

Lynsey Weatherspoon of The Simple Booth

Inspire Fitness is a Birmingham-based boutique fitness center best known for its spin classes and is dedicated to making our city a healthier one. Gabe Rios’ classes make you feel right at home. And Kelly Creel’s fitness story will give you the courage to share your own.

I love Naked Art Gallery because it helps make art more accessible and even sells items that would make great gifts for writers. If you’ve never been to Naked Art, I hope you will join us on Aug 3., for Sketches & Scribes.

Eric Guster of Guster Law Firm is another lawyer that understands blogging and social media he’s a “blawger.” His blog posts, tweets, and Facebook posts are so popular because of his ability to explain the law in layman’s terms.

And anyone who thinks Birmingham doesn’t have any social media gurus, people like Mitzi Eaker of Mitzi Jane Media prove them wrong. And Mitzi is eager to you understand why you need social media and can point out mistakes you could be making on social media.

Darlene Robinson Millender of Designed By Didi Jewelry was at the party showcasing a beautiful statement necklace, which she gave away to one lucky winner. But Darlene also helps make our city beautiful by celebrating Birmingham on her blog The Birmingham Buff.

Darlene Robinson Millender of Designed by Didi and The Birmingham Buff

Brian Cauble may be the co-owner of the mobile apps development company Appsolute Genius, but he’s well known in Birmingham because he does such a great job at using social media to build meaningful professional relationships.

I believe in Birmingham because there are so many people using their talents to improve their communities and Deidre Clark of Kuumba Community Art is a perfect example. Kuumba Community Art is a program based in Birmingham’s Ensley neighborhood and through it Deidre teaches children how to express themselves through photography and art in hopes of increasing art awareness and appreciation in Ensley and beyond. She was willing to help out the adults too by offering tips on how we can improve our own photography and advice on how we can start community programs too.

I’m also inspired by women like Liza Elliott of Red Camel Press who decided to think like a rock star and start her own publishing house. “Just like a musician can set up their own production company to write, produce, and sell their music, I thought, why not authors,” Elliott said in a recent interview.

And here’s the thing, folks, people outside of Birmingham believe in our city too. Kate Spears of the blog Southern Belle Simple is based in Tennessee but she signed on as a sponsor too because she was eager to support what we’re building here.

If you missed Thursday’s party, you missed a chance to fall in love with Birmingham all over again.

You can see more party pictures here, here and here!

5 Comments on Why I Believe In Birmingham

  1. Keith Lee
    July 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm (4 years ago)

    We had a great time and were glad to sponsor the event!

    • javacia
      July 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm (4 years ago)

      It was an honor to partner with Hamer Law Group this month!

  2. Sharanda
    July 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I had this event marked on my calendar to come and completely forgot about it. I ran across your article in the Birmingham News I think that was last year and keep missing your events. bad bad bad. I had been looking for a group like this and I found it not I have to just make it to the events. lol

  3. LaTonia Williams
    July 27, 2013 at 6:42 am (4 years ago)

    I had fun, it was so nice to meet you and I look forward to participating in future events!


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