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I'm kinda borrowing this idea and post-structure from my CHAOS-mate Lauren, but she won't mind if we don't tell her [/joking]. As most of you know, I've been working on promoting SF&F for the past couple of months, and I'd love to have some help brainstorming. Here's a list of some things I've been doing, where I need your input, and things I'd like to try out:

  • Sponsoring giveaways and contests on blogs: This seems to be working well over on DIY, Fitness, English and Photography, but I've not had a lot of luck with applying this to our site. And it's not for a lack of stuff to give away, cause Sci-Fi and Fantasy has stuff out the wazoo; it's more a lack of non-corporate-owned sites that will pay attention to us, as well as blogs that actually do giveaways. What blogs, big and small, do you read? Do they do giveaways?

  • Ad space: I am in talks with New York Comic Con about getting adspace in their newsletter. I'd love to get an ad on other big Sci-Fi sites. This goes hand-in-hand with the previous point, so the blogs you suggest for that one I can also approach about advertising. So again, what sites, big and small, do you read?

  • Going to conferences: If anyone is in the New York area and interested in going to New York Comic Con (see the Meta post), we have a limited amount of 3 day passes and would love to get you in. If you are interested in that, please email me at brett[at]stackexchange[dot]com. We can provide you with Stack swag to wear and hand out. That being said, are there any other conferences that you are planning to attend? This most likely falls more towards the Community Team than CHAOS, but I'd like to know so I can reach out to them for advertising.

  • Sponsoring meetups and other events: We are sponsoring the event collective Newmindspace's NYC Lightsaber Battle by providing them with Jedi robes. If you are in the New York City area, you should come out! Are there any other type of events that I should look into sponsoring? Do you run an event/meetup that is crazy successful or has a lot of attendees?

These are just some ideas we've been tossing around at the office. Does anyone have thoughts about anything else we should try? I want to get this site a ton of new eyeballs and great, longterm users. Let's make it happen!

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    I read engadget and io9. Engadget does giveaways, I don't think io9 does. – user1027 Sep 20 '11 at 15:26
  • I read/watch the escapist and Penny Arcade. They might do giveaways. Or might be interested in cross advertisement. I don't know if this would be more for videogames.se, though – OghmaOsiris Sep 20 '11 at 17:06
  • surely a few of the zillions of scifi related blogs must be suitable? Maybe once you get outside the corporate big blog mainstream? – Jeff Atwood Sep 21 '11 at 5:00
  • @JeffAtwood I'm trying to find out what blogs our users read so I can narrow it down from zillions to a handful that I can approach. – Brett White Sep 21 '11 at 13:29
  • I don't know how they work as for advertising, but there is a slashdot scifi tag, there is also others tags, like games or math that could link to others stack-exchange sites. – DavRob60 Sep 21 '11 at 13:58
  • I'm sure we could get a few movies/ books/ tickets fairly easily for give aways. Hmmm... – PearsonArtPhoto Sep 21 '11 at 14:54
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As for events that you may be interested to sponsoring and/or sending peoples to, there is the Fantasia International Film Festival. here in Montreal. Of course the 2011 edition is past, but you may want to look at this for 2012.

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