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Tingle Tuesday: ASMR Conventions

ASMR image1    As you may recall, last year, there was a concerted effort by a couple of folks in California to organize the first ever ASMR convention. It was an idea that had a lot of merit and caused a lot of buzz within the community, but ultimately proved too difficult to pull together and was cancelled before it really got off the ground.

At the time, I remember there being a lot of comments on the Kickstarter site from those who were interested in the prospect of a convention but didn’t feel it should cost money, didn’t like the location it was being held in and a myriad of other complaints too numerous to discuss in a single blog post. The bottom line is that it didn’t come together and it confirms for me that you have to walk before you can run and sometimes you have to crawl before you can even stand on your own two feet.

As someone who had been contacted to appear at this event, I still think the concept of an ASMR convention is still a good idea, though I think it maybe wise to start small and build over time. Most libraries have a community room that can be booked for local events and what better way to keep such an event low cost than by booking a community room. No, you may not have killer lighting and sound people, but some of the original ASMR videos were made with nothing more than a cell phone camera so I think we can forgo some of the bells and whistles and still have a nice event.

I also imagine there are some ASMRtists who live locally and might be willing to come out in order to build their audience while promoting ASMR awareness. While we all know many of the bigger names, my guess is there are countless others just getting started who have plenty of tingles to offer and if the drive isn’t too far out of their way, it may just be worth their time and effort to present. If you ask nicely, you may also be able to get a more well-known ASMRtist to film an exclusive greeting or short trigger video for your event. (Because she couldn’t travel outside of Canada yet, Ilse Blansert did that for the launch of our book and it was well-received by everyone!)

Another way to garner some additional presenters would be to contact a nurse or someone in the health care profession who experiences ASMR and can talk about the subject from a clinical point of view. Other thoughts for ASMR presenters may be hair care professionals who experience the phenomenon, teachers, or hypnotherapists who can lend some additional credibility to the event.

You really don’t have to have a lot of sponsors or a huge promotional budget for a low-profile event either. If you are using a library room, you’ll be listed in their calendar, you can write a short press release and send it to some area papers and you may even ask your librarian to showcase a selection of books, audio books and videos that could be considered ASMR-related materials (e.g. Bob Ross Joy of Painting DVDs, guided meditation CDs, etc…) You might also be able to get a local bookstore to partner with you and offer copies of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR for sale at your event as well. For the record, I am not writing this simply to promote my book…I was commissioned to write it by the publisher and do not make any royalties off of the sale of it.

My point is, that ASMR gatherings are still a very good idea and something that can bring about a whole new level of awareness to our community. There is a way to make it work and please as many people as you can without looking as though you are profiting from the event and keeping the whole thing manageable. I encourage you to go for it. This is something I plan to do more of this year and I am in hopes that I will not be alone. Until next time….tingle on.



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Fabulous Fridays: WIN a SIGNED copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR

ASMR Cover OFFICIAL    TODAY’S THE DAY!!!!!…one lucky reader is going to win a SIGNED copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR. Will it be you? Ilse and I hope so!

So what do you have to do in order to have the best chance to win?

There are a number of things you can do to increase your entries and improve your chances, so be sure not to skip any steps! First of all, visit our Rafflecopter link below to find the official steps. Once you are at the page, you will discover the six ways in which you can be entered into the drawing. (Some steps are mandatory, some are worth more than others and some can be used more than once so be sure to do them all so that the odds will be “ever in your favor.”)

Some of the things you can do to win include:

1. Following me on Facebook. (Author Julie Young)

2. Referring five of your friends to my Facebook page

3. Following me on Twitter. (@JulieYoung14)

4. Following my blog.

5. Commenting on this blog post.

6. Posting the Amazon link to the book on Facebook.

I am so excited to share this book with you and to send it to you on the actual publication date of May 5! You can’t win if you don’t enter. Good luck and I will announce the winner next week!

Until next time, tingle on!




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Tingle Tuesday: Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR can be pre-ordered on Amazon NOW!

I’m telling you…it pays to Google yourself every once in a while! You never know what you may find. Today, I was looking to update my author page over at Amazon and lo and behold I not only found out that my latest release, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Catholicism has three 5-Star reviews (from people I don’t know, even!) but I saw the pre-order page for The Complete Idiot’s Guide to ASMR! As promised it is coming May 5th and I can’t tell you how excited I am about this! No doubt we will be putting together a launch party here in Indianapolis for the book and I hope all of my Indiana tingle heads will join me for what is sure to be a fun gathering of minds! It is possible that I will be having some ASMR demonstrations at the event as well!

ASMR Cover OFFICIAL     So…here is the description as written on the preview page: ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and it’s a relaxed, tingling feeling that many people report having as a response to particular stimuli, such as close personal attention, tapping, or whispering. Although its experiencers say they have been aware of the sensation all their lives, it has only recently come together as a public phenomenon thanks to YouTube, where ASMRtists now post thousands of videos that simulate the ASMR experience and help viewers fall asleep when no other remedies work. The ASMR community is generous and connected, and often viewers will become content producers themselves in an effort to give back to those who have helped them.

Pretty cool huh? I really like the cover as well. I was really partial to the swirly design because for me, the tingles do not feel like shocks but a warm fuzzy feeling that swirls around me and I like the fact that the swirls seem to start in the eye, based on what someone is watching and then move into the brain. I really hope you all like it as well!

So my question to you all is, if you could have a three-minute personal ASMR session, would you sign up for something visual like towel folding? Something audio-based such as whispering, tapping or scratching or something tactile such as hair brushing, a hand massage, makeup brushes on your face or a few rounds of the Alphabet Game?

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