I have mentioned, more times than not, that my blog has accelerated in terms of growth and working with brands. I’d like to think this is because I’ve worked hard and pushed myself, but in all honesty it was a combination of a lot of things that changed. Hard work, right place right time, making connections, people finding me… They all came into place. However, I did notice that one thing in particular seemed to accelerate the process…
Around this time last year (I literally think it was this time minus a week) I found out that one of the literal 2 bloggers that I spoke to at the time was going to Bloggers Festival in London. I wasn’t quite sure what it was, or why I particularly wanted to go, but I’d never been to an event and it seemed like a bit of fun. So, I summed up the courage and bought a ticket myself.
Bloggers Festival is an event that, I believe, is run by Scarlett London and is essentially a little convention for bloggers. The ticket was around £8 (Back then I didn’t think I’d be invited to free blogging events so soon), and allowed you to spend as long as you wanted exploring (Plus got you a gift bag at the end).
The event consisted of some interacted, very Instagrammable elements such as a flowery wall, photo props and a whole table set up to make dreamy flatlays. Upon walking through the interactive area, you were met with a room full of brands looking for bloggers and bloggers looking for brands. It was a place to walk around, network and even pick up a couple of freebies along the way.
Honestly, I had a pretty great day. It was my first experience of any sort of blogging event, and also the first time I’d met any bloggers in person. Yeah, the brands and the goodie bag were fun, but the experience was far better. If you’re curious, I think I’ve detailed what I got in my goodie bag here.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t because of any of the brands I spoke to that day. It was nice to chat to them, but at the time I was quite tiny and not in a “business mind”. In fact, I don’t think I’ve worked with any of them since. However, it still consider it the event that changed things for me.
I honestly put it down to exposure (That dreaded word). I was tweeting about going and brands took notice. Essentially, the timeline of my business stuff looked a little something like this:
I would like to stress, I’m obviously not a massive blogger or anything. However, I never expected to accelerate the way that I did, and I put that down to Bloggers Fest starting it all.
I mean, yeah it was a great day and if you have a chance to go, you should! However, it obviously doesn’t have to be Bloggers Fest. I feel like the main thing I learnt from it all is you need to get yourself out there. Talk to other bloggers, tweet about what you’re doing, share your thoughts online. If the right people see it, you could be on the way to something special…
Hope you like this! I wasn’t sure about this post as it’s a bit different and advicey for me, but I thought I may as well. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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