The Thing That Changed the Game

The Thing That Changed the Game

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…

My Trip to Bloggers Fest

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.

I ended up tagging a long with a group of 7-10 other bloggers.  Actually, I still talk to a couple of them (Becky and Alice) now.

What is Bloggers Fest?

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.

How did it go?

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.

So, why was it Bloggers Fest that changed the game?

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 tweeted about Bloggers Fest a couple of times
  • 2 event running companies found and liked the tweet
  • I suddenly got emails about events that they were running and was added to their PR lists
  • I tweeted/blogged/posted to Instagram stories about these events, and suddenly more brands were noticing me
  • Fast forward to now, I’d say I definitely don’t go a week without some sort of PR email (Not that I take them all)

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.

So… I should go to Bloggers Fest?

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,

Jas xx

 

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  1. September 28, 2018 / 11:15 am

    bloggersfest sounds like a great opportuniy!! sadly i dont even know if there is something like this in my country but I will definetly check now ✨ have a great day!!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Have a nice day too! Hope you can find something similar!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you! Yeah it was a great convention!

      Jas xx

  2. September 28, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Blogfest sounds really great! I’d love to go but I’m very shy and I’d be on my own! Hopefully in the future sounds like something I would really love to do! Great informative post x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you! Honestly, I was shy too and simply took a chance and it worked out!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 10:01 pm

      It really was!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      You should definitely go at the next opportunity!

      Jas xx

  3. September 28, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    This is really interesting! I always wonder if I’m missing out on stuff like this. Because I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere I never really get the opportunity to go to things like this. It sounds like it was amazing for you though! I need to make more of an effort to try and attend something 😂 x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Omg I’d love to go to an event that you were at too!

      Jas xx

  4. September 28, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    This is a great interesting post! I feel any blogger is trying to figure out how to get more collaborations with brands or just grow their blog! I really would love to go to a blogger event, I’m located in the states so I’m not sure we have a blogger fest here? I need to find out ASAP haha.

    Chelsea ♡ http://www.thedailychelsea.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, you should definitely see if you can find some blogger events in the states!

      Jas xx

  5. September 28, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Yes, I loved reading about this. I’m not in the UK, but would love to go to Blogger Fest one year. Is there one in The States? I’m sorta on the cusp with a lot of the things you’re talking about, with a few small brands reaching out, but I’d like to have a few more.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Bloggers Fest is great! If you have a chance to find anything similar, you should definitely go!

      Jas xx

  6. September 29, 2018 / 12:48 am

    This event actually sounds exciting. I like events like these because it gives you a chance to network with other bloggers and create new connections. Great post!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      That’s the same reason that I like them!

      Jas xx

  7. September 29, 2018 / 8:47 am

    Hi Jasmine! I really enjoyed reading this post. I’ll be moving to UK next year to study Sociology as an undergraduate. That’s why I believe moving to UK will be a good chance for me to meet lots of bloggers and attend events like the one you mentioned, Bloggers Fest. It sound absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read more posts from you.
    I hope you’re having a lovely day.
    Kisses,
    Sima x | http://www.styleglint.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Awwww I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Hopefully I run into you at an event once you’re in the UK!

      Jas xx

      • September 30, 2018 / 7:26 pm

        I hope so too!! You’re so kind xx

  8. September 30, 2018 / 5:25 am

    It’s neat that you got to check out Bloggers Fest! This is a great way to expand your circle and meet other great bloggers :). Glad you enjoyed your time there!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Nancy!

      Jas xx

  9. September 30, 2018 / 11:22 am

    I’ve never been to bloggers fest but would love to! Anything that will aid in exposure (positive) is good for us bloggers!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Yeah exactly!

      Jas xx

  10. September 30, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Im quite new to this, so thanks for the info!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      Glad I could help!

      Jas xx

  11. September 30, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    It sounds like the bloggersfest was a great opportunity for you and you got a lot out of it! Which is always really lovely to hear x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿
    http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Yeah, I definitely got a lot out of it!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      I hope that you can find something similar!

      Jas xx

  12. September 30, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Bloggers Fest sounds like a really cool event to be part of! That’s so nice that you were able to meet and interact with other bloggers face to face. I hope I get an opportunity to do that one day. Thanks for sharing this! I found it really interesting!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      I’m so glad that you found it interesting! I hope that you get an opportunity to do it too!

      Jas xx

  13. September 30, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I never even knew that bloggers fest was a thing that existed! Great post 🙂

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you!!

      Jas xx

  14. September 30, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I have heard of blogger fest. I did not go but saw the photos and it did sound amazing! I am glad you had a good time and that it allowed you to secure more collabs!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks Corinne!

      Jas xx

  15. September 30, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I’ve never heard of Bloggers fest but it sounds like a great place to meet other bloggers and network. Congrats on all the success xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      It really is! And thank you!

      Jas xx

  16. September 30, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I would love to go to a Blogging Event, mainly just to speak to those who I have connected with online already. It’s so strange how you can build close relationships online with people you have never met. I love that you shared honest insight into the growth of your blog from going to the event also, definitely something I will be interested in attending in future (or similar events). Must be brave and put myself out there!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Awwww thank you! Yeah definitely put yourself out there!

      Jas xx

  17. September 30, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    This honestly sounds like blogging heaven! I’d love to go to something like that in the future and push myself a little more. It sounds like such a great opportunity. Loved reading this post as always Jas xx

    Elin | https://myblurredworld.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Awwww I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thank you!! You totally should go to events like this, they’re such a great experience!

      Jas xx

  18. September 30, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    This sounds like such a cool event! Loved reading about your experience! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      No problem, thank you for reading!

      Jas xx

  19. September 30, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    Oh wow! I’m so surprised! I was not expecting it to be like that!
    This is really interesting 🙂 I always wondered if it was worth it going to blogging event, but now, I know that I will definitely give it a try!
    Thanks you for sharing!!
    Laura
    https://peanutsandcacahuetes.com/

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      October 3, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Awwww I hope you enjoy any events that you end up going to!

      Jas xx

  20. September 30, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    Bloggers Fest sounds great. Been tempted to go myself but I’m glad for you that it worked out well in the sense that you got so many opportunities. Keep up the good work!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      October 3, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  21. October 28, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Loved this! I’ve been wanting to go to a blogging event for a while now but kept putting it off. After reading this post I’m definitely going to make the effort to go to an event.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    Lydia x | lydiaonlife.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      November 12, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      No problem, thank you so much for reading!

      Jas xx

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