So today, I did a thing. And by thing I mean that I attended my very first blogger event! Thats’ right, ya girl went out and did some networking!
Now for those of you who haven’t already read too many ‘How To Be A Successful Blogger’ articles to count, one of the main points ALWAYS mentioned is the importance of networking!
Well this event was a double shot, because on top of being able to meet a ton of new bloggers from the area, I also got to learn about something that I have not yet touched within my own blogging realm!Here’s a little bit of my experience!
Alright, so before I go into details about the event, I wanted to give y’all some perspective. For me, going to an event like this, ESPECIALLY alone, is pretty out of my comfort zone. I’m pretty introverted and I absolutely love meeting new people, but I do get a little shy from the jump. So really, situations like this really stress me out.
But as I said in the intro, I’ve never really had a blogging network and that is something I’ve really been wanting to start building. So, with moving to a newer, larger area (and having zero friends or connections) I thought what better way to start building that network than through a blogging event!
But how? I remember when I first moved here, I looked up “blogging events” and only got hits on larger events in surrounding cities. That would mean travel, money, and time that I wasn’t prepared to invest right off. So coming across last night’s event was an absolute fluke. But a good one.
To give you some background, the event that I attended was an event put on by The Blogger Union. What The Blogger Union is, it’s a community of bloggers all across the globe that get together in their prospective areas and learn from each other, network with each other, and ultimately grow with each other.
One of the first things that was said at the event was “community over competition”. Right away that was something that made me pause and think “wow”. As a blogger who is new to events like this as well as new to the area, it was really really nice to hear such a positive message being spread around!
How I found thedcbloggers and The Blogger Union, the coordinators of the event, was honestly completely by chance. I’m becoming accustomed to using DC based hashtags on my newer posts and happened to be scrolling through one of them and found @thedcbloggers page. From there I saw that they were promoting DC based bloggers, they were part of a larger community (The Blogger Union) and in their bio, I saw that they were hosting an event!
The rest is history!
Last night’s event was a workshop all about brand pitching, (or pitching to brands). Yep, one of those topics we all want to know about and is usually a “you don’t know unless you try” kind of deal. Not so much after this workshop!
The event was held at a local Virginia mall/shopping center inside of the Microsoft Store (which I found kind of interesting). Upon arrival, there was a desk up front for sign in and ticket check. This was helpful in showing us where to go in a crowded mall store as well as corralling us all in one place which I personally found beneficial so it would be easier to prowl for “coincidental meetings”.
Someone is going to teach me how to make friends…Y’all, the amount of times I opened with “Hi, what’s your name?” is a bit shameful.
After sign in and mingling we were brought back to an intimate conference area where there was food (sorry no photo *blogger fail*), drinks (juice, not booze), and seating available. All I have to say about this is, that was the best chocolate brownie I’ve ever had and I need its details ASAP. I mean, what else matters?
A bit more mingling, eating, and set up and we were ready to get into the event for the night!
Our speaker and workshop leader was Kelsey Cay, who is a successful lifestyle blogger here in the area who runs the blog Catching Up With Kels. She is rather successful in her blogging rights and in her other ventures as well and she was kind enough to share some really good insights on how she’s maneuvered into that success and connect us to the right spaces as well. She was also the sweetest person, so that’s always a plus!
Kelsey was prepared with great information and she knew how to deliver it. On top of this, she introduced some brand new things (and I spend a lot of time online y’all) so it was definitely a valuable experience.
So to Kels, a huge hello, nice to meet ya, and thank you SO much for the valuable information you shared with us last night.
Honestly, a game changer.
So one thing that Kelsey mentioned a few times and that I’ve even thrown around on my page a few times is the importance of KNOWING YOUR WORTH! This I found (while everything was super helpful and some invaluable information was shared let me tell ya); this is what hit home. Whether it’s in your career, your relationships, or your brand deals, you’re not going to receive the best of the best if YOU don’t believe YOU deserve it.
So it’s simple, just KNOW that you do.
That’s all I got y’all!
Check out the people behind this event!