I remember my first ever blogger event, I travelled to central London leaving plenty of time to find the location and handle the butterflies in my stomach. I’ll be honest, it felt completely surreal to be invited to a blogger event, as luck would have it, the day was fantastic. We cooked, we ate and I gained some interesting information and blogger friends I’m still in contact with today.
If I’m honest, I wish I’d had some advice on how to network at the event, what to expect from the event and what would be expected from me after?
*How would this fit with my blog? – Will it be of interest to be readers or is it for my own pleasure?
*Can I get to the event with ease? – Travelling for several hours is tiring and sometimes expensive, I always take this into account before accepting an invitation.
*How can I make this content useful? – Does the event require a certain skill/product that I could or should cover on my blog?
The day of the event has come and if your anything like me, feeling a little anxious beforehand is completely normal. I tend to follow these rules to get the best out of these events:
What if you find yourself alone? I’d use this opportunity to make some notes, interact with the hashtag online/update Instagram stories etc.
Should I approach other bloggers? Yes! If you see something alone, even if you don’t know them, take a moment to strike up a conversation.
I don’t want to introduce myself to a group. This is something I completely detest, I normally start by telling people this fact and try to keep it short and sweet if possible. If all else fails, I’ll panic, ramble and hope that everyone else is too busy thinking about themselves.
How to handle feeling uncomfortable? Now, this is a hugely personal situation and the idea of a ‘one fit’s all’ solution is not always possible. I won’t deny that I’ve had to leave early, providing you’ve thanked your host and gathered information, there shouldn’t be an issue.
I’ve said yes and now I can’t attend. I’m of the understanding this happens all the time, I think the most important thing is to give as much notice as possible so that someone can take your space. Its bad manners, rude and completely unreasonable not to turn up without taking the time to contact the organiser beforehand, unless of course, it’s an extreme circumstance.
The event topic doesn’t fit your blog – This is completely reasonable and it’s better to let someone who is a more organic fit attend.
Your having a bad mental health day – I’ve had to cancel event’s as I simply didn’t have the confidence and my anxious mind completely took over. Suddenly the idea of interacting with new people feels like my worst nightmare, I detest having to cancel and it rarely happens but on occasion, I have to put myself first.
It simply doesn’t appeal – Again, it’s better to reply and decline and let someone else attend instead.
I hope you’ve found this helpful, is there anything else you’d add?