Hello friend. It’s been a week since Blog Podium 2015 and what a week it has been.
I’m sure you still want to know what possessed me to fly out to the west coast for a full day conference. I mean, who does that? Me! A young entrepreneur who is out to cut her teeth and make a name for herself. As I learned at Blog Podium 2015, networking and dealing with brands and bloggers in the name of your own blog is quite satisfying and fulfilling (as opposed to representing the company you work for).
I got more out of that day that I have out of hours worth of emails and facebook chatting. Whoda known? Me
Held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in the Ocean View rooms, the conference was set-up for success. From the location to the choice of panels, I greatly enjoyed what was on offer and it’s only with a week between us that I’m now realizing what little things I would have changed – and it’s not much, so I won’t go into that.
I’ve never been to the West coast in Canada, so this was also an opportunity to explore the other coast and take in the famous vistas. Walking along the sea wall or even around Canada Place it easy to see why people who go to Vancouver don’t want to leave. The views are stunning and the complexity of the landscape is something we don’t always get here on the East Coast.
The evening before the conference we were hosted at The Cross Design and shop some great syles. I made a purchase or two and will be showing you guys what I got once I’m back home. Friday was great, I had the opportunity to walk through Vancouver with my friend and maid of honour from my wedding, Aaria. We caught up on the last year and reminisced. We ate 5$ entrees and some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever had along with what is now my favourite drink – a Moscow Mule! I had planned to stay with her after the conference before moving on to San Francisco, but my plans all fell through.
Because I had done a bunch of prep work for the conference – as I outlined in one of my previous posts here – I was able to hit the ground running and was networking from the second I stepped into the elevators. I happened to have done a recce of the area the day I arrived so that I wouldn’t be lost and sweating buckets trying to find the rooms at 8:05am, and this paid off when I proudly led the ladies to the right rooms. Did this have an effect on my success at the conference? absolutely not, but goddamn it felt good to score a point so early in the day.
After registering I walked in and started with all the brands I knew I wanted to meet. These were companies I had prepared the ground with beforehand and knew what my points were. The media kit was shared with brands, while my fun business cards were given to bloggers. Although I didn’t win any of the amazing draws (Delta Faucet, Home Depot, Para Paints, Canadian Tire etc.) I think I unofficially won best business card – amiright?
I didn’t learn as much as I thought I would, but I was glad to have a lot of information confirmed. Validation – no matter how small – that I’m doing the right things is just what I needed. I particularly enjoyed the photo shoot session with Tray Ayton. She confirmed what I thought and explained some of the finer points of photography for us plebes. Gemma’s panel on making a living was also nice, as I got to consider some different revenue streams I hadn’t fully considered.
As I told brands and bloggers alike, PMQ for two’s presence is growing weekly and it’s bolstered by a strong base of followers and an engaged audience all of which is crucial to building your brand and community. Blog Podium 2015 was a bold step in the right direction for my, the blog, and my community.
My conference day ended with devastating news and I’m still not at a point where I can talk about it. I think my brother would have wanted me to have the day that I had. He supported me in my endeavour and wanted me to succeed. I wish I could have told him about it, he would have been proud.
Now I have to do what I should have done the next day, get my list of people to follow-up with together and action it, snoop through fellow bloggers’ blogs and creep everyone thoroughly on instagram. If you’re reading this and I happen to like a photo in your feed from 36 weeks ago, you know what’s up. *creepers unite
And here is where I introduce a new sign-off for my blog posts…