Monday, May 28, 2012

Blog Podium

I don't even know where to start with this! it was SUCH  a fun time!

Carly came Friday night and we spend the night sipping wine and catching up over yummy greek food. Love that girl so much! One of those people that months can go by and its like no time has even passed.

Saturday morning we headed downtown to Blog Podium and I have to admit I was pretty nervous about meeting all of the amazing women behind the blogs I read every day. The event was beautiful, they gave us notebooks to write in and lots of good information. The topic was monetizing your blog, so there was a ton of good advice about sponsors, advertising, giveaways and everything in between.

The number one thing I took away from it was there is no formula or right or wrong way to do things. you have to just go with your gut. Some things might be okay for some blogs, but if they don't feel right for you, thats okay!

I feel like blogs are such a new form of 'advertising' that many companies know even less about what to expect then the bloggers themselves. Go out on a limb, approach a company or etsy shop, the worst they can say is no.

Its more likely a company will give you a free product instead of money in your account. which makes total sense, and has my wheels turning about things that could be a good partnership.

after that we got to meet the great sponsors of the event and had some fun with the smilebooth!

Interested to know who these ladies are?

holly of holly knitlightly 
elycia (& ivan!) from love elycia
rachel from the paper hearts blog
chantilly from my girl thursday
kait from miss kait online
mel from smiles from mel

and after that we had TONS of fun going out for dinner and drinks and more drinks and more drinks and MORE was a late night! 

It was soo cool to meet these people in real life, talk about blog people like they were our best friends, and have so many laughs. I had a feeling these bloggin gals would be awesome but I was totally blown away, it was honestly like we had known each other for ages! which, in a silly way, we have..just never in person. 

I can't wait for our next toronto blogger meet up and I'm so happy to have these awesome girls as new friends. (and happy that now I can say 'my friend' instead of 'this girl who's blog I read') 



Adding the finishing touch said...

Awesome re-cap!

Miss Kait said...

I had such a wonderful time with all you ladies :) it really is weird how it felt like we had been friends for years! <3 I hope we all get together again soon - I'm mean really we're all not that far!

Lesley said...

That sounds like such a fun time! Thanks for sharing it. xx

jules (the life of a cupcake!) said...

such a great re-cap girly! i had SO much fun. i'm so sad it's over. i am so glad we all went and can't wait to hangout with everyone again soon!

Holly Knitlightly said...

Soooooooooo fun!!! We definitely have to hang out soon!! Beach day!! Jay's game!! Toronto Island day! Whatever!! Let's do itttttttttt.

Haha so many exclamation marks... baha.

But it was so fun to meet you!!

Okay side note, WTF. That captcha thing is now part word part IMAGE of a blurry word?! WTF?! hahha geez!

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