A wishy-washy sleep on Friday night left us all a bit tired for the long day ahead. Not to worry, an unplanned trip to Starbucks with Mel and we were juiced up for the day! I certainly wasn't as nervous about meeting people this year like I was last. Yet, participating in ice breakers was a great way to meet new bloggers and learn some fun facts about them! Instead of bore you with a massive recap on ALL the sessions I'm going to bullet point what I learned from the ones I attended.
Blogs in Transition: Embracing Your Blog - Solidify a mission statement for your blog. Be you. Be real. - Create consistent blog schedule. Use Buffer! - If you want to work with brands, ask! - Redesign your page to make it more usable. From Blog to Job: Utilizing Your Personal Blog to Elevate Your Career - Check out my LIVE tweet from this session here! The Organized Blogger -Editorial calendars. Get crackin' on a schedule so you can be more productive with your time. - Tools. "Use" your blogger friends! Ask question, reach out to them. - Set goals. Just like in life, you must make short and long term goals. This will not only increase your productivity, but will also hold you accountable and motivate you to succeed! - Time yourself. No one has endless hours to spend writing, tweeting and Instagraming (hello #latergram?). Get a timer and allot yourself a certain amount of time. When that buzzer goes off, stop! Take a break, walk around and come back later. Blogger and the Brand: Building Relationships - Try products prior to reaching out to companies. They appreciate the fact you've supported their product and are more likely to want to collaborate. - Have a plan! Be open and honest as to what you want from them. - Reach out with ideas. Don't always expect brands to produce content relating to their product for you to review. - You can say NO! If you are a vegan and get approached by a dairy based brand, don't fool yourself or your readers. Just say NO. - Along the same lines, if you don't like a product you've been given to review, be honest with the company as well as your readers. Obviously, don't be super harsh, but maybe ask the brand to send along something else you know you DO like instead. - Develop a relationship with the brand. Over give and over deliver. If you need/want more clarification on any of these, just email me at trendytrainer at gmail dot com! -TTT