The Company Blogger Forum happens every year, it just so happens that I’ve only just heard of it.. hello late on the band wagon!
In true ‘me’ fashion, I had a call at 18.08pm from The Gentleman saying ‘Just realised I have your bank card, do you need it?’ I was in the middle of pulling my skirt on; while throwing everything from the bed into a Mulberry tote and rubbing the fake tan streaks into my legs. Classy. Passing The Gentleman at our gate, it was a kiss on the cheek while I tried to totter down the road without breaking my ankle. – Should I mention at this point that the event was due to start at 18.30? Mistake number 1.
When I got on the tube, I decided it would be an excellent time to start painting my nails. Mistake number 2.
I arrived at my tube stop and hopped in a cab, only to be told that my destination was 5 minutes ’round the corner. Cue, hopping back out of the cab, much to everyone standing on the pavement’s amusement. Mistake number 3.
I then rushed down the street, to try to get to the event on time. I suddenly heard a little voice behind me from a fabulously dressed young lady ‘I think you’re going to the same thing as me… are you lost too?’
Yes, In fact I am. (Mistake number 4) We both piled in through the doors as a new blogouple (That’s blogger friend couple FYI)
We were handed a glass of something alcoholic – lovely – and led straight into the lecture theatre. I was stopped by a lovely young gentleman who informed me that I had left the price stickers on the bottom of my shoes. Can I make any more mistakes?!
Yes. Apparently, I can basically completely forget I even brought my camera with me! Hence, the blatant lack of photos… sorry.
The Forum was brilliant. I have to admit though, they said all the things that I’d heard before. Really, I had gone to meet some exciting people (as well as Victoria White!!)
In the mean time, here are the top three tips on improving it today;
1. Get social
- Get Facebook, get Twitter, Instagram, Youtube – AND TALK TO PEOPLE!
- Don’t just sit there assuming people will come and look at your blog, they won’t. Leave comments on your favourites and tweet people.
- If you write about a company,tell them – they’ll be pleased to hear it!
- Read up on HTML and coding and add some snazzy little gadgets to your blog.
- Make sure you know about the subject you’re writing about – if someone sends you a press release, change it. No one wants to read a generic piece of writing. Yawn.
3. Check the detail.
- If you’re going to do a beauty post, make sure everything looks beautiful. Simple.
- Too many times I’ve clicked on a ‘beauty review’ of a nail polish only to see it poorly applied or chipped.
- It’s a similar deal with pictures. No one likes fuzzy, poor quality images. Camera phones are good quality these days, and digital cameras aren’t that expensive – it can change your entire blog!
Now,I’m not saying I’m a genius writer or that my blog is perfect. But, nobody ever told me these things and I wished they had when I started writing!
|Susie from Style Bubble and Cathia from Jingle Jungle|
We all received a goody bag packed full of lovely things.
The best part? This Temperley Filofax. I had been telling The Gentleman that I needed a new infill for my pink Filofax, as I absolutely despise using my iPhone as a diary. And then this little beauty comes into my life. Look out for a blog post entirely devoted to this divine little number soon!
Also, check out some of the FABULOUS bloggers and people I met at the Forum.
The super-cute Cathia from Jingle Jungle
The ‘legs up to here (gesture to neck height), when mine only come up to here (points to waist)’ Yasmine from Yazmataz