Yesterday morning Abi & I headed down to London for a day of shopping, general London exploring & to attend the Cosmo Superblogger Masterclass in the evening. The weather was absolutely beautiful in London, we mooched around Carnaby Street & Oxford Circus before heading to Vapiano's for some tasty Italian food. After lunch we got on the tube over to East London to visit a photography exhibition which was pretty cool & then we had a much needed rest in Giraffe for a cold drink! It was then time to go freshen up our makeup before travelling to Pimlico to find the venue for the event.
When we arrived we were greeted with a glass of Champagne or fresh orange juice, I couldn't say no to a free glass of bubbly which went down a treat after travelling on the tube during rush hour! There was a huge amount of bloggers at the event, I'm just sorry I didn't have the confidence to go & introduce myself to anyone, silly shyness overcoming me as usual!
The tips, tricks & advice I gained from the event is invaluable, I learnt so much & I didn't stop typing away on my iPhone all evening! I've got a note as long as my arm saved on my phone now filled with useful websites, quotes to keep me motivated & even some techy info. It was really inspiring to hear bloggers Fleur & Kat talk about their blog, you could tell how passionate they were & it's really given me the motivation to continue blogging. It was also great to hear from a brand about how they work with bloggers, what they look for & advice on how to approach a brand. Approaching a brand isn't something I've ever done before but it was useful to be given suggestions on how to go about it in the future! One of the most important things was to tailor your approach specifically to that brand & really consider what it is you would like to work on with them.
"Never feel like it's too late to get involved with blogging - there is always room for new people & if you show your passion by developing great content you will gain readership naturally"
"It's important to build up a good presence on all forms of social media, focusing on your blog is great but a huge amount of readers doesn't always reflect good blog stats - brands love to see you working with them via Instagram/Twitter as they are 'here & now' whereas a blog post can take a while to create!"
"Be consistent, be persistent & be yourself"
"Keep a notebook to see how far you've progressed. It's important to celebrate every little milestone!"
I managed to say a quick hello to Fleur which felt so surreal. It was weird seeing someone in real life after I've watched her on YouTube for years. She was so so lovely & it was really nice of her to stay behind chatting to us all!