I have seen a lot of posts circulating the bloggersphere lately about everything that is wrong with blogging events, all of which I 100% agree with. I have just hosted my 4th Pretty Lovely Bloggers event (#PLBSantasGrotto) for bloggers and yes, every time it is the same old story that both Alice Spake and The Prosecco Diaries recently covered in their posts here and here. I can’t tell you how much it frustrates me when people drop out and I have absolutely no problem in blacklisting someone.
I know that neither of them have been deterred and they will both be hosting events again in the future, and the same goes for Pretty Lovely Blogger Events. There will be loads more to come!
However, I did want to throw a positive post out there, sharing all of the amazing things that I love about hosting an event for bloggers.
1. Meeting new and awesome people
Although I am usually running around like a headless chicken or stumbling over my words when talking in front of everyone, I still make the effort to talk to everyone who attends the Pretty Lovely Blogger events. I’ve met some of my closest friends at events and I am so amazingly grateful for the fact I have had the chance to meet so many new, amazing people. I love you all *insert heart eyes emoji*
2. Connecting bloggers and brands together
One of my favourite things (and the part that takes the longest) is finding brands to be involved with our blogger events. Both me and Adele both take the time to find brands that you may not have heard of before, giving everyone the chance to discover new favourite brands. I’ve discovered some of the best brands through both my own events and others, and I want to keep this going!
3. Raising money for amazing charities
At all of our meet-ups we raise money for Mind, and amazing charity that means so much to so many people. I think with all of our events combined we’ve managed to raise over £200 – proof bloggers are absolutely amazing! It really warmed my heart that nobody at our last event would take a second prize if they won one as they wanted to share the love. Amazing!
4. Putting together goody bags that people love
It’s such a guilty pleasure of mine to look through the hashtag of the events me and Adele run and see a lot of the bloggers that attend posting their goody bag pictures. I always ask what peoples favourites are too – everyone must think I’m so nosey. It’s great seeing people love the bags we put together and that they appreciate the brands that have contributed samples of full sized products. It takes months and months to put them together, so it really shows that hard work pays off.
5. The feeling you get when people say thank you
Organising an event is tiring and when it’s coming to the end of the day and people are leaving one of the best things people can say is ‘thank-you’. It makes me feel all giddy and like we have managed to put a smile on someone’s face. It’s a great feeling and one I don’t get to experience often.
I am 100% behind every other blogger that runs events as I understand their frustration regarding blogger etiquette, as I go away from every event feeling a little bitter towards people. I would, however, love to thank those people that make running events worthwhile as you’re the reason I probably won’t ever stop. I have so much love for all of you. Seriously.