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Facing my Fears at #BlogAtTheBeach 2018

January 17, 2018

Facing my Fears at #BlogAtTheBeach 2018

January 17, 2018

Photo Credit: Laura Hayley Photo

Last weekend I did one of the scariest things I have done since I started blogging. Even though I was absolutely petrified I managed to get up on stage in front of 85 bloggers at #BlogAtTheBeach, some of which I have admired for years, and give a presentation about the perfect pitch.

I never in my wildest dreams imagined that anyone would ever want to take my advice, let alone sit there for 40 minutes listening to me ramble on about something I’ve been passionate about since I first started blogging.

Despite all my worries and fears, the presentation for icelolly.com went so much better than I ever imagined it could and I stepped off the stage feeling incredibly lucky, thankful and amazed at how far I have come the last year or so.

To be able to present alongside two people I have admired for years (Kaye and Bee) was an incredible achievement, and probably one I won’t be forgetting about for a long time.

I’m still not sure if I am going to do a detailed blog post about the things I covered in the talk as although I have covered pitching on my blog before, my approach has change slightly since writing my first few posts. I know people want the information, I just feel there’s a better way for me to get it out there. I’m working on it, I promise. 

I do however, want to talk about creating your own opportunities as it’s something I strongly believe in and something I have had to do a lot of – the last few months in particular. 

Jess, from The Crown Wings, summed up my entire talk perfectly – BE. YOUR. OWN. CHEERLEADER. 

Rather than sitting around saying it’s always the same people getting the same bloody opportunities, thinking you’re never going to make it as a blogger because it’s impossible to get noticed, you could take control of the opportunities that come your way and create them for yourself.

Email that dream brand, get yourself in front of them and be seen.

They want to work with people that know how to make get their products noticed in a world full of competitors, so why not start by making them notice you. You’re inadvertently showing them that you have the skills they want you, by putting yourself in front of them and offering a collaboration, right?

I know there has been a lot of negativity towards pitching in the blogging community lately, often by brands that do not understand it’s power or by people that do not class blogging as a legitimate career. Unfortunately for them that is the way marketing and the world is going and if they don’t get on board, it’s their loss. I’d NEVER let it dull my sparkle and put me off approaching people as I firmly believe it’s one of the best ways to take your blog to the next level.

Blogging is the same a running your own business and you have to sell what you’re offering – exposure, engaging content and an audience that trusts your judgement. It’s a form of marketing that shouldn’t come free to any brand as each and everyone one of us work hard on the collaborations we do. We should be proud of that. 

What I will say, which has been reinforced by the recent ‘outings’ of bloggers by hotels and restaurants, is that you 100% need to do your research before you pitch a brand. I mentioned in my talk that you should check a brands website and social media before pitching so you can talk about their recent news in your email, but it also gives you a chance to see if there are any red flags. It will show you if a brand is well known for something (i.e. a particular meat dish and you’re vegan), it will show you if they support something you disagree with and it will most importantly show you what they’re like with their customers and what they will do to get a couple of shares.

I guess what I want to say by this post is don’t be put off by the people that think negatively to pitching and blogging and go out there and get those dream opportunities for yourself, we all deserve it. 

Kirsty Leanne

xoxo

  • Claire January 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Well said! Just what I needed to read today. ?

    • Kirsty Leanne February 20, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Thank you Claire! I hope it’s encouraged you to continue pitching! xx

  • Natalie Dickinson January 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Whoop, Whoop! Big congrats again, you were fab!

  • Saira January 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Well done on you for facing your fears ! All everyone has done is rave about what an amazing job you did Hun – you should be proud !! Love this post too – I agree with pitching if you want to and not letting anyone put you off – but also doing your research!
    Saira
    http://www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xxx

  • Madeleine January 18, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I wish I’d been there, I bet it was informative and excellent. Well done for conquering your fears.

  • Corinne January 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    You did AMAZING! Loved hearing your talk!

    Corinne x

    • Kirsty Leanne February 20, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Thank you Corinne, I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support! xx

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I don’t know why, but when I found out I was going to Garorock Festival I decided that if I was going to wear a playsuit, now would be the perfect opportunity. It was going to be 41 degrees and if anything, I could pass it off as festival fashion if it didn’t look right. I ordered two, one from @missguided and one from Boohoo 🙌🏻
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As you can see it DOES suit me (I think) and the chub rub? NON-EXISTENT. I’m definitely a playsuit convert and now wondering what other clothes I have written off without even giving them a chance! Co-ords? Dungarees? Bodycon Dresses? What should I try next?! 😏👇🏻
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❤️ Playsuit gifted by @missguided
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Highlights include reliving my childhood by seeing @sum41, dancing to @djsnake on day 3, discovering the amazing @christineandthequeens, listening to @twodoorcinemaclub and realising I know way more songs than I thought and the INCREDIBLE headline that was @macklemore. I’ve still got no voice because I sang and screamed so much 😂🙊
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As far as festivals go, Garorock was a great first choice. It was INCREDIBLY clean (look at the lack of rubbish in my photo) and it was all pretty contained and easy to get to. Not only that, but the crowd were amazing. I’m a little worried I may have been spoilt and I’ll have a bit of a shock at my next festival, but there’s only one way to find out, right? 😂🙌🏻
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❤️ I was a plus one on this trip, so under no obligation to post
❤️ Dress and bag gifted by @boohoo @boohooplus #festival #festivaloutfit #festivalinspo #plussizefestival #festivalfashion #spacebuns #garorock #garorock2019 #playsuit #romper
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Although I would have loved to get the full festival experience by camping, the heat was hitting the 40’s most days. Luckily we had our very own Gite to stay in, fully equipped with a pool and all the wine I could drink. Clearly, I took full advantage of that🥂🍾
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The festival wasn’t my only first this weekend, as this is also the first time I’ve ever worn a bikini! Despite the fact I come across as confident on Instagram, I still get self-conscious when I’m putting myself out there. I was DEFINITELY not feeling it at first, but after a bit of encouragement from @danniellelily and @absolutelylucy I felt so much better. I feel as though I’d built wearing a bikini up to be this massively scary thing for me when really, it’s not *so* bad. Here’s to way more bikinis in my life 🙌🏻
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❤️ Bikini bought from @prettylittlething who I have worked with in the past #bikini #plussizebikini #bikiniseason #bikinilovers #plussizebikinis
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If you saw my stories a couple of weeks ago, you will have seen that I launched the #bepitchperfect eBook - the ultimate guide to pitching products, payments and press trip. The guide goes into detail about all of the preparation you need to do before a pitch, ways to overcome your fears, a five-step strategy that works for me almost every time and how to stay on top of all the people you’re pitching. I also tell you how to personalise each pitch depending on what you’re pitching. It really is that detailed! 🙊💫
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At just £10, it’s honestly an absolute bargain for those looking to take their blog to the next level. It’s been launched less than a month so far and I’ve already had people message to tell me some of the amazing collaborations they’ve secured thanks to my guide! 🎉
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I’m so sorry that this post may have come across a little salesy, but as you can tell I’m incredibly passionate about pitching and how it can help your blog grow. If you’re interested in purchasing the eBook, there’s a link to buy in my profile bio. If you think you know someone who may be interested, please feel free to tag them below! 🥰🥰
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❤️ Jacket gifted from @fashionworlduk
❤️ Skirt gifted from @primark
❤️ Lace body gifted from @missguided
❤️ T-Shirt bought from @levis #plussize #plussizeootd #plussizefashion #psbloggers #plussizebloggers
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✨ Traveling to new places and experiencing incredible new adventures inspires me to create new content, as well as to face my fears.
✨ My friends and family inspire me on a daily basis - whether it’s to do the best I can or to appreciate what I have. Seeing them do incredible things makes me want to do incredible things too.
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✨ YOU! Each and everyone one of you inspire me to do the best I can when it comes to Plus Size Travel Too and travel marketing.
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❤️ My trip with @trekamerica was Discounted in return for content
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My name is Kirsty Leanne (@kirstyleanneuk) and I’m a plus size travel blogger from the UK! I have loved travelling for as long as I can remember and have been blogging about travel for just over two years (and specifically plus size travel for officially 6 months). I like cats, peanut butter and programmes about serial killers. 
As I started to become more confident with posting photos of myself of my social media channels, it became more and more obvious that I didn’t have a place in the travel industry. Nobody wanted to feature a fat girl on their platforms or in their press trips. As time went on and it started to get to me more and more, the idea for Plus Size Travel Too started. Not only is this a community for plus size travellers to get advice from people just like them, but it’s a way to show brands that plus size people do actually travel too. In the long run, I want PSTT to help brands see that they should be showing plus size travellers in their marketing materials, as well as advising them on how they can make adjustments that can make travel a lot more comfortable for plus size people. 
I want to inspire plus size travellers, just like me, to travel and have the best adventures they can. Often people let the fact they’re plus size they can’t travel and hopefully, Plus Size Travel Too will help show people that that’s just not true. 
I can’t do it alone, so I am thankful for each and every one of you helping me along the way ❤️💫
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