It feels like it's been ages since I posted a snap of me wearing clothes (not that I've been posting any nude shots at all - they're specifically reserved for my Snapchat fam FYI*) because of all these Christmas posts lately. Damn you Christmas, always getting in the way of my outfit posts. So selfish. But since it's been a while, and since it's Tuesday, I've decided combine all of the above (minus the n00dz) with - first of all, potentially the nicest jumpsuit in the world - and a good old fashioned Tip Tuesdays post. And this one? It's all about getting invited to those oh so covetable blogging events. You ask, I deliver, you're welcome.
*Nudes were a lie, but you can follow my Snapchat story over at 'cocochicblog'
We've all gotta start somewhere. You know the Drake song 'started from the bottom..'? Yeah, that's kind of how it works with events too. If you've only just started your blog the chances of you getting invited to an all expenses paid press day on the other side of the world is highly, highly unlikely. In fact, it might not even be an event for a brand you know, let alone one you love. But, you never know where these contacts could take you in the future, let alone where you (or the brand) might be in a few years time. So, when it comes to getting invited to various days out one of the main things to remember is that you're never too big or too important for for whatever pops into your inbox. If something strikes your fancy (whether you know the brand or not) then go with it and RSVP ASAP. Oh, aren't acronyms just the bomb?
Be a plus one
Now obviously I'm not telling you to just show up on someone's door step one day and demand they take you as their plus one, but the fact is, is that a lot of the time many events do actaully allow bloggers to take a guest with them. One way of teaming up with other bloggers is to get involved with various Twitter chats and simply ask one another about what fun things are coming up in the next few weeks. It might be a long shot, but you never know - you might end up with a bunch of new contacts, an event to pop in your diary and - most importantly - a new internet pal.
Sign up to event sites
Oh isn't the internet just the greatest thing in the world? How on earth did we even function without it before? Word of mouth? Pah. Anyway, these days, when it comes to finding out about some of the less exclusive blogging events all you really to know is a few handy websites that pretty much do all the hard work for you. Some of my favourites include the likes of Eventbrite and Blogging Edge, but there are loads more on the WWW. Just give em a Google and start signing up for notifications!
Reach out to brands
There is always an on-going debate in the blogging community about whether or not it's a good idea to reach out to brands, but when it comes to genuine introductions (as opposed to 'please can I have...' messages) I say go for it. In fact, I have it on good authority from a lot of my PR pals that they kind of like it too. So, when it comes to reaching out in regards to events, just give it a good old go. Of course, be considerate to the fact that these poor guys and gals get around five million emails a day, but if your messages are genuine enough, and if they like the sound of you enough, they might consider adding you to their next guest list.
Become a 'yes' person
This is something I seriously wish I could be at all times, but, what with uni and, you know, living over five hours away from London, it can be kind of tricky. Basically, what I'm trying to tell you to do here is to say yes to events as often as you possibly can - even if it's just for the practise and social aspects of things. I've met so many people from different events that have kind of become my 'event buddies' over the past few months, and that alone has provided me with more blogging opportunities than I could ever have imagined. When they say it's who you know, not what you know, they're pretty spot on (whoever 'they' are).
Deliver the goods
And of course, when it all comes down to it and you've been and gone to your first few events, a super important thing to remember is that you were there for a reason - not just for the free food. So, if you liked the event or if you've tested out some of the products you saw at an event, a nice gesture is to write about it somewhere on your online space, just as a little thank you/ Do things like that and you'll be sure to up the likelihood of being invited back again! Huzzah!
PS. Stay tuned for my book launching any day now! Woop!