Normally Sunday’s are for laying around in your pants watching Netflix BUT sometimes something comes along to change those very important plans.
This Sunday, that came in the shape of the Big Blogger Expo! An event hosted by LDN Meet Up in order to get bloggers and brands together.
So off I headed to the Danubius hotel in London, sun shining and resisting the urge to play Pokemon go cause girl needed that phone battery to last!
Luckily, I’m not the kind of person who is afraid to attend events alone and I’ll often say yes without really thinking too much about it. For some reason though I couldn’t shake thoughts of walking around by myself all day (as I have done previously) and let’s just say, it didn’t give me all the feels!
However, when I arrived any such thoughts were totally diminished as I bumped into numerous bloggers I’d met at previous events. It’s so nice to see those friendly familiar faces and feel like you’re not totally alone! It also made me realise that I’m not doing too bad… as bloggers we all have those “am I good enough” “what am I doing” “does anyone actually read this” phases and this was just a small affirmation that hey, you’re doing ok!
Obviously there’s too many blogger babes to mention but I just wanted to give a particularly massive shout out to the following girls for making it such a fab day, Char, Emma, Maryam and obviously Lauren and Abi who put so much time and effort into the event.
Onto the event itself…
Well, it was beautifully set out across two separate rooms making it spacious enough to comfortably speak to each brand in turn without feeling like you’re being swamped. The brands were so lovely and really interesting, happy to answer any questions and super enthusiastic about what they were doing. I think it’s a real testament to a product or a service, when the sales people look genuinely excited about it.
Lauren had come up with a new system for this years event; all blogger attendees were required to get a stamp from every brand before being able to collect their goody bag at the end of the day.
Personally I think this is a great idea! It really weeds out the good from the bad and ensures that us bloggers actually take some time to build a relationship or at least strike up a conversation with a brand in order to be rewarded with amazing products. Cause is that not why we are there in the first place?! It also means that certain brands who may not have had as much attention, actually get to see and speak to everyone.
For example I wouldn’t ordinarily have spoken to the baby stall, not having children myself however, I actually found the whole concept really interesting and the prices to be super reasonable. I mean who doesn’t know someone who’s having a baby right now? It seems like everyone’s pregnant!!!
And same goes for the cosmetic surgery stand who were extremely informative on what they offer and how it all works, I don’t know if it’s something I would personally consider but it’s nice to know your options and be fully aware of what’s available.
I will be doing some separate review posts on the attending brands, testing out some of the products we were given and these will most likely be grouped in categories like food brands and beauty brands so keep an eye out for those!
I think events like this are so useful especially if you’re newer to blogging. It gives you a safe and friendly environment in which to network and showcase your blog, your skills and yourself! I know a lot of people can get nervous or anxious about going to these things but I really couldn’t recommend them more, not only are you put in contact with some fantastic brands which could see you building life long partnerships, you also get to meet new people and make genuine friends with people who understand your passion, what it is you actually do and how much time and effort you put in!
I’ve been to a couple of LDN Meet Up events now and have always come away feeling so positive and motivated! Lauren is fantastic at not only coming up with these ideas but putting them into practice, so another massive thanks to her! Make sure you check out the website for upcoming events – especially the newly announced masquerade ball which is set to take place in November!!
If you have any questions about these events or anything else I’ve mentioned then please let me know or feel free to give Lauren a shout on social media 🙂
Peace and love xoxo