I have blogged for about ten years, more or less consistently on this blog (with a few name changes) since 2010. And it took those ten years before I finally went to my first blogger meeting. When I moved to Manhattan, I searched on Facebook for a NYC blogger group because I didn’t know anyone here except for my boyfriend and a few of his friends (oh well, and my one NYC friend who lives in Brooklyn and has left for the whole summer). A blogger group seemed like the right point to start for me since blogging definitely has been my greatest hobby over the years.
I immediately found a group called NYC Bloggers, a local chapter of the Blogger Union. Besides it being a new group, there was even an event organized for last Saturday. I at once registered for that and then walked all the way (hehe, like 10 minutes) over to Macy’s just before noon last Saturday to attend. It was the groups first ever meeting and hosted by Macy’s & Story in their Mezzanine. I signed in upon arrival, received a goody bag and then met a few fellow bloggers. Funny enough, I mainly talked to English and Canadian people, but not so much to Americans (even after four years in the U.S., I am still working on this issue). I felt pretty old when I mentioned that I have blogged for ten years. But between bloggers that fact is apparently good *phew*. While I had decided to not bring my camera and only take a few photos with my phone, many bloggers walked around with their DSLR cameras.
The main part of the event consisted of a talk about working with brands and making money blogging. Karen from wanderouskaren, Joanna from joanna.lin and Emily from emmbecks discussed different issues like that you do not need 10,000 followers before making money, how to pitch a collaboration to a brand, and what information a social media kit should contain. Even though none of that was totally news to me, it was a great reminder what could be possible if only I stuck a little more consistently to this blogging game :-).
After the panel, there was a beautiful and delicious buffet and we all had the chance to make our own flower crowns with Craft Jam. That turned out to be a lot easier than I had expected. I just needed a bit of time to figure out that I had to fasten the little bunches of flower really well to the base wire. I had so much fun making mine with all those pink flowers. I even wore it for the rest of the day – cause why not?!
After two hours the meeting was over and I can’t wait to attend more because I had a lot of fun and enjoyed meeting other bloggers in person. The group is planned to have one monthly meeting from now on.
I then stayed in Macy’s and met my boyfriend because there was a big sale going on and we still needed a few exciting household things like drinking glasses and a new pillow for me.