The Party Girl wines and dines (or at least, we drank tea and networked) at BlogPodium 2014!
This past weekend we attended BlogPodium, a conference for bloggers held annually in Toronto. This year’s event was at the Fairmont Royal York, and amidst all those gorgeous rooms and stunning chandeliers, we got to meet some incredible people, attend some valuable workshops, and hear some killer speakers. It was easily the best decision we’ve ever made, and we can’t wait to put some of the things we learned into The Party Girl. Hopefully that means we make things even more fun around here, and we get more opportunities to engage with the blogging community here in Toronto.
In the meantime, while we’re making friends and influencing people in the blogosphere, here’s what we learned at BlogPodium.
1. Be serious, but don’t take yourself so seriously.
At the end of the day, we started The Party Girl because it was fun. We genuinely love crestings posts about recipes, diy projects, or party ideas because those are the things we’re interested in. And if there is a way to do the stuff we like and share it with people who like the same things, why wouldn’t we? There’s so much pressure out there to have super high metrics and to make your blog make money for you, and those things are great, but so is having someone you’ve never met before tell you they love what you’re doing, and share ideas with those strangers. That’s why we’re here, right?
2. Be bold, but be yourself.
We would love to learn more about companies and the products their launching, especially for entertaining. We are constantly having parties and get togethers (where do you think all those cakes go?) and it’s fun to find new ways to make each get together special. There are so many brands out there who have super cool ideas, and to partner with them to show people how they can celebrate everyday moments would be amazing. But those opportunities aren’t going to just appear. We need to figure out who we want to hang out with, why, and then get out there! And at the end of the day, be genuine. If you wouldn’t actually use something with your friends, why tell your online friends to try it?
3. We kill it in craft workshops.
While Fernanda was being an adult and learning about something productive, Victoria and I snuck off like guilty children and made these kick ass little guys. Mines better. JUST KIDDING. Victoria was very adventurous and used an iron and I just coloured like a kid for the whole workshop, but it was SO MUCH FUN. Mine’s hanging beside my desk right now and it’s a) super cute and b) a great reminder of a day we got to spend hanging out with creative, inspiring people who are all as obsessed with blogging as we are (and we are seriously short of those people in real life)!
It was also so fun to meet and learn from Robin and Shannon from Hoopla Event Design & Styling. We’ve been big fans of theirs on social media since before we even decided to start a blog (coming from our events background for sure!) and it was inspiring to get to see all their creativity in person. Some iron on glitter decals and a Cricut machine later, we have some new role models!
4. Live in the moment.
We could obsess over what we’re going to blog about next week, or next month, or next year, and we could worry about whether people like us, whether we’re cool (spoiler alert, we probably aren’t haha), whether we’re creative enough or interesting enough for readers, or a lot more things (trust me, we could). But we have other things to try not to obsess about, and honestly our best work is when we’re just being authentic and playing with it. We are learning new things literally every day, with each post and comment and share and follower, and that’s incredible. Enjoy everything you have right now, now.
This can be expanded to say when you go to something amazing and fun, have ALL THE FUN YOU CAN.
5. We are adorable.
Because: this photo Victoria obsessed over getting (including some furtive looks across the room and some pressing reminders we were “here to network”) just kidding it was worth it.
6. Create everything, all the time.
I can’t explain enough how inspiring it is to spend a Saturday (minus the early wake up call and the walk in the rain, excuse our appearances in these photos PLEASE) with some of the most talented and creative people out their in our community. These ladies are so fascinating, regardless of what stage they’re at with their blogs. We met people who were thinking about starting a blog and people who were veterans, and everybody had the same energy and personality. We went home – slept for 12 hours – and then made like five different projects on Sunday. We were machines. We drank the BlogPodium creative Kool Aid. But honestly, it reminds you to make time to just brainstorm and think about all the things you’re inspired about, and then remember you have a TON of women out there who want to encourage and support you, and then DO ALL THE THINGS YOU WANT.
When you’re in surroundings like these, how can you not want to make something pretty?
Let’s talk about it.
Let’s get brunch.
Let’s like, hang out sometime 😉