The meet-up bandwagon
Lately I have been getting involved in few different blogging avenues. From invitations to meet ups to assisting in organising said meet ups/articles around product reviews and so forth. This is exciting and I am honoured to be asked to be a part of these things but here’s the thing. Do I want to? Am I sure? Well, I am not so sure anymore.
Now before I piss several groups of people off, let me explain.
Blogging as a business is fast growing not only in SA but all over the globe. This is a good thing. But I think most bloggers are a little delusional when it comes to the odds of making a GOOD living from a blog. I am not saying it can’t be done. I am saying take a step back from your vision board and take a real good look at your content. Do you really think you will be able to make money from a post written about some new non foaming bar of soap from this chick that makes candles and soaps and bath salts in her back yard? I know I sound mean but I mean my meaness in the kindest way possible. You can read several Blog Advice posts “for beginners” and they will all tell you “If you are blogging for free goods then you are doing it for the wrong reasons”. Now I don’t know if the women who wrote that are just sour or if they have a point. Guessing a bit of both.
If all you want to do is write about products (i.e. Get them for free) then go ahead. But at least write good quality content. Stop being the illiterate girl who uses amazeballs and “and like it makes my face like glow like”. For goodness sake. Write something the producer would be proud to share. Pride yourself in GOOD CONTENT if you aim to make this a full time gig.
I am starting to have an issue with meet-ups because I am not sure they serve a purpose. Yes granted you will make friends in the industry. That is a good thing. But what can they teach you if they have only been doing this for a month? Look I am not knocking ALL meet-ups. I am just saying hold onto your hat before you jump on that train. Gosh guys. At least try and reach 6 months of writing before you want to get into doing dates with other writers.
Some who have approached me have told me they “want to do good” (as in charity). That’s nice. But I don’t think doing good and helping yourself goes hand in hand. Maybe it does? What do I know?
I think there are many writers who saw someone tweet a goodie bag and thought “Shit, this looks easy.” Well honey, you are wrong. Blogging isn’t easy. But its fun. Ill be honest I get all giddy when a post gets over x amount of views. (x is pretty low, I am easily excitable.) It is rewarding in a sadistic way. Like that one time the cool girl at school said something nice to you.
Then on the other side of this spectrum there are AMAZING blogging communities (like #BWB) Who do nothing but uplift and support each other. A truly great group of woman whom with some I have gone from blog friends, to real friends.
I did not start blogging because I thought someone’s goodie bag could be mine. I think product reviews are boring reads. Unless its food. Food is never boring. I think meet-ups should not be a thing with new bloggers. I think you should find your niche before you mingle. THEN make friends.
I used a lot of “I’s” in this post. Simply because this is my insignificant view on this new craze.
I will probably never be invited anywhere ever again.
That is ok with me too.