1. I Love Local!
Whilst I love reading blogs and following instagrammers around the world, I have discovered the joy of following / connecting with more locals. My Instagram and Instastories are filling up with lots of lovely places, shops, restaurants and so on – places I can actually visit (not just virtually!) and I can share my world more locally too. Whether it is fave beaches, a beautiful park bench or a local gift shop, I am finding I am able to much more engage with those I am following.
A few examples….which would not have happened if I hadn’t attended the blog event :
- I bumped into the lovely blogger Laura from Dibney Cottage who I chatted to at the Bloggy Retreat in a carpark in Lisburn! So lovely to see her, and so unusual to see someone “in the real world”!
- The fabulous style blogger Avril A Life to Style was in Doris & Jeannie on the BelmontRoad in Belfast. I commented that I loved that shop too and sold my jewellery there….she made the connection that the bird family necklace she had been admiring was from my range….bought it online and then wore it on her insta stories, giving me a shout out….and I have gained lots more followers and customer orders as a result!
- Another I met that day, Tish from @designsbytishmarie actually signed up and joined my blogging course which started the next week in the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn!
- I also met the lovely Laura from Blessington Beauty who I was able to call upon to help me out get ready for some new bloggy portraits (more of that coming soon) which gave me some much needed confidence