Wednesday, December 19, 2012
They say the blog works
So to start the title with the beginning of a gossip girl quote, rumor has it that several bloggers based in Belgium and the Netherlands gathered together in the amazing HQ of Oona for a second edition of the blog works. The morning started quite excited, while the public transport failed me and I was running a little late.
I'm not going to summarize everyone's talk, just the info I kept in mind for my blog and what I want to do with it. First of all they pronounce it like your blog is your own brand, you have to create and keep a reputation because people will notice you. Personally I don't think that serious of this blog, because in my opinion most bloggers start with it just to write and develop their (photography/art/food/sewing) skills.
Another thing that bothered me a lot were pageviews, the more you get the better your work is and you can start with PR & affiliate. I don't think that's right, don't get me wrong for PR etc it's important that their partners have a huge reach because how other can they spread the product. But for me personal it's not everything, I'd rather write a post with love instead of 5 with junk.
My favorite speaker was Bart Lapers, the guy ins't a professional blogger, he just likes to travel luxyorious but on a budget. It was a really pleasant talk, because he reminded us all to keep a image in mind. For example he loves to travel, but a free trip from PR isn't what he's looking for, the goal of his blog is to travel on a budget and actually pay for it.
On the other hand they all agreed that all the hard work pays off after a time and that you should keep believing in yourself!
After the big debate we had an amazing lunch, four different vegitarian salads, much credits to the amazing catering. But one thing is for sure, we girls love to eat.. I was quite satisfied not to be the only one!
So the afternoon was kinda my favorite part of the day, read joining the photography-workshops. The main thing we all should agree on: don't be satisfied easily. Work on your skills, try to get to know your camera better or just hire a pro to snap your outfits in worst case. To be honest I know that I don't have the best pictures, but quality makes your better.
People from Samsung gave us the oppurtunity to test the NX-series, I talked about them earlier. Quite a cool camera, but I don't regret buying my nikon 1. But Sophie fell madly in love with the samsung, will she buy one?
To end this paper, I really had a good time & got a better view on what to do. Really interesting day, even when not being a professional.
Thanks Marie & Stephanie for being these great & creative brains behind all of this!