For those of you wondering what the Next Blogger Network is, it's basically a platform that allows bloggers, brands and Next to collaborate together. Need more information? Or if you think you'd like to join, then head over here!
The day ran from 10am-4pm, and there was lots to get involved with and lots to eat (but we'll have more on that later)! We were split into groups and given blogger workshops which were hosted by industry experts. The 'Photography and Film' workshop was hosted by Lily from What I Heart Today, Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup and Kit from Style Slicker, whilst 'SEO and Web Design' was run by Britt Soeder, SEO Campaign Director of Green Light and Faye from Fashion Beauty Etc. Last but not least, the 'Brand and Advertising' workshop was hosted by Emily from Fashion Foie Gras and Abi from Abimarvel.
The workshops were very informative and I definitely learned a lot of useful tips and tricks that I'll be incorporating into my blog. Here are some 'Three Top Tips' that I'd like to share with y'all:
- SEO and Web Design- Make sure your page is as user-friendly as possible. Don't clutter your sidebar with icons, or use pale writing on dark dark backgrounds (e.g. white font colour/ black background), as although these may appear cool, they can be quite hard to read and off-putting for visitors!
- Brand and Advertising- Aim high. The sky really is your limit. You never know where blogging can take you. Lily Pebbles and Anna are self-employed bloggers who are now earning a living through their blog!
- Photography and Film- Kit says: "Pay attention to lighting and weather" as these can have a massive impact on the quality of pictures produced.
Here's a cheeky snap of myself, Demi and Miranda which we took in the DIY photo frame for the #NBNWorkshop Polaroid Competition. Say Cheese :)
The Next team were all very helpful and super friendly, and we were wined and dined until we were full to the brim. There were croissants, muffins, tea or hot chocolate for breakfast, pasta, chips and salad for lunch. To top it all the fridge was fully stocked with Coke, Sprite, water and more. Anyone that knows me knows I'm addicted to Coke (of the liquid variety mind) so I was in absolute bliss! As if that wasn't enough off there was afternoon tea, a free sweet tuck shop and cocktails at the end of the day.
Next was kind enough to give us all goodie bags, each goodie bag contained a white pleather notebook, a luxury candle, one pair of fluffy socks, and a mini photo frame. Each of us got different socks, so it was kind of like a lottery draw as to which pair you got. How cute are my faux fur socks?
My luxury candle is in the scent Jasmine and Tigerlily and smells amazing. I can't wait to try it out soon!
For all new and upcoming bloggers, if you ever get an invitation to a blogger's event, try and go, as it's a great place to network, start collaborative ventures, and great exposure too!
That's all for now m'lovelies. As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo