Why You Don't Have to Attend Blogging Events to Be a 'Proper' Blogger


Not a week goes by that I don't see excited bloggers posting pictures of some sparkly event or other they've attended. While I don't actually think there's anything wrong with this, I definitely don't see it as a prerequisite to being a 'real' blogger.

Blogging events definitely have their benefits – they offer people the chance to meet fellow bloggers in the flesh who we might already know from online, and give us a great opportunity to meet new people who share the same interests. They're also a good way to get noticed by brands you might be hoping to work with, and maybe even grab yourself a few freebies or at least a goody bag at the end of the night. Plus, they can be fun.

However, I've been to exactly ONE event in my time as a blogger. Whenever an invite lands in my inbox, I consider it for a few minutes, then ultimately decide against going. I can't even use the excuse that I don't live in London where most of these events are held...because I do, and I could probably get to anywhere in the city in about half an hour.

As a naturally shy person, I don't like situations where I'm forced to make small talk with new people (which is a bit ironic, as I have to do exactly that day in, day out for my job). Sure, I can fake it, pretend I'm having a good time, maybe even actually be having a good time, but most of the time I'd much rather be at home writing blog posts than socialising with people I don't know.

I also don't think that, if you're looking to build a following, these events are an effective way to gain more followers. Yes, you'll meet a few cool people who may or may not start reading your blog after they've met you, but it will literally just be a few people. Also, don't think that just because you get invited to events you're a more successful blogger by default, and if you don't get invited you're any less 'successful'.

What I'm trying to say is, while blogging events are definitely a useful tool for some bloggers, don't feel like you're not a 'proper' blogger if you don't get invited to any...or just don't want to go. It's completely up to you. Don't think that you have to attend every opening of an envelope to be considered a 'real' blogger (but if it's something you really, genuinely enjoy, that's cool too). A real blogger is someone who writes a blog.

What's your opinion on blogging events? Do you love them or loathe them? Let me know in the comments!






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6 comments:

  1. I agree with you that you do not need to attend blogger events to validate yourself as a blogger. I have been to a couple of blogger meetups and most recently, I attended the HBC health blogger summit. I love going to events like these because I enjoy meeting like minded people; my family and friends have little appreciation for blogging so it is nice to be able to share my passion with a receptive audience. My aim is not to necessarily to gain more followers - I just like the social aspect. I also enjoy learning more about blogging, listening to success stories etc. Of course, you can always find information online, without the need to attend such events. It can get expensive especially if you live outside London so I'm trying to be selective about which ones I wanna go to.

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    1. The HBC summit was one I was really tempted to go to - I would've loved to meet other health bloggers and listen to all the speeches. If I go to another event in the future it'll definitely be a HBC one.

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  2. Love this post! I get invites, but never go because 1) they're usually too far away and 2) like you, I'm a very shy person and would find blogger events very stressful. Why bother? I'd much prefer to be at home, working on new blog posts, scheduling tweets and coming up with new ideas. It doesn't make me any less successful as a blogger either! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. I agree! These events can be great for extroverts, but I'd much rather be working on my blog and joining in Twitter chats than attending events.

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  3. This is a great post.
    I've never been to a blogger event, but I see pictures all the time on Twitter and I'm so jealous. I don't live anywhere near London (a good six hours away), so there's probably no chance of me attending one in the near future, but I definitely want to check one out one day.
    Like you've mentioned, though, there are so many variables which mean that these events are out of reach for so many people. My social anxiety means I can't leave the house by myself, and I'd feel a little foolish turning up with my mum, so I probably wouldn't attend even if I could.
    It's definitely a bonus of blogging for those who want to do it, but I don't think it makes anyone better than anyone else because they've attended one, like you said.

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    1. I agree! Thanks so much for your comment, Rebekah. I may go to more blogging events in the future, but for now I'm happy just to concentrate on my blog :)

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