Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's official: I'm influential

This time next week, I'll be making my way to the ballroom of the Bayview Boulevard hotel in Sydney for Australia's first ever blogging conference.

Apparently I am one of Australia's most influential bloggers, and a bunch of us will finally be in the same room to swap notes, learn tips, and mentor each other.

For some of us, it will be the first time we've ever met In Real Life. For others it will be a catch-up of mammoth proportions.

I cannot wait.

Yes, I usually crap my pants (well not physically) at having to walk into a room full of people, particularly talented ones whom I admire.

However, I'm pretty sure this conference will be a little different.

The Australian blogging community is such a supportive one, and there are already other bloggers who confess they feel much the same.

Many of us are perfectly confident when it comes to hiding behind our computers and our words, but it's a different story when we have to actually like, talk, to people!

I'm figuring we can all hold each other's hands.

Unlike some of my bloggy friends, I've been unable to secure sponsorship to attend Aus Blog Con, as it's come to be known on twitter.

Virgin Blue sponsored my attendance at my literary agent Selwa Anthony's annual Sassy conference last year, by paying for my return flights from Brisbane.

This year, I booked during one of their week day happy hours, and was fortunate to get flights for only slightly more than the taxes cost me last time.

But I still have to cough up for conference fees, accommodation, airport parking in Brisbane and probably a taxi to and from the hotel in Sydney.

So that works out to about $600, which when you're on a low income is a lot of money.

So if you're a company who gets social media or who wants to find out more about how it works, I'm still open to bribes sponsorship.
In return, I could offer sponsors:
  • A free adspace on my blog.
  • Host a giveaway of your product/s on my blog.
  • Blog, tweet and facebook about our partnership.
  • Give you the opportunity to get your brands and products in front to some of the most influential mum, parenting and personal bloggers in Australia. At the inugural history-making first ever blogging conference of its kind.
  • Act as your brand ambassador at the conference. This could mean wearing your clothing, posting and tweeting pics of myself wearing your brand, and hand out business cards with your details on it.
Sound good? If so, get in touch and we can start planning.

If not, I'll suck it up, because I'm not missing this one baby.

Because Aus Blog Con won't just give me the chance to meet and mingle with the bloggers I admire, but will give me information on how to blog better, and hopefully, how to make money from it.

As for THAT photo a few posts back ... It was taken at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. I'll be blogging about my stay there over at fairly soon.


Nicole said...

Sounds like a great experience. Good like in getting a sponsor.


Alessandra said...

Ciao, I am here for the first time, I am Italian but I live in New Zealand, the blogging community is still pretty small here. So exciting: a bloggers' conference! From today I will follow you, and I look forward to read how the conference went :-).

And of course congratulations for being one of Australia's most influential bloggers!


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Hope you have a wonderful time & have fun.

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Unknown said...

Can't wait to meet you!! Counting down the days now!! Yehaar xx

Alessandra said...

Hi Katrina,

I answered you in my blog, but just in case...

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Have fun in Sydney Bronnie and knock em dead! ;)

Nikki @ Styling You said...

See you in Sydney!

Glow said...

Good luck with your sponsorship, you never know who's reading :) See you there, Bronnie! said...

Congrats!!!! What an honor :)


Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

I didn't even bother trying to get sponsorship.

That way I can act like a total idiot and not worry about embarrassing my sponsor.

Yeah. that is my excuse. Heh.


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Still can't believe it after being chosen and awarded?! LOL! Congratulations!