Over years I’ve been to so many blog events and there is nothing better than a really great one and they can be the best thing ever. But as bloggers we’ve all been to an event that has made us feel super awkward and desperate to leave. So here is my little tongue and cheek list of 10 sure fire ways to feel awkward at a blog event.
1.YOU ARRIVE TOO EARLY
You arrive so early that the pr’s are still setting out cupcakes and macaroons and the place is chaos. If they let you in I say sit down and crack on with some social media stuff and try not to let it ruin the blogger event magic!
2. YOU ARRIVE LATE
After dragging yourself half way across London in rush hour and wandering aimlessly down 5 different streets thanks to google maps you finally arrive a heavy sweaty mess with half your makeup down your face. Not the greatest of starts to an event and you are guaranteed the room will be sweltering too, as no blogger event EVER has air con so no chance of cooling down any time soon.
3. YOU GET THE DAY WRONG.
Yeah I’ve done this. Twice. Gone all the way into London only to realise the event is Wednesday not Tuesday!
4. YOU KNOW NO ONE.
You arrive and look around the room and not a single face looks familiar. This is some scary shit and I can remember it clearly. I feel so lucky that I know lots of other bloggers now so this rarely happens but if it does I always use the “oh I’m just looking at my phone” technique unless of course problem number 5 arises.
5. THERE’S NO SIGNAL AND NO WI FI
Whoever decides to hold events full of bloggers in basements with no signal and no wi fi is a sadist. Honestly it’s like Chinese water torture and kinda pointless seeing as usually the main reason they dragged you all the way across London to their event was to photograph and Instagram stuff! Cue huge lines of bloggers heading up the stairs every 10 minutes to find signal.
6. NO ONE FROM THE PR TEAM TALKS TO YOU
I can’t stand events where no one from the team talks to you. I think this is in a lot of ways the worst thing at an event, especially when for many of us it can take us a while to travel to these things and one of our main reasons is to network and meet the brand. I love events when a member of the team is there to meet people and take them round the event or press day, it honestly makes all the difference. Thankfully I know a lot of brands who are really good at this.
7. YOU CAN’T REMEMBER SOMEONES REAL NAME.
We’ve all had that awkward moment when we see someone at an event and we literally can’t remember their real name, blog name oh yeah easy, but actual first name not a chance. That’s of course after you’ve spent the whole evening squinting at people to see if it is actually them from their tiny twitter bio picture.
8. YOU DRINK TOO MANY FREE COCKTAILS AND NOW YOU ARE SQUIFFY AS HELL.
I’m so careful now not to drink too much at events. It’s a work thing and I’m there representing me and my brand so it’s important to me to conduct myself well. But back in the day I occasionally had too many sherbets and at one event ended up burning myself quite badly on some Cloud 9 curlers that were there for us to try and after another event got on the wrong tube home and ended up going across London in the wrong direction, a story that still makes Emma Hill laugh to this day.
9. NOTHING IS HAPPENING
Events that have activities are the best. From denim customization, to wreath making or bauble painting I love events that have something to do. For solo event goers it’s a great way to chat to people and it generally makes the event time pass and you feel like you actually did something. There’s nothing worse than an event where all there is to do is take photos of stuff and then leave and everyone is just wandering round not really sure what to do.
10. THE UNCOMFORTABLE GOODY BAG DANCE
This is literally my least favourite part of an event. I hate that awkward moment at the end of an event when you do the slow deliberate goodbye to the pr because secretly your hoping she’ll just say “ah let me get you a goody bag” so you don’t have to. I mean come on let’s be honest after taking the time to go to events and paying to travel, there has to be something in it for you. That’s just the way of the world. But I hate looking like a freebie grabbing blogger and in fact have left events without one because I’m too scared to ask. Equally I’ve asked and been suitably mortified when they said there wasn’t one and then I felt like I looked so greedy. AWKWARD!!
So thats my 10 sure fire ways to feel awkward at a Blog event. Have you had any of these? What do you find most awkward about events?