Hi ya’ll, how was your weekend? Mine was pretty awesome! I spent my whole weekend at the Second Annual Spark Sessions Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference with more than 250 bloggers. It was a huge step up for the Spark Sessions team by tripling the numbers of attendees and getting great sponsors like Benefit Cosmetics, Verlico, Nivea and so many more.
嗨亲们，你的周末过得怎么样啊？我的过得挺棒的！我参加了由Spark Sessions举办的第二届一年一度的时尚和美容博主大会。本次的博主大会比起上届来说，可谓是更加成熟和成功了。不仅参与人数翻了好几番，参与的赞助商也多了好几倍。像什么贝玲妃，Verlico， 和妮维雅等等这样不错的赞助商都一一加入。
It was a two-day conference packed with great presentations by industry insiders, experts and enthusiasts. However, the best part is getting the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow bloggers who are telling stories in a wide variety of fields- from fashion to beauty, from food to travel, and from relationship to entrepreneurship. Seeing the Canadian blogger community keeps booming is exciting yet intimidating. So many hard-working talents are out there to make it harder to standout. But what Vanessa Craft -the Beauty Director of Elle Canada- said at the conference really got me thinking: “Being better is simply not enough anymore. Start to think about how to be different.”
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, try to be yourself- an interesting self. Being a blogger for over a year now, I’d like to take advantage of this opportunity to share some thoughts on my blogging journey. A lot of my friends often said to me: “I’m so jealous of you. You always receive many free products and get to invited to all kinds of events.” Well, this is definitely one of the rewarding parts of being a blogger, but free dinner never exits. But the truth is many behind-the-scenes actions have never been released. Blogging is a full-time job. It has already become part of my lifestyle. I didn’t realize how much dedication I‘ve put into this “business” till a fellow blogger at the conference reminded me. “The time that we spend on researching, doing photoshoots, editing photos, writing, twitting, instagraming, facbooking and so much more could add up to 60 hours a week,” she said. Yeah, many nights I would be writing a blog post with my eyes half opened at 2 a.m. after a 13-hour work day. On some nice sunny weekends, I can’t hang out with my friends because I need to do a photo shoot. The list goes on and on.
However, just like many other passionate bloggers out there, we love what we do and that’s what keeps us going. So this kind of social gathering event specifically catered to bloggers is incredibly amazing because it offers us opportunities to meet, share similar or unique experience, learn from one another and support each other. I remember a social expert once told me: “A company will only succeed if they build a community.” This led me think about the success of Spark Sessions.
Started by eight bloggers, Spark Sessions is a great business model. It realized the community, organized it and eventually brought everyone together. PR reps, bloggers and brands are dots in a round circle and Spark Sessions is the one that connects them together. Although my blog is a different case, this is still a very valuable lesson to me.
Photography by me
Thanks every single one of you so so much for reading and being on this blogging journey with me. Your support means a lot! One kind comment you wrote would make my day. A little compliment could be the motivation for me to keep typing on a quite A.M. Thank you! Thank you!