So I am very excited about meeting all the lovely bloggers at the Tots100 Blogger summit this coming friday in Bristol. I have been to small meet ups before and of course the big Cybher conference but from what I heard the Blog Summit is going to be a day fill of fun, learning, sharing and networking. This has made me think about the look of my blog, there are a few things I want to change and it's not 100% there yet. I am also in need of some new business cards and possibly a little something else to add some sparkle.
|Image from a previous Tots100 Blog Summit|
The one thing I learnt from Cybher is that you need to stand out, especially when your blog has become more than just a hobby and provides some income to you. You need to treat it like a business but keep that personal touch that make your blog your own . I felt a little bit under prepared with my mediocre business cards from vistaprint which I had put together with little effort while looking after a newborn, but now that the Mr A is a bit older I really need to work on that side of things, as networking is key when it comes to blogging or any business and first impressions are lasting. I can remember being really impressed with the products given to me at Cybher and though I could not afford to promote myself in that way I feel an update on my current cards would be good.
|What I got at Cybher last year|
I have seen other bloggers do pin badges which are really cute and a great idea but I was trying to think of what my son would like as badges at this point are a little dangerous. He loves his sticker books and that made me think about possibly getting a few Side Street stickers printed up at some point. Stickers are quite interactive, especially for children and I feel it's a good option and addition to the business cards. With anything though there is so much choice and I just need to decide what I want to go for and how I want them to look and feel,as there are so many different kinds - matted, transparent, gloss, bumper size to tiny little ones in fact any kind you can think off. I was thinking of going with some small possibly transparent ones, something soft, quirky and pretty.
I know companies like Moo cards now do sticker but they are pretty limited when it come to size and choice, although I do like the feel of their business cards but the postage is quite expensive and they also add the 20% vat on right at the end which really bumps up the price. I came across Discount Sticker Printing which print high definition using a eco-solvent weatherproof inks and they do all different kinds of stickers, all shapes and sizes and don't charge postage! They do minimum order of £30 but you get loads of stickers for that so I might try them out and get a few different styles.
I am really looking forward to meeting all the lovely bloggers this Friday and seeing what marketing tools they use, I don't think I will have mine done in time but I feel it's going to inspire me to start looking at my blog in a different way and hopefully gain some good tips. Now I just need to decided what to wear....
|This is what I wore to Cybher last year|