Hello there, just a quick note, I thought we should catch up and have a chinwag.
There’s been an influx of you asking me to attend events and I am a sociable beastie. But… a couple of small points that you may like to consider when approaching bloggers to attend events:
We have lives of our own, events take time to plan so how’s about asking us if we’d like to come along with a few weeks notice? Asking us 2 or 3 days before makes it far less likely we can come and I must say, there’s talk amongst some bloggers that this makes them feel that they are on some sort of ‘reserve list’ and are only being asked because your first choices have let you down.
London in central, easy to get to, we may not all live there but yes, it’s an easy place for a lot of us to reach. But this costs money , £60 in my case, by the time I allow for train station parking, a return ticket and money on my Oyster card to negotiate the Tube. I appreciate that you are giving us great opportunities such as watcing a film premiere or having some nibbles and wine and possibly ‘forging a long term relationship’ but the facts remain…
We have leave our families for an evening, spend, in some cases, a few hours travelling and then spend time preparing a post(s) and writing about the evening.
You may be offering me a bit of a night out out but that night on average costs me £60, 7 hours away from my family (4 hours of which are travelling) and a further hour or so writing about the event afterwards.
You want to impress bloggers and create solid, long-lasting relationships that will be really beneficial to you in the long term? Be fair, be considerate, offer to help cover costs if only partially and for the love of Jeebers – give us some decent notice!
Lub you long time,