Okay, "blogger" ka... Now what?9:02 AM
After all the opportunities that came my way since I've become a blogger, there's one thing that I ask myself, "Now what?"
I've been blogging for only more than a year now and as young as I am in my experience as a blogger, I've wanted to seek various channels in which I can do something to pay it forward as my way to give thanks for all blessings blogging has given me.
The best thing that I can do for now is share and I'm more than happy when LOVE DIVA Philippines has given me that chance when it decided to partner with Bloggers United for its first-ever store opening here in the country.
LOVE DIVA is an accessory line from Australia that targets the younger market (teens and young adults), the new generation of upcoming high-fashion stylephiles. The brand sells a wide range of trendy trinkets like rings, bracelets, statement necklaces, earrings, hair pieces and a special care line for cleaning/maintaining your accessories.
Share the Experience
Last November 7, 2011, LOVE DIVA opened its first branch in Alabang Town Center. Instead of inviting the usual set of bloggers, DIVA and Bloggers United welcomed new bloggers and readers alike to the store launch. 15 bloggers, who have been blogging for a year and above were chosen by the management and each blogger got to bring two (2) of her readers / followers!
For most of the participants, it was only their first event while a couple of them find it as their second or third. I remember when I was starting out, I never expected to be ever involved in any event at all. And now, to be one of the organizers? Surprising talaga. If not for the series of events that I've been to, I wouldn't gain a network of contacts that have lead me to some of the projects that I have now.
Hopefully, this event is a start for these aspiring bloggers who wanted to experience more of the many opportunities social media has in store for them.
Share the Knowledge
We also had a quick series of blogging workshops for the guests. Style icon Kookie Buhain gave a few tips, but she'd like to call it insights based on her years of experience as a blogger. I'm a fan girl of Kookie since my blog's conception and it's nice to hear and learn from one of my blog idols. :)
I hosted the event myself (hire me for your holiday events! haha) but aside from that, I also gave a short talk about the alternative ways of making money through blogs. With a high rate of unemployment in our country, it's a good idea to keep a lot of options open for these bloggers and one of these is becoming a digital entrepreneur.
The last leg of the workshop was a Styling 101 by freelance stylists Tracy Ayson and young designer Tin Iglesias. They gave basic but very practical and applicable tips for everyday fashion.
Share the Fun
|Yummy treats for everyone!|
The bloggers served as "big sisters" for a day. I love that the event encouraged camaraderie and at the same time a sense of mentoring among the bloggers and the readers. Our little sisters also got to style us big sister bloggers using LOVE DIVA accessories. Then we headed to Cyma for a scrumptious Greek dinner!
|Kookie with her little sisters Jamie and Trisha|
|Top left photo: My little sisters for the day, Elaine, Joana and Celina!|
All of us were treated to a P1,000 worth of accessories (of our choice) from LOVE DIVA plus a "Certified Diva" certificate as our remembrance. It was one of the events that we really, really loved because the experience was very personal for each one. I feel so happy after hearing a lot of heartwarming comments from our guests and friends about how much they enjoyed. The event was truly a success!
|Sarah's reader, Mica, holding an "I am a certified Diva!" Certificate|
|Accessories for everyone!|
I just hope I would get to be a part of more events like this. And whenever I get the chance to share and keep on paying it forward, I'll keep on going. Thank you LOVE DIVA for this experience. :)
|Goofing around with blogger friends|
|Accessories I got from the event!|
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