Well, it’s been ten months in Sydney and about four months of seriously getting back on track with my blog. I remember my first day of entering back into the blogging world and thinking, it would be so great to meet fellow bloggers in the Sydney area. I searched and searched and couldn’t find an event that suited what I was looking for. I wanted to meet a group of travel bloggers, in the Sydney area. I didn’t want to attend a massive conference that required a paid ticket. I just wanted a quaint meet up for like-minded travel bloggers to relax and get to know each other.
I decided I may as well try to make friends in Sydney either way. I met my first friend from my blog on Twitter, Kirstie, and we attended an Adventure Travel Expo and later the HostelWorld VIP Harbour Cruise. We became friends, and she’s still one of my closest friends here. From there, I realised the potential of just putting myself out there and reaching out to people in my area.
I asked a few of my “blogger mentors” on how they think I could go about creating a Travel Blogger Meet Up. No one had really done it before, so naturally, I decided to just do it myself and learn as I go. After joining amazing communities online and seeing how supportive everyone was of each other, I decided to go for it. I set a date, created the event online and started inviting the few bloggers I knew in Sydney. Four bloggers turned to ten. Ten bloggers turned to 25. I had no idea how popular this would be!
Luckily, The Watershed Hotel and Cohibar, who recently hosted me a few weeks ago, had said they would host my Travel Blogger Event. I bought a few props and crafts, shared the event around, and the day had arrived!
Boy, was it more than I could have ever imagined! My first Where In The World Travel Blogger Meet Up had over 25 attendees at an incredible venue that offered plate after plate of food and gave each attendee a free cocktail. The bloggers all had a picture taken by my lovely boyfriend, Sam, with the city in the background.
From the beginning to end, everyone seemed to have a great time speaking with each other, finding out what had brought them to Sydney or what they’re doing now. There were locals, expats, travelers, and everyone in between. We discussed everything from best-practice Instagram tips to best rooftop bars in Sydney to best memories while traveling. We bonded over similar experiences and struggles. It was a beautiful moment to watch everyone get along and laugh and learn from each other.
Sometimes, it can be really discouraging to be a blogger. I mean there’s literally thousands of us out there. Blogging is a full-time hobby without the full-time income. You really have to love what you do and love what you write about, and the event definitely reminded me why I blog and specifically why I blog about travel and expat life. The bloggers who attended inspired me to keep doing what I love and motivated me do it even better.
I’ll definitely continue to host WITW Travel Blogger Meet Ups with the next one in March! Blogging teaches me a new thing every day, and I love meeting like-minded people who understand the struggles and rewards of this unique lifestyle. I’ve made 25 new friends, who support me and encourage me in my efforts. It was a great feeling to watch my efforts over the last four months come together in one night!
If you’re in the Sydney area, be sure to join my Facebook Group to find out about different events happening in the area!