I am a blogger who reads other blogs. I am active on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram. I see bloggers interacting with brands every day. Sometimes I see a blogger and brand interacting in such a way that I think "I could do that!" and sometimes I see something that makes me think "I do not want to do that."
Blogging is my hobby. Writing is therapy for me. I enjoy the connections I've made through blogging. I've formed years-long friendships with people I've never met face to face. I've gone on to meet friends in person whom I've conversed with online for years. Hillary with two Ls has given me so much. But I'd be lying if I said I was 100% satisfied with my blog.
I would love to be one of those bloggers who interacts with brands in an organic way. Not smarmy or disingenuous, just someone who uses products and then occasionally discusses them in her own voice and gets paid to do it. I thought maybe it was hopeless, that there were a few people who knew the right people and everyone else was relegated to the depths of "do it for the exposure and the love of blogging!" hell. And then I heard about ROAM.
From ROAM's description:
"Social Media is moving at the speed of light and we are at the forefront of the conversation. If this is your business, or you want it to be, then let’s take it to the next level.
"From business planning to insider info on social engagement, and transparent conversations about what people are REALLY doing in this industry, we’ve got you covered throughout this conference.
"Connect with brands & businesses who are looking for your services and chat with industry experts, having a chance to ask all the questions that have been burning in your mind. Together, lets figure out the next steps in your success."
I'm not saying I want to turn my blog into one giant sponsored post but I do want the opportunity to interact with brands and businesses who recognize the value of a sincere voice.
Sessions like Rules of Engagement for Influencers and Exploring Social Sharing for Showing and Telling are why I'm heading to ROAM and why I think you should join me (follow this link and use code ROAMer for 20% off your ticket!).