As I mentioned in my previous post, I was pretty sure my next blog post would be about #CTMeetUp. After debating backwards and forwards for a while I decided not to take my camera along as I was going to use public transport into Cape Town CBD after most stores had closed for the day and I was wary of the SLR making me a target. I chose to rather travel light and it was a good thing I did as I was accosted (not touched though, thankfully) by a man who wanted to tell me his life story so that I would give him some money. Thankfully I had nothing valuable with me to draw more attention to myself and got away safely.
The other reason I didn’t take my camera along was because I sometimes find my approach to events like this is less about having fun and meeting people and rather being “the photographer”. I’m trying to find a balance here and it was an interesting experiment as to how different my experience was when I wasn’t seeing the opportunity as “work”.
Since there were around 50 bloggers at this awesome event at I Love My Laundrythere will be loads of blog posts going up within the next few weeks so I’ll keep this post short. My fellow bloggers Se7en, Robyn and the organizer Cindy have already put together lovely posts and you are welcome to go and read about the event some more. This will probably give you some serious FOMO if the #CTMeetUp hashtag didn’t already on Saturday so I look forward to seeing you at the next one.
The goody bag was amazing. The sponsors were generous. And the event was loads of fun. It was great to put faces to Twitter handles and it was so nice to chat face to face rather than over the internet. We are a great bunch of people. Super nice and friendly and we are ALL approachable. No egos allowed here thank you very much. It would actually be great if loads of brands and PR people can attend the next one…not to schmooze but to see how nice we are in real life. I think a lot gets lost online depending on how well we write and brands would see a whole other side to us that would make them want to partner up with us for campaigns. We are a friendly, fun and a little crazy (we are “creatives” after all) and we don’t bite, I promise.
**GIVEAWAY** Out of all the wonderful things in the goody bag, the only one I couldn’t use was the iPhone 5 cover you can see in the picture above. I am an HTC girl through and through and this is highly unlikely to change anytime soon. So, if you have an iPhone 5 and you would like the cover, so the 1st person to comment that they want it will get it :). Since you would have to come and collect it from either Tableview or Cape Town CBD, this offer is available for Cape Town readers only. There is also a complete goody bag up for grabs on Cindy‘s blog so be sure to enter ASAP.