Michigan fashion event 1st Michigan Fashion Summit
Two weekends ago, I had a super busy day on Saturday, 4/16. That day I was at this 1st Michigan Fashion Summit, and then in the same evening I was one of the guest speakers at the FASHION HOUSE OF F.A.B 1ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA.
Are you heavily involved with your local fashion industry? I am. Since last fall I decided to use my blog as a platform to promote our local talents and charity events. I have interviewed many designers and been a part of many fashion shows and events. But it was my first time to conduct a workshop and also be a member of a fashion panel. And I have to say, it was exciting!
This event was hosted by Michigan Fashion Week. There were more than 200 people who attended with the goal of learning something to help them with their fashion specialty. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a bit worried that no one would be interested in hearing what I had to say but as it turned out, every workshop breakout session was full. And I mean standing room only and they wouldn’t let anyone else cram in because it was a fire safety hazard kind of full! I wanted to attend a styling workshop, but they had to shut the door. But that was OK. I attended another workshop that was run by a local T-shirt designer and that was great too. It seems that I am often pleasantly surprised by what I see in the Detroit fashion scene and I was so impressed again with how many talented people are in Michigan in general, and in the Detroit area in particular.
Our workshop was a bit different. As most of you know, my husband is also my photographer and we conducted our presentation together. Of course we had the required technical difficulties. First, there was a little trouble getting the projector to talk to our MacBook. And then my husband found out he might just possibly have left our presentation on his flash drive. Which was home. On our dining room table. Anyway, we found a pdf file that he had saved and were able to improvise! After all the drama and panic, our workshop went very well. I was asked to talk about “How to run and maintain a successful blog”. Honestly, I never consider I am successful. There are so many things I am still learning. So instead, I just gave them the real data about my page views, followers, sponsors and so on. The organizers guessed that there would be 10 -15 people in my workshop, but it turned into more like 35 people! We had some handouts but I ran out of the materials that I printed.
It felt very good to connect with more local bloggers and feel the same pain and discover that a lot of us were going through similar challenges. As you probably know, I am not a native English speaker, so I tend to avoid impromptu speaking situations. I worked on my workshop for a week before and was pretty happy with my preparation. But being a member of the fashion panel was a whole different experience. I really didn’t know what the live audience will ask. And after I looked into the other panel member’s backgrounds, I was like, “Wow, they are amazing.” I was so honored to be sitting side by side with those great talents. And it took some of the pressure off. I figured with these experts to go to, probably nobody will ask me any questions so I just decided to wing it. 😉
It turned out I am pretty good at winging it. And I received a few questions after all. 😉 Anyway, I learned a lot that day too. Here are some quick notes to share with you:
1. Instagram is number one to attract sponsors.
2. The main income stream for most bloggers are affiliate programs, not sponsored posts.
3. Use Snapchat to engage your followers and share deals or product reviews to make more money.
4. The average time frame to make blogging into a full time job is about 4 or 5 years.
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