I live my life by the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Throughout the years, I have been helped by many great people. I don’t think I could have gotten to where I am now without many helping hands. While I try to give back every day to show thanks, this particular opportunity was a way to give back in spades.
When I was invited to speak about blogging to students of the University of Ottawa’s Telfer Marketing Association by my good friend Marilou of 20YS and Skyfall Blue, I hopped at the chance. A lot of the students there attended this Telfer School of Management Mad Marketing Event to network, to gain knowledge in the areas of advertising, marketing and PR.
It felt wonderful to share my blogging experience and knowledge with such keen, bright, young minds! I was struck at how driven and eager these “kids” were. Listening to their ideas for their future businesses, how they planned to gain investors, market their products and the thoughtful questions they asked blew me away. When I was their age, I was watching hours of (the original) 90210 and making out with my now husband…sigh. Taking over the world was not on my radar.
It was thrilled and equally stunned to have these bright young minds ask me…little old me…how I started my blog and how I marketed it to become what it is. It was so satisfying to share tips with them that really helped me, to see genuine interest in them when I spoke of what I thought they could do to get started. It truly warmed my heart. It also thrilled us to no end that almost every student we spoke to came back to us at the end of the night to ask more questions! How great is that?
It was also great for me to meet other like-minded people at the event who are business owners and experts in their field. I learned a lot tonight – from effective advertising strategies to how to market yourself effectively to a range of people with different interests.
My Style Domination blogging journey has been a ride with mostly great experiences. Tonight made up for all of those times where I felt like my blog was not quite good enough, where I wondered what I was doing, when I felt a little like giving up when seemingly “good” opportunities slipped through my fingers, or dealing with unhelpful people who refuse to share their own tips to help others (but who always want your help). Tonight truly put the last year into perspective…that I worked hard to get to where I am now and that every last part of it was well worth it. It was also a reminder that when one door shuts, five more open. I can truly say that tonight felt like the culmination of a year’s worth of great blogging work!
What has been your best blogging experience so far? Let me know in the comments!!