Blogging 101: A Night With University of Ottawa’s Telfer Marketing Association

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.

Blogging 101: A Night With University of Ottawa's Telfer Marketing Association |
Fabulous Marilou of @20YS and Skyfall Blue in the beautiful strings of pearls

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?

Blogging 101: A Night With University of Ottawa's Telfer Marketing Association |

Blogging 101: A Night With University of Ottawa's Telfer Marketing Association |
“Yes. S-T-Y-L-E  D-O-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N.  You should tell every single one of your friends about it.”

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.

Blogging 101: A Night With University of Ottawa's Telfer Marketing Association |
Shay chatting up the Shopify ladies
Blogging 101: A Night With University of Ottawa's Telfer Marketing Association |
A huge thank you to Shopify for the amazing bags!

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!!

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    • April 4, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Joy! The night was such a great experience that will stay with me forever.

  1. March 10, 2016 / 7:01 am

    Congrats! You are such a wonderful person and you really deserve this. When you speak about something you love your passion will shine through, and I am sure that is what they saw. It is always so gratifying to speak to people who want to listen. High five/fist bump!

    • March 11, 2016 / 11:49 am

      Wow. I’m saving this comment, it touched me so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel I’ve truly found my passion and I do believe it shines through. It’s a great feeling to feel appreciated and to feel like people want to “hear what you have to say”. I can’t thank you enough for your support. Fist bump right back at ya! xoxoxoxo

  2. Vanessa
    March 10, 2016 / 8:05 am

    This is great, Dom!!! So proud of you!! I’m so the least bit surprised you were such a hit with the “kids”!! lol

    • Vanessa
      March 10, 2016 / 8:06 am

      *not the least bit surprised, fat iPhone fingers.

    • March 11, 2016 / 11:48 am

      Awww – thank you, Vanessa! I’m still smiling! So proud of myself and thrilled that people actually want to hear what I have to say!

  3. March 10, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Looks like fun! Glad you didn’t give up. 🙂

    • March 11, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Thank you! There were some times where I was so annoyed that I thought about it, but it’s been such a fun outlet for me! I feel bad even considering it. Thank you so much for reading…you’ve been so supportive! xo

      • March 12, 2016 / 11:19 pm

        I totally understand and I’ve been there too.It can get frustrating but if you keep at it for a while, it starts to show progress. So glad to have found your blog. 🙂

  4. March 10, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Congrats! Amazing opportunity!

    • March 11, 2016 / 11:34 am

      Definitely! I’m still smiling! Thank you for reading! xoxoxo

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