The panel felt unorganized. I found out that the speakers were not given the questions and topics of the panel prior, so a lot of them are just talking on the spot. If they had some guidance before the panel, they would’ve been able to give much better answers. I met a girl there that just moved to Miami and she was interested in the beauty industry. For someone like her, it would’ve been cool for the speakers to have provided more specific and relevant information and insights.
Plus, you had to purchase a ticket online to enter the event, and no one actually checked for them. The ticket was about $15, so it didn’t bother me. However, the organizer of the event claimed that the proceeds will go to Nicaragua. I didn’t hear any mention of the status of the proceeds and neither did the speakers I spoke to afterwards. That’s a little unsettling because that was a huge selling point for the tickets, and all the bloggers on the panel are Nicaraguan.
After the blogger meet-up, I also found out that the owner and founder of Miami bloggers is not even a blogger… This bugs me a bit because if she’s not a blogger, how was she supposed to know what bloggers want and need? Miami already has a reputation of having a lot of stuck up people, so these poorly planned events don’t make it better. This was my first event for bloggers, and I don’t think I would attend another one hosted specifically by Miami Bloggers.
Most of the networking have done in the Miami blogosphere has been through Instagram. I happened to meet a few cool girls through there, and we like and comment on each other’s posts. That’s pretty rare because all of these bloggers want to make it big and just do blogging full-time. I understand their motivations, but I can’t sympathize with them because we all deserve a space in the blog and community.
I guess some perks of this blogger meet-up was the fact that we got some free champagne LOL, I was close to The Wharf and I made a new friend. If you want to know more about my experience at The Wharf, check out Jenn’s post. I also met another cool girl and followed her on Instagram as well. The rest of the bloggers didn’t really wanted to vibe with anyone or they just kind of acted like they were celebrities lol. I know that’s not entirely the fault of the company, but the environment they cultivated didn’t give a opportunity for more people to interact with each other.
If you’re looking for another organization that hosts a blogger meet-up, I suggest you follow SFL bloggers. My friend Jen that attended the event with me runs it with her best friend. Their events are more intimate, but you have a chance to really talk to everyone and build meaningful relationships.
Have you been to any Miami bloggers events? How did you feel about them and would you recommend them to a friend or another fellow blogger? What are things you expect an event to cater to you? Let me know in the comments below!
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