Hey Guys! We are super excited to share this post with you because this was our first blogger event ever! Last night we attended a Birchbox event held at Gap hosted by the lovely Julia from Gal meets Glam. I called her lovely because that’s really what she is. She was by far the highlight of the event. When we walked in Amanda and I were both anticipating something more organized and neither of us realized that It was going to be held at the Gap store. But aside from us having to heckle people for a glass of champagne (they were gone so fast me and Amanda had to share a glass), the event was really fun!
Julia was definitely the star of the show. I was pretty nervous to go meet her but Amanda has no problem talking to anyone so I followed her lead. She is absolutely stunning! Who knew she could look that gorgeous in her pictures and in person!!. My mind was racing with a ton of blogger questions to ask her but surprisingly the conversation flowed really well. She was very personable and was open to sharing any tips and tricks she had.
We asked her several questions like how did you get your start, when did you start seeing results etc,, but the biggest thing that stuck out to us the most was that she had been doing this for 4 years. In the blogger community your always reading posts talking about ” 5 ways to double your following in a year”, or tips and tricks to turn your blog into a business”, but rarely do you ever see anyone say. “how I made my blog a business in 4 years”. 4 years is too long of a time for people. They want to see quick and fast results; if me and Amanda don’t get any likes on a photo within 5 minutes we’re annoyed and want to take it down. Julia taught us that blogging isn’t about instant gratification; it’s about consistency and overall growing and building a brand. If your confident in what you have, and your willing to stick it out (even if only 5 people are reading it) then eventually you will grow.
I asked her if she had a staff and was shocked when she said it was just her and her husband running the blog. You see these big blogs and you think they MUST have somebody helping them and then to hear that they are both self taught entrepreneurs, just made us feel so inspired. It’s not all glitz and glamour, you don’t have assistants doing things for you. You’re grinding just as hard as the rest of the world, maybe even a little harder since you are actually your brand.
Amanda and I both walked away feeling extremely encouraged and inspired. Our blog has consistently grown over the past 4 months and it made us appreciate our slow but steady progress. When we left the event our minds were spiraling with ideas and ways to keep pushing ourselves but we know that the number rule of setting goals is to make sure you can actually reach them. Neither of us wants to set the standards too high they aren’t attainable, but you can be sure that you will see some new and interesting stuff from the girls of In the Grey!
Until next time!
Kierra + Amanda