GLAM: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at This Year’s Top 30 Mom Blogger Event

It’s hard to believe that only a year ago, I came out as a blogger. While I had been blogging for quite awhile longer, I was hesitant to reveal my true identity to the social media world. I had been hiding behind the “bits of bee” name, and the mysteriously discreet avatar that I still use today.
In 2012, I was so honoured to be recognized as one of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers by Vancouver Mom, but I didn’t really understand what it all meant. I remember feeling so nervous when I arrived at the venue, unsure of what would happen when I walked through the doors, who I would meet and how they would respond to meeting me in person.
I was welcomed with open arms as mom bloggers from around the city introduced themselves, recognized my Twitter handle that was scribbled on my name tag, and commented on recent posts that I had written. It was as though I was in a room full of old friends – women who new my stories, who had followed my adventures through my posts.
At the 2012 event with 2 of my close friends and now fellow mom bloggers – Aubrey from Bella Lime,
and Kelly (now a 2013 top mom blogger) from Writing Down the Bones
We sipped on cocktails, tasted nibblies, snapped photos, tweeted, and chatted, and off we all went with our swag bags and a feeling of accomplishment. And I thought that would be the end of it – that I would go back to my laptop, type away, and hopefully connect with a few new friends through Twitter and Facebook. Little did I know, that little blogging milestone would change my life in so many ways.
This year’s event was a completely different and equally as fabulous experience for me. While last year I had attended as an honouree, this year I was there as one of the event organizers, enjoying every moment from behind-the-scenes.
As the Manager of Business Development for Vancouver Mom, one of my responsibilities was to find event sponsors. I was so pleased when so many fabulous partners came on board, providing out-of-this-world grand prizes for the winning blogger (we’re talking a trip, an iPad mini, chocolates for a year…the list goes on), and so many hand-crafted fabulous swag bag gifts for our top 30 bloggers.
Being the procrastinator that I am, I waited until the day of the event to pack up the swag bags. While it took me over an hour, I enjoyed every moment as I imagined each of the top 30 unveiling all of the little gifts inside the big blue bags. I felt like Santa stuffing stockings on the morning of the big day.
Swag bags and prizes all packed up and ready to go!
I was equally as nervous as I had been the previous year, but this time because I wanted to make the event as memorable as it had been for me. I wanted everyone to have a blast, to connect and mingle and enjoy the experience as much as I had the previous year.
While I was busy this time with setting up, greeting guests, entertaining sponsors and handing out prizes, I still managed to catch up with friends – many of which were my fellow 2012 mom bloggers who I now consider close and special friends.
Love these fabulous mom bloggers!
Two of my very first blogging friends, Nadia from Mama and the City (and a 2013 top blogger),
and Amanda from Lilahbility

Now that I’ve experienced the event as both an honouree and an organizer, I can’t wait to see what next year brings! I love my job, I love all of my bloggy friends, and I’m so happy to be a part of such a special community of moms.

Comments

  1. I can’t wait to hang out again and with more spare time to really talk. You were as busy as a bee.

  2. so excited to get another chance to talk, being behind the scenes was a really neat experience I loved it!! Can’t wait to do it again and Bianca you did a fabulous job!

  3. Yay! Good job Bianca, it was such good fun. xx

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