Become the Blogger in Your Neighbourhood!

by Meg on August 25, 2012

Wow. 

Yesterday's HFF blew me away! You all are so incredible. I don't even know where to begin to thank you for your support! The new HFF hashtag was being used all day which made me a very happy girl ;)

Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

The vibes I get from everyone on HFF's are so empowering and really prove to me why I do what I do. I have a huge passion for showing others how amazing they truly are! So, again, thank you for the love surrounding HFF and let's keep it growing because there is always something to high five ourselves about! :)
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Today, I'll be recapping another amazing presentation that I attended while at the Healthy Living Summit in Boston. The third presentation I chose to go to was about Becoming the Blogger in Your Neighbourhood. This presentation discussed how to get our blogs known within our local neighbourhood and area by reaching out in ways others than blogging. 

The presentation was conducted by Holly, Meghann, and Clare and they each did an amazing job at describing how they are involved locally. 

To be honest, I didn't take too many notes during this presentation, but that was only because I was so amazed at what these three girls have done to promote themselves and their blogs within their neighbourhood! 

The entire presentation got be so excited to move back to London and show that city what I have to offer ;) 

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The few notes that I did take down during this presentation were:

Don't be afraid to reach out to them!
Basically, we shouldn't be afraid to ask! Like I mentioned in a previous post, bloggers are valued! If you are wanting to become involved in the media, don't shy away. As the saying goes, "you don't know until you ask!"

At least we use that saying in my house… ;)

Make yourself known!
This particular topic made me really excited to go back to London! During the presentation, the girls spoke about letting restaurants, brands, etc. know if you visited them or tried their product! 

For an example, the next time you go to a restaurant try tweeting about it! Tag the restaurant within your tweet and tell them that you were there! Perhaps even go a step further and blog about it! Write a review of the restaurant and give the restaurant the link to your review! Who knows where this could lead you next! 

It's all about making yourself and your blog known! 

We are talented individuals and we are capable of so much! I think I really underestimated the power that my blog actually has! 

After the girls shared how they are involved within their communities, I began to think "have I done anything to promote my blog?" And then I realized that haven't necessarily put myself out there as much as I should be! Instead, opportunites have been coming to me instead. I am definitely not complaining that I have been presented with such amazing opportunites without really trying, but think of what A Dash of Meg could be if was the one reaching out to others?

So far, A Dash of Meg has been recognized by Worthing Court in Barbados after I wrote a review on my stay in their apartments. My review post was shared on their Facebook page

I have also been recognized by my university, Brescia, in several ways because of my blog…

- I was offered a volunteer position which involved creating a blog for the London Home Economics Association (LHEA) due to my experience with blogging and WordPress. 

- I was advised by the president of the Student Human Ecology Association (SHEA) at my university to apply for the Public Relations Executive position due to my love and experience in social media. 

- I was chosen to speak on a leadership panel for the Girls LEAD camp which takes place at my university every summer. 

- I was also asked to answer interview questions about myself, leadership skills, and my blog for my university's Annual Report. The interview will be published under the Leadership section within the Report. 

As you can see, in the short time I have been blogging A Dash of Meg has been noticed a fair bit, but it is my goal to reach out on my own and make it even more well known within London – not just my university (although I am so thankful that they have recognized it there!) :)

I hope you're enjoying these recap posts! Tomorrow's post will be a recap of the last presentation that I attended which was about social media! Totally my thang ;)

Did anyone think of mean girls when I said thang?  ;)

Ok, enough silliness! I'll talk to you tomorrow ;)

Lots of love,
Meg
xoxo

Are you and your blog involved within your local area?

Do you write restaurant reviews when you go out?

What are some goals that you have for your blog?

** Don't forget to email your high five submissions to adashofmeg@gmail.com! I've already received four submissions for next week's post which makes me so excited! :D **

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

teabagginit August 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I totally write restaurant reviews on yelp and I always try to give positive feedback of great experiences – I figure it’s good karma and I love to let managers know that their business/employees are top notch!
good for you for getting your blog out there and for all the awesome work you do!

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Alex @ therunwithin August 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

This is so great to hear and I would love further advice on this. i am new to this city but really want to learn more about it, both in outreach and just foodie places. I would love to get noticed by some of those so that I get opportunities like you have had. Any tips?

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Meg August 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Oh gee, I was lucky and got noticed without really trying! What I can say is that make sure your write about places you go, find their twitter account, and tag them in your tweet when you post it to Twitter :) I did that for my university and that’s how they found my blog I think :)

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char eats greens August 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Awesome post, Meg!! I love that you’re getting this amazing recognition because you deserve it girl! I think I’d love to expand and hopefully receive the same in the future (with more learning and blogging, of course!) High five to you for your amazing work and positivity girl!!

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Meg August 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

What a sweet comment Char! I really hope to meet you once I’m back in Ontario! Let’s make it happen :)

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Jordan August 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Thanks for sharing the information again, Meg! I really like the idea of connecting with my community through my blog — I definitely plan to share more about local restaurants and companies I love.

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Linz August 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

You really have accomplished SO much with your blog!! I hoping to get more involved with the community here in St. Louis. Already have a blogger meet up planned! :)

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Meg August 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

REALLY!? Exciting :) I want to know more <3

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Emily August 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM

This information is actually really helpful. I’ve been hesitant to reach out and make my blog more public around my area but I know that I should! Everything that you’ve accomplished with A Dash of Meg is amazing and inspiring- I’ve learned so much from you!

And PS: “I have a huge passion for showing others how amazing they truly are!” <—And you're AMAZING at it. Your HFF posts are one of the things I look forward to all week long. Showing support for one another and acknowledging all of the things we're achieving is so important. (:

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Meg August 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Emily, your comments are always so incredible and make me want to SQUEEZE you omg! <3

I love you girl

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healthy ashley August 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Love it! Thanks for sharing your learnings :)

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raechel @the rebel grrl kitchen August 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

What a helpful post! Thanks for sharing what you learned with us! : ) Tweeting about restaurants is a great idea! I haven’t done that yet, but I will now. And I just got my first batch of free samples to review on the blog, so I’m excited to post that too! : )

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FitnJess August 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Thanks for the info! As a new blogger, it is helpful to have these tips! I have reached out to a few companies already about reviewing products just from twitter but I will keep up with it! Social media is amazing haha. Great post and happy you are getting great feedback from your HHF posts:)

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Meg August 26, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I’m so proud of you for reaching out to companies! You rock! xo

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Rach @ This Italian Family August 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I really should talk about local eats more often than I do! Thanks for the tips! :)

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abznoats August 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

You have done so much girl! Be proud! Awesome post! Thanks for sharing all of this info. I occasionally write restaurant reviews but not very often. I feel like I really shy from promoting my blog.

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

What a great post! You have accomplished alot already with your blog girl!! I need to reach out more in my community!

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Jen @nutcaseinpoint August 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Hi meg! I just found your blog and I already love it! I moved from Boston to Calgary about 6 months ago and started my blog right after I got settled. Unfortunately, most of my followers are in the states and it seems lots of companies mainly focus on the US and I still don’t know much about Canada or Canadian companies. I guess I should just keep tweeting and see what happens?!

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