A week or so back, Blair asked me on Twitter the following question:-
@paris_b hey, i have a question for you. are we obligated to blog about the events that we attend?
— Blair Tan (@BijinBlair) March 14, 2013
I thought it was an interesting question and one that I asked myself a lot in the early days. Events can be fun places to be, and I know many people do aspire to that. For beauty writers, journalists and editors, its just another day on the job. For bloggers who may hold humdrum desk-bound jobs, it sounds glamorous and lots of fun.
I won’t deny that that in many cases, press events are fun. There is that little thrill of getting a “preview” of something new to come and sometimes, generous hosts will ply you with lots of lovely food and drink. It is also however, to be remembered, work. Like it or not, when we attend these press events, we have to remember what we’re there for – not to snaffle all the food and get drunk on the wine, not for the goodie bags, but for the product or event being launched.
There is no right or wrong answer to Blair’s question. It is ultimately, a question of personal style. If you blog and have or do attend blog related events, I’d love to know your thoughts on this. As for readers (who I think are most important), I’d love to know what you think too – do you want to read about the events?
I told Blair, as I say so now, that whether or not you choose to blog about the event you attended is a matter of personal style on your blog. For some, they like showing the event set up, the food served, the people who attended and what they wore. It could be interesting, I can see that, especially when its presented in an interesting manner.
I don’t because for the most part, it doesn’t fit with the direction I’ve decided to steer my blog to. I prefer to focus on the product that is being launched because that’s what I really want to talk about. Sometimes, I may slip in a photo or two, but its the exception rather than the norm.
The other major reason is that I don’t have the luxury of time very much these days, as the workload seems to have upped itself and I have to look after my ricebowl. Most of my posts are written in advance and scheduled to be posted as the week goes along (which is why often, replies to comments are not on the fly these days – I sometimes don’t see them till days later). So by the time I get around to posting about an event (if I’m minded to do so) its old news and pretty much stale. Most of you weren’t there and I doubt you care if I was standing in my heels for 2 hours while we waited to start a 10 minute presentation 😛 What you probably want to know (I’m guessing anyway) is what’s new?
So that’s what I told Blair and that’s what I’m telling you now. No, to me you don’t have to blog nor are you obligated to blog about the events you attend, unless you are specifically asked to by the organizers, or unless the event is the “product” e.g. a store opening, an event to launch a campaign etc. Then, please do so 🙂
Bloggers: Do you blog about the events you attend? Readers: Do you like/want to read about events?
There is, as I have said, no right or wrong answer. I don’t blog about events, only about the product launched, but it doesn’t mean this is the “proper” way. I know of others who do and it doesn’t make theirs the “proper” way either. Ultimately, its up to you, and what you want to do on your blog, but its interesting to know what everyone else thinks 🙂
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