I started my blog almost two years ago, in my bed, on a sleepless night. If somebody would’ve told me then that I would end up being a speaker at Slovenia’s Top Food Blogging Conference: Njam Zgodbe (Yummy Stories) 22 months later, I would’ve been very skeptical. Sometimes I can’t wrap my head around the fact that people other than my family read this. Obviously, I’m one of those bloggers that enthusiastically checks her views at least once a day (mmm, okay about a million times a day). But the feeling of actually meeting some of your readers face to face and actually speaking with them, it’s a totally different story.
I was on cloud 9.
Truthfully though, I think that I learned more from them than they did from me (though I hope I did give them at least an inch of relevant advice). The speakers and attendants were all so awesome, and super insightful. I was so inspired by all of their stories of hard work and determination.
Here are some of the awesome people I met:
Great things come to those who blog, seriously.
For starters, your vibe attracts your tribe. It’s so much easier to find friends that can relate with your situation, hopes, and dreams. I know first hand that blogging can feel completely isolating sometimes, but events like this strengthen the community and therefore our vision, ideas and content. Additionally, it can give you the exposure you need for your career.
Take Miha from Bratinov.si for example, he combined his passion for photography and food in his blog. Less than a year later, he started working on collaborations with brands and companies like the Slovenian version of Master Chef (Gostilna išče šefa).
Or Anja from Visual Dish Blog who now works with Hofer (one the biggest European retailers) on packaging designs. Who also by the way, started alongside with her boyfriend a Digital Marketing/Design boutique firm called FORK, specialized on food brands & visuals. But all of them deserve a big hand of applause, Nataša from My Daily Sourdough bread, Tereze Poljanič from Teremisu, Ajda, Maja in Vesna from Limetka.si, and all the wonderful cooks of the day!
I was also honored to share the stage with Adele from Adele in Slovenia, who collaborates along side the Radovljica Tourism Board and is a Feel Slovenia official blogger. Seriously, she is my idol.
It’s funny how one little blog can change it all, even a little blog post. This all sort of happened because one day I wrote about the 5 Most Awesome Instagemmers in Slovenia to Follow, and one of them happened to be Iva from Ljubljanajam. I tagged her on the facebook post, we decided to meet up for coffee, hit off right away, got some Mexican lunch in the meantime, and now here we are. She, Mateja from Zgodbe na krožniku, and the team behind Radegunda Magazine did an AWESOME job. The event had everything from cooking classes, to marketing workshops, and of course delicious food and even prices!
I even won a cooking book called Cooking for 2. Which is all written in Slovenia’s dual form (fyi: Slovenia has verb tenses for 2 people only, talk about romantic!). It will be a great way to learn a little more about the language.
As always, moments like this have me reflecting a little bit on how far I’ve come. If there’s anything that I can tell you guys, struggling bloggers/creatives/20-somethings in the middle of a life-quarter crisis, is to keep moving towards your dreams.
Now it’s your time to take risks, and push your boundaries. Seriously, you never know where you might end up. Your blog or passion project could turn into your job, someone might invite to join their start up or to appear on TV. On the worst case scenario, you will meet a lot of people that you wouldn’t have other wise. And gosh guys, there is no better way of knowing yourself than at the end of your comfort zone.
I’m not saying you should quit your job, or move to another country and start from scratch. What I’m trying to say is that if you already have an idea hunting you in the back of your mind, DO IT. The resources you need might be free and at the palm of you finger tips (hello, internet!).
On that note, I have to share something with you guys. I will give myself one year to become a full time blogger, and I’ll see where that takes me. Am I worried that I will fail? Yes, but not taking my writing to the next level is something that will hunt me forever. Am I worried about other people with more money, resources, and knowledge in this industry? You bet, but I have a vision in my mind and I know I won’t be following the “traditional” travel/expat blogger route of quitting everything to travel the world. Plus, I truly believe there is plenty of room for everyone at the top. Am I worried my master degree will go to waste because I decided to go towards the creative route? Ugh, yes and no. Yes, because I have to finish my master thesis by next year since I’m bounded by a scholarship. And no, because there will always be countless of traditional jobs offers and the world will go on whether I take them or not.
Honestly, I made this decision because I might have to be travel a lot to Mexico next year and I can’t plan my life further than 2 weeks at a time. Plus, it will give me time to focus also on my thesis (since the topic is related to the blog) and my Slovenian language skills. So we will see where this whole adventure takes me. What will be, will be. In the meantime, I will continue to have the opportunity to do what I love which is writing, blogging, and connecting with the community.
From the sunny side of this,