Icelolly.com: #BlogAtTheBeach Ibiza Style

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of being one of the lucky few in attendance at Icelolly.com‘s fourth #BlogAtTheBeach event, where influencers from across the nation were invited to an afternoon of skill building, sun and sangria.

As soon as we took our first sip, the summer soundtrack whisked away to the tropical Spanish island and the party began. I quickly got acquainted with fellow bloggers: Gina, Rebecca, Michelle and Danielle, and chatted about all things travel, from skiing to Cannes Film Festival. It was great to meet like-minded people, hear about their experiences across the globe and make friends.

#BlogAtTheBeach

In such an aesthetically pleasing venue, it’s no surprise that DSLR cameras and phones were snapping photos in every direction, before the first of three #BlogAtTheBeach speakers took to the stage to tell us the best way to share them.

 

Rhianna Bowe: How to absolutely boss Instagram organically

To theme or not to theme? Are hashtags cringe-worthy? How do I beat the algorithm?

Instagram expert Rhianna, who grew 10,000 followers within a year, shared her secrets with the iPhone users in the room and inspired everyone to fall back in love with the photo sharing platform. Here are some of my favourites:

  1. “Think of hashtags like lottery tickets. If you had 30, would you only use 5?”
  2. “Post at a similar time each day.”
  3. “Get into the mind of your followers.”
  4. “Try asking questions in your captions to encourage people to comment insightfully.”
  5. “Try interacting with other accounts directly just before and just after you post.”

I feel I have neglected my account, but hearing Rhianna’s top tips has inspired me to get stuck in and do my best to grow my profile. It helped that she mentioned Takumi, an app that allows users with more than 1,000 followers to monetise their images.

 


#BlogAtTheBeachLunch

We then broke off for a late lunch, where the smell of a tapas feast enveloped our senses, leaving little room for any food photography. There was plenty to go around and even a selection of desserts for afters!


 

Jen Lowthrop: Fun creativity techniques for busy bloggers

Struggling with writers block? 

It’s common to feel unmotivated and get into a rut with your writing, but Jen’s workshop on creativity proved that those feelings don’t have to last forever! Here are the five points I took away from her talk:

  1. “Just do something different and it’ll help you come up with new ideas.”
  2. “Don’t be afraid to share your opinion.”
  3. “Go to events and meet new people.”
  4. “Take a notebook everywhere.”
  5. And my personal favourite, “Be a child.”

According to Jen, the best way to motivate yourself is to put yourself in the shoes of your younger self and embrace the different perspective you had in life. The ball of energy got everyone up on their feet to have a boogie, before sitting us back down to write a poem with a brightly coloured felt tip. Usually, it would take a while for inspiration to strike, but being a kid meant that I could pick anything in sight and just have fun with it.

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#BlogAtTheBeach challenges

Icelolly.com set us a whole host of challenges, from finding out who would be holidaying in Ibiza this year, to taking a photo with an Instax camera and pegging it up. This added an extra dimension of fun and meant that someone could have the opportunity to win an Instax mini camera. Myself and Rebecca, who had teamed up in our competitive attempts, unfortunately didn’t win, but we really enjoyed giving it a shot.

#BlogAtTheBeach challenges


Jess Gibson: How to monetise your travel blog

Ever feel like your effort shouldn’t go unnoticed and unpaid?

Last but not least, having become a full time luxury travel blogger, Jess broke the taboo. She confidently discussed how to earn income from freelance blogging.

  1. “Don’t wait for paid jobs to land in your inbox. Go and create them!”
  2. “Affiliate links are a great way to earn passive income on your blog. You can make good money from that.”
  3. “Take every opportunity to upsell.”
  4. “Don’t lose your reader’s trust”
  5. “Be proactive and business-minded”

Jess gave everyone some amazing tips, and even suggested signing up to Skimlinks, Considerable Influence and Takumi (also previously mentioned) as starting points during the monetisation process. I’m still waiting to be accepted, but hopefully I’ll be able to start producing sponsored posts on my blog and social media channels in the near future.


 

I had a fabulous time at the event and would recommend #BlogAtTheBeach to all travel bloggers trying to get their foot in the game. Thank you so much for the opportunity Icelolly.com – hopefully I’ll be joining you at the next one!

 

Have you been to a #BlogAtTheBeach event or do you want to know more about it? Let me know in the comments below!

 

5 Replies to “Icelolly.com: #BlogAtTheBeach Ibiza Style”

    1. Thank you! I’ll be doing it alongside you, so I’ll keep an eye on your journey too. It’ll be nice if we can grow together 🙂

  1. Great post and round up of the event 🙂 went last year and was supposed to go this year but I was ill unfortunately. Hopefully they will continue this amazing event and I will get the chance to meet you there next time 🙂

    Holly x
    http://www.ldnmuse.com

    1. Thank you so much! Oh no, it would have been really lovely to meet you. I hope you’re feeling better now! Yes definitely, I can’t see it slowing down anytime soon. 😊

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