The South Florida Blogger Awards 2017

As we usher in a new year I am pleased to bring you fresh new content including personal experiences. One of these experiences was my recent nomination and attendance at the South Florida Blogger Awards. I live in Jamaica so being considered for such an award and being in the top 5 and placing 2nd was quite an honor. Grab a snack and prepare for a smooth ride as I tell you all about my experience.

About the Awards

Our thriving community of South Florida Bloggers wishes to recognize this year’s outstanding bloggers. South Florida Bloggers enrich our community. Through their passion and hard work they highlight great ideas and unique voices.
The South Florida Bloggers Awards Ceremony is a night to be inspired by the top bloggers in the area and a way to celebrate the entire community’s accomplishments in 2017.
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I arrived at the historic and beautiful Coral Cables Museum in Coral Gables Florida on Sunday December 10,2017. Upon arrival, I was on boarded (registered) got my official Nominee badge, a goodie bag, then got to select 3 brands I would like to meet with after the Awards (great idea). I was then whisked away to an outdoor area where all the Bloggers gathered for a reception/cocktail hour where we basically drank, eat gluten free snacks and mingled. It was very cold on this day so black, leather jackets and boots were the choice fashion items for the day. We were then invited into the Museum where the Awards was about to start which was hosted by Nikki Valdez who is described as a Cuban-American overall "cool girl". The Awards itself was very short and to the point with no entertainment between category announcements like we do in Jamaica and I liked it! After each name was announced in the respective category, they gave a quick overview of the category and it's relevance then the winner and I liked the fact that the audience cheered for each name and winner. The award was a really cute heart that had the name of the Blog and category.
Whole Foods set up

Within an hour, the Awards were over and we went back to that same reception/cocktail area which was this time transformed into a lunch area. Of all the food options I went to Shake Shack as I'm more of a cheeseburger girl than a salad/organic food type of girl. The burgers came fresh off the grill and was juicy and had that authentic grill flavor and I'm proud to say I had 2 😄😄. After lunch, It was time to meet the brands and I was 2nd in line as I had a goal to meet new people and connect with brands. The brands I chose were: Shake Shack, Capital One and Miami University of Art and Design. This was done in a sort of "Speed Brand" meeting as we had 5 minutes to pitch to the brands and after 5 minutes we would move on to the next one and once you did all 3 it was the next Blogger's turn in line and so on. We were actually encouraged to bring at least 5 Media Kits and Business Cards for this portion so the brands could get to know us on a professional blogging level. The brands were really cool and interesting and it wasn't one of those awkward situations where the brand is higher and the blogger is lower; the brand really wanted to learn about you and your blog and how they could truly connect with you. After the event officially ended we were still able to mingle with each other as we waited for our rides or ubers which was definitely cool. Coral Gables is a really swanky "Old Hollywood" type of city with an European feel as everybody walked and there were lots of cool outdoor cafes and some streets even had cobble. It was too cold of a day to be walking in heels so I walked around the area for about two blocks before I headed back up to University Drive.

The Take-Aways
  • Always be prepared and have marketing material ready to promote yoursellf and your brand.
  • Blogging is serious business in Florida and the U.S.A
  • Always try to meet new people at networking type events
  • Dress for the occasion and ensure you are confident in what you wear
This event was completely different from similar events I've attended in Jamaica as I find that people in Jamaica are more interested in showing off their clothing and social media statuses rather than trying to connect with other like-minded people. It actually started on time and was really well done which is kinda rare in Jamaica. I went to a Blog Awards in Jamaica a few years ago and it was atrocious! From the nominations to the event everything was just awful! I really felt like I made a difference at this event and more people actually know about my blog and me about theirs. This was definitely one of my greatest experiences in 2017 and I hope to be nominated again and hopefully win this time around.

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  1. Hi! I'm happy you had a great time! I've been following your blog for a few years now. I thought the meet and greet section you described was really cool. I agree with the Jamaica blog awards experience. It was a little more of a socialite event that a connecting event. Anyway! Keep up the good work!

    1. Nella! I remember you as one of the original Jamaican Bloggers :-) Thanks so much for the kind words. Lawd ... the "Jamaica Blog Awards" experience left a really sour taste in my mouth. Hopefully we can plan a beneficial blogger event where people actually connect

  2. Hi! You're most welcome!!! I actually still blog I just moved to a different domain. I'd really love to experience an event like that.


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