Grill the guru at the Handpicked Media Gets Social conference!

The thing I love about about blogging (and Tweeting too actually) is that it makes me feel part of a community in away that working in magazines never did. It’s generally less competitive, less territorial and there’s a fluid exchange of thoughts, opinions and ideas. In that spirit I’m pleased to say I will we taking part in the Handpicked Media Gets Social event at RIBA in London on November 21st.

A day-long interactive blogging event, it’s a place for  bloggers to meet, mingle and discover how to develop and enhance their blogs, build on their successes and pick up a few tips on how to interact with (and occasionally fend off!) PRs, drive traffic to their sites and deal with the ever-changing blogging landscape. There’ll be luxury goody bags on offer too, of course, and there’s the chance to meet some of the biggest brands and bloggers in the business! And me.

I’ll be appearing on the Beauty Panel, along with Fluer de Force, The Beauty Button and A Beauty Junkie in London, and will be providing an insight into the male grooming side of the industry and a male perspective on proceedings. I don’t bite (well, only when excited) so if you fancy giving me a grilling do come a long!

For more info, and to book your place click here.

Mind boggling

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My pal the British Beauty Blogger just posted a fascinating little analysis of the often complex relationship between bloggers and PRs. Click here to have a read. Seemingly, mind-boggled brand managers in the US and considering whether to sever ties with bloggers for fear of getting embroiled into a debate about industry ethics (in short one about whether bloggers can be knobbled). Bless them.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I applaud their discovery of a moral compass. But with print media likely to go the way of the cassette tape and vinyl in the coming years I do fear for their future. If they sever ties with bloggers who exactly will they be promoting their (often rubbish) stuff to in the future? Each other? Oh, honestly. Just as well their UK counterparts don’t have time for such ‘moral dilemmas’.

PS. She also managed to include the word ‘homily’ in her post which I think is fantastic because it’s such a lovely word!

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