#BlogosphereCommunityChallenge

At Blogosphere, we’ve launched a brand new Community subscription. It includes lots and lots of valuable information and content (as outlined below). We are also setting a monthly challenge for our members. The first of which is a writing challenge; writing a letter to your January self telling them what is going on… I couldn’t resist giving it a whirl (obviously it won’t be entered)! It was very therapeutic!

What’s included in the Blogosphere Community Membership

  • Two issues of Blogosphere magazine (print edition) a year + two free digital copies
  • 12 video tutorials (1/month) on vital topics – ie editing, SEO advice, tech equipment
  • Exclusive access to new series of Blogosphere: Serious Influence – the podcast all about the business side of the influencer industry
  • 4 webinar panels (1/quarter) with influencers and industry experts
  • 4 interviews with brands/influencer agencies (1/quarter) – specifically on how they work with influencers, budgets, payment
  • Access to the private Blogosphere Community Facebook group
  • Fortnightly newsletter – round-up of influencer industry news
  • First to know when tickets to Blogosphere physical events go live (when physical events return)

My #BlogosphereCommunityChallenge letter

Dear Alice,

Hi there, it’s your future self. I’m writing from April 2020. You’re back in January… the first of January to be precise. And, Alice, I’m not going to lie to you… things in the world aren’t ideal. 

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. A virus called Coronavirus has spread across the globe. It’s a virus that affects the respiratory system, but it’s not always fatal – some people can have it and have very mild symptoms. You may have had it yourself, but you haven’t had a test (there aren’t many of them available) and an antibody test (to see whether you’ve had it) doesn’t exist yet.

The UK has been put into lockdown – all restaurants, pubs and bars have closed. Gyms, cinemas, everything except supermarkets and pharmacies are shut. The government is urging people to stay at home. The party line is Stay at Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. 

You’re back at home with the family – don’t worry you haven’t got stuck in London alone. You left just before lockdown started and have been home ever since (this has actually only been just over two weeks). Well, almost always at home. You did go volunteering with Laura to collect food supplies from Gatwick and drop them off for NHS staff in Reading. The motorways were empty. 

At the time of writing (April 7th) there have been 1,374,107 cases and 77,282 deaths across the world. In the UK, we’ve had 55,242 cases and 6,159 deaths. They currently predict the virus will cause 77,000 deaths in the UK. To give some perspective, the Spanish Flu of 1918 infected 500 million people, of which 50 million died. 

Anyway, I wanted to get the facts across to you first. It must feel a little weird and disconcerting getting a letter from the future. But you’re doing ok! You’re enjoying being at home and being with the family, you feel healthy, you’re doing lots of running. You are thinking about finally starting that book… How long have you had that idea? 7 years?

So looking back, would I advise you to do anything differently? I’ve just had a look on Instagram at what your new year’s resolutions were – get more spray tans, take 4 long weekend holiday breaks, write 12 chapters of a book, start gymnastic classes, launch a new podcast, spend more time with friends…

Ouch, that last one is a bit of a kicker. You’re starting to really miss seeing your actual friends in real life now. But, Alice, looking back at what you did do at the start of the year, you did really make the most of freedom! You did a fitness retreat, you went to Paris to visit Jamie (you met a nice man in Paris too, who came to visit you before lockdown), you had a big pub lunch birthday party for your 31st, and you went away skiing with 17 friends – where you partied very hard indeed. You kept your resolution of spray tans (which made you feel good), you went to the gym three times a week, you started a new podcast about fundraising. You didn’t do the gymnastics (you did one aerial yoga session though), and you didn’t do the chapters of the book… but hey, as mentioned, you can start that in lockdown!

Lockdown is also making you reevaluate your relationship with London. You’ve settled into countryside life better than you thought you would… but it is only the start of week 3… So I’ll have to keep you posted on that one.

Business wise? I thought you’d like to know about that. There have been some big blows. The Awards have had to be postponed, and the sponsorship invoices that were due to Blogosphere haven’t been paid. However, the last couple of weeks have seen the team come together and innovate. You’ve had time to look at everything the business has, and how it’s packaged, and what value you can offer. You and the team have come up with a new plan, and you’re enjoying dedicating your time to building that up. 

You and the team managed to get all of the interviews and shoots done for issue 23 of Blogosphere in time, and the factory managed to print it – in some other countries the factories have had to close. The issue looks incredible. Nikki made an awesome editor and the photos from the shoot – which you did in February – are absolutely mega!! Mind-blowing!! You’re currently really excited for them to land with subscribers. It hopefully, you think, will offer a nice break from the otherwise pretty terrifying news!

On the whole, you’re keeping yourself occupied and busy. And top tip, you do feel so much better if you do your run first thing in the morning. Bear that in mind when the time comes!

Don’t freak out. Keep your head up. Remember that health is the most important thing.

I’ll be here waiting for you.

Alice Xx

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