Last weekend (28th-29th June) I was lucky enough to attend the ETO Magazine show at the NEC in Birmingham. This was my first time attending this type of show, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. At the urging of the lovely Cara Sutra I made sure I had lots of business cards with me. Because I wasn’t sure what to expect (and I was using public transport) I ended up arriving an hour early. This wouldn’t have been so bad but the Starbucks which was supposed to be open according to their website was closed. I could have cried. Instead I went and hung around in the entrance people watching until it was time to go in.
My first port of call when I got inside was the #BlogSpot This was an area created by Cara Sutra, and Voluptasse for bloggers and writers to hang out, relax and make friends during the show. I used this a few times over the two days as a place to collapse when my feet were hurting. It was great to be able to meet people in person, and be able to say hi.
The first people I met were Cara, Mel (Voluptasse), and Darren they welcomed me with hugs and were so lovely that it helped dispel my nerves. I also managed to say hi to Hella of HellaRude, but she was there working for Electrastim and I didn’t want to take up too much of her time, so it was a very quick hello.
Bloggers and Writers
Over the two days I managed to say hi to quite a few other bloggers and writers. If I’ve missed you off this list and we said hi, please give me a nudge on twitter or facebook and remind me, and I’ll add you to the list. I had a great few days and met so many people I’ve struggled to keep everyone straight in my mind, so if I’ve forgotten you please don’t think it’s on purpose. It was lovely to meet Rhiannon from ThatstheSpot, Just_In (Aaron) from JustInDecerous, David of BigGayReview, Natalia of proseksualna (she lives in London and writes a sex positive blog in Polish), Tabitha of TabithaRayne, and the lovely SmutUK team; Kev Blisse, and Victoria from VictoriaBliss.
I found some trade representatives were more receptive than others. Although, having followed another blogger round a few stands I can understand the reaction to some degree. For me this was a chance to network, to make contact with companies (and other bloggers), and to get my name out there. This list is in no way exhaustive of all the people I spoke to but these are the ones that I found positive, welcoming, and friendly towards me as a blogger.
- Robert from Drop of Sweden who was showing off the amazing H2O vibrator.
- Dave from Pasante who had a range of products (including condoms, lube and luxury vibrators) on show.
- Vikki from Uberkinky who gave me spunk within 5 seconds of meeting me. ;D
- Will from Doxy Massager who was showing the classic Doxy as well as the new Skittle.
- Gary from Nalone who had a range of vibrators on show including the very exciting looking Wave.
- The lovely team from Nippleicious who were showcasing their range non-piercing nipple jewellery.
- Tim from Magic Motion who was showing off a range of Smart vibes. I loved the magic kegel and app game.
- The Love Arc team who were showing off their fabulous Love Arc……it’s bigger than I expected.
- Dana from Ovo Toys, who had a selection of their toys on show.
- Lulu from Rocks-Off who had a huge range of their vibrators on show, and whose stand was constantly busy.
- Annika from FunFactory who was showing off a range of vibrators and dildos, including the awesome Bouncer.
- Dean from Sliquid who was really lovely and chatted to me about their products.
- Eddie from Tenga who had a range of products, including the Iroha range and chatted to me about them.
- The lovely Bridie from the Sexpo team. Who chatted to me for a while, and got me to apply to attend.
Look out for reviews coming up on some of the products I have mentioned here.