In a couple of weeks, I am heading off to beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas to attend the first ever SoFab Conference and I am beyond excited. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve likely seen posts where I’ve taken you along on one of my shopping trips for a Social Fabric campaign. Well, perhaps it’s about time that I explain a little bit about Social Fabric and why I love working with them so much.
First of all, Social Fabric is a blogging community that’s part of Collective Bias. Those of us who are members are given the chance to apply for campaigns in which generally, we are sent to a certain store to purchase a certain item. Along the way we take lots of pictures and notes and then we share our shopping experience with you! If you look through my blog, you’ll see posts for Social Fabric in which I purchased crafting supplies and shared a craft project tutorial with you using those supplies. In others, I’ve purchased a food item and created a recipe using that item. In a few others, I’ve purchased a CD, a cleaning product, or other such item, tried them out, and let you know what I thought. Sometimes when I tell people about Social Fabric, they’ll say, “oh yes, but there are lots of communities out there for bloggers to join and get connected with brands and businesses for blogging opportunities.’ That’s true but Social Fabric has three major points going for it that make me so happy and proud in saying that I am a member of Social Fabric.
1) Support: I have never met a group of more supportive people than those who work with Collective Bias/Social Fabric. They are always there to answer any questions and offer any help they possibly can AND it’s always done with the utmost respect, courtesy, kindness, and patience. I never feel like my questions are dumb or that I’m annoying someone with my need for help. There are so many resources and systems put in place to give you the knowledge you need to grow and develop and I have learned so much since I joined. I know that this conference is going to help me learn even more and I just can’t wait.
2) Community: The bloggers and employees of Collective Bias/Social Fabric are like a family. You get welcomed in with open arms. As I said above, they are a support system for you but more than that, they are your friends, your family, your cheering section. They make me laugh, they lift me up on a bad day, they give me a shoulder to lean on when times are tough. I cannot wait to meet and hug these people in person at the conference!
3) Integrity: Collective Bias/Social Fabric is a company I can respect. They hold themselves to a high standard of honesty and integrity and this carries through in everything they do. I am never ever asked to be dishonest or to compromise my own integrity in the information I present to my readers (not that I would anyway but it’s not something that CB/SoFab would ever want us to do!) I know that my work with them is respected. I know that I am respected. I know all of this because of the way they treat me, because of the fair compensation I get for my work, and because what always shines through in my dealings with them is the idea that they are there FOR me, they want what’s best FOR me; they want me to do well, of course because I’m working with them and it reflects on them but even more so, I know they want me to do well FOR me.
Because of Social Fabric, I get to do a job that I love to do, working with people I adore, and I get to bring my readers my honest ideas and opinions about the products and brand campaigns I work on. What could be better than that?
A huge thank you goes out to Collective Bias/Social Fabric for sponsoring my attendance at SoFabCon 2013.