This year though there isn't a Bloggers Corner which made me wonder if any other bloggers will be visiting for the first time. Whether they would be as nervous or even more nervous than I was on my first trip there.
If any bloggers read this and fancy meeting up at ETO then please just get in touch with me as I would be delighted to touch base with you. It is always good to put a face to a name.
For anyone visiting for the first time here are some pointers that hopefully you will find useful.
Get a load of business cards made, and you will be throwing them around like a card dealer in a casino. You can get them made quite cheaply through online services and get your branding consistent with your website. You will need a business card when you book in. Also, take some proof of business such as a bank statement along. This is a trade event (you can use a private account so no need for a business account).
When you arrive, prepare for a queue if you come early, but it clears pretty quickly. You will get a lanyard with an ID card you will need to wear inside the venue.
This one is the killer if you are anything like me you will be a nervous wreck. But, having been through it myself those feelings are misguided. You will be welcome on every trade stand. Just walk up and introduce yourself and tell them what you do. Swapping business cards is a must, and it's an excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door with companies.
Companies understand the importance of bloggers in their advertising strategy and most are very receptive to bloggers.
You often get product launches at ETO, check the map and the timings for things like product reveals as they often bring stocks to give out as samples, so it is a great way to get the latest toys to review.
Enjoy yourself, yes you will be nervous, but there is no need to be. You will be walking around with your eyes on stalks looking at the biggest range of sex toys you will probably ever see.
Try to relax, once you get the first few introductions out of the way it does get easier.
Please let me know if you are going as I would love to meet you, and if I can help calm your nerves, then I would be delighted to be able to do so.
Or we could just meet to compare swag LOL, you will have a blast at ETO it is fantastic.
I will be easy to spot in my wheelchair being pushed by Stunt Cock and accompanied by sub'r' dressed as a kinky maid.