A question I am asking myself almost daily at the moment!!! Seriously, how often have I said on here or to myself ‘do not volunteer’.
Folks, I’ve gone and done it again. I volunteered!!! I volunteered to help out our local tourism organisation Mid Ireland Tourism by bringing a group of bloggers into the midlands.
You see the trouble is that tourists are attracted to Dublin (naturally)…. and now there is the big draw of the Wild Atlantic Way, so it is as if the middle of the country was just one great big black hole.
We need to remedy this. There is so much to offer in the midlands. It truly is magical.
How difficult can it be? You know, just 8 bloggers, a coach, accommodation, an itinerary, lunch, dinner, a mini cruise with lunch. Easy peasy????
Despite the many obstacles that had to be surmounted, I am almost there.
I gave the tourism board a diverse list of bloggers – they chose who they would like to come. I asked the bloggers, and they agreed to come. Done.
A coach…. one phone call, sorted.
Itinerary…. many phone calls and it was sorted. I’ve chosen some of our favourite places which I’ve written about here, and I hope will impress everyone.
Lunch and dinner on the Saturday – easily sorted.
A picnic lunch for 12 people on the Sunday???? A nightmare. Many many phone calls. No responses, total dis-interest. There’s supposedly a recession out there. Do people not want to do business?
One huge lesson learned is that there is still such ignorance about ‘blogging’ and the power of blogging. Even more mind-blowing for me is the fact that so many businesses have no website – or a very poor one, and don’t know the first thing about using social media to promote their business. And probably worse still, are not willing to learn about it.
Folks, social media is HUGE. It is am immense tool for small business. It takes time but it is free. You need to schedule it into your day the same way you’d schedule accounts or other stuff into it. And if people don’t know about you, how can they come to you????
Next weekend is the big WEEKEND!
I’m quietly confident that it will all come together seamlessly in the end. Well, if it doesn’t it won’t be from lack of effort. This coming week may be a bit frenetic, but I promise to be outwardly calm on the day :)
Now all I need is some good sunshine.
If you’d like to travel virtually along the journey next weekend, we’ll be using two hashtags #midireland and #magicalmidlands