This is the first part of two, talking all about my experiences at SITC 2019. It is the first time I had never been to SITC before this year, but I loved it so much and I know I will definitely be going again in future years. What a weekend! This post is going to be the SITC creator day, and then my next post will be about the Saturday at SITC. They are two such different days in my eyes, so I thought they needed two different posts. So many memories were made, and I’m so excited to be able to write them all down.
Lets start with a bit about what SITC is- SITC is the UK’s largest social media convention celebrating all things internet. Youtubers, social media stars, Instagram, bloggers, TikTok stars… everything. It is held at the excel in London, and the venue is absolutely huge. I had no idea what to expect from SITC as I have seen so much about it online, but wasn’t sure if that was going to be my experience. What a weekend it was!
The SITC creator day was on the Friday, and is aimed at influencers only. There are a lot of business orientated panels and it was the quietest day of the weekend, because the only people there were ‘influencers’, bloggers and youtubers. I barely took any photos all day as I was too busy socialising and getting to grips with the craziness of SITC!
When I arrived, I collected my wristband and then headed into the main convention centre. The SITC creator day was definitely the quietest day of the weekend, so the atmosphere wasn’t the best but it did mean that we could walk around the main hall without being disturbed. There were so many small stalls with small indie brands that I enjoyed looking at, and its made me think about whether I should apply to have an IRBeauty one at Winter in the city at Christmas? Let me know what you think!
I spent the SITC creator day with the lovely Leanne from @lecosanne, Josh from @jstarzz, Kayleigh from @xxkayleigh96xx and Harri from @hisforharri. They were all so lovely, we got along so well and had such a laugh throughout the day. It was the people that made the day for sure! If you want some new channels and accounts to check out then definitely click the links above and take a look. Leanne was also wearing my ‘Lotus’ lashes which was pretty cool!
We spent the day playing Disney colour switch over at ‘Big potato games’, going on the fairground rides whilst they were quiet and overall just having a chilled time. We had such a laugh (especially when there was a powercut in the middle of the convention centre), and meeting up with both old and new friends. As much as I wasn’t sure if I liked SITC at the beginning of the day, by the end of the SITC creator day I was so glad that I attended. That being said, if I do attend next year I might not go on the Friday. If you can only afford to go for 1 or 2 days, I would definitely recommend the Saturday over the Friday because there is a lot more going on.
Friday really wasn’t the day to meet creators because a lot of the bigger creators didn’t attend and there were no meet and greets happening that day, however I did get the opportunity to meet two of my favourite youtubers as I was walking around:
Me and Hannah Witton have never spoken online, but I have silently followed her youtube channel for around a year and I absolutely love it. She talks a lot about more ‘adult’ topics such as sex and relationships, and also shares her experiences living with a chronic illness. Her content is really up my street, and is entertaining yet also informative for me as a young girl. I love her attitude, clearly hard working nature and she is definitely such a positive channel to watch!
If you have been following me for a while, you will know how much I love Jade’s content. Me and Jade have been speaking on and off for a few years after she featured on my ‘A chat with’ series back in 2017, so its clear how long I have been following her… but we have never met! It was so nice to finally meet her and we were talking for ages. Like Hannah, she is so genuine and exactly the same on and off camera. If you are a student I would definitely recommend checking her youtube channel out and keeping up to date with her crazy adventures at the moment.
We ended up leaving the convention centre at around 6pm, and I headed back to the hotel room ready for an early night in preparation for the craziness of Saturday.
Overall the SITC creator day was a very relaxed day, and as much as there was a lot of waiting around in places, I did really enjoy it. It was so nice to catch up with Leanne, meet some new people and really understand what SITC is about before the main weekend started. It really wasn’t what I expected though, as I thought the SITC creator day was going to be more business based, but I think it was actually more orientated towards the creators having fun and experiencing SITC before the main weekend happened rather than networking opportunities. Im still glad I went though, but it was my least favourite day out of the two.
Thank you for reading this, and for supporting my blog. If it wasn’t for you guys then I wouldn’t be attending events like this! Please remember to come back and read the next instalment of my SITC series on Wednesday, as the Saturday was one of the best days and I’m so excited to share it.