Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I don't get out of bed for less than a PR trip to Sydney

With all the talk about "Hi Blogger" and "I love your blog" PR pitches, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there isn't a single company that gets how Blogger engagement should work. But, there is.

Now I'm not suggesting every company should fly me to Sydney for their launches... oh hang on... yes I am. The standard has been set!

My whirlwind Norton One trip, in ADST just to confuse myself and my fellow Sandgropers:

2:00am - Took off from Perth airport

6:00am - Arrived at Sydney airport with a lot more baggage than I took off with, firmly packed below my eyes
7:00am - Attacked by a rogue seagull who was after my hashbrown. Fought him off with wild arm flailing and many F-bombs, much to the amusement of passing business people

7:30am - Met Carly of We Heart Life for breakfast! Pancakes on the Rocks at Darling Harbour FTW!

9:00am - Headed towards Circular Quay thanks to my iPhone and silently offered up a prayer to Steve Jobs as the little blue orb plodded along telling me I was going in the right direction

10:00am - Took obligatory touristy photos. Opera House? Check. Harbour Bridge? Check. Considered sending a postcard home to Tricky but instead spent my money on a much needed Red Bull

11:00am - Met up with the divine Mama Grace for chai lattes or whatever it is Sydney people drink, and pretty awesome shits and giggles

11:30am - Meet up with Brenda and have a mini freak out that DPCON12 is upon us!

12:00pm - Head to Cafe Sydney with Grace, Brenda and Cassie then had to pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing the view. Decide to keep my sunglasses on to appear more like a rockstar... it fails and I just look like an idiot so I take them off

12:30pm - Sucked in as much knowledge as I could about protecting my little family from Cyber Crime from the amazing Norton team while sipping wine and eating the most delicious food I've ever had. Stare in awe at these guys who aren't doing the hard sell, aren't fearmongering, and aren't talking "at" me. These guys get it, and they do it so well. Amazing conversation with bloggers from small blogs, big blogs, funny blogs, personal blogs, you name it. Hats off to you, Norton.

2:00pm - Learned about the soon to be released Norton One system that will protect all your equipment from spyware, malware, trojan attacks, hacked websites and more, plus backup safety. Chuck on your iPhone, your Android devices, your PC and your Mac... all on the one membership (when I told Map Guy he almost wet himself with excitement - he's such a geek)

3:00pm - Headed off with Zoey to Max Brenner and got 'stood up' by Lizosaurus who fell asleep and Rah who got held up at work. Sulked off without tasting any of the famed chocolate. Geeez people how often am I in Sydney? Set a fucking alarm!!! Still love you, it's OK.

4:00pm - Went back to annoy Grace and Brenda, who on hearing my Max Brenner tale of woe determined to take me back and fulfill my chocolately wishes... after stealing power from the library to charge our phones and taking pictures of a random man dressed in bow ties sleeping on the couch

6:00pm - Jumped in a taxi and headed back to the airport and made a bee line for Krispy Kreme like all deprived WA people do.

8:00pm - Waved goodbye to Sydney

1:00 am - Arrived back in Perth exhausted, aching but exhilarated.

All up, I was away for 23 hours and spent only 14 of those on the ground. That's not just whirlwind, that's freakin' rockstar, baby!

The fabulous people at Norton have given me two Norton 360 (version 6 packs) valued at $130 each, to give away that will give you one year of protection for up to three PCs. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what you think the biggest threat to your personal information is. Are you afraid of hackers, identity theft, losing all your photos? Tell Aunty Glow and she'll make it all better... well Norton will, but I'll totally take credit for it.

Grab an extra entry or two by mentioning the competition on Facebook and Twitter by tagging me!

Massive thanks to Digital Parents for inviting me, I had a fabulous time! Perth people never get invited anywhere so I truly appreciate all the effort that went in to getting me there.

Entry is open to everyone. Entries close at 10pm AEDST on 13th April 2012 at which time four winners will be chosen based on creativity. Make sure you sign in to the comment platform with a valid email address/twitter handle or leave your details as part of your comment so you can be contacted. Winners have one week to reply to notification, failing that, the prize will be redrawn. Enter in to your contacts to make sure it doesn't go through to spam!! The prize is provided by Norton and is not transferable or redeemable.


  1. Total rockstardom-ness. hehe.

  2. My biggest fear is my children's protection on line. Yes I blog about them but I don't share too much detail. 

  3. Less worried about identity theft/hacking/evil stuff than I am about losing my photos. The problem with digital - no-one prints them out anymore! They're all on my computer. And back-up USBs. And a back-up hard drive. But I'm still paranoid!

    What a great trip! Exhausting, though - I'm tired just reading about it.

  4. I really wish I would have been able to make it. I have so many questions about internet security.
    I think I am afraid of it all. Like can my pictures on my harddrive, not online, be accessed and lost? Why would someone want to hack me? Really.
    Also, I would like to be able to trust that my stuff online is secure. I refuse to do internet banking because I feel that's just too risky, but you know what, so is having my personal pictures on a computer if they can be accessed.
    Scary stuff.

  5. Fiona xmintycupcakesxApril 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I do internet banking - which is my biggest fear! I don't really have an option as I don't live near my bank (or anything cool) Second would be photos as with everyone else they're on my pc and not backed up (which I am going to do after I leave here) ;o)

  6. Aren't ya glad we took you back to Max B's ? Or was the library a bigger highlight ?  Hmmmm...Glowy, I was so excited to have you in town, I forgot to get your autograph ! :)

  7. Pleased you rocked Sydney fears is losing all my photos that something will mysteriously wipe them all and gone forever

  8. Leanne Shea LangdownApril 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    You truly ARE a rock star. Go you! 

  9. Wow, that's a long and busy day but sounds like a good one, nonetheless! Loving your photo from Cafe Sydney.

    P.S. Is there anything better than a baby giving it large with a big belly laugh? I don't think so.

  10. HI Glowless, my biggest concern is protecting my family online.  Thanks for the comp :)

  11. Cherie @ a baby called MaxApril 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    That's amazing!

    I just got an e-mail with a voucher for 10% off the total cost towards a $50 book that they want me to review.

    So ... I pay $45.95 for a book I have no time to read, for a sponsored post I have no time to write?!


    Awesome x

  12. I worry about someone hacking in and getting all my personal information.  I do periodically save all my photos on disks, but it would break my heart to lose any of my photos.  

  13. The biggest threat to my info being stolen is like - a spider trying to catch its prey in a web, a lioness staking its prey, a frog grabbing a moth with its tongue - in other words you have to be wary over the web, people taking your info from unrecognised emails, and being snatched from your trash.

  14. I worry about the people who take kids photos and make them dirty. It really worries me that my kids might be taken advantage of, and I might not even know about it

  15. Mine is losing all my photos, my memories. friends and family photos are everything to me. On bad days i just go through them and smile. Everytime I open a new email I always think about how easy it can be to get a virus and everything would be gone. all my passwords and logins aswell.

  16.  I am afraid of it all.

  17. The biggest threat to my personal information is if i die and my mum decides to log on to my computer and see what i do with myself all day! Am hoping that Norton can protect me from that scary threat...


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