The other weekend, as you may know, I headed off to Blogtacular, a brand new blogging conference for us design and creative types. For those non-blogging readers, these kind of events are really useful to us bloggers, to help us understand how to make our blogs better and more inviting, to meet other bloggers we may have only met online, and to get a sense of what we’re doing and where we’re going.
Blogtacular didn’t fail in this sense. It’s speakers were at the top of their field and managed to inspire and invigorate us, filling us with ideas and dreams for our own blogs, and blogging journeys.
I won’t bore you with everything I saw and heard but thought I’d show you a few of my highlights, in no particular order.
Highlight #1: Oh Joy
Joy Cho, is a hugely successful American graphic designer, author and blogger. She was charming. Her opening keynote speech on the Friday evening, showcased her journey and the changes she’s been through in her career. She is renowned for many things, and being the most followed person on Pinterest, with almost 14 million followers, is one of them. Incredible.
Highlight #2: Ellie Tennant
Ellie Tennant is an interiors stylist and journalist, who’s worked on all the big magazines, but now works on a freelance basis. This was a fabulous session where Ellie shared all of her amazing styling tips, so watch out readers, I’m going to be practicising everything I’ve learned from her! I made notes on everything she said, and loved being able to have a go at some styling myself. What do you think?
Highlight #3: Anne Ditmeyer
Anne from Pret A Voyager, is an American living in Paris; a travel blogger with a difference. Her talk was inspiring and entertaining, and her passion that bloggers should be paid well for what they do met with great enthusiasm. Dear reader, you may not know that bloggers are often taken advantage of, often asked to work for very little or nothing at all, and that this should be accepted. Anne was there to ensure we all got the message that we should get paid for what we do.
Highlight #4: Cathy James
I’ve seen Cathy from NurtureStore, speak about social media before, and she really knows her stuff, so I was keen to see her again. She’s a savvy businesswoman, who is very organised and driven, so I knew she’d have plenty of down to earth advice to give. And I wasn’t wrong. I love that she is so knowledgeabe across all of the relevant social media platforms, and I was able to pick up some great tips for my favourites. Thanks Cathy!
Highlight #5: My Blogtacular Buddies
The weekend wouldn’t have been a success for me without my gorgeous roomies, Antonia from Tidy Away Today, Lucy from Lish Concepts and Katie from Miss Enchanting. We’d never all met before, in fact, I’d never met Katie in the flesh before, but we all hit it off and had a riot. Do hope along and check out their blogs.
I went out of my comfort zone and stayed in a hostel too. Not just any hostel, but the very cool Generator Hostel, which was great and I would wholeheartedly recommend it. We shared a private 4-bed dorm for £45 each in the centre of London. Not bad eh?
Highlight #6: Chatting to the Brands.
You know me, I like to mingle with the brands, and was delighted to see B&Q and Thomson Holidays both there, engaging with bloggers and offering us a little bit of fun. And do watch out for the B&Q BBQ Challenge coming soon!
And finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to my sponsors, Amara Living, who very kindly partnered with me on this journey. I’m a big fan of their online store, so do check it out when you’re next looking for some very chic, designer home interiors (and watch out for something very exciting coming to Love Chic Living where you’ll be able to get your hands on some lovely Amara goodies right here).