I was going to write this post as a run through of the day but have decided to tell you all about my favourite parts of the day instead.
On Saturday morning my brother accompanied me to the Annual Bloggers Bash which took place in the Grange Wellington Hotel in Westminster in London. We got the train from Lewisham to Victoria and walked the last part of the journey to the hotel which wasn’t too far away. The weather was warm but overcast and there were dark rainclouds on the horison but the day remained dry and warm.
2 guest speakers had been invited to speak with us, Laura of Full To The Brum, a food blog based in Birmingham, and G X Todd, an author. Both speakers were really interesting. Laura spoke about how she has evolved from writing about food and drink on her blog to writing features for magazines and newspapers, her love of newsletters and about the struggles related to social media. G X Todd, (also know as Gemma) took us through her journet to becoming an author, her inspirations and how things have changed for authors in the modern, internet and social media age. I found both speakers to be really interesting and have given me food for thought. From Laura, I left thinking about my personal brand and making my blog my own and from Gemma it was that we should all take what we do seriously.
There was a question and answer session with Esther Chiltern – a writer, tutor and blog tutor, Shelley Wilson a self help, motivation, holistic health and personal development blogger, and Laura (from above.). Questions posed to the panel were varied and the answers given were really interesting. There was a question about blog awards, such as the Liebster and Sunshine blog awards that are given by bloggers to other bloggers, and the panel gave answers that they found the awards to be motivational, fun, encouraging, a way to network and find new content. Another interesting question was with regards to newlsetters and what they were. I was a bit unsure about what a newsletter was so the answers were really useful to me – they are a way to share interesting things, content that has not been blogged about, a bit like a parish newsletter. Newsletters can be more personal and contain things that are important or personal to you, they can take the form of a letter and be written in a chatty, informal way. Newsletters can also provide a way to provide extra content and add value to your blog.
A Flat Lay Workshop had been organised for us, hosted by Sacha Black and Suzie. We were talked through the basic concept of the flat lay, Suzie and Sacha both created an example to show us before we were challenged to create our own.
Once we had the basics down, it was just a case of tweaking the layout and moving things around slightly, taking photos along the way to check how everything looked through the lens. We spoke about lighting and filters to improve our layouts and really make them pop.
This was my favourite image which I then lightened using Instagram (you can view the image here). The workshop was really useful and even my brother enjoyed it!
I also got to meet some bloggers, some that I follow and others that are new to me! I do struggle with meeting people and get super anxious due to my aspergers but the people that I met were really lovely! I met Simon from Planet Simon, my blog friend since I started this blog and now a real life friend! he was lovely, and it was so nice to be able to meet the face behind the blog. I also met Adam Dixon of AdamDixonFiction, Marje of MJMallon, Marian Wood of JustMuddlingThroughLife, Willow Willers of Willowdot21, and Jemima Pett of JemimaPett.com. All were really welcoming and friendly and lovely to speak with!
I had a really brilliant day and I can’t wait for the next one to roll around!!!!