I have been meaning to write this post for the last couple of weeks but alas, real life got in the way of my virtual world and, as always, the blog is the first to suffer! I have just realised it’s almost been a month. What a fail.
On the 10th May, I jumped on the train and headed to London to attend a design-based blogger conference called Blogtacular with 200 like minded souls and I was really glad I did! It was really refreshing because it was design based. It wasn’t about the technical aspects of blogging and although I love a good WordPress v Blogger debate, who doesn’t?, it was nice to concentrate on creative content, styling, branding and the like.
The speakers were great
This is key to any conference. Good speakers make or break it. I enjoyed every session I attended. I am only going to mention a couple that stuck with me the most…
Mark & Keith from Mini Moderns / Absolute Zero Designs are naturally funny people and they know their stuff. They spoke about branding and made me realise I need to spend some time rebranding my whole online world. If I stick with this blogging malarky. Hmmmm. They also made me realise I need a good headshot photo. That’s my first mission!
Will Taylor from Bright Bazaar was interviewed on camera. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure how a video would work. But work it did. The session was inspiring. My taking away from his session was that it’s all about the focus of what you want to achieve, and of course, the old adage of comparison is the thief of joy. It’s so true.
My buddy Nat Lue did the closing keynote. She’s cool and she’s honest and she speaks a lot of sense (good friend to have ey!). Nat spoke about how we all feel like we’re not good enough, how we’re always beating ourselves up, how we’re not quick enough to congratulate ourselves and celebrate and recognise our successes. Such truths and I know a lot of people resonated with what she had to say.
During the conference I planted a flower and painted a plant pot with B&Q. Who knew they sold flowers in teabags? My pot survived the journey home, alas my flower tipped over in my bag when I got over excited about the gin and tonic Joe & Seph’s popcorn in my goody bag. It’s bloody delicious. The goody bag was an exclusive Zeena Shah number. Like a lot. There was all sorts of treats in there including washi tape (I think it was from Mailchimp?), a papercut kit from Robyn Wilson-Owen which I have yet to do. Slack slack I know. The weekly planner by Lollipop Designs has been used non stop as has the Betty & Walter hand-cream which is lovely. There was loads more in there too, all in keeping with the theme of the conference. Thank you!
It’s always great to catch up with old pals. One of my first blogging buddies who I met up with when pregnant with Little Legs was there and it was nice to have some time to properly chat. Hello Kelly! Kara, thank you. You know what for. Ssssh! Ruth, it’s always a pleasure. You proper make me belly laugh and every time I look at my drip catcher I think of you! Ha. Nat. High five homie. ‘Nuff said. Kat & Kat, good work on creating such a lovely creative buzz. The devil is in the details and you nailed them. Until next year …
Photography // Mollie Makes