Taking a day out from the normal is pretty good for the soul, I’ve decided. A moment to step out of the day to day, expectations placed on you (or ones you put on yourself) and find happiness or ideas in an area you wouldn’t expect. Blogging has always given me that, as well as an outlet for creativity, and that’s why I was excited to head to Blogtacular last month.
If you haven’t heard of it, or perhaps you’re not a blogger yourself, Blogtacular is a one day event for bloggers and creatives to come together to meet, share and inspire others. As an attendee it allowed me to listed and learn from creatives and those who are making it on their own, doing what they love. That in itself is pretty inspirational; I’d love to one day work for myself – the how and what I’d do I really don’t know.
Before I share the things that stuck with me from the day, I must say thank you to Mollie Makes for taking and allowing me to share the photos on here. Secondly, if you’re already thinking that this might be up your street then get involved with their virtual conference – giving you access to talks from the day. I’ve bought my ticket!
So learnings from the day – there are heaps and heaps, but I’ll just share a few snippets. To read other posts from the day head over to the dedicated Pinterest board.
Being brave and asking a question to Grace Bonney
Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge, kicked off the day and wow, she blew me away. Her presence, passion and friendliness was incredible. Grace spoke about fear and change and the words resonated closely with every single person in the room. The key point, for me, was that if you can acknowledge your fears it’ll ‘take the sting out’ – you can watch her talk in full over on Blogtacular’s YouTube channel. So even if you’re not a blogger, or creative or any of the above, we all experience fear and there are ways of handling it.
As part of her keynote, Grace asked us all to note down three fears. When it came to questions for Grace I did the most unlike me thing, maybe ever, and asked a question – sharing one of my fears with Grace. I’m normally way too scared to do anything like that, but I’m so glad I did. I asked about the horribleness of comparison, how it can really impact on my confidence and how I might overcome it. And she got it and her answer really gave me food for thought. And hey, people said to me afterwards that it was a good question and I think helpful to others too. Yay me! If you want to hear my question and Grace’s answer, flick to 42:45 in the video.
The energy of Marte Marie Forsberg
Marie ran two sessions at Blogtacular and I got myself along to her food photography and styling workshop in the afternoon. Marie is amazing. There are no other words. Her energy and enthusiasm and heck, even the way she described strawberries and cream was endearing and weirdly mesmerising.
Marie’s a food photographer – do have a look at her portfolio – and her session included some useful insights into styling my photographs, but really it’s her energy and passion that’s stayed with me – along with her line about how a photograph should always tell a story. That I need to bring into my photography.
It’s OK to want this
Sometimes I get really excited about blogging. I have a brainwave, bursting with ideas, time to practice my photography, write etc. and I feel really happy. Then life steps in and time and time again I seem to convince myself that it’s not real, it’s a bit of fun, it doesn’t matter to anyone. Well, no more. I walked away from Blogtacular and decided that it is a thing, it’s a thing I enjoy and it’s a thing I want to explore more. I love marketing and if nothing else, blogging and interacting with a creative community is helping me learn new marketing skills.
Of course it’s more than that for me, but the day certainly cemented in my mind that people are earning livings from this, working hard, opening up to new opportunities and the only thing stopping me from going down that road is me. Oh and probably time, but you get where I’m going with it!
Bloggers are the friendliest of people
OK, I kind of knew this already, but there’s nothing like an event where people come together to remind me of it. Speaking to fellow bloggers – some I’ve spoken to already, some I hadn’t – was a huge part of the day and it feels like I’ve made some big steps already in the blogging community, because of Blogtacular.
I finally got to meet bloggers I’ve been speaking to for ages – Katie and Claire were a great support on the day and I’m so glad I got to meet them. I got to have a chat with Helena from Mollie Makes about styling, made new blogger friends in Abi and Tessa and got to catch up with Fran and Allison, amongst many others. It made my heart happy to spend time with these amazing ladies.
Time flies way too fast
The one downside of the day is that it all went far too quickly. It felt like I was in a whirlwind and there were so many other people I’d have loved to have spoken to, so many speakers I’d love to have heard and just five minutes to sit down and digest all I was learning. Probably would’ve helped had I gone to the evening event! But there you go; what counts is what I’ve taken away from the day. Plus, the virtual conference is a fab idea and I’m looking forward to the first videos being released.
A big big thank you to Kat Molesworth and Kat Goldin for all their hard work in putting the day together; my head was buzzing with ideas and, now more than ever, I’m determined to push forward with my goals and ideas.
If you’re curious about Blogtacular, come along to their Wednesday evening Twitter chat – 9pm (GMT), 4pm (Eastern) or 1pm (Pacific). It’s a great way of learning from each other and getting that support you’ll need to further your blogging or creative lifestyle.
Finally… were you there? If I missed you, please say hello below – I wish I could’ve talked to more people so it’d be nice to continue to make those connections.
Thanks for reading!
Photo credit: Mollie Makes