Where to begin? I had such a wonderful time at Blogtacular on Saturday and I'm still trying to digest it all! The event was a fantastic opportunity to meet lots of people I've know for ages online, and lots of completely new people too, as well as hearing from fantastic speakers and getting to try some hands on workshops. All too much! Anyway, here's a little rundown of my day - please note that all images marked with (MM) are shared with permission of Mollie Makes magazine (photographer Piers MacDonald), the rest are my own.
So, we all converged on the rather grand venue of the Royal Institution in London's Mayfair - the perfect venue with an amazing lecture theatre and lots of lovely spaces for us to take over. I didn't enter the ballot for the pre-conference photo walk (7am start - eek!) so arrived in time to catch up with a few people I knew before things kicked off.
She got us off to a very good start, speaking about embracing fear - I think all of us with small businesses (whether we blog or not) appreciated this - although I'm not quite ready to sign up to do a radio show as a way of facing mine!
I then moved on to a talk from photographer Marte Marie Forsberg. She spoke about the unconventional journey she took to get to where she is today.
And then it was lunchtime, and a chance to grab a sandwich, look at the various stalls, chat to lots more people and have a play with my new camera (which I still haven't really got to grips with!). Straight after lunch I joined a photography workshop run by Kat Molesworth - a chance to play with the camera!
Now this was really good fun (even if I was using my camera on auto - and the whole group found out about it!) - another great example of the photos not turning out as good as I thought they were when I got them onto the computer, but there were a few nice ones! Last year I downloaded the Blogtacular Unmanual (a guide to switching that auto off and using your DSLR properly) - actually reading this has now been added to my list, especially as I now have the new DSLR!
The lovely Anna Simmonds of Crafting Fingers.
Next up was a panel discussion about Instagram. Now some of you may have noticed that I'm becoming increasingly keen on Instagram so this was a really good one for me.
Back to the lecture theatre, the panel included Grace Bonney, Alison Sadler, Leona Thrift-ola and Benjamin Hole. I came away feeling that I really need to improve my Instagram feed - so do pop over and join me there and watch the transformation (or my attempt at one at least!!).
A quick break and then off to the final workshop - styling with Betty Magazine.
So another chance to get the camera out and to have a play with lots of lovely things! I was rather excited to find a copy of Betty in my goodie bag at the end of the day - I'd always thought I'd love it but had never actually bought a copy - I think I might now be hooked... Anyway they set us a challenge to style a selection of items 3 ways and it was so much fun.
(MM) - I'm looking very serious here!
Then a mad rush to finish and get back into the lecture theatre for the closing keynote from Anthony Peters.
Thank you so much to Kat and Kat for putting on such a wonderful event, and to all the speakers and everyone I met on the day (and who didn't recoil at my horribly croaky voice!). I'm already planning an early bird ticket purchase for next year (I bought mine in September last year so keep an eye on the Blogtacular site for details if you'd like to join us next time).