Make Eat Get Read Go – The Blogtacular Edition
June has been split in two halves. A solo trip to London and a family holiday. Our break to Suffolk is coming in another blogpost.
Sometimes you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone. For a long time I’ve wanted to go to a blogger conference but until now didn’t have the guts. After reading online how much people had enjoyed Blogtacular, a conference for online creatives, I decided this would be the one for me. I travelled down on the Friday for the pre-conference events – a photowalk and dinner out. Fair to say I was so nervous about the whole thing I nearly pulled out but I’m so glad I didn’t as it well worth it.
Make – Contacts
One thing that really stood out was that it was a significantly female event and it was so friendly. It was fabulous to finally meet Kat, Claire, Sally, Kavey & Sarah who I’d known online for so many years.
I’m the first to admit I don’t enjoy networking. Before Blogtacular I’d only really done business networking (badly). It was easy to approach someone you didn’t know and say hello. It was also great being able to talk to people about online life/blogging without having to explain to explain things. I know that some of the people I met while there are going to be a big influence on me.
Eat – Dinner at Hopscotch Brick Lane
The food at Blogtacular was great but staying on Brick Lane and meeting up with fellow food blogger Sally – My Custard Pie meant a meal afterwards wasn’t going to be quickly grabbed sandwich from the corner shop.
We walked up a bustling Brick Lane and came across an unassuming Hopscotch. With a delicious sounding menu on the wall but looking quiet from the outside we tentatively crept in. What we didn’t realise was that there was a small plates restaurant upstairs and a cocktail bar downstairs.
The food is tapas-style small plates, fish & plant based with flavours from the Americas, Middle East and Asia. The menu changes regularly. Our dishes included scallops; a watermelon and sesame salad; cauliflower curry and a aubergine flatbread.
Not hidden as such but certainly a gem.
Get – Seaside print from South Island Art
Inside Blogtacular were a handful of stalls selling their wares. As well as Photo Backdrops (Lucy is sooo lovely!) I was really drawn to Rowana’s South Island Art stall of beautiful bold architectural prints. I went for the seaside print as it goes perfectly in the living room. She can customise prints with your colours.
Read Listen – Blogtacular sessions
We’re three weeks from Blogtacular and I’m still trying to process all the information I took in there and deciding how to implement it. The main things for me were:
The fabulous 1:1 session with Sarah – Taming Twins learning how to make the most from Pinterest and my blog.
The inspirational opening speech by Tiffany Han all about facing our fears and that when that scary idea keeps niggling us it means we need to say yes.
A wonderful session with Laura Jane Williams and Carrie Santana da Silva about the different approaches to Instagram Stories and how it’s all about practice and not to moan. No one watches Stories to hear someone moan all the time.
Go – The Hub – Spitalfields, Brick Lane
Staying in central London isn’t always cheap and as a female travelling on my own I wanted to stay somewhere I felt safe. Many of the other Blogtacular attendees were staying at The Hub, Brick Lane so I decided to join them. I paid £80/night, which I thought was good value for central London however I spoke to someone during the weekend who’d paid as little as £40/night. The Hub chain is owned by Premier Inn.
I had some of the best nights sleep I’ve ever had in a hotel there. The temperature of the room was easy to control, the bed was really comfortable. Perfect for a solo traveller. Although I think the room may be a bit of a squash for two I’d certainly stay in The Hub again. There are a few Hubs throughout London and they’re well worth checking out.
Now July is even busier than June. Think a hen do, birthdays with lots of prosecco and cake.