Hannah here: Blogtacular was last weekend, the culmination of a lot of excitement and work and planning. It was full of amazing people, late nights, endless talking, lightbulb moments, some supremely colourful outfits, nerves, new friends, caffeine and the cause of a huge amount of career/soul searching.
Our Blogtacular makes
We were chuffed to be on the bill this year, in the Creative Genius Bar. We were in charge of running the crafting and ran three activities all around the theme of mantra’s and encouraging people to encourage themselves. The 4 words used in each of our three crafts were ‘Say Yes, ‘ Brave’, ‘Create’, and ‘Grow’. The first craft was made possible by the loan of some Cricut machines. We made mini pennants and 4 different words in a variety of different colours for people to assemble into broaches or hanging pennants. The second craft involved a semi circular wooden necklace, cut by the brilliant people at Laser Bean (ace and affordable laser cutting- check them out if you need any laser cutting!) Blogtacular attendees were invited to paint the front of the necklace in Annie Sloan paint then stamp one of the words on the back of the necklace - thus wearing their mantra against their hearts as a reminder. The third activity was ‘a note to your future self’-a postcard, illustrated by Teri at The Lovely Drawer, full of words of encouragement written by attendees to their future selves, which will be posted at a date in the future. We hope people left feeling a little more bolstered, with a albeit metaphorical pat on the back.
It was so amazing to meet so many people at the stall, HELLO if you’re reading this! Thanks for all the lovely feedback and conversations. I wish I could have spent more time with everyone though, I’d hoped to meet some people in real life from the Blogtacular twitter chat for example, but didn’t really get chance. But everyone was so up for talking, I appreciated all the quick hello's waiting in line at the loo, grabbing a cup of tea, or on the way to a session.
We were mostly manning our stall but we got to go to a couple of sessions; both keynotes by Grace Bonney and Anthony Peters plus Davina went to the the styling session from Betty Magazine and I went the Instagram panel.
A few thoughts from the conference:
- Air your fears. Talk to other people. You’ll probably all be in the same boat (thanks Grace!)
- Blog from the heart. Quality over clickbait. Be you. People like to know the people behind the blog (again- Grace- amazing)
- Instagram from the heart too. But acknowledge that if you’re a visual content producer, Instagram IS work, so with that in mind stick to some guidelines that you set yourself. Be on brand and write a list about what each picture should be about and look like. Have a consistent editing style and consistent content.
- See Instagram as a micro blogging platform; it could well be the future of blogging anyway. Have you noticed how the new sponsored posts work?
- Give advice, be real, support others. Show your followers love.
- That in an increasingly digital world, it’s good to actually make things with your hands, to give your brain a chance to operate different neural pathways. Analogue still has a huge role to play. (Thanks Anthony!)
Taking a break
I did in fact follow Grace’s advice and ended up airing my fears in a big way to some blogging friends at the evening do- Pintacular. Those conversations along with the other inspiration and ideas from the conference have left my head whirling with ideas and inspiration. We feel like we need a bit of time to process it all and figure out how we’re going to take the blog forwards. Couple that with feeling pretty exhausted after all the prep for the conference and we’ve decided to take a short blogging break. Maybe 1 week, maybe 3, just some time to recalibrate, be, and plan. I may pop in with a few very quick posts related to published interiors pieces (trying to stick to my promise of blogging the houses whilst their out in the mags so you can read more about them if you wish) but otherwise… a breather.
We hope you’ll stick with us.
Hannah + Davina
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