Blogtacular 2018

June 2018 was the 5th Blogtacular & the third one I’ve attended.

Each event I’ve been to, I’ve taken away something different. Whether it’s amazing new ideas, advice on how to improve my writing/design/social media presence/take better photos or make new contacts, I’ve never felt short changed.

The Food

This year was my first as a vegan (it was too warm to wear my “Vegan – Spoiling Family Gatherings Since 2018” sweatshirt) but I need not have worried. From tasty vegan chocolate coated flapjacks for snacks to the unbelievable lunch. The chef cooked mine to order (yes, I felt super special!) and came out and told what everything contained.

After the delicious lunch, came dessert. Everyone else had chocolate mousse, and well vegan desserts a generally a bit poor – I was expecting a bit of sliced fruit. When out came the most delicious warm carrot cake with a raspberry coulis. Well my eyes nearly popped out of my head!

The People

I don’t know where to start with all the people that go to Blogtacular. The attendees, the speakers, the team that work really hard to make the event work & the stall holders. They’re just so LOVELY. Yes, it’s cliched, but it’s true. Everyone I met was so friendly & chatty. I consider myself an ambivert – depending on the circumstances I move between intro & extroversion. The introvert is super strong when I’m outside my comfort zone, making it a struggle to strike up conversations in new situations or with people I don’t know (I’m sure many people can relate!) But there’s just something about the people that go to Blogtacular (& maybe it’s the atmosphere & build up on social media before the event) that my introvert self calms down a little bit, smiles a bit more & chats a bit more. And you know what, it feels a comfortable place to be. There are positive vibes a plenty.

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The Keynotes

The opening keynote speaker was Tiffany Han (you can find her podcast here). Her talk was the kick up the behind I needed to hear:

Get out of your comfort zone

  1. Show up regularly (whether it’s doing a daily challenge on insta or doing your own thing)
  2. Be willing to be uncomfortable & start preaching
  3. Stay connected to what your believe in & keep saying what you want to say
  4. Finesse your touch points to give an amazing experience (this legitimises your brand)
  5. Good editing
  6. Easily digestible
  7. Mobile optimised

How do you stand out?

  1. What are people not talking about but should be?
  2. What is the idea that no one has done yet? What is it that you really want to do & when are you going to do it?
  3. How much truth are you willing to share? Tell stories & let people into your life

The closing keynote speech was by Anthony Burrill. This was a really interesting insight into what inspires him and how his career path has changed over the years.

Sadly, there’s no Blogtacular conference next year.  Maybe by 2020, I’ll actually have a more established blog & be ready & raring to take it to the next level!

4 thoughts on “Blogtacular 2018

  1. Tracy says:

    Sounds like you had a great time and I am so going to make raspberry coulis with my next carrot cake! Ooh, imagine a cream cheese frosting middle, too!

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