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.
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!
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.
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
- Show up regularly (whether it’s doing a daily challenge on insta or doing your own thing)
- Be willing to be uncomfortable & start preaching
- Stay connected to what your believe in & keep saying what you want to say
- Finesse your touch points to give an amazing experience (this legitimises your brand)
- Good editing
- Easily digestible
- Mobile optimised
How do you stand out?
- What are people not talking about but should be?
- 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?
- 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!