When two of my favourite online friends, the inspirational and driven Kats, (Goldin and Molesworth) announced that they were organising a conference for creative bloggers, I knew that it would be amazing. I booked my Blogtacular place as soon as the tickets came out last year, when my littlest was but a tiny babe. It has felt like a long time coming, with anticipation running high, but yesterday, I finally stepped through the doors of the Royal Institution, ready for a whole day of inspiration and fun.
It was a whirlwind, excitement-filled day. I met in person bloggers that I had been reading about and chatting to for years, as well as a whole host of new and friendly faces. The programme was jam-packed with fascinating talks and brilliant practical workshops. I particularly loved the opportunity to have a go at hands-on styling with Ellie Tennant, discovering the secrets of the interiors magazines and plundering her toolkit and prop cupboard.
The highlight of my day was the photo walk with the astoundingly talented Xanthe Berkeley. She led a collection of bloggers, trailing coloured balloons, on a walk around Mayfair. Clutching our phones and cameras, we learned to view the world in a new way, searching out pops of colour, rays of light, reflections and shadows. Ordinary London streets were transformed before our eyes into something altogether more magical. If you would like to see more photographs of the walk, you can see some in my Instagram feed, and check out #blogtacularphotowalk for the full set. Thank you, Xanthe, you are an absolute inspiration.
I’d like to blow a virtual kiss to sweet Sarah-Lou from Lapin Blu, who I’d been so looking forward to catching up with, to Hannah, my workshop buddy, and Davina, who have just launched their exciting collaboration, Seeds and Stitches and to Nina of Tabiboo and Steph of Curlew Country, who were just as warm in person as they seem on their blogs. I met so many lovely people, far too many to list: a big wave hello to absolutely all of you, it was such a pleasure to hang out!
Of all the many motivational words that I heard through the course of the day, it’s Natalie Lue‘s closing sentences that have stayed with me as I made my way home again:
Blogging, and sharing your creativity, challenges you to become the person you are meant to be. Your blog, and what you create, is an expression of who you are, your talent, and who you’re evolving into.
Your blog tells the world ‘I was here’.