Tuesday, 6 October 2015

BLOGSTOCK




At the beginning of September me and April packed up my little Micra and headed to Blogstock at Borehamwood for a weekend of blogging delights. After hearing about last year’s event on Megans blog I was gutted I didn’t attend so entered Reeree Rockettes IG comp and was over the moon I won! Topping it off with winning VIP camping courtesy of Hertz! I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but it exceeded my expectations none the less.





After wrapping up and a quick walk around the campsite to find the toilets and showers (which felt amazing to wake up to in the morning) we were allowed into the main area. After signing in, orientating ourselves and grabbing some free Thai we spent a few minutes confirming our plans for the weekend (because making two list prior to arriving wasn’t enough for me). Starting the weekend of talks off with Lela was perfect. I felt inspired to write with more of my voice and branch out with different ideas. You can already tell I took advice on blog design from Becca and transformed it into a lot more fun (and hopefully easier to navigate). I’ve spent the previous fortnight redesigning and learning a very small amount of code which I am really quite proud of.




The first few hours or so really set the tone for the rest of the weekend- we had a blast! Once we had settled into our tipi provided by Hertz UK (which was seriously amazing and comfortable) I filled my Hertz cup with cola and we were ready to mingle.



My heart truly belonged to Affilinet and their endless supply of hot chocolate and herbal tea as it was FREEZING! As well as being friendly individuals they offered some fantastic advice for the future of Be A Goddess and I can’t wait to work with them more.






Although mainly organised with Travel Bloggers in mind- as plus size fashion bloggers me and April were clearly the niche of the weekend- I was shocked with how much I learnt coming away from the weekend. The only downside (which we couldn’t help but agree about) was the emphasis on making money from your blog all weekend. I am honest in saying I haven’t even earned £100 in the 4 years I’ve been blogging and wasn’t entirely bothered. But we felt the pressure in selling our souls a little bit- which prompted a very lovely conversation on the drive home about our blogging ethos (thank you for the tip) where we both decided to ignore pretty much all the financial advice we had been given-ha ha ha. It firmly placed where we held blogging in our lives (as a creative outlet surrounded my individuals with the same ideals) so even our least favourite part became a learning opportunity.




It’s hard to pick the most informative talk of the weekend (although the most alcohol fuels must have been the final debate and the “tweet for a drink” idea) but I especially liked Reeree’s peep talk on “Why blog at all?” and Maria's photography tips have already been put into use. I only wish the weekend ended a little warmer!


Jodie x

4 comments:

  1. Loved this post! What a fun and quirky weekend! I agree with you, the money/financial bit would have annoyed me! I don't make money off my blog whatsoever but that's not my goal. I do it for the fun of it and the community aspect it builds! It's so much more than money!! Ahh! Glad you gals still got a lot out of it and had fun! In a tent no less! Ahhh!

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  2. Awww it looks like so much fun! That pink voodoo vixen dress looks bloody lovely on you too! x

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  3. Girl! This sounds like it was so good for you. I'm glad you had the chance to go to this. I agree that blogging for me is less about the money and more about meeting people, talking about things we have in common, and just building a little community and some friendships in general. It's nice to talk not only fashion but even some deeper lady topics, particular because we do really have such a different perspective on the world because of our gender. Either way, glad you walked away learning some stuff! And a big heck yes to that pen with your name on it.

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  4. What an awesome event! I think it looks like it would be so fun and I agree the un-ending hot chocolate and tea would be the best. You are right blogging shouldn't be about the money as once that is all you focus on then it isn't fun anymore! :)

    Rebecca
    http://www.winnipegstyle.ca/Blog/default.cfm

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