I always get super exceed about blog events around Liverpool. Not only do I get to meet up with some of my favourite local favourite ladies, but when an event is literally on your doorstep, how can you say no? So when Ruth announced she was putting together a new kind of event in the heart of the city, I made sure to get my name on the list!
The afternoon was a wet one, but not to be deterred by the weather, I waded my way down to the venue, Roja Pinchos, which is a fabulous little Catalan-inspired tapas and cava joint on Berry Street that just teleported me back to my trip to Barcelona a few years back. Such a great atmosphere and who doesn’t love a cheeky cava on the door? They have a fabulous event space downstairs which as bloggers do, we totally took over, squealing as each face we knew appeared on the staircase. Because that’s just how bloggers react to other bloggers FYI.
After hellos, how are you’s and a couple of cava’s, the event got underway. What was so great about Ruth’s event was that it was more of a workshop, then a usual let’s all get-together, maybe meet a brand, and more often than not, knock back a couple of G & T’s. Don’t get me wrong, we did all of those things too, but most of the afternoon was spent in talks with industry professionals sharing tips, tricks and a few secrets to take our blogging game to the next level.
First up, Edward, with a few top tips for Wordpress (yes, I know I’m not on it yet!). He had some great suggestions for plugins that he uses on a day to day basis when building sites and blogs for clients. He gave some great advice on conserving server space, backing up our blogs, and keeping everything secure and safe. He also gave us some top tips for getting some Google loving which I can implement without having to switch to Wordpress - so cheers Ed!
Next up, Jurga, founder of North West high-end fashion magazine #Inspo. She gave us great insight into starting up her own magazine, the trials she faced and how she overcome them. She reiterated the importance of keeping one step ahead of what’s in and keeping yourself current and relevant to your target audience.
We took a break for lunch and headed upstairs to get some tapas! I went for a chicken, chorizo and curry mayo bruschetta which was delicious and I could have easily eaten about 5 of them without it even touching the sides! I had a fabulous time catching up with all my favourite ladies; Codie, Sam, Danielle, Jenny, Jess and Allie. We all had a great time catching up, swapping blogger tales and PR horror stories. Fun times!
After lunch, we headed back downstairs for our second to the last talk of the day. Jayne, co-founder of Liverpool's very own Future Boss Club gave us a fabulous talk on networking and how really, it isn’t anything more than how you’d have a chat with your taxi driver. You never know who you are going to meet and most people are generally happy to stop and have a chat with you. Sometimes you will get something out of it, a new contact or a new idea, sometimes you won’t, but there really is nothing to be scared of! Jaynes top tips for going to, enjoying and getting something from a networking event include;
- Turn up early
- If you can, look at the guest list before an event and know who you want to get talking to
- Plan some topics of conversation ahead of time, especially if you have a particular project you want to pitch in mind
- Be yourself - people want to get to know you, the real you, not some facade!
In all, the afternoon was a grey success, so well done Ruth! I had a fabulous time and would love to see more workshops like this popping up in the future! I think something, where we all bring our laptops along and maybe get a little group creativity going, could be a fabulous future edition!
Of course, there was a lovely goodie bag waiting at the end for us too, featuring treats from Solait by Superdrug, B, White Glo and Dr Oetker!
What kind of blog events do you prefer? Networking or workshops?
Until next time,