Monday, 3 April 2017

#LivBloggersIgnite Event - April 2017


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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!
Last but not least, Jenny gave us a couple of tips on getting those creative writing juices flowing, and the benefits of taking a couple of courses to not only learn new skills but meet new people too. Liverpool Girl Geeks is a fabulous local organisation that works with women and young girls in STEM subjects that put on some great courses I will be taking a look at!

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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, 





27 comments:

  1. Ahh I love this - thanks so much for blogging about the event and it's great to hear you found it useful :)

    Lovely to meet you,
    Ruth x

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    1. It was so lovely to meet you too! Hoping you do another event :D

      Sarah :)

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  2. Great Post...xx, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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  3. Oh some good tips and I agree with the point about networking, it really isn't as scary as everyone thinks it is x

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    1. It really isn't! And if all else fails, a bit of dutch courage can help!

      Sarah :)

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  4. Sounds like you had a great day & picked up some good tips too xx

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    1. Aw I did! Was so nice seeing some of my fave local blogger faces!

      Sarah :)

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  5. I've never been to a blog event! This sounds great! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. You should! Hands down one of the best things about blogging!

      Sarah :)

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  6. Ooh it sounds like it was a really great event xx

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    1. It was so much fun! Hoping there will be another!

      Sarah :)

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  7. Sounds like a really fun and informative event!

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    1. I learnt so many tips and tricks! Very worthwhile!

      Sarah :)

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  8. Looks like such a fun event! Xx

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    1. I had a ball! Was a great afternoon!

      Sarah :)

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  9. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! X

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    1. I really did! I love being able to attend events!

      Sarah :)

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  10. I love the look of 'Pud in a Mug' such a easy way to enjoy your favourite deserts!

    Dena | Dena Jayne | Bloglovin xo

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    1. Yes! I can't wait to try it, I am a mug cake fiend!

      Sarah :)

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  11. What a lovely event! I wish I lived in one of the big cities for events.

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    1. It does come in handy for them but so many people travel in too!

      Sarah :)

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  12. Looks like you had a lovely time! xx

    http://www.styleandsplurging.net

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    1. I did! It was a lovely afternoon :)

      Sarah :)

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  13. I'd have to say workshop events because I find them less awkward! Fabulous little write-up :) x
    Amy at Amy & More

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  14. Aww, it looks like a fab event. I'm sorry I missed it, I was away in Yorkshire.

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  15. It looks and sounds like you had a fab time! x

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