Well hello friends. I’m sorry for going quiet for a while there. I really hadn’t anticipated just how much Blogtacular would knock me out.
Having had a lot of time to think about it here are some of my thoughts and photos from the weekend…
1 People are Great
Properly, unbelievably great. It is quite something to have friends who turn out to make your dreams come true and I am lucky enough to have very special friends.
Amanda has been an absolute rock and is the most organised person you could ever hope to meet. Amy, Sarah and Claudia all gave up their Saturday and ran Blogtacular cheerfully and efficiently – it just could not have happened without their efforts.
There are so many other people who weighed in in different ways to support Blogtacular. I do feel that it goes beyond wanting to see Kat and I succeed and is more about wanting Blogtacular to be in the world which is exactly how we feel.
2 If You Want It, You Need To Work For It
So many of our speakers touched on this sentiment and it is so true.
As a recovering rescue fantasist myself I know it is all too easy to fall into the idea that somehow if you wait long enough it will come right. No. If you want something you have to make it happen and work damn hard in the face of rejection to get there.
There were many times in the year leading up to Blogtacular when I felt like I couldn’t give any more or that we would have to admit defeat. But we kept going; fuelled by belief and redoubling our efforts every time it went awry. I don’t see the first event as the culmination of our efforts, more of a first milestone along the way.
3 In Person Is Powerful
The internet has opened up the world to me, I have found some of the most important people in my life through online life. Those connections became strong because we took our online relationships and spent time together face to face.
I sometimes wonder if any of this would have happened if I had not demanded Kat come to visit me when she was at a wedding nearby. That afternoon certainly changed the direction of our relationship.
Blogtacular was that afternoon on a grand scale. I have never been at an event where I felt such warmth and eagerness to connect. Even if I didn’t manage to exchange a single business card I made connections with people I’ve met online and it was transformative.
As Lara Watson, Editor of Mollie Makes, tweeted:
This is what it’s about: meeting other engaged people, shaping the way we experience great content. Such a creative atmosphere.
So, so true and the power of being in a room with so many supportive, creative and joyful people will be with me for a long time.
4 Book a Massage
I was in agony afterwards! I am not underestimating how bad it could have been had I not been working out beforehand.
At one point we were planning on renting an apartment but in the end we went with a hotel and that was such a great decision. Being looked after when you’re so focussed on a task is really necessary. Whether it’s your partner taking care of the home front so your mind doesn’t wander or having food brought to your room while you have a team meeting it keeps you on task.
Huge thanks to The Portman for giving us a great deal, upgrading us to a business suite and for keeping the food coming. It definitely made all the difference!
5 People Won’t Know Your Potential Unless You Show Them
This was a piece of wisdom from Joy. Read it again and let it sink in. And then figure out how you can show off that potential.
I’m hoping I’ve managed to demonstrate mine.