The majority of us are nervous for our first ever blogger meetup but some of us still get a little hesitant for our third, fifth, tenth, thirtieth... I think we can all, however, agree that once you are there, your nerves quickly dissipate (great word). Honestly, it may be hard to believe if you have not yet attended an event, but every single person there is super friendly and welcoming.
One of the best things is that you have a common interest: blogging. It's amazing how in depth and passionate conversations about SEO and photography can get between bloggers. Everyone understands exactly what you're talking about and is genuinely interested unlike my lovely but technologically challenged mum who still has a black and white Nokia brick.
The location was a very Pinterest worthy room in Darcy's in Princes Square, Glasgow. I think most people were based in Glasgow however there were a few Edinburgh-ers like me and others spotted from around Scotland and it was great to see a mixture of cities brought together. One of my favourite things about this event was putting faces to blogs that I usually wouldn't meet at solely Edinburgh events!
The event included three speakers to whom I would like to give my admiration as speaking in front of so many people can be intimidating, especially when we are used to typing our opinions behind a screen! The bright and colourful Lynsay from Miss West End Girl and the always smiling Lis from Last Year's Girl gave us their insights into blogging. As a still fairly new blogger it was fantastic to hear from more experienced peers and both gave me a major boost of motivation and inspiration!
We also heard from Anne from SAMH (Scottish Assocation for Mental Health) as this was the chosen charity for the blogger fundraiser. The event raised a pretty fab £320 but if you'd like to further donate even a little, you can do so via Just Giving!
In addition to the speakers, the afternoon included a raffle for SAMH, a 'build your own goody bag' station by Briony from Yelp Glasgow (the lipbalm contains coconut oil so I'm in love) and some gorgeous temporary jewellery tattoos provided by Bare Baroque which you can see below!
As if that wasn't enough already (!!) we were treated to a goody bag in the form of a snazzy tote from The Blogger Programme filled with a variety of wonders from lots of lovely brands such as Manuka Doctor and Godiva Boutique. I have been testing some products since the event so look our for some product reviews coming soon(ish).
This has to have been one of my favourite blogger events so far. Thank you so much to Charlotte for organising an incredible meetup - I would have no idea where to begin for something as big as this! I would love to see more social meetups for bloggers in future - perhaps like Twitter chats but in real life!! Anyone want to take a lead on sorting that out ;)?
This event in particular has further boosted my confidence in social situations and as I'm moving to Aberdeen all by myself in just over two weeks (omgoodness) I am incredibly thankful!
Do you still get nervous for blogger events (or is that just me haha)?