On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June, I attended Blogtacular, a conference ‘for people who create vibrant and original content to discuss their work, fill their minds with new ideas and to collaborate with fellow bloggers.’
The two days were really inspiring and I returned to Oxford full of ideas. I’ll admit to initially feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the information, but after a few days of reflection and discussion, I began to feel excited about the road ahead.
I thought I’d post a few of the inspirational quotes and mantras shared during the Saturday conference. Many of the ideas could be applied to blogging, business or even life in general, so I hope you find them useful. I certainly intend to refer back to this post on the more challenging days!
‘One of the joyful things about getting older is you care less and less and accept yourself more and more.’
Lisa Congdon, artist, illustrator, author and keynote speaker spoke openly about her insecurities and how she’s adapting her life following a burnout. I was interested in learning about the vulnerability hangover, something that can arise when we share our ideas and creativity online. After all it can occasionally feel a little terrifying putting our life and thoughts out there.
Lisa also spoke about Brené Brown who has spent the last thirteen years studying vulnerability (if you haven’t seen her talk why your critics aren’t the ones who count I can thoroughly recommend it). She said we all have something we’re ashamed or embarrassed about but by opening our hearts and sharing our story we can make heartwarming connections with others. Lisa ended her keynote with what she called the third life metric and posted a few mantras that are helping her to live more intentionally.
I move my body every day.
If the answer isn’t “HELL YES,” I say no.
I attempt to approach everything as a beginner.
I am creating space for relationships.
I am embracing my imperfections.
These simple mantras really resonated with me because finding routine and balance in my freelance work has been a challenge. It was a good reminder to nurture relationships, approach each day with curiosity and wonder and most of all say no to the projects that don’t excite me. Oh, and make time to regularly walk and swim!
LIVE IT, LOVE IT, BLOG IT
Following Lisa’s keynote, I attended some motivating talks and I even managed to squeeze in a couple of mentoring sessions with Allison Sadler and Pinterest UK. Here are just a few of the notes I jotted down.
A blogging business is about balance.
Define your brand and goals and understand the wider industry.
Be adaptable and know your worth.
Kristabel Plummer, Blogger of I Want You To Know
Be passionate about your subject, keep learning and follow influencers.
Write short and sharp headlines integrating Google search keywords.
Treat your blog like an interview – first impressions count.
Ella Williamson, Television Presenter and Blogger of Gadget Girl Ella
and Andrew Trotman, Head of News at Microsoft
The role of the writer is to engage the reader in their own creativity.
All content needs to add value.
Writing is actually re-writing.
Sentences are like bottoms – all shapes, sizes and weights are welcomed.
Laura Jane Williams, Author and Blogger of Superlatively Rude
Define and focus on what you want to build.
Have a process to help you deal with change.
You don’t have to chase everything you see others doing.
Your time and energy are your most precious resources.
Enid Hwang, Community Manager at Pinterest
Blogtacular really was a remarkable couple of days. There was a lot of excitement and it was fabulous to meet so many people off the internet! I plan to post a little about the photowalk I led on Friday with Kristabel Plummer very soon. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.