I felt pretty lucky at 4.15pm on Saturday when I took my seat on the Secrets of the Editors panel in front of a sea of friendly faces in the Faraday Theatre at the Royal Institution – the awesome venue for Blogtacular 2014. Some people I’d known for years, some I’d only met minutes before, but there wasn’t a person I spoke to who wasn’t full of smiles, warmth and enthusiasm. It was the perfect place to pop my public speaking cherry!
I’ve been to blog conferences in the past where I’ve been left feeling completely frozen afterwards. So overwhelmed, so insecure about my own blog, so intimidated.
Not so with Blogtacular.
I was left buzzing. So many creative people, so many ideas, so many amazing things to think about and this time it was a buzz that got you excited and inspired rather than overawed. Bloggers old and new, big and small, all mingled, shared tips, enjoyed each other’s company. So many different ways of looking at the world and of translating it.
Maybe it was because I approached Blogtacular in a different way to other conferences. Instead of piling on the pressure to learn and ultimately “improve” my blog, I decided that I’d attend the sessions that I thought sounded interesting to me, even if they were not necessarily the most “useful” to me as a blogger. I also (pretty much) put away my notebook and pen and tried to just take it in. To listen and to really engage. And Blogtacular provided content that was really, really engaging.
Great content + inspiring people + a positive, supportive atmosphere = a damn good conference.
Roll on Blogtacular 2015.
P.S. If you couldn’t make the conference this year, you don’t have to miss out. A virtual version of the conference will be available soon – just sign up to the Blogtacular mailing list for the latest news.