I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since the #ldnbloggersparty, time flies so quickly and whilst I’d hoped to organise another event on the same scale (or bigger) ever since, a number of things have meant that this hasn’t been possible. Finding a venue, to packaging up an enormous amount of goodie bags seemed rather simple last time, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – but starting from scratch is a daunting prospect and I’ve mainly been brainstorming until now. Before I started planning anything however, I wanted to reach out and see who would be interested in coming along – since I know there are plenty of blogging events reaching out to the community – and perhaps meet-up/networking events are a thing of the past?
Images from the #ldnbloggersparty
My plan – idealistically – is to have a very casual meet up in London late August/early September, held in a central venue and open to all (although invitations and RSVPs will be sent so we know how many to expect). I know last time, the majority of you enjoyed the fact it was kept casual and informal – without any speeches to interrupt the chatter, however I also can appreciate that if you’re coming all the way over to an event – you want to leave with something new under your belt.
So, to team the two together and get the best of both worlds – I will have a number of select brands available on the day, to chat too – give little talks (if you want to listen – rather than the whole venue going quiet) and opportunities to introduce yourself and start forging a relationship between yourself, your blog and the brands. Again, it will be very casual, informal – with cupcakes, lots of photo opportunities, cocktails and chatter. But on a big scale. A mini #bloggersfestival if you like. And with a little ticket free ‘bloggers raffle’ which everyone can get involved in and win prizes for – by the power of tweeting.
Provisionally, I’d say the weekend of the 6th September (daytime) – for bloggers of all ages and all topics. A chance to dress up, say hello and blog live from London. I’d also love to get some SEO experts to come along and chat to us about how to market ourselves commercially. Although blogging isn’t about making money first and foremost – it is always interesting (from my perspective anyway) to hear how you can deal in-house with advertising, rather than giving a large fee to an agency.
Register your interest in the #bloggersfestival below by leaving your blog URL, email (if you’d like) and your name. Places will be limited, but free of charge and there will be lots of new goodies to try as I’ve got several exciting brands I’m in talks with already. If you’re unsure of what to expect, read all about my previous event here. If there’s enough interest, I will start organising and keeping you updated right away.