1 November 2015 was the day that I attended my very first blogger event.
Hosted by The City Girls who are headed up by Holly-Lucy (who blogs over at Teaandblush.com) and Siobhan (rockandroses.co.uk) and held at Rain Bar in Manchester, it was great fun and I was pleased to be invited. Sidenote – I had a roast at Rain Bar a few weeks ago and if you’re after a quality three meat sunday lunch with all the trimmings at a reasonable price you should definitely give it a try.
There was a raffle to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society, a cause close to the hearts of The City Girls. We managed to raise over a hundred pounds in the end and lots of the bloggers (myself included) went home with prizes kindly donated by various companies. For my part, I’m already enjoying the Bee Good hamper I won (I’ll let you know how I get on using it soon!) We also heard how we can get involved with the charity from becoming a Dementia Friend to volunteering as a befriender. I implore everyone who reads my blog to get involved with volunteering which can take as much (or as little) time as you have to give. Dementia Friends training can be completed in just 45 minutes – even during your lunch hour at work!
Stalls included Voss Water, Look Fantastic, Twig and Dot candles (we all voted for our favourite Christmas Scent, you should try their hand poured candles to fill your house with the smell of the festive season) to name but a few- lots of reviews to come as I work my way through the goodies I picked up to try!
After a couple of years of blogging it was really good to finally experience the proper social side of it; meeting some of the lovely ladies who write the blogs I enjoy reading (it’s always nice to put a face to the name). Some bloggers already knew each other and now I will too next time and I’m pleased to report that everyone was so lovely and welcoming, which had been a personal worry of mine (having heard that some circles could be a little like the popular girls table, cue “On Wednesdays we wear pink.“). I hadn’t really known what to expect but there were no brands lecturing for ages about products that they don’t really care about and it was easy going meaning that it was a fun day with people enjoying the products and getting to know the people behind them. One of the things I most enjoyed was hearing about why other bloggers do what we do and the products they enjoy using.
Recently, it’s fair to say I’d become a little disillusioned with blogging. Feeling like I wasn’t and never could be part of a clique and that what I was writing wasn’t good enough or regular enough or focussed enough. The event helped me see that the important thing is to love your blog and love blogging. Like anything, a good blog takes a lot of work and a little TLC and realising that is all part of the learning process.
For those regular readers, my plan is to become more focussed and keep you busy with posts reviewing,ranting and everything in between on a regular basis and become more social – so leave me comments, email me, do whatever and I promise to return the favour.
So, we drank iced tea (Virtue Strawberry and Peach is the thing dreams are made of) and ate delicious truffles made by The City Girls’ very own Siobhan (I still need to get in touch for that recipe!), we relaxed at the craft table and took a load off, we got to know each other and all in all had a fabulous afternoon.
The day was spectacular and special thanks must go to the hardworking organisers who pulled off a cracking event!
And until the next time I see all the lovely bloggers I met, I have plenty of new products to try out.