BlogConf 2015 in Bristol

BlogConf Bristol 2015

BlogConf is a wonderful blogging conference aimed at bloggers of all levels and genres. It’s a new conference on the UK scene, which held its first event in Swansea during October 2014. It’s second event took place last Saturday in Bristol at the Racks Bar & Kitchen. Tickets were £45, but early bird tickets were £35, if you were able to snag one (like I did). Tickets included the full day of talks, a pen with a custom notebook for the day, lunch, the option to stay afterwards to network, and a great little goody bag from their sponsors.

This was the first blogging conference I’ve ever attended and I was a little nervous about what I might get out of the day. I’ve only been on the blogging scene for about a year, but I think it’s time to start putting a lot more effort into this space to see where it could go. So, I thought I’d cough up the cash and see what BlogConf could offer. It turns out that BlogConf was exactly the kind of event I was looking for to get equal doses of valuable information and easy networking. The full day event was filled with wonderful information from a variety of speakers with plenty of time to chat and make new friends.

Lara Watson & Lottie Stoery at BlogConf

The Bristol event took place at Racks Bar in Clifton where the staff were helpful and conscious of the fact that our event space was right next to their bustling kitchen. We arrived just before 10am, settled into one of the tables and had time to introduces ourselves to our neighbours before the first talk. There was a slight mix up with the first speaker and we were unable to have the full talk on monetizing blogs, but this didn’t put a damper on the day as it was absolutely chalk full of valuable information.

Danny T at BlogConf 2015

The Speakers

The speakers at BlogConf all had their own form of wisdom to share and style of presentation. One talk included exercises for us to do among ourselves, one was a kind of Q&A session, one had live demos, and others shared personal experiences of bloggers to help newcomers and veteran bloggers alike connect with the realities of blogging. There was range of personal and professional expertise for all us attendees to benefit from. And we did! Between each speaker we all feverishly talked about the great and interesting facts we had just learned. My little BlogConf book was a burst with notes by the end of the day.

Our talks included:

Joe Stutter – How to Improve Your Online Presence for Success

Lara Watson & Lottie Storey from Mollie Makes – Freelancing & Magazines

Danny T – Photography

Gemma M & Mel Peck from Trunki – Working with Brands

Will Guyatt from Instagram – PR & Social Media

Olivia Wellings – Vlogging

Sophie Bolton – My Blogging Story

Will Guyatt at BlogConf 2015

By the end of the day, I was completely knackered but feeling highly motivated. I was happy that I’d bought a ticket (which had completely sold out!) and committed my Saturday to BlogConf. I’m sure I’ll be able to revisit my notes again and again for guidance and inspiration.

Throughout the day BlogConf ran a competition for activity on their social media pages. I would have spent a portion of my day tweeting and instagraming interesting moments anyway, but I made an extra effort with the running competition. I was very pleasantly surprised at the end of the day when I actually won! That never happens to me! As a prize I was given a lovely gift box from Lush which I’m over the moon with as I’ve been dying to try some of their products!

Lush Box Prize at BlogConf 2015

One of the best aspects of the day was all of the amazing people I connected with. They made the day so much more enjoyable and added a lot to the experience. I met a bunch of new bloggers and business owners that were simply inspiring to talk to. I hope to have made a few new friends that I’ll be able to see regularly in Bristol!

Goody bag from BlogConf Bristol 2015

BlogConf moves around the country for its events, and the next one is already scheduled to take place in Glasgow. For more information, or to get involved as a speaker or sponsor, take a look at their website. I would highly recommend BlogConf to anyone who is looking to get their blog off of the ground and connect with like minded bloggers.

If you have any questions about my experience at BlogConf, please feel free to comment or email me!

Do you know of any other great blogging conferences or networking events? I’d love to know.

Hearts and blogger power,

Colette xx

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Black Heart Creatives Jewellery Workshop

Black Heart Creatives Workshop

Calling all big sparkly heart lovers! On February 12th, I attended a fabulous little workshop by Black Heart Creatives, hosted at The Crazy Fox cafe in Bristol. I’ve never tried my hand at jewellery making, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it would probably be a very straight forward “how to” on the basics and we’d all end up walking out with the exact same set of Valentine’s themed heart earrings and matching single pendant necklace. Well, I should have known better considering that Black Heart Creatives was at the helm of this workshop.

BH Creatives Workshop

The Business

Black Heart Creatives is a custom, statement laser cut acrylic jewellery brand. Founder, designer, and jewellery maker Charlotte is an amazing spirit. She’s all personality and sass, with a strong sense of her brand and industry. It’s no surprise that her labour of love has quickly become a recognized contender among independent brands providing affordable, unique, and custom acrylic jewellery. I was totally in love with her fun, open, straight-talking nature. And a quick look at her website shows you her pieces are too-die-for if you love bright, bold, and chunky jewellery.

Black Heart Creatives Jewellery Workshop

The Venue

Entering the inviting Crazy Fox cafe, I skipped over the idea of an evening coffee or tea and grabbed a cider. And in typical Colette fashion, I bought a delicious veggie panini only to find I was the only one eating. Not too surprising as I’m ALWAYS eating! Anyway, luckily someone else showed up a bit peckish and ordered a tasty looking bagel to level the snacking field a little. The Crazy Fox is an independent coffee bar. Their staff were really sweet and helpful. The cafe itself had a nice vibe, and I can’t wait to revisit for a coffee. I’ve been waiting for a cafe like this to appear around Broadmead, especially after my old favourite one closed down.

Custom Jewellery Workshop

Custom Acrylic Jewellery Black Heart Creatives

 The Workshop

Lovely Charlotte brought pre-cut acrylic hearts and arrows in various colours and everything we needed to create our own bespoke earrings and necklaces. Her wealth of knowledge helped us create pieces that represented our individual flair within the two hour workshop. The atmosphere was very relaxed as we chatted away, balancing racy conversation and polite compliments. I had so much fun vibe-ing with these women and finding a different outlet for my creativity.

Acrylic Jewellery Workshop

I was very happy with the way my necklace turned out. I wore it on Valentine’s day and I’m sure I’ll find many more reasons to don my sparkly hearts and arrows. Using the skills I gained, I should even be able to fix a few broken pieces of jewellery at home. Black Heart Creatives plan to keep the workshops going, and I definitely recommend hitting one up. So stayed tune to their twitter, or events page for an opportunity near you. This workshop was £16. But there’s no reason to wait, you can buy your own custom piece or one of their fabulously kitch designs on their website.

Colette's Custom Jewellery Black Heart Creatives

I’d love to know if you’ve attended any workshops lately? Or maybe you make your own jewellery too? I love independent brands and creatives of all types, so I’d be really keen to hear all about it!

Hearts and sparkles,

Colette xx