Blogtacular, if you’re not already aware is an annual event held in London aimed at creative bloggers and small creative businesses. Even if you haven’t got a creative bone in your body (you have – Blogtacular will help you find it!) it is a fantastic event for any blogger whether you are an old hand, new to blogging or are just thinking about starting a blog.
I’m relatively new to blogging (technically, I started 3-4 years ago but I was very haphazard.) I decided in March to really up my blogging game, improve my writing and just learn something new and fun. I’d vaguely heard of Blogtacular having followed Kat Goldin for a couple of years (I’m a fan of her crochet book). So, when I started looking at blogging events, Blogtacular seemed a really good fit. There’s so much I could tell you about the whole event – it was one of the best conferences I’ve been to and definitely the best one for making new contacts (bloggers are a super friendly bunch of people!) Here are my top takeaways:
On generating new ideas, Kirsty Smith had this to say:
“You can’t use up creativity, the more you use the more you have.”
I couldn’t agree more with this. I’ve been working on the whole “thinking time” thing but have gotten a bit lax in making that time recently. Even 10 minutes a day is achievable for most people.
“Write down all ideas, even the rubbish ones.” Phil and I are now doing our own “ideas meetings” in the evening to generate new content whether blog posts, photo ideas or even business ideas. I have been doing solo brain storming sessions (if you can brainstorm on your own?!) so have found this quite easy but Phil is still in the mind set that the idea needs to be fully formed before it gets written down – it doesn’t!
“You don’t have to be brilliant, just get started.” It’s always the getting started that is hard. It’s easy to over analyse: “It’s been done before”, “I’m not good at writing”, “They’re better than me”. We all need to take a more Richard Branson attitude of “Screw it, let’s do it!” and get on with it.
Maya Angelou is an excellent source for empowering and creative quotes. At least three speakers referenced her. In case you’re wondering, she was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Even if you haven’t heard of her (I admit, I hadn’t!), you’ve probably heard some of her quotes including:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
If you want to read more about Maya Angelou, the official website is here.
Lisa Congdon was the opening keynote speaker and spoke from the heart on the crippling self doubt that we all suffer from. She talked about suffering from a vunerability hangover:
When you do or say something that makes us think “Holy shit, why did I say that.”
I think we can all relate to that, but it’s down to overthinking and not accepting who you are as a person. Another great quote:
“You’re not alone in feeling insecure about how you look, your work etc… No matter how perfect or how skilled we appear to others, we focus on our imperfections.”
Wabi Sabi – embrace imperfection!
My final takeaways are from the Laura Jane Williams writing workshop “How to make your writing pop off the screen and grab peoples attention.” (I’ve actually got more takeaways from the Pinterest workshop – but that’s a whole blog post in itself!)
The key thing to remember with writing is that:
Nobody cares! Write for yourself and find you voice when no one is listening.”
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See you there next year!