On Day 2 of #100DaysNoTV I joined other bloggers from across East Anglia for an event in central Cambridge. It was the first event of its kind in Cambridge for local bloggers.
When Rob and I were planning our #100DaysNoTV project, I can honestly say I never expected to be invited to attend a blogger event, and certainly not this early on my blogging journey. I felt very fortunate to receive an invitation to this special occasion and didn’t hesitate to accept.
The inaugural #CambMeetUp was held in a private room within Revolution Cambridge, a popular bar and restaurant in the centre of the city. The event began with a complimentary mocktail – I chose a Strawberry Nojito – and a bit of mingling.
Now, I have to admit, I don’t find it easy to walk into a room full of people I’ve never met before and strike up a conversation. So, there were a few nerves at the start but I was quickly put at ease by the lovely Aley Estock, of The Alley, who came straight over to chat.
Fortunately there were a few familiar faces: Michelle Harrison who blogs for Ely company, Sookio; Jo Christy of StirUpMedia and, her alter ego, Miss Sue Flay; and Claire Wilson, the lovely lady behind Claireabellemakes.
So, after a bit of conversation we were welcomed to the event by Pippa Artus, of Clashing Time, the lady who had orchestrated the whole occasion. Pippa then introduced Imogen and Julie from Cision UK who told us a bit about how bloggers can connect with brands and be more PR friendly. Next to speak was Neal from Local Secrets (did you know they started in Cambridge, and are now nationwide?) who told us how we could get involved and write articles for them – I have one in mind . . . 😉
Following the presentations, I had a nice chat with Rich from Sniffy Wiffy. This Cambridge company make beauty and grooming products with labels that feature a handy reminder of how to self-check for signs of breast and testicular cancer.
There was great diversity within the group: some were newbies like me, others had been blogging for several years; the ages ranged across several decades; and a whole variety of blogging styles and topics were represented.
From chatting to the other bloggers it became clear just how important blogging is to them. For many it’s a way of life. I can see it becoming that way for me too.
#CambMeetUp was a well thought out and fun event. As someone who used to organise and run events, I can appreciate the hard work that Pippa had put in to get us all together. Pippa had arranged some amazing sponsors and contributors who filled a tote bag – provided by The Blogger Programme – with some incredible products for us.
As the early evening arrived and the event was wrapping up, plans for a future meetup were already being discussed. I for one will look forward to meeting up with this group again.
This event really opened my eyes to the notion of a local blogging community – I heard others comment that they also hadn’t met many local bloggers before – and I’m starting to feel less alone on this journey.
Bye for now!