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    Blogging panel at Book to the Future 2018 at University of Birmingham

    brumbloggersRounding off a week off, I headed over to the University of Birmingham for a couple of sessions as part of their Book to the Future festival.  The festival is an annual event with a range of workshops, panels, performances and author talks celebrating literary expressions.

    The final session of the Friday night was a panel discussion around blogging, Instagram, social media and influencers.  With a combined following of well over one million, the panel was made up of Alice Liveing, Hannah Witton and Emma Conway (aka Brummy Mummy Of 2), and hosted by Brum Blogger and influencer in her own right, Ting of The Ting Thing.

    Unsurprisingly it was full booked and I managed to bag a space at the front, before heading out to meet up with some other bloggers.  One of the things mentioned in the discussion was the importance of community, about fostering relationship with other bloggers and attending gatherings.  It’s one of the things I like most about blogging in Birmingham, that people are so supportive of each other and as well as being there to hear from Alice, Emma and Hannah, a lot of us were also there to support Ting.

    As Hannah Witton rightly pointed out, I was scribbling notes because I find I always listen better when I do and I wanted to share some of the insights for people who didn’t manage to bag a spot on the fully-booked talk.  There were a few similar themes which cropped, the importance of authenticity, of community and being a woman online.  Having been to many blogging talks before, it was refreshing to listen to what felt like more of a chat between four bloggers who had both similar and not so similar experiences. Alice, Emma, Hannah and Ting were sincere about their advice and experience, particularly that some of it is about putting in the hard work, but also not knocking being in the right place at the right time and not discounting the privilege and benefits that come from being conventionally attractive.

    I particularly enjoyed the conversations around authenticity. It’s a conversation I hear a lot and it has started to lose a little of its meaning.  But I liked that the panel talked about being yourself online, but not having to give away your whole self, whether that be things you just won’t talk about or reclaiming some of your time for other things – be it switching off at a certain time of an evening, or having things you do away from the online world.

    I said I’ve been to a lot of blogging talks, and I have, but this was one of my favourites for the flow of the conversation between the panelists, Ting’s great questions and the topics covered, many of which I had wished bigger bloggers would mention.  I wrote up my notes here, if anyone is interested in reading them – they’re just bulletpoints, but hopefully useful.

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    Blogmas 2016

    I’ve decided to do Blogmas this year!

    Well, kinda, I’m doing my version of Blogmas.  For those of you who don’t know, Blogmas is a thing where bloggers, or vloggers (aka vlogmas) try and blog/vlog every day in the run up to Christmas.  I’m not really sure why, but there’s loads of things like Blogtober and Blog Every Day in May and I think bloggers just like a challenge.

    But, knowing how long it takes to blog for me on my main blog, I figured I’d do a type of Blogmas, but make it more about gift giving…or rather comment giving.  You see, I always like it when people leave comments on my blog posts, and I’ve been finding that it happens less and less these days, although I know people are still reading.  So this time I’ve decided that for every day in the run up to Christmas, I’m going to post a comment on at least one blog post I read that day.  I guess it’s more like Blog-advent.  It’s simple, it takes a couple of minutes and hopefully it’ll make people smile, the way it does me, when they notice someone has posted.

    I’m expecting I’ll mainly post on fellow Brum Blogger posts, but that’s not a rule of my Blogmas challenge, any post I fancy counts but it has to be a blog…and unlike my advent calendar chocolate, I can’t save up the comments and blast a bunch in a day.

    To keep me accountable, I’ve made up a quick image (using a creative commons image from Dineshraj Goomany), and will be linking back to the posts below.  Now that I probably will do in batches!

    Day 01 – Jess from Jess & Josh Cook explain why she/they are doing blogmas

    Day 02 – Jamie explains how to make an amazing sounding Nutella hot chocolate

    Day 03 – Rebecca’s experience at the Festive Gift Fair 2016 at the NEC

    Day 04 – getting some inspiration for 29 ‘to-dos’ before you go on holiday

    Day 05 – checking out the five types of gin you might not know on Sally’s blog

    Day 06 – reading about Elizabeth’s wedding dress shopping, because pretty dresses

    Day 07embracing festive books and snacks because it mentions Nightmare Before Christmas

    Day 08 – a really honest post about how to keep going when it feels like life is against you

    Day 09Bullet Journal Christmas planning at Delightful Planner

    Day 10 – Poppybead Creative’s year in photography

    Day 11 – how Iman from And Then She Said organises her spices

    Day 12 – Reading about Becky’s experience at the Blog at the Beach event hosted by Ice Lolly

     

    Day 13 – Rosalilium’s November self-care favourites – an idea I adore!

    Day 14 – Tashpantz’s CLC World competition

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    Day 16 – Charlotte’s vlogmas day 15

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    Day 18 – Sam from Thoughts on Tombs’ Series that went downhill

    Day 19 – Kirsty’s five star books of 2016

    more soon…