‘But I don’t even blog at the moment!’
That was my first thought when I received the email announcing that the Blogtacular 2018 tickets were on sale. For the last two years, I had snapped up my ticket on launch day, but it was now the end of 2017 and I was having all sorts of wobbles, which I shared on the blog.
My craft room was sitting largely unused and each day I was becoming more aware that the blog was unloved. In hindsight, it all seems a bit silly, but at the time I was finding myself with a lot of thinking time, as I sat cuddling a snoozing baby! So should I really be attending a blogging conference if I wasn’t even blogging at the moment? Surely by going I’d just be a massive fraud? Would I find it useful, or would it just serve as another reminder that I wasn’t really getting much spare time?
After many reassuring conversations with Mr Makes, I realised that Blogtacular was just the spark I needed to get back my creativity and get going again with the blog. The conference was still 6 months away, which would give me time to not only start writing again (hopefully) but also a chance to properly think about the next steps for Em Makes and Bakes (which were not just quick decisions made at 3am in the morning!).
Since taking the plunge and buying my ticket, I’ve been thinking about the things I’m most looking forward to. Networking is a huge part of the conference, and I can’t wait to catch-up with bloggers and creatives that I’ve met over the past couple of years. It’s fair to say though that I perhaps focused a little too much on the chatting last year, and completely overlooked things like the Creative Genius Bar. This year, I’m going to try and make the most of that during the breaks and not just stuff my face with cake and chat.
The main sessions are always the things that I find spark my creativity the most, and I’ll often come away with a notebook crammed full of ideas. If I’m able to do that again this year, it will be a huge win! The speakers at Blogtacular are fantastic, and this year’s line-up looks like another good one! I’m most looking forward to attending Greta Solomon’s session (I loved her writing workshop last year) and the closing keynote from Anthony Burrill, one of my favourite artists at the moment.
As Harper is still so little, I’ll have to make some sacrifices this year, namely a full weekend away in London. Luckily, I live close enough that I’ll be able to travel down on the day for the main conference, and hopefully attend any daytime fringe events too! Since becoming a Mum, ‘me time’ has become super-valuable, and so I’m determined to make the most of every single minute of the conference, and get as much value as I can. As the event gets closer, I’m already excited about what I’m sure will be a fantastic few days. Blogtacular 2018, I’m sure you’ll be the best one yet.
If you’re thinking of attending Blogtacular and want to find out more, I’d recommend these blog posts:
Colour, Creativity, and Community at Blogtacular 2017 (Holchester.com)
Blogtacular 2017: The Year of the Creative Tribe (Em Makes and Bakes)
Being a Creative Blogger: Why You Need Blogtacular in Your Life (Anna International)