Last weekend I attended Blogtacular,
which is an annual UK blogging conference that brings bloggers together to
network, share knowledge and be inspired through talks and workshops. This
years keynote speaker was the lovely Grace Bonney of DesignSponge
fame, who’s a blog hero of mine. There were a host of inspiring and practical
workshops and I met some truly wonderful and extraordinary people. I’m
especially grateful to Monica Stott of thetravelhack.com
for her super helpful talk about her life as a travel blogger and finally I met
Igor of happyinteriorblog.com who’s
been a tweet buddy since way back sharing travel tips. I can’t wait for next year’s agenda for
Grace Bonney’s keynote speech really got me thinking though, about at all
the hats we have to wear and how we define ourselves. Especially in this fast
paced crazy social media world that bloggers often orbit in. She focused on embracing
change and facing your fears. I’ve
managed and coached people through change and it’s easy to feel all at sea.
It’s equally easy to feel like the mountain is too high to climb when you’re
wearing too many hats; interior designer, freelancer, blogger, writer,
photographer, creative director, tutor, wife, mother, dog walker, stylist, web
builder, relationship manager, lead generator, administrator, financial
controller…. And lets not forgot the often left off the list cook, cleaner and
No mountain is insurmountable and there are only three main steps that
people who embrace change and climb the mountain actually do.
Even us bloggers/freelancers/creatives can do this. In small easy steps, every day, this means we can actually make it happen. Whatever “happen” means to you. It’s just plan, prepare, execute. Simple right?
It sounds and feels very planned and
that’s because it is. I know creatives generally
retreat to safer organic or luck based philosophies. However it takes work and dedication and focus
in the right direction (FORWARD folks) to make it happen. And it’s perfectly all right and in fact expected
to make mistakes or wrong turns on the way. But the best advice I heard all day was
from Grace Bonney which was, to tell people about it, essentially talk.
When you share in person it feels easier, lighter, possible. Don’t hide behind your screen/device.
Now I’m going to stop talking like a
self help/business manual and say that Blogtacular has made me think, made me reassess. And that it is no bad thing and for that I am grateful.
Official photography by Piers MacDonald courtesy of Blogtacular and Mollie Makes.