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 year’s 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 interiors tips and some helpful travel recommendations. I can’t wait for next year’s agenda for Blogtacular.
Grace Bonney’s keynote speech at Blogtacular 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 bottle washer.
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. That’s the delightful outcome of blogtacular, there were like-minded people to share with.
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.