Key Benefits of Attending A Conference for Creatives

Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes (6)

This summer I had the chance to participate in a meeting of creative entrepreneurs and bloggers all around the UK. This was a very spontaneous and last minute decision which turned out to be a very inspirational and fun networking event. By that time ‘OK, But First Coffee’ was 1 month old and written in Russian only. I had wanted to meet UK bloggers for quite a long time so this was a perfect moment for me to do this.

Blogtacular is the place where bloggers come together for one day to share their experiences, get inspired  and have fun. This is the second conference organized by Kat Molesworth and Kat Goldin and I can’t wait to go there next year. Thanks Mollie Makers for the nice photographs and all the sponsors: Pinterest, Mail Chimp, Thomson, West Elm and others.

Kat and Kat by Piers MacDonald (Mollie Makes)

Kat and Kat by Piers MacDonald (Mollie Makes)

It all started with the keynote speech from Grace Bonney (Design Sponge), who shared her experience and ideas on overcoming fears we all sometimes have. I can’t express more how helpful it was for me personally at that time, when I started my new adventure – this blog. I spent a lot of time thinking about the idea ‘Ok, But First Coffee’, how I am going to go to coffee shops and ask for a permission to take photographs (scary!). Also what my family and friends would say and most importantly, how I’m going to do it all in English which is not my native language. As a result I was only writing in Russian, in my so-called ‘comfort zone’, but deep inside I was always thinking about starting to write in English. As Grace recommended, I have acknowledged that fear and talked to others at the conference about it. At the break I made a plan and here we are. It’s still very challenging, but I am learning a lot and that makes me happy.

Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes (229)

Grace Bonney by Piers MacDonald (Mollie Makes)

Next, I was very excited to be at the Marte Marie Forsberg workshop about creativity and inspiration. I am absolutely in love with her photographs and was very delighed to meet her personally. Her story about self-identification was somewhat very similar to mine and I guess to most of the people in the room. Not everyone knows what to do with their lives, so you just take a sheet of paper and write down everything you like or you think you would like to do and try it out.

“All the ideas are already out there, it’s just for us to download them” – M.M. Forsberg

I couldn’t agree more. I find myself from time to time trying to re-invent the wheel, but what I should do is to look around, pick up ideas and try to improve them. It applies to blogging or  website design for instance – you think you will create something extraordinary and spend lots of time on it while in reality it’s better to focus on content, networking and marketing.

Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes (283)

M.M. Forsberf by Piers MacDonald ( Mollie Makes)

One of the most important parts of the day was of course meeting new people during the breaks and at the after party at West Elm. I have never been in one room with so many creative people from all around the country and abroad. For some of them it was their second Blogtacular and it was interesting to learn about their experiences the year before. I also liked how we were exchanging opinions and ideas about each other’s projects and sharing personal experiences. And of course the fun part – exchanging business cards, which by the way I made last minute.

As it always happens, a week after Blogtacular I was full of motivation and ideas for ‘OK, But First Coffee’. Immediately after I got back home, I made a list of all the things to do for the blog and one of them was to attend more networking events just like this. Or perhaps to meet the bloggers I met for breakfast or lunch one day ∗

The Photo Booth

ok but first coffee blogtacular 2
ok but first coffee blogtacular 2015

More photos by Piers MacDonald ( Mollie Makes)

Elizabeth Muhmood Kane and Kristabel Plummer at Grow Your Audience Panel Discussion

Elizabeth Muhmood Kane and Kristabel Plummer at Grow Your Audience Panel

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Grace Booney, Allison Sadler, Leona Thrift-Ola and Benjamin Hole at Instagram Panel

Grace Booney, Allison Sadler, Leona Thrift-Ola and Benjamin Hole at Instagram Panel

Goodies

Goodies

 

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35 Comments

  1. 27.08.2015 / 11:28

    It was so lovely to meet you at Blogtacular! I think you have done an amazing job writing your first post in English. Hope to see you at another event soon x

    • Katya Jackson
      27.08.2015 / 12:30

      Hi Claire,

      thanks a lot!

      Was very nice meeting and talking to you at Blogtacular. Let’s go for a coffee when you are in London or I am in Cambridge 😉

      Katya

      • 27.08.2015 / 12:46

        Good idea! We have some nice coffee shops here in Cambridge too 🙂

    • Katya Jackson
      30.08.2015 / 14:36

      Hi Ela,

      meeting other blogger is always a good idea 🙂

    • Katya Jackson
      30.08.2015 / 14:36

      Hi Jade,

      thank you! Have a good day too

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  2. Kiki
    28.08.2015 / 23:35

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! This sounds like such a great places to meet and interact with other bloggers. Lovely post!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

    • Katya Jackson
      30.08.2015 / 14:41

      Hi Kiki, thank you!

      Are there similar events for bloggers where you based?

      I love you blog!
      Katya

  3. 29.08.2015 / 06:18

    It’s impressive that you are getting thoughts from this post as well as from our discussion made at this
    place.

    • Katya Jackson
      30.08.2015 / 14:44

      Thank you!

  4. 13.09.2015 / 13:55

    It was an interesting conference to attend. I have been to many blog conferences, but this year was my first Blogtacular, I loved listening to Grace x

    • Katya Jackson
      15.09.2015 / 21:40

      Please please share which ones are here in the UK 🙂 I would like to attend more!

  5. 13.09.2015 / 14:45

    This looks and sounds like a fantastic experience! I haven’t been to a conference before but I’d like to go to blogger one! 🙂 Lovely photos, too. Those pastries look yummy! xx

    • Katya Jackson
      15.09.2015 / 21:41

      Thank you Sarah,

      you should definitely go to one, it;s so much fun!

  6. 13.09.2015 / 15:21

    That looks amazing! I’ve never been to a social media event (blog or youtube) but seems like a great way of networking!
    I hope I can go to an event like that soon! 🙂

    • Katya Jackson
      15.09.2015 / 21:42

      Hi Anna,

      indeed, it’s a very good opportunity to meet new people 🙂

  7. 13.09.2015 / 16:53

    Great post! This looks like an amazing conference for bloggers. I think I’ll have to attend next year as I;m trying to attend more blogging events and be more sociable x

    • Katya Jackson
      15.09.2015 / 21:43

      See you next year at Blogtacular, Kerry. I’ve already bought my ticket.

  8. 13.09.2015 / 20:07

    I would love to go to more blogging conferences. I’ve been to Brit Mums 3 times now – Next year I will make an effort to go to many more. Blogtacular looks amazing & I love Kristabel 😀

    Thanks for sharing Hun
    Charlotte x

    • Katya Jackson
      17.09.2015 / 00:43

      I’ve heard about Brit Mums from different people recently! Sounds like a great event for mums. Will keep in mind when I have kids 🙂
      Thanks!

  9. 13.09.2015 / 23:08

    It sounds like you had a fantastic time and I have to agree with you it seems like a great way to meet other bloggers and to gain lots of knowledge! x

    • Katya Jackson
      17.09.2015 / 00:43

      Yes indeed, it’s good to leave a laptop for a while and meet others offline 🙂
      Thanks!

  10. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    14.09.2015 / 07:53

    I’ve never heard of Blogtacular before but it sounds like an amazing event. I’d love to attend a blog conference like that, I’ve only ever been to Britmums.

    • Katya Jackson
      17.09.2015 / 00:44

      I’m glad I’m spreading the news about blogging conferences 🙂 Blogtacular is really fun 🙂

  11. 14.09.2015 / 12:22

    I’m debating Blogtacular for next year, but it’s pricy for a one day event and I’m also waiting to see what happens with Britmums dates as at the moment they would be on the same equivalent weekend. I’m presuming Britmums are totally changing their dates, but I wouldn’t be able to do both so close together like they so often are.

    • Katya Jackson
      18.09.2015 / 00:26

      Hi Emma,

      I agree it’s a bit pricy, but it’s like an investment into network and blog development 🙂 I just closed my eyes and clicked ‘Buy’. And didn’t regret it.

      Im curious about Britmums, but I don’t have kids yet, so I think I’m not suitable fot this event yet.

  12. 14.09.2015 / 12:52

    great post. I have never been to this event but would love to in the future. I have been to Britmums and had a great time.Such a great way to meet other bloggers and learn new skills.

    • Katya Jackson
      18.09.2015 / 00:27

      Thanks Rachel. I absolutely agree, it’s a good way to meet other bloggers 😉

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  13. 16.09.2015 / 10:11

    Oh this looks like a fab event – I have never been to Blogtacular but have been to several other blog conferences, I love them! I feel so motivated afterwards. Kaz x

    • Katya Jackson
      18.09.2015 / 00:28

      Hi Kaz,

      what blog conferences you been too? I would love to attend more 🙂

      Thanks!

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