As I sat on the train on my way to Blogtacular, I took a quiet five minutes to take a look through my notes from last year’s event. I’d been very methodical and reviewed notes from the sessions, adding action points. It was suddenly very clear to me that much of my success this past year has been down to ideas sparked at Blogtacular 14 and wrapped up, in part, into my year plan I made in September. A very good way to start the event, I began to wonder what inspiration I would get this year and how it will help grow my business.
I was rooming again with my good friend Vicki, who is also one of my very favourite crochet designers and bloggers and, heck, people!
Meeting up with her is always lots of fun and having a chance to catch up and have a little industry gossip as well as news of her lovely family is always a treat.
The speakers at Blogtacular are very carefully chosen and were wonderful and inspiring again. My stand out talks this year were the opening keynote from Grace Bonney of Design Sponge about embracing change which inspired me and The Bare Bones of Photography by Kat Molesworth which taught me so much.
This year there seemed to be more to do outside of the talks too (and more time to do it in) I made a necklace, sent a letter to my future self and pitched to brands, got advice on styling at the creative genius bar as well as taking time out to chat to other attendees and sit and have a quiet crochet.
The goody bags were so awesome and bursting at the seams I can’t even show you it all so here are my very favourite bits…
…but we were also spoilt with books, magazines, cards and sweets from sponsors.
We finished the day with a lovely craft party sponsored by Pinterest and held at the beautiful West Elm store. A lovely chance to mingle and try out a few different crafts.
So what did I take away from this conference? I am not sure yet. But you can bet that I will take the time to digest all I learnt and make action points from my notes because that is where the real value comes in.
Thanks so much to the Blogtacular team and their wonderful sponsors for hosting such a great event. And I was able to make a little tribute to you all out of more of my lovely goodies…