This is rather a self-indulgent post as I re-live the Bloggers Bash. I can’t believe it’s already a week since I was in London meeting up with bloggers, some of whom I met last year, some of whom I only knew online and others whose blogs were new to me.
Here I am with two of the organisers, Geoff le Pard and Ali Isaac
The Bash, now in its third year, is organised by Sacha Black and her minions, Geoff le Pard, Hugh Roberts and Ali Isaac. This year, as well as the presentation of blogging awards in a wide range of categories, the day included presentations and a panel debate – as well as much hugging, socialising, eating cake and a huge amount of chatter and laughter.
Sally Cronin and I have shared many virtual hugs so it was lovely to meet her and enjoy a real hug at the Bash. Here she is with author and blogger Noelle Granger from the USA
I experienced my usual ‘country bumpkin goes to the big city wobble’ a couple of days before. What if I was left sitting in a corner all by myself? What if I got lost and never made it to the Bash? I dread getting lost in London by jumping on the wrong train on the underground (Glasgow’s underground is so simple. It goes round in a circle so if you miss your stop you sit tight until it comes round again – there’s none of this changing to join other lines) or taking a wrong turning because often I confuse my left with my right.
Willow and Ruth in the front row with Ellen, who won the inaugural short story competition, sitting behind with Shelley who was second in the Inspirational Blogger category
Anyway, armed with numerous bits of paper with step by step instructions I made it from Euston to Victoria – paying for the tube ticket with a contactless debit card made life easier than queuing. At Victoria I had a bit of a panic when I couldn’t find the exit named on one of my bits of paper – neither could three rail staff. As I approached three police officers coming out of their office, they backed off in a very unfriendly manner. Two of them vanished but I trapped the third between me and a wall as I brandished bits of paper and asked where the particular exit was. He demanded to know where I was going which, at first, I thought was none of his business really but realised when I reluctantly told him that he then knew in which direction to send me.I checked into my overnight accommodation and did a recce with my instructions to find the venue so I’d know where I was going and how long it would take. It was a nice evening so I didn’t mind that I’d walked an extra two miles because I missed a turning. Nice young man in reception looked confused when I asked if this was the venue for tomorrow’s Bloggers Bash. His colleague informed me it was the venue for an International Bloggers Conference.
Elena, Bash orgnaiser Sacha and Ellen – sorry I practically decapitated you but the smiles are great.
Jessica Norrie and I actually met on the way and introduced ourselves and then we were there being offered welcome hugs by Hugh. Any worries about not finding people to talk to me vanished: despite the fact that the majority of us are complete introverts and usually run a mile from large gatherings the buzz bloggers generate when they get together is quite incredible.
Sherri, Marjorie and Sally
The awards, for which there were 6,561 votes this year, were announced at intervals during the day – for a full list of winners see Sacha’s blog here.
The presentations by Suzie on how to make money from your blog and Elena on Pinterest were fascinating. Elena made it all sound so easy for a few giddy moments I was convinced I’d reactivate my Pinterest account as soon as I came home. Hmm! A lively debate took place with the panel of Suzie, Elena and Christoph Fischer.
Adam Dixon and Christoph Fischer in earnest conversation
Ritu, Steve, both of whom I met last year and Sue. I’ve followed Sue’s wonderful blog for at least two years – and she follows my Goldfish blog – so I was delighted to actually meet her in real life this year.
Thanks to Sally Cronin for sharing this photo of Marjorie, Sherri and me
Another of Sally’s photos showing Willow, Ritu, Sue and Noelle.
Check out the blogs of those who attended (apologies if I missed any) and see what an extraordinary range of topics people blog about.
Ritu – But I Smile Anyway
Shelley – Shelley Wilson
Jessica – Jessica Norrie
Willow – Willowdot21
Graeme – Graeme Cumming Dot Net
Rebecca – If Only I Could Read Faster
Marje – M J Mallon Author (Kyrosmagica)
Lucy – BlondeWriteMore
Sheila – SC Skillman
Noelle – SaylingAway
Sherrie – A View From My Summerhouse
Allie – Allie Potts Writes
Helen – Journey To Ambeth
Mary – My Dad Is A Goldfish
Christoph – Writer Christoph Fischer
Eloise – E. De Sousa
Julie – Julie Lawford
Steve – Sun In Gemini
Alex – Alex Raphael
Ellen – Ellenbest24
Elena – Elena Peters
Davy – Inside The Mind Of Davy D
Lance – Lance Greenfield
Sally – Smorgasbord – Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Icy – Icy Sedgwick
Matt – The Gay Stepdad
Susie – Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride
Adam – Adam Dixon Fiction
Lucia – Rereading Jane Eyre
Alexina – BOOKSTORMER
Ruth – Image & Word
Melanie – Melanie Roussel
Sue – Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo
Suzie – Suzie Speaks
Jo – My Chestnut Reading Tree
Donna – Jot to Jot
Sacha – Sacha Black
Geoff – TanGental
Ali – Ali Isaac Storyteller
Hugh – Hugh’s Views And News
If you are interested in attending next year’s Bash put the date in your diary now – June 09, 2018 and I think you can sign up on Sacha’s blog to receive email notifications regarding the Bash.