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An Idea: Birmingham Blogger Conference/Meet-up

The Concept

I have an idea that has been bubbling away in the back of mind for quite some time. The idea is simply to organise a gathering of amazing, inspiring Bloggers to talk, discuss, share and inspire. I want it to fall somewhere between a conference Β and a meet-up. I don’t want it to be as formal conference but I want to have a little more structure than a meet-up with some speakers or a workshop maybe. I want it to be hosted in Birmingham as it is relatively central and has great transport links thus making it a little more accessible to more Bloggers. Plus, it’s near me (I need at least one perk, right?).

I want it to be unique. I want it to be an experience. An experience that Bloggers will cherish. But also an experience where they can learn and grow.

Why?

I have been to a few Blogger conferences and have learnt a lot from them. But the formality of the setting made it quite difficult to strike up conversations and meet new people. However, when I have met up with Bloggers at an informal meet-up or even one-to-one, I have had a brilliant time and made new friends. I want an event where I can do both.

How?

I will start scouting out an ideal venue and seeking out potential folk who might like to share their knowledge and inspire us. I will then put together a plan and start inviting all your awesome Bloggers to come along.

Costs?

I find it a little off-putting that some Blogger workshops and conferences are so expensive to attend. Many of us are blogging for free or for very little. To fork out huge amounts of money to learn more might be a good career move if you want to be a professional Blogger, but I think there needs to be an affordable option for the rest.

I want to find a way to host this event on a fair budget. I’m not in it to make a gazillion pounds. I want to give something back to the Blogging Community.

Next step?

As I am just at the planning stage I want to gauge what kind of interest there is. So I have put together a little survey to get a rough overview of what you might think so I can organise the best I can. If you can spare a moment to fill in that would be rad.

And please do share on twitter, facebook, google+, etc.

The more feedback I get at this stage the better!

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  1. Lady you’re in the wrong city!
    Hope it really takes off and you go global πŸ˜‰ or at least countrywide haha!

  2. Sounds brilliant, would love to be there if I can make it. Was thinking recently how I haven’t been to a blog event for about 2 years and I really miss networking in this area. Would be fun to meet you finally in person and a few others I admire as well as make some new friends. Just done the survey now!

    Thanks!! x

  3. Would definitely love to meet some people who share the same interests close to home!
    Pick up some tips and tricks etc x

  4. I’d get the train to Birmingham for this definitely – though I think perhaps, you should have a ‘what you expect to pay’ question and a ‘what you’re willing to pay’ option. What I expect to pay is often not what I’m willing to pay as a maximum unfortunately (like a lot of things) so the price would be a factor for me, especially if I’m buying train tickets.

    I love this idea though definitely, and I would try and base this on what you would want from a blogging meet up – try and keep it as honest as possible, cover the negative sides of blogging and how to deal with it (competition, comparison, expectations vs reality etc…) as well as all the good things. A lot of this information is available on the internet that you’ve mentioned in your survey, but not your personal experience, make it personal and people will want to learn from both you and the people you will have involved.

    I hope this helps, I’m looking forward to seeing where you go with it πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Rhianne! Those are some really good points. I totally agree that personal experiences and personality will make a great event. I’m all about the honest approach. πŸ™‚
      x

  5. I put “no” to Birmingham but I’ve answered all the other questions so I hope it helps with content.
    I’d love to see more events in Manchester or even Preston or Lancaster.

  6. I love this idea! Its often hard to find great meet up opportunities for bloggers to get together, such a lovely idea! πŸ™‚ I’ll keep a beady eye out for more info. If you need a helping hand at all, do just shout πŸ˜€ x

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