The object was to hold the world’s first blogging festival and – as I’m sure all of the fellow attendees will agree – it was a runaway success.
Set at Aldenham Country Park in Elstree, BlogStock catered for bloggers from all persuasions: travel, foodie, fashion, lifestyle and beyond. The range of talks, debates, workshops and smaller, interactive tipi sessions reflected this variety of interests.
|The festival grounds; photobomb supplied by Simon.|
As a travel blogger, I was excited to attend talks by Contiki and significant writers in the industry. Two of my favourite sessions were Julie Falconer’s (A Lady in London) talk on alternative strategies for monetising a blog, as well as Mark and Alex Richards’ guide to writing consistent, quality content.
I’d been to travel conferences before, but the festival setting made everything feel a lot less formal and much more relaxed. For me, a person guilty of getting restless after hours in a generic brightly lit conference venue, BlogStock presented the ideal form of learning.
|(Perfect) hair model: Kirsten.|
|Ocean and I get glammed up at the Beauty and Fashion tent.|
When we weren’t soaking up knowledge, we lounged in lawn chairs, took part in fun competitions at the Generator Hostels fun fair, or attended workshops such as wine tasting. Both evenings involved a party, and most of us camped on site for the duration of BlogStock.
Over the course of those two days, I got to meet new bloggers from all over the world, spend time with travel blogger friends and get some fresh inspiration for this blogging adventure of mine.
|Ayla has a go at the fun fair.|
|Lonely Planet photo booth fun with the travel ladies.|
BlogStock was the first of its kind but I know, with 100% certainty, that I’ll be keen to experience it all over again in 2015.
A huge thank you goes out to Michael, Paul and Ruth for pulling off another awesome event – and for making sure that everything carried on going even when the rain made its appearance!
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