Last weekend I attended the third Annual Bloggers Bash in London. The Bash means an awful lot to me – I have been to every single one and have previously been the lucky recipient of the Services to Blogging, Inspirational Blogger and Best Overall awards, and I credit this event with giving me the confidence to take blogging seriously as a viable career path. This year, I was asked to give a presentation and be on a panel, which was an enormous honour.
This year the event was truly international, with people attending from the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada and there had been over 6,500 votes cast for its coveted awards. It was held at the Grange Wellington Hotel in Westminster’s Vincent Square. The Bloke and I got an early train in the morning and we were very graciously checked into our hotel room almost immediately at the Euston Premier Inn which gave us the opportunity to finish getting ready (although, I managed to get the majority of my hair and make-up done on the train to the apparent amusement of a man sitting a few seats away). We arrived at the Bash venue early (after having an accidental detour due to my awful map reading skills) and went straight up to visit my long-term bloggy friend Elena Peters, who had stayed there the night before.
As always, to write about all of the events of the day would be a 5,000 word post, so here are my highlights…
That initial excitement of seeing old bloggy friends – there’s now a core group of them that I know quite well – I’ve stayed at their houses, sent them Christmas and birthday cards, met them for coffee etc, so to see them again is always a huge excitement of hugs and squeals. However, there’s always a certain point where I am still a little freaked out – they already know what I am up to because of my blog posts so when they asked me questions about wedding prep or places I have recently visited I have to stop myself from asking “How did you know about that?” in response, having to remind myself that I put my life online for people to read.
Helping myself to Elena’s complimentary toiletries from her room. They were nice toiletries!
Introducing The Bloke. He goes off into the city with his camera while I am at the Bash usually and everyone always asks me where he is, so this time I asked him to stay for a little while so he could meet all the people that I have been talking about for years in person. I found it quite amusing that some would come over to say hello and then turn to him and say “So, you must be The Bloke then!”
The cake. Man, I LURVE THE CAKE, and Geoffle and Ritu had done an epic job of making an enormous selection of lovely pieces of yumminess that were displayed at the back of the room. Wedding dress diet? What wedding dress diet? I didn’t want to be rude and so made it my duty to try most of them.
Taking stupid pics of myself behind Lucy’s head without her knowledge.
Graeme and I doing our interviews together. It seems to have happened that in every Bash, Graeme and I have always ended up being in the same group, and this year was no different – we did our video interview with Hugh and podcast interview with Susie Lindau together. And ate cake. Well, I did at least.
Meeting people in person for the first time that I have spoken to at various points online for years. I grabbed Susie as soon as she walked in and then Eloise De Sousa as we passed each other in the room, and Allie Potts when she sat in front of me with the ever lovely Helen. I then got the chance to meet people who are in my Facebook group, which I found immensely exciting.
As always, the look on Shelley’s face when she received her award. She still remains as the smiliest person that I have ever met.
Lucy’s (‘Lucy Mitchell – Blonde Write More‘) contributions on the microphone.
Meeting Donna again after having lunch with her in Birmingham earlier in the year…
Giving my presentation on Monetising Your Blog and assisting Elena with her Pinterest presentation (she made me write notes on Flip Chart paper). My former years of teaching helped in two ways – I could project my voice without having to use the mic (I hate hearing my own voice) and I could write on the board in a straight line. Boom – I felt so nervous that nausea almost took over, but I loved it. I also loved the conversations that developed from it with numerous bloggers afterwards, particularly Lance, Sheila and Noelle and the potential for future projects.
Sacha and the committee doing their MC skills on the microphone. I am anticipating that Geoff will step it up a gear and deliver a performance of a Dizzy Rascal song next year to get the party started – he was a natural!
Matt admitting that he had taken a taxi to the event instead of making the EIGHT MINUTE walk from the station. Clearly a man after my own heart.
My Huge Hugh Hug…
Being a little too honest about my tweeting habits and admitting that I tweet from the toilet. Consequently, my Twitter notifications were immediately filled with messages and pictures from people whenever they went to the loo (yes, I’m looking at you – Matt, Shelley and Elena in particular). It’s a blog post just waiting to be written – ‘I Tweet on the Toilet and I’m Not Ashamed…‘ Stay tuned for that one!
This Snapchat filter of Hugh and Geoffle… I think that it’s a look that they should consider adopting for next year!
A truly fabulous day, and it was all over far too quickly, with all the credit going to Sacha and the committee of Hugh, Ali and Geoff for their wonderful organisational skills… The event was over six hours long and there’s never enough time – it felt like five minutes had passed by the time came to leave and I still hadn’t had the opportunity to speak to everyone that I wanted to… Julie, Sue, Marjorie, Mary, Sherri – I’m grabbing you all first next time!
And the fun didn’t stop afterwards – Donna and her husband Sam, The Bloke and I and Elena went for a meal at the restaurant where the first Bloggers Bash partly took place years before!
The date for the next year has already been set for 9th June 2018, and I’m already looking forward to it!
Want to know the award recipients? Here’s a list of all of the winners, including the winner of the writing competition!
I’ve missed out a bajillion links, so here’s a comprehensive list of everyone that attended.
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Great event. I have missing a microphone!
You need to carry one around with you at all times. Or one of those megaphone things
Oooooh birthday gift!!
Thanks for sharing this! My dream is to be able to attend someday. I love all of your blogs and it is so cool to see you all togeather and being as fun as you seem thru the virtual world. Much love to everyone 🙂
It would be so great to see you there!
Brilliant recap Suzie! It was an all round wonderful day!! And I’m glad you liked the cakes!!!
Thanks lovely! I need the recipe for that pecan maple nut thingy one
That was delish… one of Geoffles ones!!!
Ooh yummy! I loved that Nutella one too!
That is very simple! Will post it soon!
It was brilliant!
I’m dead envious… next year! 🙂
Yes! 9th June!
It’s in my calendar already! How’s things Suzie?
Pretty good thanks! How about you?
Pretty good thanks, lots going on as usual.
Sounds like a fantastic day was had by all of you. I wondered if your presentation was recordred Suzie so that those of us that didn’t make it could listen. 🙂
Thanks lovely! I was going to write my main points down on a post as a few people have asked for copies of it
Great! I look forward to reading that 🙂
it was awesome; you were awesome and yours and Elena’s talks spot on, thanks so much for making it go so well.
Thanks so much Geoffle – get learning that Dizzy Rascal for next year!
Coughs…. tara… nope not quite…
It was an inspirational blogger I listened to and met. The day was a time of fun and exchanging idea’s, but mostly a time to meet and connect, make wonderful friends and celebrate their wins. Nice to meet you and listen to Suzie speaks.
Thanks so much Ellen! I absolutely loved your reaction to your win – congrats!
What the gobsmacked chicken with goldfish lips. I do thank you I learned a lot from you but it is hard to impliment when you are not technically aware. But I am working on it.
Just take your time with it – it’s all a learning process. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck!
Thank you have a great day.
Ha ha, brilliant highlights from a memorable day!! I’m still smiling 😃 (and it was Matt who led me astray! Honest 😉😜🚽) xxx
Yeah, any excuse… You know I’m totally blaming you Wilson!
I hope one day I get an ambiguous nickname because I know I’d be amused every sinlge day.
What would be the sort of nickname you would want to have?
I imagine always being introduced as That Guy
Haha! I love that…
Ark at me clutching my handbag! Was great to finally meet you.
And any walks over 3 minutes are taxi-worthy, just looking after my dividend in Uber shares!
Hahaha! I thought you looked very fetching with your handbag!
Ever think how strange it is that you know a person, really know them, before you ever meet them? Or, at least, you’ve been inside their head and sometimes the blogs tell you so much? It’s fascinating. Anyway, it sounds like it was a fantastic day.
I still find it reall surreal – I’ve met a few of them a handful of times in person and yet I feel like I know them really well. I think a lot of the blogs that I read are written by people who tell their life stories, so it’s a little easier to get to know them
Colour me jealous.
xxx Masssive Hugs xxx
I think I already did this – however, what I said was that I enjoyed this post – everyone looked so happy and the photographs were great. Sadly one of the drawbacks ( and there are a few) to living in outback Australia is the tyranny of distance. Great post, great photographs, thank you.
Thanks so much Edgar – I can’t see any previous comment so perhaps this one was the only one that worked?
Lovely post Susie. Particularly amused by the bit about you tweeting on the toilet! Lol… that was asking for trouble! Yes, we must chat more next time. I think we did have a brief few words by the cakes… as you do. Those cakes were extraordinarily good – what did Ritu and Geoff put in them? Secret recipe I reckon. See you next time, feel free to grab me – I missed chatting to the bloke too – will he be coming next time?
Hi lovely! I think that was where the majority of the conversation happened – by the cakes! Sorry you missed The Bloke – I’m sure that he will be making an appearance next year!
Great post Suzie.. and I will be spending the weekend titivating my Pinterest.. thanks for the presentation. X Sally
Thanks lovely – let me know how you get on with it!
Sounds ace. Hopefully, I’ll join you next year!
That would be so great!
I don’t know which sounded better, the event or the cakes!
Both were awesome haha!
It was a wonderful day, and great to meet you 🤗💝
And you lovely!
Ohhhh! It looks like so much fun! I loved seeing photos of so many of my blogger pals and also hearing more about the event. Thanks for the updates from where I am in Canada, Suzie 🙂
Thanks lovely – so pleased you liked the updates!
Sounds like an amazing day, I’ll hopefully be there next year 😁 😁
Ooooh that would be brilliant!
It really was a fab day! And your presentation was inspirational… you have achieved so much through your blog, and you and Elena have certainly given me lots of ideas for simplifying my life while maximising my blog potential over the next couple of years while I am at uni, so thank you for that. See you next year!
Thanks so much Ali! I was disappointed that I didn’t get much chance to talk to you – it always goes so quickly! Good luck at uni!
Yes it does! It flies by. We’ll catch up next time, with a bit of luck. 😊
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I learned a lot during this wonderful day, not least how to monetise my blog. Thank you for all your suggestions. With so many years of training experience, with Suzie’s advice, I feel that I cannot fail to earn some pocket money.
Thanks so much for the reblog!
OMG this event looks amazing ❤ xx
It really is! One of the highlights of my year!
Hi Suzie! What a wonderful day you described. I really must make it to the bash next year. Loved the pictures!
That would be brilliant!
It seems like you had an amazing wonderful post!
Thank you – had a brilliant time!
Aww Suzie…you better grab me first lol! It was wonderful to see you again, but next time I’m not letting you out of my sight!! Such a wonderful day, and I particularly wanted to thank you so much for your wonderful presentation. You made me feel a lot better about my blog and the way I constantly worry about trying to ‘keep up’. As you know, I’ve really struggled for a while now, since last summer really, but I’ve always been so humbled and moved by the amazing support from my blogging community who still take the time to read my posts and comment even when, as recently, I didn’t blog for almost 3 monts. When you talked about ‘likes’ and comments and the numbers of followers in relation to engagement, I felt I could breathe a little easier because I am so very grateful for those who do still read. But I do hope to get better… As for your twittering on the toilet, I don’t use twitter much – another stress, arrrghh! – but now at least when I think of it, I smile 😉 Thanks again Suzie..can’t wait to see you next year! ❤
There was so much stuff I wanted to ask you about but it felt like we never had a chance hahaha! It as lovely to see you, however fleetingly…
Me too! Next year Suzie, next year… 🙂 xx
I’m still giggling at your Toilet tweets admission ! 😂
I’m totally going to do a post about it!
You have to!!!
I hope I can make it next year! It looks like you guys had a blast.
That would be brilliant!
Would love to attend one day, especially as there is cake! X
You totally should – the cake was amazing too!
Looks like it was such a fun day! And lovely to see photos of people I recognise from their blogs all having a great time together. Hope I can make it to the next one!
Me too – it would be lovely to see you there!
I am so excited to come to this next year! I’ve found that many bloggers share my own anxieties about mingling with new people so it’s great to have a group of peeps that you feel like you already know – even if only in a virtual world 🙂
And who doesn’t tweet from the loo? It’s the only chance i get at work 😀
THANK YOU! Everyone tweets from the loo! Looking forward to seeing you there next year!
It was a great recap. It was neat last Saturday to be online in our Facebook group when the first awards were presented. I am very jealous you met people in our Facebook group – it sounds terrific.
I always love it! It was so nice to put a real face to the posts…
I had no idea Duncan made an appearance. Where was I? Probably, being ordered around by Sacha? 🤔 😀
As always, it was so lovely to see you, Suzie. Thank you so much for your contributions towards the day. Your presentation was excellent and got everyone in the room talking.
Hopefully, next year, I’ll have some time to actually sit down and have a drink with you? Let’s hope so. In fact, I’m gonna make it happen.
Huge Hugh hugs 🤗
He was in the bar and then the registration bit for a while but I think he got a bit overwhelmed with the amount of people so he left haha! I’m going to do things differently next time so I get chance to properly see you all
Looks like so much fun! Thanks for the recap.
It must be a Grand event, I have never been there but your post describe it all.
It’s a brilliant day!
This looks like so much fun! Maybe some day I can come to one of these. Thanks for sharing your fun time with all of us!
It would be so good to see you there Lisa!
Thanks, Suzie! I’m putting it on my bucketlist!
Ah man….I wish I wasn’t an ocean away and could attend this! I was hoping someone would post pictures so thank you so much for posting! All of you guys (I feel like I’m making so many new friends!) should come to the U.S. someday for a blogging bash!!! Again, thank you for posting the pictures! You rock!!!
So pleased you liked it! Its Annual so hopefully one year you’ll be able to join us!
I would love to! Need to start saving my pennies now!
What a great event! So fun to meet our online friends in person!
Oh my gosh yes – it’s such a weird experience but it’s always fun!
Sounds like a fab time was had by all. Can’t wait to get there next time and meet everyone. Great to read for those of us unable to make it, thanks so much!!
It would be so great to meet you in person Deb!
You just never know!!
Clearly, I’m still way behind, but slowly catching up on a few Bash related posts… Some great memories there, Susie. And it does fly by, doesn’t it? Do you think we should have mini Midlands Bash to keep us going between now and next June?
Hahaha! I don’t think I could cope with the organisation! A pint however…
Perhaps you’re right – something a little less formal! I’m up for rounding up the troops – just need to find a suitable place to meet!
Was that a “haha, you’re having a laugh, aren’t you?”, or “Aha! What a great idea!”?
I’ll get on to it then… Maybe for September or October
I’ll be busy in October but sept should be good!
Really? Is there something happening in October?
Hmmm… Well, aside from the wedding not much… 😜
A wedding? Someone’s getting married? I hope you’ve tried to talk them out of such a reckless act…
Yeah… Tell you what, if I knew then what I know now… Beach, bar, done.
Maybe next time….
Hahahaha! There won’t be a next time… I’ll just live in sin 😜
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.
Get yourself over here next year Austin!
Well, if I ever got nominated I’d consider it…
If that was you ‘nervous’, I bet you were a force to be reckoned with as a teacher. I couldn’t tell at all. Thank you so much for your presentation. I took copious notes as I figure there may just yet be a test one day. It was great to meet you!
Thanks so much lovely (and please forgive the late reply) – it’s such a shame that I didn’t get more chance to talk to you!
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Wow! I just found this post through Hugh’s flipboard! Thanks for including me! Love the photos. It was so much fun to finally meet you!
Always welcome lovely! I spotted you as soon as you walked in – you looked just like your pictures!
Thank you. I thought it would help to wear the hat. Ha!
Haha! it worked!