My Take on The Bloggers Bash

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Well I’m back home after the second Bloggers Bash and it was a blast. Here I am sporting my tee-shirt. Loved the whole day and evening, it was so wonderful to see old faces (ha ha!) from last year: Esther Newton, Helen Jones at Journey To Ambeth,  Graeme Cumming, Hughs Views and NewsGeoff Le PardAli IsaacSacha Black,  Sherri Matthews BlogJulie Lawford, Lucy at Blonde Write MoreSuzie Speaks

This year I had a very nice chat with Geoff Le Pard which was a treat, he really is in his own words:’a big softy marshmallow.’ I’d just like to add that his beard looks a bit like candyfloss! It was also great to be able to meet up with : Judy, Judy Edwina Martin, Ritu at  But I Smile Anyway, and to discover some new blogging friends too: Emma Hello Emma Kay, Loretta Milan,at Literary Lightbox, Ursula at  Confessions of a Broccoli Addict, Ruth, Image and Word, Mary Smith, Mary Smith, Amanda Lyle, at Inside the life of Moi…. If I’ve missed anyone that I managed to talk to many apologies. You were all awesome, so friendly and nice. Here’s Hugh and Sherri having a hug!

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In the photo below from left to right: Christoph Fischer BooksHello Emma Kay, Me! and Simon Farnell at Universe of Possibility. Photo credit to Christoph Fischer.

Shame I didn’t get a chance to talk to Christoph and only spoke to Simon briefly.. perhaps next time.

I have a few regrets which are inevitable with these events:

  1. Not taking enough photos, I was too busy enjoying myself!
  2. I didn’t quite manage to talk to as many people as I would have liked to… sigh. Shall have to remedy this next time.
  3. There was a lot of cake but I only ate a few pieces…
  4. I forgot to sign the comments book.. oops. So here’s my on-line comment: It was brilliant, I enjoyed it so much, even more than last year if that’s possible! Thank you to the committee. Keep up the hard work, crack that whip Sacha! ! The idea of having a speaker was spot on, perhaps a little dancing next time?

We had a prebash at O’Neills which was arranged by Graeme, and then the bash itself and the post bash afterwards for those who were still there until the bitter end!

There were winners of Blogging awards in various categories: Sacha Black Winners of The Bloggers Bash 2016

It was great that a speaker came this year. Thanks to Luca, Growthketeer at  for his interesting talk on all things blogging.. and for showing me his amazing photography later on, so inspiring. It makes me want to rush out and buy a professional camera!

The blogging tips from his talk that linger in my mind are:

‘Drive your numbers,’ rather than the other way round. ‘Numbers are sexy’ – we are obsessed with stats but be in control, show those numbers who’s boss.

‘Help other people and be positive.’ The value of the content that you share on your blog is key.

‘Water, shelter, food, and WordPress!’ These are the four things that you need as a blogger!!!! But test other platforms to see which might suit your goals. Different social media tend to attract different followers – Instagram and snap chat tend to be popular with young people. Facebook is for us oldies.

‘Connect to your goals/aims.’

‘Activate as many sharing options,’ as you can on your blog.

During the discussion  Luca Sartoni was astonished to learn that people use the reblog option so much! Now he’s planning to convey this information to the powers that be so that they can make reblog even more snazzy… As well as this he touched upon the merits of the reblog option versus Press it… and his method of sharing others’ content via links, and twitter.

Keep a look out for Sacha’s detailed post about Luca’s talk soon. And keep the date in your diaries for next year’s bash June 10th 2017!

After all that excitement I hardly slept a wink last night, now I really need a coffee ….

Bye for now,

 

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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About Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Hi. Welcome to my blog, Kyrosmagica. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer in the process of finishing my first YA fantasy novel, set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on Net Galley and Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.
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59 Responses to My Take on The Bloggers Bash

  1. Icy Sedgwick says:

    It was lovely to meet you!

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  2. TanGental says:

    Oh Marje you’ve given away my secret!! Loved having the chance to talk to you too.

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  3. Reblogged this on graemecummingdotnet and commented:
    For those of you who didn’t make it to the Bloggers Bash, here’s the first of what are bound to be many posts on the subject. Obviously I couldn’t be bothered to write on, so I’ll just be sharing others…

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  4. wafflemethis says:

    What a great day it was Marje. And now back to reality. 🍻here’s to next year😊

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  5. Great post, Marje. I’m SO sorry I didn’t get to speak to you – it was a crazy day! Hopefully we can catch up properly next year 🙂

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  6. Jools says:

    Great post, and you captured the day perfectly. It was great to see you again too Marje, and I made the same mistake as you… I didn’t take ANY photos!! I think we can safely say, we were living in the moment, eh? Here’s to next year!

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Wasn’t it just great I was so pleased to meet everyone even though I didn’t know anyone. Though I knew a few by name. Roll on next year I will be braver xxx

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  8. livingincyn says:

    Marje! I saw you from the front of the room, and thought to myself, “Oh! I want to make sure I say high to Kyrosmagica” and never quite made it your way! Still, I was good to see the person behind the blogger’s curtain! I, too, should have taken more photos… Alas, I managed only to squeeze in some goodbye selfies. 😛 Looking forward to your posts!

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  9. Your comments and suggestions for the committee are noted, Marje. Thank you so much for coming along to the event and for also trying some of Geoff’s homemade cake. I agree, it was lovely, but I ate far too much of it.
    Glad I got a chance to briefly talk to you. That TeeShirt certainly suits you.
    See you on June 10th 2017.
    Hugh
    x

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  10. Ruth says:

    It was really lovely to meet you yesterday Marge 🙂

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  11. Ruth says:

    Oh no, sorry I didn’t spell your name right 😦

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  12. Sacha Black says:

    awesome write up Marje, I barely got to speak to you this year 😦

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    • Thanks Sacha. Yes shame we didn’t get an opportunity for a longer chat. Someone on FB suggested speed chatting, kind of like speed dating so that bloggers could get at least a few minutes with each blogger! Even that might not quite work if the BB gets too big!!

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  13. I’m soooo jealous I couldn’t be there! ❤ Thanks for sharing about it. 🙂

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  14. Nice post. Sounds like you defo had fun xxx

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  15. Looks like you had a lot of fun, Marje! So happy for you… I wish I was there… 🙂

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  16. Helen Jones says:

    It was a great day out! And lovely to see you too – I’m glad we got to catch up before the actual bash as well. I’m with you, a little bit of dancing would be good at next year’s bash 🙂

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  17. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for sharing some of the Bash goings ons and photos Marje. What a great time it must have been. 🙂

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  18. Annika Perry says:

    Great post about the Bash, Marje! So sad I couldn’t make it owing to family loss but this lovely summary goes a long way to filling me in on the day. It looked like you all had such fun meeting each other. I’m not surprised you were still bubbling with excitement come the evening…Thank you for sharing with us all, especially for those who couldn’t make it.

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  19. Aquileana says:

    What a wonderful experience… thanks so much for sharing this spotlight, as It is great to learn more about the Bash and how things turned out for you all!—- By the way, I love your pic, with the t-shirt! ❤ Sending best wishes. Aquileana 😉

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  20. Sherri says:

    Hi Marje! So sorry I didn’t get a chance to visit you as I said I would on Monday. I’ve had a turn around since Saturday, driving down to Lewes/Brighton to spend a few days with my boys and needed to get my Bloggers Bash post out which of course took me way longer than I hoped. I love your write up here, and yes, it was wonderful to at last get the chance to talk properly with you. I so enjoyed it. I still owe you that drink! I did look for you though! Next year, the first round is on me…and we are on the same wavelength as I just remembered at the very end to write in the guest book and suggested that music and dancing next year would be a great idea. We better start looking for our dancing shoes now! 😀

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  22. emkrobertson says:

    Great post for a great day!! It was lovely hanging out with you – hope we meet again. Thank you for the link too 🙂

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  23. It looked like so much fun, Marje 🙂 Watching the video was a blast. Perhaps someday….

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