It’s been a whole two weeks since Blogtacular, a weekend of colour and creative inspiration. I’ve really enjoyed the previous two events, and this year was no different. It was wonderful catching up with old friends and finally meeting all of those lovely people that I chat to online. Blogtacular is the event where you often find yourself walking up to people and feeling like you already know them because you follow them on Instagram.
Truth be told, in the past two weeks I haven’t really done much apart from think about stuff a lot, which I’ve come to learn is my standard approach to digesting everything post-conference. This post is my attempt at pulling all of those thoughts together and sharing the top 5 things that I’ve learnt.Copyright: Will Ireland and Blogtacular
1. Just be you
This seemed to be a theme throughout the day, and was mentioned in both the Tiffany Han keynote and Dominique Davis’ photo session. It’s all too easy to compare ourselves to others, and while there is no harm in seeking inspiration from others, you need to remain authentic and just be yourself.Copyright: Will Ireland and Blogtacular
2. It’s as much about the process as the finished product
Two speakers really inspired me with the stories behind their finished work. Dominique Davis gave us an insight as to how she creates her ever-popular Instagram pictures using things from around her home. During the closing keynote, Anthony Burrill showed all of the work that goes into his work, and the amazing methods he uses. I’ve been eyeing up one of his prints for ages, but seeing the process behind them is what convinced me that I needed one in my life. Two weeks on and ‘Work Hard and be Nice to People’ now sits pride of place in my living room.Copyright: Will Ireland and Blogtacular
3. Don’t be so quick to focus on the negatives
I approached this year’s conference looking to improve my blog, my creative business, and my social media platforms. I was determined to make the most of the Creative Genius Bar, and get some expert opinions. As I reflected on the advice I’d been given, I realised that I was being too negative on myself. I was going at picking holes in my work and what I thought wasn’t working, but wasn’t really looking at what was going well. Leona, Cat, and Sarah did an amazing job of giving advice whilst also helping me identify what I was already doing well.
4. Celebrate your success!
When I sat down with Leona from Lucky Dip Club to discuss my creative business, I’m sure you could have seen the light bulb above my head as we sat chatting. I realised that I’m really not that good at stopping and celebrating the things that have gone well (e.g. my Kick-starter), and as mentioned in the last point, I focus way too much on the negatives. Leona gave me some incredible advice that will stick with me forever! Going forward, I’ll be stopping every now and again to celebrate my successes.Blogtacular 2018, event photos, @ 200 Aldersgate
5. Surrounding yourself with creative people is the BEST way to spark creativity
Chatting to so many wonderful creative people is definitely good for my soul. To be in a room where people just ‘get’ you is an incredible thing, and I had so many wonderful conversations. Everyone at Blogtacular is incredibly supportive and encouraging, and demonstrates that community over competition is definitely the way forward.Copyright: Will Ireland and Blogtacular
Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to start pulling together my post-Blogtacular action plans. I’m definitely ready to take my blog and business to next level, and I’m excited to put those plans into action over the coming months.
I can’t write a post about Blogtacular without including a huge thank you to the wonderful Kat and the whole Blogtacular team for putting together such an incredible event. Each year they absolutely smash it! I’m so sad that they won’t be running a conference next year, but am looking forward to seeing what other events they run.