Last November I took over my local blogging network, the Bournemouth Bloggers. Since then, I have been working hard to bring as many local venues and businesses together with us influencers (personally hate the word, but some of the members work purely on YouTube or Instragram, so strictly not all Bloggers).
I have been really enjoying it and, through running the network, I have made some amazing friends.
As well as review visits and launch events, my aim is to also put together regular meet-ups with the chance to catch up with other bloggers informally, without the pressure to promote a brand at the same time.
My plan was to do these quarterly, although the last one was back in December, so I am a little behind on this one, I blame Mexico….
Organising the event was actually really fun and, having worked previously as an event coordinator, I was quite confident in what I had planned. Having said that, it’t always a little daunting when it comes to pulling it all off on the night, and I did find myself a little nervous as the day came round.
The event was being held at the brilliant Kings Arms Hotel in Christchurch, and the venue’s event manager was fantastic at helping with my requests, and providing assistance with the plans.
We also had an event sponsor – Jewellery Box, who create fantastic rings, earrings, lockets and necklaces at affordable prices. Mari, who works at the company, even made the trip down from London to attend the event, which was really lovely of her.
I’d decided early on I wanted a guest speaker for the event, and when I approached Kaye Ford of Fordtography, she was keen to be involved.
I’d had a shoot with her just before the event, so we headed over to the venue together to get everything set up. Kaye is so incredibly down to earth and just totally lovely – I would highly recommend a shoot with her, she’s awesome at what she does!
As people arrived, they were handed a glass of Prosecco, and we settled down for Kaye’s presentation which was on blog photography 101. As somebody who has really started getting into my photography over the past year, I was really excited to hear Kaye’s insight and tips.
The talk was informative, and Kaye was happy to answer any questions those in attendance had.
Afterwards, we were presented with some delicious, and very substantial, canapés by the venue – I loved the scotch eggs and pork pies, and the mini sausage and mash was so cute (if a little impractical as a finger food).
I then spent the next couple of hours attempting to speak to everybody there, mingling amongst the tables, and welcoming those who hadn’t come along to an event with me before, including the lovely Alice, who runs the Southampton Bloggers.
Although I ended the night feeling absolutely shattered, I truly had a lovely time, and it seemed that others enjoyed themselves too.
As people left, they were given a little ‘deconstructed’ goody bag, with a bracelet or necklace from event sponsors Jewellery Box, a bath bomb from Bomb Cosmetics, a discount code for Beauxoxo (run by local blogger Georgie), and a little bag of sweets.
I was really happy with how the event went, and am already looking forward to the next one!
I run the Bournemouth Bloggers network voluntarily. If you are a local business or blogger and are interested in getting involved, please email to discuss.