This post is espresso-sized, so if you’re looking to grab a coffee and catch up on the blog, I’ve linked some of my other blogger event posts that you might like to check out after this one!
Just over a month ago, I was looking for meetup events in Birmingham where I could meet likeminded bloggers living in the same city, when I saw this on Twitter.
Cute, right? I do love a bit of pastel pink; Birmingham’s city centre is super easy to get to; and the opportunity to network with fellow bloggers sounds wonderful! I wrote the event into my daily journal as soon as I saw this tweet, buzzing with excitement to meet people like me and discover new blogs!
On the day of the event, I woke up feeling a little nervous but very excited for the event I’d been looking forward to. I buttoned up my new shirt, pulled up my favourite jeans, grabbed the lipstick I was gifted at the SkinnyDip London x Mental Health Awareness Week event (which, by the way, I’m loving!) and zipped up my heeled boots.
Ticket into town in hand and a stomach full of butterflies and Belvita, I set off to the event.
I arrived at New Street station at 11am sharp, just five minutes’ walk from Cherry Red’s, the cafe where the event was running. Instead of walking to the event, however, I found myself so anxious and intimidated by the thought of turning up to an event with less than six months’ blogging experience, that I turned back, put my return ticket through the gate and took the next train back home.
Fast forward to today, I have a little update for you.
I spent a couple of hours this afternoon at Cherry Red’s, a little cafe on John Bright Street in Birmingham’s city centre, where I had the pleasure of meeting fellow bloggers based in Brum!
Organised by the lovely Ting – co-founder of the wonderful BrumBloggers – we met for coffee, cake, and a catch up in the Map Room, which was booked out just for BrumBloggers. It was so nice to have our own space to discuss blogging, Birmingham and everything in between whilst munching on our freshly baked Oreo cupcakes.
Turns out, bloggers aren’t as scary as I thought. In fact, they’re kind, welcoming and fun, full of stories, advice and love for likeminded creatives!
It was great to get the opportunity to speak to people who not only share my love for writing and photography, but who were kind enough to give me advice on the world of blogging as well as life in Birmingham!
Blogging is such a crazy, unpredictable and exciting community to be part of, and it was so nice to get the opportunity to spend time speaking to likeminded bloggers in person, rather than online, in 280 characters or under.
Thank you to Ting and to BrumBloggers for organising such a lovely and welcoming event that really made me feel at home, not just in Birmingham but in the local blogging community.
If you’re keen to attend blogger events but you’re feeling too nervous, I wrote this post which I hope can help you out!
photos:ACP Rail, my own