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BrumBloggers Meetup

BrumBloggers Meetup

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Want to check out other blogger event posts? Here’s one at SkinnyDip HQ London and here’s another in Coventry!

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

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9 Comments

  1. June 24, 2018 / 12:10 PM

    I don’t live in the UK either, but I think there’s a small blogging community in Belgium as well. I don’t feel qualified or ready to meet them yet. It’s a weird thing to explain 😀
    Love xx

    • June 24, 2018 / 1:45 PM

      Aww, you should definitely check it out and get involved – there is absolutely no need to be of a certain qualification, whether you’ve been blogging for 10 years or 10 days! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend x

      • June 24, 2018 / 2:22 PM

        Thanks for your comment. Watching England win, my day isn’t too bad 🙂

  2. June 24, 2018 / 9:47 AM

    This looks like such a fun day! I’ve been blogging for years and I’ve never been to a bloggers’ event even though I live in London. Maybe one day!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • June 24, 2018 / 1:46 PM

      Hey Nicola, thanks for stopping by! Ooh, London is where the bloggers’ meetups are at! You should definitely check them out – looking forward to reading your future posts about them! X

  3. Chris Sly
    June 22, 2018 / 10:33 PM

    Hi Nati, thanks for your email. I really thought your article on going back to the bloggers event after your nerves the first time was inspiring for everyone. You were very confident in networking and taking photos for your excellent blog last week and a great example of how to succeed and what can be achieved in facing your nerves. I wish you all the very best with your new photography business and web design. I’m sure you will be a big success. I can see that your creative skills and your ability in arts & design all compliment each other online and in person. I went through a loss of confidence a few years ago and even ended up sat outside my Dad’s bank retirement do, plucking up the courage to go back inside for an hour. I eventually managed to get through it all by moving into employment training and coaching, rebranding myself and developing new materials in every area of life to help others get through similar experiences. Your brand idea of ‘ life after coffee’ is brilliant, it’s simple, memorable, accessible to everyone and helping everyone. Keep up the excellent work! Kind regards Chris

    • June 23, 2018 / 7:46 PM

      Hi Chris, thank you so much for such a lovely and incredibly inspiring comment! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog and I really appreciate your kind words – it was so nice to meet you at the Google event and I really admire your strength and perseverance. Looking forward to seeing you continue on your business journey as you support and encourage so many others. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend – thank you for taking the time to write such a kind message. Best wishes, Nati

  4. June 21, 2018 / 7:11 PM

    I am very unfortunate not to live in the UK, because I would attend every single one of these meetings! That must’ve been great, the amount of advice experienced bloggers give others is amazing and I can’t wait to attend a meeting like that in the future. The cake looks great btw., I’m on a diet so it’s a little bit of suffering to watch pictures of such treats. Hope you had fun.
    Dorota
    http://www.fetchcandle.wordpress.com

    • June 23, 2018 / 7:39 PM

      Hi Dorota! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend – thank you for your comment! I’m sure there are fun events where you live, sometimes it’s just very time consuming to find them! X

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