Last stretch before the winter holidays! We hope that you have some exciting things planned with family and friends over the break; on our side Arya and I are flying home over the weekend and will be closing the office from Monday Dec. 21st to Friday Jan. 1st included. This last month was a very busy one between campaigns, community catch-ups, recruitment and of course, our annual Winter Workshop for bloggers!
If you followed along, you’ll know that we hosted the event at our new office space on Borough High Street and this year we focused on content, growth, and community strategies for the platforms around your blog, specifically vlogging on YouTube, podcasting, Instagram and Steller.
We’re so proud of our speakers this year; we had invited Jess from Love and London, Kate from A Playful Day and Sara from Me and Orla and they all did an amazing job in delivering inspiring presentations on their creative journeys, the successes and challenges that have met them along the way, and what they are planning and predicting for the future.
Jess, Kate and Sara generously shared a wealth of practical tips with us attendees and we learned a lot on Saturday: how to get started with video-blogging and podcasting, how to leverage our existing community of readers and followers, how to repurpose our content and make it evergreen, how to find and bring back new readers to our blogs, and just generally how to create successful shareable content on any of the platforms in question to grow our audiences and reach.
We love organising this workshop every year because it’s a great opportunity to come together and network offline, but also because we think it’s really important to share our collective knowledge and celebrate the success of publishers and influencers from the community who have taken their blogs from a hobby to a full-time job over the last couple of years.
I know that many of you left the event on the day feeling inspired and challenged, and that you have since then been thinking more strategically about your blogs and how to take them to the next level. Thank you for all your great feedback on Twitter around the #NNworkshop hashtag, your DMs and emails – we love hearing your thoughts and your plans for the future. If you weren’t there on the day and are keen to learn more about some of the tips we learned, Aby from You Baby Me Mummy kindly wrote a great recap on her blog, do have a look.
A big thank you to everyone who supported the workshop this year: Little Miracles for keeping us hydrated with their delicious organic teas and juices, Dum Dum Donutterie for the yummy sweet treats, Blogosphere Magazine who made a copy available for every attendee to take home (they have a Christmas bundle offer at the moment – check it out), and of course the team at The Office Group for letting us use the conference room and the kitchen/lounge of our building on the weekend; it was a great event space to host the workshop in.
Whether you grabbed a ticket to the workshop this year, gave us a shout-out or a retweet on social media, shared the link to our Eventbrite page with a friend who might be interested in coming or just sent us positive vibes on the day, we want to thank you all for your support – this enthusiasm is what makes us look forward to organising more initiatives next year.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and see you in 2016!
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