Rewind to Summer 2014, and I met up with Carrieanne of Beauties Unlocked to talk about creating an event for local Leeds bloggers.
After several coffees and much excited brainstorming, it was apparent that this idea was a little bigger than that. We were both keen to develop a collective (or network) of bloggers across Yorkshire. Finding ways to support the community to increase their visibility, and have a stronger voice.
That’s the bigger picture stuff, at least. In short, we want to work towards having a great group of writers who can learn from and support one another. We also hope that having an annual (or more frequent) event will enable more businesses to work with the Blog Yorkshire collective.
With all that in mind, we launched with gusto into planning our first event. In about a month, we had Blog Yorkshire 1 take place in Leeds. Over 30 bloggers attended, and we had a lovely afternoon where people won some amazing prizes as part of our charity raffle; played the most random version of croquet I’ve ever seen (Hunter wellies as the targets); got pampered and preened by 2 local salons and a makeup artist, and chatted to the businesses who attended.
I’d like to say thank you to everyone involved. The following businesses helped to make the day really special:
So what’s next for Blog Yorkshire?
We’re going social. Our next event is on Saturday 14th November 2015 in Leeds City Centre.
This time we’re workshopping our social media skills. To help us, we have Georgina from She Might Be Loved – GG runs her own social media consultancy, and is a successful blogger in her own right.
The idea is to use the skills each of us has, get together and learn from each other. Make our blogs even better, and develop a Yorkshire blogging community we are proud to be a part of. This is hopefully the first in a series of these type of events.
There will also be some guest brands attending to showcase some products; the chance to meet some new fellow bloggers in Leeds; and cake – there will definitely be cake.
We really hope that you enjoy Blog Yorkshire 2. Please email me if you’d like to be involved. Use the hashtag #BlogYorkshire to join the conversation on Twitter.