Sunday, 30 November 2014

Thoughts on Blogging

You know sometimes when you write a blogpost and it just sits there waiting to be posted.. This is one of those. So I apologise. But it has become rather relevant again, as today I attended my 4th Blogger event. The #LDNBloggersTea - a lovely Afternoon Tea event hosted to bring bloggers together. This time hosted by the lovely Sunny/Melanie at the Lancaster Hotel. Look out for more on that soon.

The start of my blogging 
'How/why did you start blogging'? is a question  that arises, and certainly did at my 3rd #LDNBloggersTea back in September at The Conrad London St. James. You can read more about that one here.
So here's how it all began.. I started my little blog back in May 2012. It all started when I stumbled across this little book.. which you can buy here.


It became my bible. I've always had a sweet tooth, and a book directing me to London's best Tea & Cake establishments was the perfect find. What better way to explore London than via tea & cake. I'd gone to the British Library to find books for my dissertation research to no avail  (I hadn't quite comprehended the lengthy process I'd have to go to to even access any books or journals). 
I was feeling rather disheartened after travelling all that way, and decided to take a look in the book shop, and bought the book Tea & Cake to cheer myself up.

That's when it started, I thought I might quite like to share my adventures to cupcake shops with other people and a blog seemed the best way. I was completely new to blogging, I really had no idea what I was doing.

Looking back I've come a long way. I've managed to get my own domain, paid the lovely Liz to improve the look of my blog and attended 4 blogger events - something which I could never have imagined myself doing. I also feel like I've gained my own writing style and of course my knowledge of Blogger has only improved. I'll often find an old post that I can rejiggle in just seconds now to improve the general look. 

It's not the most established, it's not always quite what I want it to be, but I'm happy with my little space of the internet. And I hope you like it too.


Blogging events & opportunities
I was really nervous when attending my first blogger event - walking into a room full of strangers is of course rather nerve wracking. However the world of blogging and twitter makes that so much easier. You end up reading an awful lot about peoples lives and of course learning rather a lot about them, which makes you feel like you already know them, which makes conversation easy. 

It's a great opportunity to chat to other bloggers about different ways of doing things, there's always new things to learn, discussions to be had.

I really enjoying exploring new areas of London, travelling and then sharing it with my followers. And I think that's what it's all about. That's the amazing thing about blogging. It's not really half as competitive as you'd expect. I was dicussing this with a fellow blogger at the recent #LDNBloggersTea. No one is ever reluctant to retweet your latest blogpost or comment on your blog - there's a lovely sense of community. And I must thank those of you who take the time to comment on my blog.

I recently chatted with a friend and she said 'You always have exciting things lined up' - I'd agree, I love finding new places to explore in London and events to attend. But it got me thinking do I go to these lovely places to blog about them or just because.. Hopefully  I love to think I'll have a lovely documentation of my life in London to look back on later in life.

So there we have it - that's really why I started blogging. How did you get into it?
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  1. I would love to go to blogger events and meet other bloggers. I live in a rural town in Australia and it would be fabulous to be able to connect with others. I got into blogging because I can't help writing! I'm also a writer and photographer for a magazine that is published quarterly, so I have a fair bit of time off from it, so my blog keeps my hand in. Plus I love it!
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    1. Hey Amber, thanks for commenting. I'm sorry there's not a chance for you to join us. It's a really lovely event. I'm just going to hop over and look at your blog now, thanks for making me aware of it. X

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