Last night I attended a blogging event that was different to anything I had ever been to before, and it was the wave of inspiration that I really really need right now. You all know from reading my most recent posts that I am finding it hard to write at the moment, and I’ll be the first to admit that I kind of feel like I’m stuck in a rut… but last night was a breath of fresh air (as cringey as may sound).
It wasn’t the average blogging event that you go to and stick with the group of friends you know and have a glass of prosecco (although there was much of that!) some free nibbles (although we had them too, vegan treats included!) and get a goody bag at the end… it was so much more than that; it was so insightful and intriguing and could have gone on for hours with us all just chatting away (can I stop being cringey now…?)
The event was run by a group of girls who wanted to open up about their feelings towards blogging, working full time, freelancing, collaborating, having babies etc. and what to do when you’re feeling uninspired. Everyone said they felt as though their blogs could do with a bit of TLC, but that they were feeling a bit lost amongst the blogging world and felt as though there was a lack of a community for smaller bloggers, especially in the North West.
For bloggers who live in Manchester, it can sometimes be a bit of a slap in the face when some of the best events, activations and product launches all happen in London. Don’t get me wrong, London is great; I do love it, and maybe one day I will live and work there, but you know what, Manchester is great too! Maybe I am bias because I’ve lived here my whole life, but it can be quite uninspiring when we’re not treated the same just because it’s grim up North (side note, it’s definitely not…)
Following on from the topics we touched on at the event, a lot of us mentioned how we find it hard to fit blogging in with a full time job. This is something I’ve touched on before, but it made me feel better knowing that there are other people in the same boat as me. Working full time takes up your life, which is both a good and bad thing. Obviously you have to work to earn money and you know, afford to live… but because you spend 5 days of your week there (+ 2 days recovering) and maybe want to see friends, or spend time with your boyfriend, or work-out, or maybe even just relax in the evenings when you get home, it’s easy to forget and neglect your blog sometimes.
For most of us blogging is a hobby at the end of the day, and although it might bring in some extra cash or have a few little perks here and there, it’s by no means sustainable for the majority. Don’t get me wrong though, if someone told me that I could wake up tomorrow and be paid to write full time, I would be head over heels excited; but unfortunately that’s not a reality for most, and to be honest… that’s totally fine! For many of us, blogging is a passion; it’s a hobby; it’s something we go to when we’re stressed, bored, inspired, need an outlet to vent. Whatever it is though that brings us back to our blogs, it’s the one main thing we had in common last night – a passion for a creative outlet.
To some people, blogging may seem completely pointless. To some people, you might think that we’re all wasting our time. Maybe we are? Maybe we could be out saving the world with all the hours we sit and type away on our laptops. Maybe one day I’ll look back and laugh about all my thoughts on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, food, mental health etc. But in my head, blogging is a part of my life. It’s a big part of my life. I’ve met amazing people through it, I’ve had some great opportunities and I hope there’s many more to come. In the future maybe I will be blogging full time, you just never know what road it’s going to take you. Writing is and will always be a passion of mine and it’s nice to finally be in our own little community that can take over the world!
First stop, Manchester! xxx