Cambridge Bloggers Meetup #christmasbloggersbash

Last December, Pippa from Clashing Time and Sophie from Sophie Kate hosted the Cambridge bloggers get together (#ChristmasBloggersBash) on the afternoon of 4th December at the Novi Cocktail bar. Bloggers from the Cambridge and surrounding areas attended the event

So many Bloggers events happen in London which I can’t always attend so I was really pleased to be able to attend this event in Cambridge. I believe Pippa and Sophie have hosted these Cambridge meetups before but this was my first time for attending the event.

The venue for the event was very central so bloggers were able to drive to it or take the bus or train. I was very nervous about attending the event as I didn’t know any of the bloggers attending the event but everyone was very friendly and ready to mingle. It was great to meet so many local bloggers and some good connections have been  formed from this meetup.

Arranging these blogger events and getting bloggers to agree to meet up takes a lot of effort. I know when I have tried to organise coffee events for the Cambridge Bloggers Coffee Club – I have not managed to get even 10 bloggers interested.  Hats off to Pippa and Sophie who were able to arrange the event and get enough bloggers, sponsors and speakers for the afternoon.

The program for the afternoon was arranged in such a way that there was plenty of time to mingle as well as listen to the several speakers they had invited for the day. The admission fee for the program included a choice of mocktails – I enjoyed my mango and lemonade mocktail.

The Cambridge Bloggers Group has chosen Jimmy’s Shelter as the local Charity to support for this year and it was interesting to hear from Barry who runs the shelter. Raffle tickets sold at this event raised over £200 for the Charity. I was really touched to hear about the work they do and spoke to Jimmy during the networking break and offered to  give a free cookery class to the residents of Jimmy’s shelter to show them how cheaply they could cook a simple but healthy meal. If the first lesson was a success I would be happy to run more classes.

There were several speakers on the day:

  • Alice from Blogosphere brought samples of their latest magazine and talked about the way the magazine evolved.
  • I really enjoyed the talk from Dean from Jessops – the Cambridge branch. he gave details of the kind of equipment and cameras bloggers could use and the photography courses they ran. I spoke to him during the break as I was interested in the photography classes they run and also asked him to check out my camera lens which I thought might be faulty. Thankfully, my camera lens was fine and I was able to take some pictures on the day.
  • Claire from Origins Cambridge spoke about their products and later on gave me a lovely hand massage and a free voucher for a facial which I have yet to use. Origins gave out samples of their Drink up Overnight mask in our goodie bag which I have enjoyed using.
  • Two of the speakers were successful bloggers – Danielle from Fashionistabarbie and and Sophie from Sophimeola . Both spoke about their blogs and achievements. The questions and answers sessions after their talks were also useful. I learnt a lot from their talks and since then have been paying a lot of attention to using social media to promote my blog.

Best of all it was great to be with a roomful of enthusiastic bloggers. I tried my best to meet as many as I could and hope that attending other similar local events will help create some great friendships.

Here’s a picture of Pippa doing some last minute program updates.  You can see all the goodie bags on the sofa at the back and the raffle prizes on the counter on the right.. 

The goodie bag has lots of interesting products and my niece took some of  the goodies that were in the bag before I could take a photo with all the goodies.  A big thanks to all the sponsors who gave products for the goodie bag.

Thank you Pippa and Sophie for organising such a great Christmas Bash.  I am really looking forward to the next one.