The world of blogging can be a strange place. Thousands upon thousands of creative, passionate (and slightly geeky) wordsmiths out there, all blogging about what they love. I am proud to be one of these people (including the geeky bit), but often feel like blogging is a very solitary thing. Which is why the genius people from Traverse events created ‘Blogstock’, the world’s very first blogging festival. Blogstock is designed for bloggers, PRs and anyone interested in blogging to meet each other face to face, as real human beings! What’s not to love?
I was lucky enough to be invited to experience Blogstock courtesy of Hertz Car Hire. Hertz had selected a group of bloggers to enjoy their ‘VIP’ glamping tents, which meant all the camping gear I needed to bring was a sleeping bag (rather fortunate considering how comical it would have been for me to try and ‘errect’ a tent’). When I arrived I went off in search of my tent, which was labeled for ‘The Travelista’ and was filled with homely touches including cushions, a night lamp and camping snacks. The tents were large enough to stand up in and strong enough to take on gail force winds, meaning I had a perfectly cosy base for the weekend. So on to the weekend!
Taking place just outside of London in the Borehamwood / Elstree area, Blogstock claimed a leafy expanse of fields perfect for any festival. Whilst it only took 1 hour by train from London, it certainly felt like a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of London and a real country environment. Being a Yorkshire girl at heart, I was in my element.
The weekend consisted of a fascinating timetable of key speakers, workshops, debates and advice sessions. All of these events took place across different venues in a central hub including the Tipi, the fashion tent, the debate tent, the marquee and main stage.
Each blogger was able to plan their own timetable based on their interest, and there was no end of choice for travel bloggers. Some of my favourite bloggers spoke in their own sessions including A Lady in London and The Travel Hack. It was so inspirational to hear about their journeys as bloggers and their incredible tips which I have already put into practice.
The sessions I attended included ‘From Blogger to Writer; Improving Your Skills’ by renowned travel writer Andy Jarosz and ‘Using Your Blog to Further Your Career’ by Beverley Reinemann of Pack Your Passport Blog. With each session I took away something entirely new and was so fascinated to hear other bloggers stories and approaches.
Of course, as with any good festival, there was no shortage of booze on tap, and we were well stocked all weekend thanks to various drinks sponsors and beer tents. The finale of the weekend was the Big Blogging Debate on the main stage, where bloggers and industry professionals from the likes of Expedia came together to discuss ‘The Future of Travel Blogging’. The debate took place as the sun went down over the countryside as everyone enjoyed their sponsored rum of choice. Truly an awesome moment.
As well as seeing some familiar faces, I also got to meet some bloggers I have followed for quite some time including Virginia from The Well Travelled Postcard and Kirsten from Kirst Over The World. Going to Blogstock was a bit of a leap of faith, turning up in the middle of nowhere, by myself, having only met a couple of people. But the weekend made me realise how amazing the blogging community really is. Everyone is friendly, outgoing, creative, and all share a common love for blogging. As cheesy as it sounds, this instantly bonded everyone there and I went away with new perspectives, ideas and contacts. I absolutely loved my ‘glamping’ weekend at Blogstock and can’t wait to do it all over again next year.
Thank you to Hertz UK for involving me in their #CampWithHertz VIP campaign and congratulations to Traverse for putting on such an amazing event.
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