Having blogged for over 6 years now, I have noticed the scene change dramatically in Manchester. From a city with few bloggers and few people appreciating what we do, to multiple events each night, Manchester has blossomed and the people writing here are just amazing.
I have helped run the Manchester Bloggers group for a while now and had noticed more newer bloggers crying out to meet up with others so I said I’d organise a get together. One chilly evening in December, that is exactly what I did!
We kicked things off with Thomas Dakin gin and tonics followed by a Q&A panel featuring Jo from Social Media Makes Sense, Steph Ledigo from Ledigo PR, Charlie from Ginfuelled Blue Stocking and me. Even though I offered to speak and share some of my experience blogging in Manchester over the last 6 years, I learned so much from the other panel members! My favourite tips from the night :
- Be authentic. There is room for everyone to have a voice, make sure you show yours.
- Tweets are 30% more engaging with emojis. And I bloody love a good emoji.
- If you stand out at an event and portray the brand in the right way, the better a relationship will be with them long term. Some bloggers have even secured full time roles from their behaviour and influence at blog events.
- A couple of relevant hashtags are all you really need on Twitter, if at all.
- InstaStories are a great way to grow engagement on your Instagram. And with the current algorithms, we all need that.
We were then treated to the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea which is available at Radisson Blu Edwardian and boy, is it a treat. The mini baked Camembert were my favourite and the fish and chips went down well with the whole table, to the point that they disappeared before my very eyes. The scones were small and dense, more like little biscuits, which I think worked well for the theme of the afternoon tea.
The group of bloggers who attended stayed after the tea was served chatting with the experts from the Q&A panel to get more tips, chatting to Ryan from Radisson Blu Edwardian about how they can collaborate in the future and generally getting to know each other.
Manchester has the best blogging community I have ever witnessed and I would like to thank everyone who came for interacting and getting involved in the evening’s events. Extra special thanks to Donna, Tanesha Jade and Michaela for letting me share their images above. I was that busy flapping about people not turning up and trying to explain what I meant in the panel to take any. I think they captured the event beautifully so please do check out their blogs linked above!
I was so pleased with how the meet up went and I think the bloggers who attended enjoyed themselves. The next one will be held in Spring 2018 with more structure, more support and more fun! If you are a Manchester blogger and want to join us, please keep an eye on our Manchester Blogger Facebook Group.
The event including welcome drinks from Thomas Dakin, Q&A Panel hosted by Ryan of Radisson Blu Edwardian and Afternoon Tea from the hotel was provided free of charge for attending Manchester Bloggers. I am eternally grateful for their support so do check them out.