Last weekend I had the pleasure to be part of the 2-day Bloggers Conference in the Amsterdam CASA400 hotel, organized by MeetTheBlogger. What a fabulous event, so well organized and totally interesting. Amongst the more than 150 bloggers (mostly women, mostly Dutch, but with a strong German contingent and a number of English speaking participants) I was probably the oldest!
But it was great fun to be among all these creative people, focussing mostly on interior, lifestyle, creativity, cooking, gardening, travel, and parenting (some cool “mommy blogs there) instead of MODERN ART & MODERN LIFE OF NEPAL. We mingled in the breaks enjoying great coffee and tasty and healthy snacks and very fine lunch menues.
The opening presentation was by the lovely sisters of “A beautiful mess”, a mega successful blog from the U.S. which I have been following for quite a while. Their keynote focused on “dream, make, grow” and Elsie and Emma shared openly about the history and present status of their work. Such cool gals!
In two “break-out sessions” participants could then learn everything about color forecasting, crafting with a messy box, making their own zines, fixing their mistakes on Pinterest, and getting tips on photography for bloggers (a very fine workshop by Ankie from Zilverblauw blog from which I got a lot of inspiration. A second round offered presskit insiders tips, ideas on making gift labels with relief print, business tools to help build the blog empire, SEO optimization, and tips to create graphic art work.
The highlight of the afternoon was then the very personal and colorful talk of inimitable Yvonne Eijkenduin of Yvestown blog about finding her way into blogging and carrying on with her brand without losing herself!
Sunday started with an award ceremony, quite moving and lovely to see the joyful faces of the winners of the VTwonen MTB award and MTB audience award, followed by a presentation by Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaf from Urbanjunglebloggers about growing a community and letting it thrive. To watch these two blogger friends, Igor from Berlin and Judith from Paris, and see what they have created with their bloggers platform focusing on bringing green into the interior, to see their love of plants, their craftsmanship, and their passion in what they are doing was for me one of the most inspiring moments of the weekend.
Every month Judith and Igor and many other bloggers from around the globe share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks. In not much more than a year’s time they have grown a communit of more than 700 bloggers from all over the world! I don’t have a very strong relationship with plants, it’s been my husband’s diligence so far taking care of the few houseplants we do have – but I am totally inspired now, so watch what will happen with Nepali art and greens!!! Don’t hold your breath, but I am already working out in my head how a NepalNow art & plants blog will look like …
Another “break-out session” treated me to a sea of knowledge on how to create viral social media content while others enjoyed making their own papercuts, creating Instagram proof flower arrangements, improved their mobile photography, and learned how to monetize their blogs and social channels.
A very slick and inspiring presentation of Lars Lyse Hansen of Bolia.com on design and creativity rounded the afternoon off …
… and even leaving wasn’t so painful as we got treated to wonderful goodiebags by the cool and generous sponsors Brabantia, Fatboy, Bolia, Sentione, VTwonen, Flexa, Zanox, and Funnythatflowerdothat! Thanks to everyone, especially, and with a deep bowing down in respect, to the team of MeetTheBlogger!!!