Despite 8 years of blogging (can that really be so?) before Friday night I had barely met another blogger and then suddenly, incredibly I was surrounded by hundreds of them. Faces I knew well that belonged to people I'd never met. It's a very strange sensation.
I spent a long time thinking "this event is something else hiding under the banner of blogging" but I couldn't quite work what it was. Women reinventing their careers? Freelancing for creatives? Female empowerment? There's a movement here which I can't put my finger on.
Though I enjoyed the photo walk, it was in fact the session on videography with Xanthe Berkerley which had me hooked. I've skirted around film making for many years, dabbling in it for work and toying in it for play, but I need to do more and I have ideas I want to follow up.
I made some great new friends and finally put faces to online names, including meeting Nina of Tabiboo (below) whom I first connected with about 4 years ago when I was in Cyprus... and she remembered! Also Carina of City Coastal Life & Style who picked up my goodie bag from the Next event last October and the lovely Emma Davies who I met via the Blogtacular Twitter chat.
On Saturday night I crawled back to Sussex laden down with goodie bags and with my ears ringing and my mind spinning, craving my own bed and the stillness of the countryside but all the while ready to book again next year.
Will you be joining us too?
Some of the images in this post have been kindly provided by Mollie Makes