First thing’s first, let me apologise for going a bit AWOL over the past few weeks. Between finishing uni, visiting London and then going on holiday, my organisational skills have been a bit (note: very) crappy, and my poor blog has suffered as a result of this. But fear not, friends, I’m finally back (lucky you, eh), and this is my public promise that I’ll at least try and make more of an effort to sort my life out in the future.
Anyyyyyway, back to today’s post.
A couple of weeks ago, I travelled down to That London for two blogging events (check me out, being all brave). One of them was the Bloggers Ball (hosted by the lovely Scarlett), which was a great opportunity to interact with different brands and mingle with fellow bloggers; and the other was the Health Blog Awards. Launched just this year, the ceremony is the brainchild of both the Health Bloggers Community and That Protein; and although I wasn’t actually up for an award, I still had a grand time.
After seriously misjudging the London traffic and sitting in an Über for an hour (Northerner problems), I finally arrived at The Collective Old Oak, where the awards were to be held. The Collective is a co-living space for young professionals living in London, which reminded me of uni halls: there are private rooms available, but the building also houses a gym, library, bars, restaurants… you name it, it’s all there in an incredibly stylish setting. I was highly interested in this concept, and could definitely see myself living there.
As soon as I’d gotten over the initial nervy bit of walking into the event by myself, it was amazing. My favourite bit was meeting other likeminded bloggers: whilst the events I’ve been to in the past have been ace, they mainly focus around beauty or fashion blogging, which doesn’t fit with my niche. Meeting other health and fitness bloggers allowed me to chat about things my other friends can’t necessarily relate to, which was like a breath of fresh air!
Another highlight was listening to the Q&A given by the panel. I’ve spoken before about how much Zanna Van Dijk inspires me (read about that here), and joining her were fellow bloggers Hazel (i.e. The Food Medic) and Pixie (Plantbased Pixie). The girls answered questions on not only food and fitness, but also about the blogging world. The most important thing I learnt was definitely the importance of understanding the value of yourself. It’s so easy for bloggers to give up their time for free, but when you take into account the hours spent writing and editing both pictures and blog posts, this shouldn’t always be the case. All three panelists are paving incredible careers for themselves, and it was great to get some advice from such inspirational young women.
Finally, a huge well done to all the worthy winners and fellow health bloggers. Not only are your sites amazing, but you made a very anxious Leeds lass feel at home in the big city. Thanks so much to Fab and the team for hosting such a wonderful evening- I’ll definitely be buying my ticket for next year!
Thanks for reading,
P.S- sorry that my photos from the event are a bit shitty, turns out that I was too overwhelmed to take anything half-decent!