#blogclub

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Today marks a year since the very first #blogclub. Apparently I’ve never written about it here, which is weird since it was such a big part of last year so thought it was about time.

A few years ago, I was thinking “hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have a regular meetup with some awesome bloggers where you can just talk about blogging and not have other peoples eyes glaze over”. Because it’s me, I never really did anything about it, but the idea didn’t go away.

When she was working at Viral Ad Network, Sophie contacted me to see if I was interested in having YouTube ads on Bonjour, Blogger! Since I wouldn’t click on those ads, I didn’t think anyone else would, so it wouldn’t be worth having them on my site, but we got chatting, and ended up creating #blogclub.

We’ve had a few meetups but the thing that I’m really happy about is building up the little group of Bristol bloggers. On Friday, Sophie, Lily, Lyzi and I headed to Emily’s house for spag bol, booze and a lot of talking and it was excellent! It was what I wanted to do all those years ago when I started the UK Bloggers Map – so thank you everyone who has supported #blogclub in someway in 2014 – I’m already looking forward to doing many more this year!

#littleprinterbigquestions

If you follow me on Instagram, then you might know that I like to post the questions that my Little Printer spits out every Friday. #littleprinterbigquestions asks what you would rather do between two choices. I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.

Well, it is national cat day, so this is a pretty good question! #littleprinterbigquestions

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Would you rather have to paint a room using your face as the brush or your knees? #littleprinterbigquestions

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Would you rather be able to knit a model of any building or be really good at rapping? #littleprinterbigquestions

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Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible? #littleprinterbigquestions

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#littleprinterbigquestions Would you rather have no fingernails at all or have fingernails all over your feet?

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Would you rather have to dress like an egg always or have three arms? #littleprinterbigquestions

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New Years Resolutions 2015

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Previous years: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Man, 2014 suuuuuuuuuuucked. I’m not going to recap my year, because I’m lazy tbh, and no one wants to hear about the crapness of the year.

So, how did I do with last years resolutions?

  • To become more confident when talking about myself – and by extension, Bonjour, Blogger! – Hm. Sort of. I’m more openly talking about it at work (for example) – but I have a long way to go before I am able to go to people and say “Hi, I made this site, and it is awesome, and you want to work with us” (I’ll also need to get better at English, obviously)
  • To hold a few blogger events - I do this a lot! Sophie and I started #blogclub in January, and despite losing our regular meeting place,  we have still had quite a few meetups and gatherings. Creating #blogclub was probably the best thing we did in 2014 – we have managed to attract some of the best bloggers in the Bristol area together, and have excellent discussions whenever we meet up and on Facebook.
  • To do some public speaking - I did this! I spoke at Blognix in June, and really enjoyed it. I’d really love to do some more in 2015.
  • Exercise! – Um. The less said about this the better.
  • To not abandon ceriselle.org so much! – *sigh* To be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve done that much this year to blog about. I didn’t think people were that interested in hearing about spending more time at the hospital and when I did do things that were awesome, I just didn’t feel like blogging about it right then and then it would be three weeks later and irrelevant. Hopefully my blog refresh will help motivate me though!
  • To organise my finances better – I feel a little more on top of things than before, and starting a limited company for my blog related stuff was a pretty good idea (for me at least) – it meant I could keep blog expenses separate and could see the incomings and outgoings a lot better. I don’t think I would recommend this for everyone, but I’ve been dealing with limited companies since I was 13/14 so I’m more used to how they work than how self employed/sole trader stuff works.

And for 2015?

  • Organise more blogging events – I’ve really loved organising the various gatherings in 2014, and I’d like to do a lot more, and perhaps something bigger? My favourite gathering of 2014 was the Trunki event  and I’d love to do more like that, perhaps around the country as well? Who knows!
  • Exercise – Alex bought me a lovely shiny new bike this week which I’m going to be using on a thing that also makes it an exercise bike – by the time summer comes around, I’ll (hopefully!) be able to cycle further than to the shops and back! It’s not about losing weight for me, but improving my fitness levels, and strengthening my core (that is just such a wanky phrase, right?) – if I lose weight, that’s just a side effect I won’t be too grumpy about!
  • Blog more – I have really missed blogging this year. My post about the future of blogging seemed to strike some nerves, and I aim to blog more about the things I like, rather than the things I feel like I should be posting.
  • Develop Bonjour, Blogger! further – I want to be able to go to people and promote the site as a way to help them, and persuade them that they would totally love to host a #blogclub at their offices.
  • Networking – blergherergherrrrrghhhh. If I’m going to talk about Bonjour, Blogger!, then I need the people to talk about it to!

Soooooo…what are you planning to achieve?