Meet (Some Of) The Bloggers (On Video) From The 2nd Annual Bloggers Bash

If you haven’t heard about The Annual Bloggers Bash yet, then where have you been?

Bloggers Bash 2016 Logo

I’d like to thank everyone who came along to the event and for making it the huge success it was. Last year, just over 20 of you attended. This year it was just over 50, and boy, what a great day it was. I only wish I could have magically got everyone there who wanted to come so they could have shared the magic of the day. New friendships were formed, lots of hugs were in evidence and everybody met up with online blogging friends they’ve been wanting to meet for a long time.

There have been lots of posts all over WordPress about the event and I’ve been busy reading, tweeting and sharing them across social media. Where possible, I’ve added all the posts to my Bloggers Bash Pinterest board.

When Sacha Black first came up with the idea of a Bloggers Bash and I was asked by her to become a Bloggers Bash committee member (along with Geoff Le Pard and Ali Isaac ) I was extremely proud that she had considered me. These three bloggers have become a big part of my life and, although it’s been hard work putting on the two events that have so far happened, I have loved every single second.

Geoff Le Pard, Sacha Black, and Ali Isaac.
From the top: Geoff Le Pard, Sacha Black, and Ali Isaac.

From what I have read, this year’s event was an even bigger success than the first Bloggers Bash held in 2015. That’s all down, not only to Sacha and the committee, but to all those that came along.

We are already planning The 3rd Annual Bloggers Bash which is being held on Saturday 10th June 2017, so put it in the diary now and make sure you come along. Of course, we’ll be letting you know details as soon as they become available.

If I had one regret about the day it was that I did not get around to filming everyone that attended. My fault really as I should have let everyone know when announcing the awards, so my sincere apologies to those I never got around to filming. Next year, I promise, we’ll have a better plan in place to capture you all. I put it down to being overwhelmed with all the hugs I was getting.

Now on to the video I’ve put together of those I did manage to capture. You’ll have to excuse the odd moment when I seemed to be aiming the camera at the floor rather than the blogger, but thank you to everyone for allowing me to film them.

That’s not quite it from me. There’s more film of the event which I’ll publish in another post at the weekend when I’ll also be mentioning some of the Bloggers that I did manage to have a chat with.

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196 comments

  1. Wow! What an exciting time! I really enjoyed the video. Hugh, you, Sacha, Geoff, and Ali have done a marvelous job putting this event together. I’d love to make it out there next year, lets see what happens. I will try my best. ❤ xx

    1. That would be wonderful, Vashti. I’ve also been reading that some Bloggers the other side of the pond are trying to arrange one for you guys. 😃 However, you are very welcome to join us in London on June 10th 2017.

  2. Thanks for sharing the video footage, Hugh. I feel quite disappointed that I couldn’t be there. Unfortunately, I’d need to rob a bank to get over to the UK from Australia at this point of time, which betrays some of my less salubrious convict roots. I’ve been thinking we need to have an Ozbloggers Bash but that we’d need to find a location with a really interesting Aboriginal place name to give it a real air of obscurity about it. I had high tea at Mudgeeraba recently and I grew up in Turramurra. Mind you, I’m very fond of Byron Bay and have family there. I’d really like to meet up with some of the people I blog with.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

    1. You’re most welcome, Rowena.
      I’ve already heard today that some Bloggers in the USA are trying to get a committee together so they can have their own Bloggers Bash. Maybe it can also be done in Austrailia? The two we have held in London have been wonderful days, and we’re already planning number three.
      Have a great weekend.
      Hugh

      1. It would be great to meet up but then you also wonder whether the magic will be broken. From Geoffle’s accounts of your event, it’s only been good…or even great!

        1. I email Geoffle and have read his books and I certainly consider him a close friend. I’m often sharing snippets of his posts with the family and then I flashed this purple bearded bloke to my husband last night and he was a bit “What the?” I am determined to get to London and experience one of his walking tours…and hopefully the Bloggers Bash!
          I will get something going down under. Do you have talks or workshops or is it just a catch up?

        2. Last year’s Bloggers Bash was more of just a meetup, but this year we hired our own room and also had a guest speaker who spoke about Social Media and how it works with Blogging. He gave a very interesting talk and it went down very well with everyone. So much so that it overran because of all the questions he was getting on the subject. Sacha is going to post his speech on her Blog, so keep a look out for it.

  3. No doubt about it, you got the best job at this blast. Great video. Everyone’s having such a wonderful time, it’s almost–but not quite–like being there. Sherri looks lovely. Thank you Lucy. Love your wonderful accents. 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed watching that video. Everybody looks very hyperactive with excitement. A few familiar faces. …Sherri, I think I’d hide behind someone if a video camera was pointed in my direction. Any chance of the Bloggers Bash happening in Brighton rather than London one year?

    1. It was a wonderful day, Sarah. The event was really successful and we’ve had so much praise for organising it. I think next year’s event will also be held in London because it’s such an easy place to get to for most people, especially those who fly in for the event. Some Bloggers from the USA and Canada are also planning on attending next year.

  5. Hey Hugh! I just recently found out about these awards. Looks like a blast! Loved the video and meeting your friends. Maybe I’ll have to make the trip from Colorado next year.

    1. Hi Susie. It was a fantastic day. I have heard that some Bloggers in your part of the world may organise something. You’d be very welcome to join us in London for next year’s Bloggers Bash. We’re already planning it.

  6. I had so much fun meeting everyone at the Bash. Thanks Hugh for this great video. It’s my first time on youtube. I guess it’s my 15 minutes of fame. I can’t wait for next year.

      1. Lets hope so Hugh, I’m being made redundant later in the year so may have some time to travel. I’ll keep the date of the next bash in my diary just in case. 😊

  7. What an event, Hugh. Good job on putting it together with the rest of the committee. Amazing turnout and lovely to see everyone supporting each other and being so nice to each other. Love the video you put together, and everyone didn’t really look camera 😀 Such a cozy and charming little venue too. Would love to attend a Bloggers Bash myself some day. Like some of the bloggers, maybe one day I will travel there just to attend it…and have a bit of a holiday in London too while at it 😀 Looking forward to seeing next year’s event and good luck with it.

    1. Thank you, Mabel. It was hard work, but well worth all the effort the committee put in. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and it was an amazing experience meeting blogging friends face to face for the first time.
      I do hope you’ll be able to make it over to the next Bloggers Bash. Many are thinking of coming and are tieing it in with a holiday in London and the UK. It was a wonderful day and like everybody else I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

      1. Everyone looked like they had a smile on their face. There is something so communal about this blogging community here. Everyone supports each other and is so encouraging – and everyone is there for each other.

        Tieing in visiting your part of the world and coming to the next Bloggers Bash sounds like a great idea which I shall keep at the back of my mind 😀

  8. Wonderful job! So glad I brought chocolate for you all — the best way to shut me up and stop me from rambling! It was a great capture of a lovely event. Thank you, Hugh!

    1. Thank you so much for the chocolate, Cynthia. I’ve not opened it yet, but I will get around to doing so very soon. 😃
      It was lovely to meet you and thank you for joining us at the Bloggers Bash. I hope we see you again at next year’s event?

  9. Hugh, thanks so much for this video. It was wonderful to see so many of my blogging friends, yourself included. I wish I could have been there. It looks as though you had a fantastic turnout.

  10. Fantastic job Hugh! Thanks for interviewing so many bloggers. It was lovely hearing them speak and putting faces to some names, making the online experience feel so much more real.
    I also had to laugh at the fact that so many wordsmiths seemed lost for words when the camera flashed in their face. I know as much as I can gab, I wouldn’t have done the same, lol. We all really need to get out more often!
    What a wonderful time, and I’m so hoping to be there next year! ❤ xo

    1. They were very brave, Debby. Having me shove my iPhone towards them and say “speak to Hugh’s phone” they all did a great job. When Graeme filmed me, I was almost lost for words. I could have also said a lot more once I thought about it, but I’m just very glad that they all came out as great sports and had a great time. Yes, we all need to get out a lot more. 😃
      Many congratulations on your 3rd place for Best Dressed Blog. Very well deserved. I’m so excited to hear that you’re planning on coming over for next year’s Bloggers Bash. I hope, as part of your trip, you’ll come and visit Toby, John and me in Swansea? You’re most welcome and come and stay.
      xx

      1. You are most kind my friend. I would love to visit you guys! And thank you for acknowledging my third place run. I was in great company.
        As you well know, this year has been a trying one for me. I shall be monitoring hubby’s health maintenance throughout the year to know if I’ll feel confident enough to leave him for a week or so to cross the pond. If I’m secure with his progress, I will definitely be there.
        Incidentally, my best friend lives in Kent, near Canterbury, I know that’s a 2 hour and a bit train ride into London, but how far are you from Kent? ❤

        1. We are the other side of the UK from Kent, Debby. You’d have to travel back into London and then it’s a 3-hour train journey to Swansea. I hope Hubby is feeling a lot better and that you get to Arizona later in the year.
          xx

        2. Thanks for sending your well wishes Hugh. He’s doing so much better, albeit very thin, and not as energetic as he once was, but so much to be grateful for.
          I’m hoping to get to a few places Hugh. Everything revolves health at the moment. Crossing fingers. 🙂

  11. Wow. Such a great video scrapbook, Hugh. You managed to capture some of the energy in that room.☺ It’s always a treat to meet face to face with a much loved blogger, can’t imagine the joy of meeting so many at once. Bravo on such a great event. Loved seeing/hearing them all. Hope to be there in person one day. Fingers crossed. Hugs to all. Van ❤️ 💛 💙 💜

    1. At one stage I thought nobody would be able to hear what each of the Bloggers was saying, Van, because the room was so buzzing. Filming was all done on my iPhone6, but I may invest in a proper video camera for next year’s event.
      I’m just so glad we filmed the event so that those that could not attend could feel a part of it. It was an overwhelming day, especially with meeting Bloggers in person for the first time. I managed to chat to a few during my busy filming schedule, but there were many I never had the chance to properly talk with.
      I do hope you’ll be able to join us at the Bloggers Bash one year very soon.
      xx

  12. It’d be very easy to repeat everything that’s been said before, so as I like being easy (did I really say that?), I will. Great to see so many people enthusing about blogging and being at the Bash. Great to see some of the people I didn’t actually get to talk to – it needs to go on much longer next time! – as well as being reminded of some I did. A great job of capturing everyone on film.
    But you really must take some time out just to chill next year. I’ll even do some of the filming for you, so you can get a break. And then we’ll have time to talk Gerry Anderson stuff!
    Thanks again, Hugh. This really is brilliant

    1. That’s so kind of your, Graeme, but you’re going to have to ask Boss Sacha Black if I can have time off. 😃 Regardless, I think the four of us did manage to get some mingling time in, but I do regret not having talked to you about Gerry Anderson and Space 1999! I can’t find anybody else to talk to me about it. Even though I was on duty, I loved every minute of the event and, like everyone else, can’t wait until next year’s Bloggers Bash (Sacha already has us planning it).
      Thanks so much for recording me. I completely forgot about it last year.

  13. Wonderful, Hugh. I loved every minute of the Bash, meeting lots of people I’ve ‘known’ for so long. I didn’t manage to speak to at least half the bloggers so I’ll be back next year. Although, there will be even more bloggers next time so I still won’t manage to chat to them all!
    Thanks to you and all the team for organising such a fantastic event.

    1. That’s great to hear, Mary. It was so wonderful to meet you and I’m glad we were able to chat (what with my video duties, etc). We’re already planning next year’s event and I’m sure details will be announced just as soon as we have something to tell you all.
      Thank you so much for joining us and I’m so pleased you had a fantastic day.

  14. What a delightful video Hugh. Thanks so much for recording it for those of us who couldn’t be there.
    Oh, I followed you on Pinterest. I didn’t realize you had boards there. I looooove Pinterest. Mega hugs!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I’m so glad we decided to record a video of the event for all of you where it was impossible to attend.
      I have no idea how Pinterest works but thank you for following me on it. 😃
      Hugs to you.
      xx

  15. Oh my gosh! So many people I “know” from the blogosphere! It’s wonderful to put a face to the words. 🙂 I wish I could have been there but *waves* hello, all! And thanks for sharing this, Hugh. 💖

      1. I hope to make it next year. But, if I go, I’m going to hide behind Geoff, too. Sherri and I have already discussed this. Now we need to clear it with Geoff. Or I could hide behind Sacha (as long as she doesn’t step on my toes with those spike heels!) 😉 Thanks, Hugh!

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