I am positively BURSTING with inspiration after last weekend’s Blognix Retreat: and I can’t believe that after a very low week I was almost tempted to cancel!
Blognix was founded by Elizabeth Sellers from Rosalilium. The idea of the retreat (which was held at Hillidon Lakes, near Daventry in Northamptonshire) is to get like-minded people together to collaborate, learn, and inspire.
The event certainly delivered on its promise!
During the weekend a range of diverse workshops were held. I thought I would share with you, dear readers, a couple of the main points from each:
How to Launch Your Digital Product and Make More than £3,000 in two weeks
Ximena de la Serna
- Email lists are king!
- Send your subscribers free things, which provides them with added value as a perk for bothering to subscribe. This technique comes in handy when you are trying to sell them something because they will think “Wow, if the free stuff is this good, how awesome must what they are selling be?”
How to Build Successful Relationships with PRs and Brands
- Always remember basic courtesy – work hard, be nice to people.
- If you are interested in working with a brand, send a brief email to test the waters before indulging in a full pitch (and in that pitch, be clear about what you are offering – don’t just say “I’d like to collaborate”).
Time Management for People Who Want to Do All The Things!
Holly June Smith
- Figure out what your goals are. Figure out what you spend your time doing. Chances are spending hours on Twitter aren’t going to help you achieve them, so ask yourself regularly: “How does [whatever I am doing] help me achieve my goals?”
- Turn off your social media notifications to avoid unnecessary distractions (I’ve done this, it’s liberating!)
- Schedule and set routines.
- Set SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound to help you focus your energy and time towards achieving your goals.
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Control Your Business, Don’t Let It Control You
- Save all your receipts! Outlay such as conference tickets can be claimed back as a business expense.
- Track your expenses in something like Xero. Use Excel only if you know how to use it properly so you don’t bugger it up (Raj’s business might be called Creative Accounting, but take this seriously – HMRC will take a dim view of actual creative accounting.)
- Protect yourself and your assets with the appropriate level of insurance – professional indemnity and/or public liability.
- Reject the ordinary, seek the unknown, ignore conventions, explore, be curious!
- Forget perfection.
- Slay your limited beliefs – just get on with it, don’t wait for ‘the right time’, or the ‘right idea’, or the ‘right circumstances’. They’ll never happen.
Self-Care for Success
- Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup!
- Self-care is a necessity not a luxury.
- Consider self-care as putting petrol in your tank – you’ll break down if the tank is empty.
Throughout the sessions we were encouraged to collaborate with each other, share ideas, and encourage each other. Many of the sessions were incredibly creative, which I loved.
The sessions combined with the advice and suggestions from my lovely friends resulted in me feeling incredibly positive and bursting with ideas. I can honestly say it is the brightest I have felt for some time.
One of the greatest benefits of such events is spending time with my lovely friends – and meeting new ones.
Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Karen (Stopping at Two); Katy (What Katy Said); Katie (Mami2Five); Caro (The Twinkle Diaries); Karen (Mini Travellers); and Lisa (Mummascribbles) all came along too – hurrah!
Here we are at lunch on the Saturday:
I shared a room with lovely Katy from What Katy Said. Here’s a pic of us both before dinner:
I love this photo of Caro, Karen, and I: we all look so happy!
I was delighted to meet Liz from What Lizzy Loves. She and I have got to know one another through Instagram and a shared love of pretty things! Liz is just as lovely in real life as I thought she would be – and so elegantly beautiful! Serendipitously we were seated on the same table for dinner, which enabled us to have a good chat.
I also made a new friend, Sophie from Soinspo – we’d met at the PR and Brands session earlier in the day, and were seated next to one another at dinner. She’s a sweetie and I enjoyed getting to know her. Do check out her gorgeous fashion and lifestyle blog!
A huge thank you to the event organisers and speakers for such a fun, insightful, inspirational, and creative weekend. A massive thank you too to all my friends for making the weekend so special.
Keep watching this space to discover how I am going to translate all of these ideas and creativity in to something tangible. I am so excited!