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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words #BloggersBash

A picture is worth a thousand words is a classic English idiom and the perfect term to use for today’s blog post.

I spent the weekend in London meeting my ‘online’ family and attending the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. I tried to write down my thoughts about the past couple of days as I travelled back from London yesterday but I somehow managed to board the wobbliest train in the history of rail travel and felt quite seasick before we’d even reached High Wycombe. So, I abandoned my pen and pressed my nose up against the window pane and reminisced over a fabulous weekend.

Instead of rambling on for 4000 words about how brilliant it was to meet Sacha Black and her wonderful committee, or Rosie Amber and some of the RBRT members, or even my cheeky cake with author, Carol Hedges, I thought I’d show you how fabulous it was instead.

Before I share the antics of my jolly girls’ outing, I must just offer my sincerest thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to vote for my blog at this year’s awards. I was thrilled to receive a nomination but to WIN the award for Most Inspirational Blog totally blew me away. I gratefully accepted my award with wobbly legs and a squeaky voice!

So, without further delay, here is a snapshot of a weekend well spent, in the company of my dear online family.

Friday, I met the very lovely, Carol Hedges, author of Victorian crime fiction, YA dystopian novels, award winning blogger, and feature writer at SixtyandMe, for a cake and a paddle!

No trip to Kings Cross Station is complete without a visit to Platform 9 3/4.  Rosie Amber, Christina Philippou and I were all initiated into Gryffindor.

Quick pit-stop and a Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team photo shoot courtesy of the hilarious waiter who learned all his skills from Naomi Campbell – apparently! ‘Smile’ – Chris Philippou, Rosie Amber, Alison Williams, and Barb Taub.

Then it was off to the Blogger Bash and the chance to network with some of the best bloggers around – and not just local bloggers either. The bash attracted visitors from Newcastle, Leeds, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Vienna, and Poland.

The event included an informative masterclass from Luca Sartoni, international speaker, growthkeeper at Automatic, the people behind WordPress. Thanks to Luca, I now know that ‘numbers are sexy’ and we only need four things in life; ‘water, shelter, food, and WordPress!’ Luca now knows that the Brits are reblog crazy!

There were a fair number of fan girling moments throughout the day – especially when I finally came face to face with my online twin, Sacha Black, and the winner of Funniest Blog Award, the very beautiful, Lucy Mitchell. I also managed to meet – in between copious amounts of cake and maltesers! – the incredible Suzie Speaks – who walked away with Best Overall Blog Award, and the lovely Mary Smith. It was wonderful to see so many of my Book Connector Facebook friends winning awards too – Sarah Hardy, Linda Hill, Anne Williams, Alix Long, Noelle, and Becca’s Books.

Factor in to all this fun and frolicking a king size Premier Inn bed (to myself!), a couple of full English breakfasts, beautiful sunshine, a celebratory Bread & Butter Pudding, and the Queen’s 90th birthday and I can safely say it was the best weekend EVER!  My daughter even made me some banana buns as a welcome home present!

The only slight smudge on the horizon was England’s draw against Russia, but even that couldn’t wipe the big grin off my face!

Winner of Most Inspirational Blog Award 2016



45 thoughts on “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words #BloggersBash”

  1. This is soooo fabulous! Especially seeing all of you amazing bloggers together, physically!! And you winning this award, of course, as well 😁 hearty congratulations! Well deserved because even this post is very inspirational to me, seeing that blogging is a REAL thing. Sometimes I think it’s just all taking place in my head. Well, not literally, of course, but you know 😉. Kudos!

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      1. 😀 I still think it’s just mostly my husband who reads mine. After a ‘friendly’ reminder XD. Maybe we can see it as being connected in one giant brain cloud. To test this hypothesis: what am I thinking of now? 😉

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  2. Congratulations, Shelley. It was brilliant to meet you and so many other bloggers and writers. I didn’t manage to get round everyone – a good reason to come back next year! Thanks for the name check in your post.

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  3. What a wonderful day indeed! Lovely to meet you Shelley, albeit briefly, and again, many congratulations on your well deserved win. Great photos and write up. Here’s to next year, look forward to seeing you then! 🙂 xx

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  4. Congratulations! Looks like you had a great time! I’m glad I found you via the winner’s announcement post. I look forward to going next year as I’m new to blogging and had no idea this existed…I would have stayed with my brother who lives just outside of London had I known 🙂 Congrats again 🙂

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    1. I know!!!! It just means I’ll have to do another trip to London!!!! Premier Inn here I come lol. You did an amazing job and everyone is buzzing about the event – well done. Plus HUGE congrats on #trending woo hoo! 😊xx


  5. Even the cheeky ‘I want to thank my mum’ seemed apt! Well done oh Grinny One!! Well deserved. And if you do meet up with Sacha for that chat, can I come and eat the cake to save you from yourselves?


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