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by Cynthia T. Luna in Blog

Ah! London! Home of the annual Bloggers Bash and Indian food. (Thank you, London, for Indian food!) This blog post is a small roundup of my experience with links to some others’ sites and their roundups.

I had heard about the Annual Bloggers Bash sometime in November or December, and signed up to participate right away–months before I found out someone had nominated this blog, Living in Cyn, for Best Newcomer Blog. (Spoiler alert: that award went to the highly deserving Noelle at Crime Book Junkie.)

Cynthia T. Luna and Sacha Black at the 2016 Bloggers Bash

Cynthia is not used to taking selfies… Sacha is! Must ask her for tips. So great meeting a blogging friend!!

About the Bloggers Bash

Just as Big Ben struck 2 o’clock somewhere near the Thames, I stepped into the second floor of The Driver, where the event was held. (Side note: this is a sexy little gastro pub in the Camden area of London and a place worth checking out for future visits to London.) Smiling Bloggers Bash committee members greeted me there: a purpley-bearded Geoff, an iPhone-wielding Hugh, guardian of the Bash and cash registers, Ali, and lover-of-the-strange-unusual-and-red-soled-Louboutins Sacha.

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To Reblog or to Press This? That was the Bloggers Bash Question…

Besides booze at the bar, bloggers on the floor, sustenance in the forms of cake and gastro fare, there was boundless conversation about blogging.

Luca Sartoni Bloggers Bash 2016

Luca Sartoni, Automattic growthketeer, zeroed in on his targets…

Lance Greenfield Mitchell posed a question about Reblogging versus Press-This, to which Luca Sartoni (an Automattic “growthketeer”, apparent fan of “The Governator and Bloggers Bash special guest) responded, “Wait. How many of you reblog? Why do you reblog?”

It seems that this room, containing a good many rebloggers, was all about sharing the love. (What’s not to heart?) A note to, reach for your Press-This bookmarklet if you’re visiting a Self-hostie. πŸ™‚

Brushing Up Against Bloggers Bash Biggies

Truth be told, I am an introvert, so I had to mentally prepare for this afternoon with a room full of the people who create the posts I follow and admire.Β Looking back on it all, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t in a daze, and maybe even a little star struck. Among others (I follow a bunch of the blogs featured in the Bash awards), I got to meet some Bloggers Bash celebs:

In no particular order…

  • Suzie of SuzieSpeaks writes posts about a wide array of topics. Somehow, she has her finger on the pulse of what people want to read. I’m certainly hooked. She noted a funny little story about how we ran into each other after the party in her own Bloggers Bash roundup.
  • Lucy Mitchell a chick lit writer and blogger of Blonde Write More. Lately, I have been reading the hilarious diary entries of her fictitious main character, Tina–a slightly crazed aspiring authoress. I find myself chuckling with self-recognition to this series. (I wonder why.) Catch her roundup of bloggers air-bashing madness here.
  • Sacha Black queen bee on the Bloggers Bash organizing/event committee and a prolific blogger to her namesake blog provides writer tips, inspiration and reflections. (In case this is your first time here, Living in Cyn had her on as a special guest.)
  • Icy Sedgwick is a fellow writer and published author who is newly exploring self-publishing possibilities. I met her through the inter-tubes days before the event, so it was thrilling to see her at the Bash. We chatted a lot about book marketing, and she gave me some tips that I’ll be sharing in this blog over the next couple weeks!
  • Ritu from But I Smile Anyway. I just found out that she is also on the verge of publishing a collection of poems. (A word to introverts: Seek Ritu out at a party. She will instantly make you feel like you arrived with a friend!)
  • Helen Jones of Journey to Ambeth. Helen participates in various blog challenges. My biggest fascination with her blog comes from her writing voice. Her observations enchant me, and she stumbles on natural or historical wonders that pique my interest.

Caught on Camera!

Most of the bloggers mentioned above were nominated for a highly coveted ABBA. Many of them (not surprisingly) walked away with a trophy and/or an honorable mention. It was all very exciting. You can see some intros here or by visiting Hugh’s Views and News.

My prize was being in a room full of the very people who keep me company on my lunch hour, during a slow morning at the day job, on Twitter during my long commute, or at any other given time I feel like being pulled away from my “real” life. πŸ™‚

Biggest Bloggers Bash Regret…

I don’t usually leave festive events with regrets–happy to coast on the positive vibrations for hours and days. But I do have one regret this time: Not taking (many) pictures during the event — and later, not having the courage to click away with abandon. Still, I managed to squeeze in a few, just to prove I was there! Next year, I’ll do better–much better!

Icy Sedgwick and Cynthia T. Luna Bloggers Bash 2016

I got to meet Icy Sedgwick and we spoke forever about book marketing and writing fiction. (Not to self, ask Icy for some tips in taking selfies…)

Coming Down from the Bloggers Bash High

The wave of elation and exhaustion is only now beginning to abate and I have another post about London in general that I will post here over the next couple days, but in the meantime…

Behold, the list of bloggers recognized for their various bloggerly talents!

AND…The Winners of the #BloggersBash Awards 2016 Are…

Many Thanks to Everyone…

People at the Bloggers Bash were awesome. I also want to thank you for nominating me to join such exalted bloggerly company. Some of the nominees (and award winners) post new blog posts every day (and some even more than that). Thank you for considering me among them. It’s like qualifying for the Olympics!

You’ll find me in London next year on June 10 at the 3rd Annual Bloggers Bash Awards!

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  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Fabulous post, Cynthia! Glad you got so much out of the beautiful BB, and I was so happy to meet you, but maybe next year we will get the chance to have a proper chat. Have a great weekend! 😁

    1. Thanks, Ali! So glad you enjoyed it. I’ve been reading other people’s posts, and have been amazed by all the perspectives. I do find it funny too how many of us took so few photos. πŸ˜›

  2. Yet another reminder of what a great event the BB was last week. You mentioned regrets. I didn’t take any photos, but frankly that didn’t bother me – so many others have shared theirs. What I did regret was not meeting up with more people, you included. Next year we must at least say hello – and hopefully have a good chat.

    1. Indeed! Thanks for thinking it was a great reminder. I have Really enjoyed reading others’ roundups! Frankly, I wonder if I would tire of them, because I had such a good time. πŸ™‚

  3. Helen says:

    It was such a pleasure to meet you on Saturday, and this post perfectly captures I think how most of us felt on the day – it was a blast, wasn’t it? And thanks for your very sweet words about my writing *blushing*
    I’m already looking forward to next year and catching up again – and this time we’ll take a photo! Xx

    1. Yes! I’m still reeling from the giddiness of it all. Photo = definitely! (I have a year to practice my selfie technique now…) πŸ˜›

  4. Ritu says:

    Aw Cynthia!
    A fantastic recall of a most excellent day! Hope you are well πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

    1. Thanks, Ritu! I am well — hope you are too!

  5. Hugh says:

    It was great to meet you, Cynthia. Thank you so much for making the trip to London to join us for The Bloggers Bash. Thank you also for the chocolate. I love the stuff and needless to say it was very well received πŸ˜€
    Looking forward to seeing you at The 3rd Annual Bloggers Bash.
    Best wishes,

  6. Sacha Black says:

    It was SOOOO good to meet you. I WISH WISH WISH I had had more time to chat properly. That’s my biggest regret, I am so busy running around making it happen I don’t get to be present!

    1. Sacha, I do feel like I know you based on our blog post and comment exchanges, so I didn’t really expect to get some serious F2F time with you at the Bash. I definitely think we should try a Skype one of these days, I think we have so much to share with each other. πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely write up of the BB. Hope we get to chat next time… That’s the only downside of these events lack of time to talk to everybody! See you next year!

    1. Agreed, Marjorie! That, and after a certain point, names, faces and blogs get mixed up with each other and I can’t sort through which which is which! Now that I have persons to match with blogs, it should be easier for me to overcome my introvertedness and come forward a bit more. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to next year– but in the meantime, I’m looking forward to your blog posts! Reading them is different now that I have “met” you in person.

  8. Mary Smith says:

    Great post – and I hope we get a chance to chat next year.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I hope so too! Now having seen the wizards behind the .com/ curtains in the flesh, I am finding that blog surfing is more fun and “real” somehow. πŸ™‚

  9. C.S. Wilde says:

    That looks like so much fun!! Loved the pictures <3

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