All those following my food blog would have noticed, I'm sort of going through a bloggers block and haven't been able to type out a single word in weeks. This is a perfectly normal and acceptable phase in a blogger's life (or so I've realized and come to terms with).
Earlier last week, I took a moment of pride when I was invited for the first bloggers event post the workshop hosted by Bloggers ME held at the gorgeous little terrace of Il Teatro at Four Seasons Hotel (I was there on Thursday to try their new menu introduced by Chef Marco Arlotti - will do a review on that soon but check out the teaser on myInstagram). I was told that I belong to the top 20 bloggers in the region which is honorable enough when I still think I've a long way to go. This statement alone is sufficient to break free from the unwanted block.
As social as I am online, I was extremely nervous about seeing new faces who I otherwise know virtually very well. There was something gripping me 'would I be all alone in a corner' and having to introduce myself as a blogger to the new people and what if they said 'Oh I've never heard of you' or wouldn't seem interested in my subject. With all those presumptions and building on the anxiety, I got to the terrace finally (although Rosalyn, Polly and Sara who I already know were meant to present).
My initial introduction didn't take too long as the lovely Kirsty and Sarah had already mentioned to the workshop attendees of the blog and me (I did a little happy dance there).
This was the first opportunity to meet and greet on a personal level with the paparazzi happening at intervals. There was sure a lot of tweeting, clicking food pictures for Instagram and the happiness of meeting fellow bloggers in person amongst all the amazing canapes brought from the kitchen of Chef Marco Arlotti (highlight being the saffron risotto - it was magical).
I, obviously, met Sara from Doha Foodies (Facebook group) and Rosalyn from Dream days Blog who I've known and met earlier - always a pleasure meeting them for the mutual love for food. Meeting new faces Polly from Follow Your Sunshine, Nat from Bright Lights, Little City was definitely a treat. I have read about them and putting a face to the Twitter handle/Blog name was great.
Briefly conversing with Sarah (Lady Sadie's Emporium) and Kirsty (4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle) aka the organizers of the event and founders of Blogging ME was amazing!
Nonetheless, I just want to put a word to all the new bloggers, do not be afraid with endless self-judging before starting a blog even though you hardly will have readers at the start. Be sure that your first article will seem like a masterpiece which down the line will feel like 'OMG did I really write this, was I that intoxicated'. Just go ahead and commence this journey about the niche that you want to share with your readers and only time will tell you the wonders and changes that it brings along. It will only make you a better person, build confidence and audience for your specialization. I could go on and on with advices I've learnt from my own mistakes and I've said enough already. Good luck if you're starting a blog and I will be very glad if I'm in anyway a little push to press that dready send/publish button.
P.S.: there are no set rules to blogging, its like raising a baby - each is personal, different and unique!
Happy eating xx
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