Even though I was blogging in my head for the entire weekend, I still don't really know where to start (or finish) now that I sit down. For me, Bloggers Connecting was all about firsts. Meeting a gigantic group of bloggers, attending a conference for the first time, speaking at a conference for the first time, visiting Christchurch, visiting the South Island, and a whole string of other, smaller firsts.
Now that I'm rested and recovered, I sit here wondering if I made the most of it all, and hoping that I did. I think I did. There were aspects of the weekend that thoroughly overwhelmed me, and there were many more moments that I will keep in my lovely-memories folder for a very long time. Above all else, there was so much genuine warmth, love and enthusiasm amongst the group of bloggers. These really are an incredible group of women.
This lady I'ma huggin' - she's pretty special.
In the crazy haze that was Friday - Craft Market slash meetathousandbloggersfortheveryfirsttime, and supper at Miriam's - I was too possum-in-the-headlights to take a single photo (I will show you what I bought in a separate post). These images are from Saturday, at The Make Cafe, which I was very pleased to be able to check out while I was down there. It didn't disappoint, and neither did the charming company.
The bloggers I met were truly adorable. Some were just exactly how I pictured them, and others were taller/shorter/more extroverted/less extroverted or in some other way just subtly different from the picture in my head. It was kinda crazy. I did have a couple of those ahhh-who-the-heck-are-you moments, but once the panic diminished, I was able to recall that yes, I have read every single one of your blogposts, and yes, I have also literally drawn your face. True story (and that particular blogger is as lovely in real life, as the delightful things she creates).
Gorgeous pregnant ladies
Yesterday I spent the entire day feeling like I hadn't left CHCH. There was just too much to unpack, I was home but my thoughts were entirely with Christchurch and that gigantic bunch of bloggers. Today I feel like I am finally back home, and now these photos are imbued with the bittersweet of looking back.
I do have more photos to share. Some pics from Sunday, from Deb's house, and I'll share the contents of those goodie bags (and all the treats I bought myself while I was down there, just to make you all totes jelly). I do want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the lovely bloggers, and in particular to Justine who ferried me everywhere and provided wonderful conversation while she did so - to Miriam who hosted me and a couple of preggers ladies, and is probably the funniest creature in the universe, and to Juliet, Sophie and Treena - whose hard work made all of this happen. Amazing, ladies, for reals.