Having attended the year before for 2016 - read my takeaways on that one here: http://www.justcreativejulia.co.uk/blog/the-future-of-creativity-my-takeaways-from-blogtacular-2016. This year was about building my creative community.
So in this day and age, tribe, to me, means the people who understand me. Who want to come alongside me and support me. And also, those whom I want to get behind and cheer on. People whom inspire me, excite me and lift me.
There's always a lot to take in with attending Blogtacular. There is teaching and lots to learn. But also, time to indulge in creativity with other like minded individuals. Such as attending the photo walks. I was so nervous when I attended that first year in 2016. I met Rachel of ohnorachio.com fame and Kim Lawler of www.kimlawlercreative.com (not knowing at the time just how successful these people were!) and just babbling incoherently at them. I remember thinking 'ok, she doesn't know what I'm waffling on about'. It was embarrassing on my part! But then I met Steph of www.beyondthesofa.com and pretty much glued myself to her for the rest of the photo walk! (And talking of photo walks, to do one around your local area, check out my blog post for tips and join the hashtag #localphotowalk - https://www.justcreativejulia.co.uk/blog/creating-a-local-photowalk-join-the-hashtag).
Below is a photo of Adele from www.nestanddressed.co.uk. This was taken on the photo walk from Blogtacular 2016. She was posing prettily with the two gerberas and I think I made a crude/silly comment such as 'one for each boob!'. Thankfully she laughed along with me and posed to humour me! Love that gal!
Getting to know people for the first time when you don't know anyone can be overwhelming. Especially if you're an introvert, hate big crowds, get imposter syndrome, analysis paralysis and all those other insightful buzz words that describe our intricate personalities. But once you get past that first bit and start building relationships, it is so worth it!
Below are my top tips for finding the right community for you. And if you choose to read further, more of my thoughts on how I see the future of relationships. How we will interact with each other and how that will change.
Top Tips on Getting Involved
- Your local neighbourhood, get to know your neighbours. Ask them in for a cup of tea!
- Local shops, enjoy the slow pace of your local butchers, bakers and strike up a conversation.
- If having a faith is for you then you will naturally slot into that community.
- A community within your niche. Such as 'In Colourful Company' for colour lovers. Blogtacular for creative bloggers and designer makers. The numerous social media groups that are out there as well as the face to face conferences.
- Volunteer! Whether that's serving your local community in a soup kitchen/homeless shelter. Or signing up to help out at conferences.
3. Here's a little anecdote that one of my friends gave me: remember, relationships are like farts, if you force it, it's crap!
4. Go forth. Be you, be free, connect and collaborate.
A good few years ago, in my faith in God, I asked Him to order my friendships. That people would get in touch with me if I'd forgot them. Or I'd be prompted to get in touch with certain people to organise meet ups etc. And to help me let it go if it seemed like things weren't working. To be able to have the wisdom to say 'I'm wasting my time putting in the effort here'. And just let things fizzle out. Without the drama!
Another way I see relationships changing are in line with the digital age. I think I can be quite old school in wanting a face to face relationship. But when you make connections with people who live in other parts of the country, it's just not possible! And I've had to say to myself, an online relationship is just as good! I can take a while to process and embrace change. Being a part of Blogtacular has helped me embrace this online world of relationships. Being an introvert, I engage best on a deeper level. I am the one to one, deep talker. So accepting slightly more surface level relationships is a vulnerability of mine.
What are your thoughts on this changing world and how relationships may evolve? Do you agree/disagree with my thoughts? I would love to hear what others think and any other insights people are feeling/sensing.
In conclusion, I say again... Go forth! Be You. Be Free. Connect. Collaborate. Peace out.
Photo credits and more info:
If you are interested in attending Blogtacular 2018, please check out their website at www.blogtacular.com. Early bird tickets for this year are on sale until February (check website for exact dates and prices).
Header photo copyright of Amber Rose Photography - www.amber-rosephotography.com.
Group shot from the photo walk in 2016, copyright of Mollie Makes.
All other photos/drawings are my own.