#BlognixRetreat | What I Got Up To!

Last weekend Neesha from Reinventing Neesha and I left the comfort of Wales and headed to Hellidon Lakes Hotel & Spa in Daventry for #BlognixRetreat a weekend of lectures, workshops and networking created by Blognix

We paid extra to stay on the Friday night as getting up at 5am didn't appeal to either of us so we arrived late in the afternoon around 6pm very tired indeed. We headed down to the bar for some food, the hotel was so big it was like a maze and we found we got lost quite a few times on the first night! We both ordered a QBurger with fries, when it came we were so hungry we wolfed it down as quick as possible but we did stop halfway through to communicate how delicious it was (one of the best burgers I've ever had). We then headed back to the room where I ordered dessert via room service, I chose a tiramisu which was bloody delicious, what wasn't delicious was the £3.50 tray charge I almost choked on after reading the receipt but never mind, the dessert was totally worth is regardless.We then decided to try the television which we couldn't get to work, so we called a member of staff who came up and embarrassed us completely by simply plugging the aerial back in *squirm*. We then settled down and had an early night.

Let the games begin! Everything kicked off bright and early, we headed down to breakfast at nine and were gobsmacked with all the wonderful options, there were so many continental and cooked options we tucked in! We then headed to registration, I was a little nervous as I'd seen some tweets saying most of the bloggers who were attending were over 30 which made me feel like the baby of the group! Registration was quick and painless so we signed up for our workshops we had a choice of two for every time slot;

How to Build Successful Business Relationships with PRs and Brands (with @TheTravelHack
Video Blogging and Youtube: How to Get Started (with @JimsyJamPots)

Time Management for people who want to do ALL THE THINGS! (with @HollyJuneSmith)
Do Bloggers Need Contracts/Agreements and T's & C's (with @Laywer_inmaking)

How to get 100,000 visitors from Pinterest (with @Rosalilium)
Control Your Business, Don't Let It Control You / Creative Accounting (with @Average_chap)

We then grabbed a coffee and entered a big beautiful hall where we began to learn! Elizabeth from Rosalilium kicked things off with a welcome speech before we heard from ShopStyle all about how to monetise your content which was a really interesting talk as I've never used affiliates before. We then had a great talk from XiMena who did a talk on How To Earn £3,000 in Two Weeks. We had a break and then split into our workshop groups, I chose....

How to Build Successful Business Relationships with PRs and Brands (with @TheTravelHack)

Time Management for people who want to do ALL THE THINGS! (with @HollyJuneSmith)

How to get 100,000 visitors from Pinterest (with @Rosalilium)

The workshops ended, we had a breather it was a couple of hours before drinks so I went back to the room and started working on improving my blog on some of the things I learned! Urika came and joined up around six and we were introduced to Jodie! We got to know each other a bit better and by then it was time for dinner, I don't think any of us knew what to expect but it was fantastic. We had little place cards to tell us where to sit and to remind us what we pre-ordered (good idea as we had all forgotten). I had the parsnip and apple soup (yum), the lamb and dumplings (yum) and finally the sticky toffee pudding (YUM!) it was safe to say the food was fantastic and as far as I'm aware everyone enjoyed.
Having the place cards meant a lot of us were separated from our friends which I thought was a good idea because this encouraged me to talk to so many amazing people such as Gavin, Cassy, Raj as well as the rest of the table, we were a very fun table I thought! After the meal we had tea and coffee before moving into the bar for a drink for more networking before a very vintage game of bowling took place downstairs! It was a late night all round.

I was so determined to get up for yoga and then guess what? I didn't! I was so dead I stayed in bed and looking back I'm so disappointed! Regardless we got up, packed, checked out and went down to breakfast before heading back to the conference room to have our last three workshops, which were...

Innovative Thinking (with @Jlowthrop)

Self care for Success (with @LauraAgarWilson

Mastermind (Group Activity)

It was time for Neesha and I to head home after the last workshop as we had a long drive ahead however there was also the opportunity for one on one's with ShopStyle and Raj! The drive home was uneventful and when I finally got back I went straight to bed, got my laptop out and started working. So grateful for everyone who organised, spoke, attended and helped me at #BlognixRetreat it was a fabulous weekend. 

If you want to find out more about the #BlognixRetreat by searching the hashtag there are so many good posts out already. You can read all about Neesha's experience too.

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