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8 August 2019

Blogger Retreat


I kind of think this title is misleading, I haven't been to a blogger retreat recently! That's the stuff only blogger's dreams are made of, or in this case, mine. However, this got me thinking - what would be the perfect blogging retreat? What place could blogger's and influencer's go to where they can write, have photo sessions and inspire each other to create cracking content?


Blogger Retreat


Before I really delve into this post, I don't want to paint a stereotypical blogger image for all you non-bloggers and bloggers alike, this is just a fun idea I came up with while sweating my buns off on the recumbent bike at the gym (as you do). I don't need too much backlash off the back of this, I'm a new (cat) mother now, I have responsibilities.


Anyway, so the perfect blogging retreat. I'd love to go to, for example, a lodge in the Cotswolds, a beach house on the Devon coast or a large eco friendly house in the country. As long as it met Insta-worthy criteria. I'd go with my blogging friends and just have a couple of days where I can learn and be inspired off the blogger's who's posts I love reading. Also having photo sessions where we can write posts based off the photo's we captured. A place just to get to know each and learn off each other.


Blogger Retreat

Let's think about this, what would constitute as an ideal blogging getaway location?


INSTAGRAMMABLE  LOCATION
This is definitely a must, whether it be a hotel or like I said previously, a lodge in the Cotswolds or somewhere else in the countryside, it's got be idyllic as well as Insta worthy. Even though I do like the hustle and bustle of a city, I do like the peace and quiet of the country. Sometimes that peacefulness is great for your mindfulness and mental health. I also think writing somewhere where the view outside is maximising Mother Nature in all it's beauty can allow you to create your best content. Also an Insta worthy location means amazing photo sessions, whether it's overlooking a lake or on a balcony overseeing the sunrise/sunset (whatever your preference).


GOOD  WIFI  CONNECTION
Well, how are we supposed to update our Insta stories and send tweets without a good WiFi connection?! Also if you're someone who likes to jot down their ideas almost instantaneously after they pop into your head, then you need to have your laptop at the ready to get it typed down before the idea disappears. Now, if you haven't got a laptop with you at hand, you can always tap it on your Notes on your phone. But if you're like me and you like to do things the old fashioned way, you may need these instead...



NOTEBOOKS
Oh come on, what blogger doesn't love a notebook?! I had a love for stationary when I was a kid, the love for it has heightened even more when I became a blogger. Every time I'm in a store such as Tesco or Home Bargains, I can't help but be drawn to the stationary aisle to see if they have a new range of notebooks on show. But if you're away and you need to jot down ideas, actually grasping a pen or pencil in your hand and writing your ideas down on paper is still just as good as using your laptop or phone. You can't always rely on technology, especially if you forget one important thing that comes with them...


Blogger Retreat


SPARE  CHARGERS  FOR  PHONES  /  CAMERAS
Have you been in that situation where you have a mini heart attack because you've left your charger at home when you're going away somewhere?! I did that last year when I went to Liverpool and thank the Lord my bestie let me share her charger. If you want to create content, you need to keep your devices topped up!


BLOGGING  PROPS
Where would blogger's be without props for their photos? Whether it be geeky glasses, rose gold items, fake flowers, jewellery, confetti, mugs with our initial on them, we need props to make our flatlay's pop out or something to carry when we're doing an outside photography sesh.


TRIPODS
Now, I have grown to become reliant on my tripod to do my bedroom pictures as there is no one else I can ask to do them! If you're not comfortable in asking someone to take photo's of you, then a tripod is definitely your best choice for getting your photo's. It could be that your blogger friends are asleep and you want to get a picture of yourself watching the sunrise. Yep, a tripod would come in handy.

Blogger Retreat

ROLL  TOP  BATHS
My aim in life is to get a picture of myself in a roll top bath. Well obviously I would be facing away from the camera! I've seen Em Sheldon even create her own hashtag as she has taken so many pictures of herself in hotel baths! I think I've got to a point that when I look at hotels around the UK now, I look to see if the rooms have roll top baths or not. As you can see, my mindset has completely changed since I became a blogger.
What would constitute as the perfect blogging retreat for you? Let me know of your ideas!
Lucy

34 comments:

  1. I have no ideas to add but I wanna sign up please??? Meet you in Bourton-on-the-water??

    Can be ready in 10 and i have plenty of spare chargers!

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  2. I love the sound of this! Where do I sign up? 😍 You had me at lodge in the cotswolds! This is such a fabulous idea and I definitely wish it was something on offer!

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  3. I am could love to go to Cotswolds because it sounds delightful.

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  4. For me I'd need some beautiful outdoor scenery, somewhere to go for a walk and get out into nature. I love the idea of a retreat! Although given that I'm just starting my blogging journey I'm not sure I'd make the cut just yet!

    Rachel | Teacups & Tartan

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    1. Of course you would make the cut Rachel! But I do agree, outdoor scenery is important too!

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  5. Sounds so lovely, especially since I`ve never been to Cotsolds and always wanted to. Part of me would love to go on a bloggers retreat, but the one with social anxiety is petrified by that. I used to say no to so many events because I was nervous about interacting with others. But I do want to improve that and take more chances.

    Carmen Chats

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    1. Blogging events are a brilliant way to meet new people, but I know how hard social anxiety can be and I hope you can go to some events and overcome that nervousness x

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  6. This sounds like an absolute dream! I love the idea of a blogger retreat - or just about any retreat really. Give me a big log cabin complete with an iconic roll top bath and I'll be one happy lady! xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

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    1. If I could escape to a retreat from time to time I would! xx

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  7. Can just imagine us all getting our tripods and notebooks mixed up haha!

    Becky | Uptown Oracle

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    1. Perhaps we should put labels on them so we know who's is who's?!

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  8. Sooo this sounds actually incredible haha! I've always wanted to do something like this as it's so much easier to have a full photoshoot or get creative with your writing when you're around other people who get it! Also I have a stack of notebooks I'm yet to touch so this sounds like the perfect excuse, haha!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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    1. Please bring those notebooks with you! You can't beat a notebook! x

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  9. A blogging retreat would be SO much fun! Having all my fave creators in one house for a weekend would be absolutely incredible. I'd love to different creators lead workshops and things depending on their niche, I think that'd be such a fab idea. You could do someone do a beauty masterclass, someone doing a craft workshop or yoga class, flatlay workshop, I would DEFINITELY sign up for that haha! And lots of yummy food - food is always important!
    Alice Xx
    www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. Workshops would be amazing! Oh yes, food is VERY important! xx

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  10. Ok this sounds amazing! Where can I sign up?! Haha this would be so good if it actually happened x

    https://www.emmalisa.co.uk

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  11. This reminds me of the YouTube channel yoga with adriene where she does an At Home yoga retreat, specially because it's more accessible and affordable for most people this way, everyone can get involved. Loved reading this blog, think the act of imagination and visualising it can be powerful, too! You've inspired me to give myself a little more time on a slow Sunday to write /be more creative and have my own little retreat (in hospital, I should add! I'm calling it a spa break haha) �� x

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    1. Aww thank you Chloe! This comment means so much, I hope you make your escape from hospital soon! x

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  12. This sounds like an absolute dream! I would love a week/ weekend somewhere with my favourite bloggers with lots of creativity. The imagine in my head is sooo good right now, I'm gonna be sad when my brain wakes up and realises this isn't my reality x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. It's such a dream idea, hopefully someone will make this idea happen, if I had enough money I would! xx

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  13. This sounds like a dream girl! I have to agree with you I always have a million chargers on me and a tripod haha x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿 www.kayleighzaraa.com

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  14. It would be my dream to go on a bloggers retreat but with living in berlin I feel like I'm so far away from everything.
    ❤︎

    www.elenaisabelle.com

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    1. Maybe you could start a blogging retreat in Berlin?!

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  15. This sounds so cute! My perfect blogger retreat would be in a cottage in the forest or by the sea - definitely a photo worthy location! Maybe workshops, Yoga sessions - the works!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Ooh a cottage or somewhere by the sea would be just as good! Workshops are a great idea! x

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