London Bloggers Meetup

Yesterday I posted about my new film blog, Obviously Not a Golfer. Something I didn’t mention in that post is that the new blog owes its existence largely to the London Bloggers Meetup.

I attended one of the meet-ups just before Christmas, and of course the natural thing to ask each new person you meet at such an event is, “What do you blog about?” Despite that being a question I’ve been asking myself about this site for just over ten years now — or maybe because of that — I didn’t have a very good answer. I talked to a few people about the conundrum of deciding what subjects should and shouldn’t go on a blog that has no set topic, and eventually I was convinced to choose a single, well-defined topic to start a new blog about. With that, and a subsequent few hours of trying to find Big Lebowski quotes that would work as a domain and weren’t already registered, Obviously Not a Golfer was born.

This evening I went back to LBM, and this time I had an answer for all of the people who asked, “What do you blog about?” Apparently I also had an answer for most of the questions in the Q & A session with the guest speakers, as I kind of overwhelmed the #LBMlive hashtag for a while. Topics included making blogs mobile friendly, whether you can retain editorial control and still run ads, how to find people who might be interested in reading your stuff, how to stay motivated about writing, and the Kama Sutra. I suspect the lady that brought up that last topic might have got a few more readers this evening.

2 Replies to “London Bloggers Meetup”

  1. I’m interested in the idea of these meet ups but as a hobbyist blogger who often lest her blog lie fallow I feel I am not the target for this. And I’m not sure if I want to be more professional as a blogger. I want to follow what interests me. Hmm.

    Do you think they are useful for people in my boat?

  2. Most of the people I’ve met are hobbyists. It’s more of a social event than anything else. There is always a topic, but that only defines what the Q&A part with invited speakers will be about, and that’s only a small part of the whole event. Most of it is just meeting other bloggers.

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