I am so excited to run this event for the fourth time, each time making it even bigger. I started in 2015 with a select crowd of 20 and last year, it was ace to bring together 95 attendees for a lush evening learning about blogging with a drink in hand.
So, I’m back for 2018 and even I’m pinching myself due to how awesome the line-up is! The theme of the evening is around how the very ordinary can do extra-ordinary things – I’ve assembled bloggers, creatives and digital marketeers who have achieved and doing AMAZING things, big audiences, show stopping content but are just everyday people like you and me.
All That Is She– well can you believe it? Dominique is coming to a The Culture Vulture event to speak! Dom is a lifestyle blogger and Instagram superstar; she’s brilliant at creating visual content on her social channels and website with that absolutely demands a like; her imagery is so clever, so well thought-out, brilliant, cheekily manipulating perspectives and so so creative. Her Instagram is a channel that I check daily and she’s grown it to 490K followers. It’s not just her visual content though – her blog is amazing too and she works with International mega brands. She writes brilliant, engaging content, the kind you can’t wait to read and enables you to establish a real connection with Dom. She’s so lush and real.
Dom will be sharing her journey so far, sharing some hints and tips and talking about to uplift your Insta and create lush visual content.
Lisa Dawson Styling – so this speaker, is a testament to the power of networking! I was looking for a final, keynote and one the prowl, I mentioned this to fellow blogger Miller Grey and a few introductory emails later, I’d nabbed another gem! Lisa is an interior lifestyle blogger with an Instagram following of 94k+, her blog is an absolute visual delight of interiors, decorating, gardening, interior designer interview s and ideas to make your home your creative kingdom. In 2017, she became a Marie Claire Verified Influencer and part of their Top 30 Power List 2017.
And I’m absolutely delighted she’s coming up further North just for this event. She will be sharing her blogging story whilst focusing on how she uses Instagram stories and how to ensure your social media secures engagement by giving your posts the best chance of success!
Crime Viral– Cheish is one of my favourite people in the world – absolutely hilarious. Cheish is a real all-rounder – PR megababe, events manager and promoter, freelance content writer, social media manager, event reviewer and she’s written a book too!
Tonight, she’ll be talking about her true crime passion project that has grown into an International sensation and growing business; Crime Viral. It’s a community of 150K+, website, blog, online true crime shop and she’s amassed over 15million Facebook video views. She’s absolutely nailed a niche!
My Boys Club - A Lifestyle, Travel & Food Blog– I’m delighted that Deb is coming to speak, she’s become a friend across the last year and when I decided I was going to run this event, I knew I had to have her speaking! Deb is a brilliant Northern family blogger, PR professional and university lecturer – she covers events, happenings, places to visit, food and so much more. I’ve been aware of Deb for some time and she’s quite new (a few years) on to the blogging scene and she’s grown a real name for herself, carved out a voice and grown a large engaged social media audience.
Deb will be sharing her blogging story, how she sticks to only writing about what she loves and maintaining her values whilst blogging, being selective with her paid partnerships alongside sharing some of her wealth of experience in PR, where a blog can fit into a marketing strategy and some of the big clients she currently does work for.
The blogger panel is your opportunity to hear from a variety bloggers and influencers, their stories, their journey and their advice. The panel will be hosted by me (The Culture Vulture) and we will explore YOUR questions in a lively and open forum. For many the panel has been the highlight to previous year’s events so I’m mega looking forward to this year too!
Helen Newman - She’s been blogging via ‘Honestly Helen’ since 2013; she has worked with some amazing brands like Coca Cola and peachy fox. She recently created a metro (Nexus endorsed and regional press covered) pub crawl tour where she visited all 60 metro stops and reviewed the closest pubs to them. Now that sounds right up my street! Wonder how the G&Ts were!?
Pip Milburn - North East family Vlogger and blogger Pip will share her vlogging journey, how she creates an engaging Youtube channel and how video content could work for you!
Rebecca Allan – I asked you, who you wanted on the panel and you told me you wanted a newbie blogger and so I knew straight away that I wanted Rebecca. Becx Blogs in June 2017 and will be sharing what it's like to share your own story and life in your blog.
Paul Lancaster - Paul will be telling his story and sharing his wealth of digital content experience alongside telling you all about Newcastle Startup Week, how a blog could be a perfect test bed for your business idea and how developing your entrepreneurial skills could make you thrive!
Sharon Sinclair Williams- one half of The Northern Niche; Northern lifestyle & business blog created in the North East. They also champion diversity through the promotion of role models with #ThisNorthernGirlCan. Sharon is also the full human behind her award winning blog Best Before End Date - A Life & Style Blog . She’ll be sharing her journey and what it’s like winning an award for your blog within the first 8months of blogging.
Lush things for you to enjoy:
Hildy Harland - Professional singer, dancer, actress and dance teacher specialising in Song and dance from 1920-1960 will be singing live across the night. Hildy is also a blogger and heads up a growing social media dance community.
The Crafthood- Team megababe and creative and modern crafting duo Sharon and Kay, will be on hand with a pop up – you’ll have the opportunity to have a go at something lush, creative and thoroughly Instagrammable. The Crafthood also run their own blog connected to their website and their Instagram stories are ace too!
Sheryl Jenkins– Professional and endlessly brilliant animator Sheryl will be hosting one of her infamous stop-motion animation workshops. Across the night, you’ll be able to have a go at different animation techniques and feed into a collective animation, which will be shareable on social media. Sheryl will introduce you to some nifty apps so you can continue animating at home and for your social media.
Thought Foundation Caravan – If you haven’t been to TF yet, then you might not know they have a big chalkboard caravan. Attendees will be invited to use coloured chalks to decorate it when their blogging resolutions and aspirations for the rest of 2018.
Leanne Pearce – Fresh from her appearance on Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year, artist Leanne will have her Breastfeeding exhibition up during the event so you can take in some beautiful art whilst networking.
The venue – Thought foundation is just an ace venue; a place where creative thought and play are nurtured. Thought Foundation is a thoughtful arts and cultural space, to inspire, promote and support in Birtley, Gateshead. The Thoughtful Shop will be open on the evening so lots of creative lush things for you to look at and purchase whilst supporting the independent creative sector.
In with your ticket price is of course some lush homemade Thought foundation scran and buffet. There will be vegan, veggie and gluten free options. If you have any other dietary requirements – just get in touch and I can sort.
In with your ticket price is one non-alcoholic drink on me – so soft drinks, teas or coffee. There will be a pay bar available on the night – so keep yourself hydrated across the evening. And we all know the best networking happens with a ginny in hand.