Friends Fun And Photos: #BloggersBash2017

Last year I called it Big, Bright And Beautiful.  And it was.  The Blogger’s Bash 2016 was all of those things.

So what do I call it this year?  I could call it the  ‘International Blogger’s Conference’ as displayed in the lobby of the  The Grange Wellington Hotel in London where this year’s Bash was held.  After all, with bloggers from Ireland, Canada and the USA attending, it truly was an international affair.

But I am going to call it this: Simply Wonderful.

So it was on June 10th, arriving in London on a beautiful, not-quite-officially summer morning,  I met up with Julie en route for a quick coffee. It was fantastic to see her again; we’ve both attended all three Bashes, real old timers, ha!

First of my mad spate of selfies with Julie Lawford

Just before meeting Julie, Sacha and Geoff happened to be walking towards me on their way to run an errand before the Bash began…what a great surprise! From then on, it was hugs and photos all round, all day long…

Sacha and Geoffle, sporting his lovely reddish/pinkish beard as has become Bash tradition…

Arriving at the hotel,  Ali greeted me with the most wonderful welcome which naturally meant a huge hug and it was as if it had been only yesterday when we last saw each other.  The same with Helen who I met for the first time last year…

Ali Issac & Helen Jones…no escape this time!

Last year, Graeme organised an impromptu pre-bash meet at a nearby pub, but this year he held one for, well, himself.  Can’t blame him, since the bash started earlier this year.  But next year…perhaps a Pre-Bash Breakfast might be in order?  Always great hanging out with Graeme…

And then there was Hugh.  Hugs galore! For anyone not sure about attending the Blogger’s Bash, I would say go just for the welcome alone.

Three years ago when I walked – late, as usual – into the very first Bash held around a table at a Pizza Express, not recognising anyone amongst the sea of faces, I froze.    Thinking, yikes, I can’t do this, I’m in the wrong place, I was about to head for the door.  But I heard someone call out my name. And there was Hugh.    Need I say more?  Blogging friendships are real.

And a lot of fun. Lord knows laughter really is the best medicine.  A joke about my purple shoes and who wanted to wear them and an incredible compliment from Queen-of-Killer-Heels Sacha who said she loved them – wow! – and taking away great fun with great friends is what the Bash is really all about for me…

Hanging out with Hugh Roberts and Graeme Cumming – my purple shoes unseen…

Then the Bash began!  Thrilled to find a seat next to Marje, we chatted nonstop.  I heard ‘Sherri!’ again and there was Sally arms open wide ready for the most promised of hugs.  I’ve known Sally since my very early blogging days four years ago.  I can’t believe I finally got to meet her and later, to share in her joy at receiving the Runner-Up award for the Most Informative Blog. Richly deserved, as Sally’s excellent blog is all that and much more…

Marjorie Mallon and Sally Cronin…big smiles and big hearts, both…

Sally…for real!

The day flew by with presentations given, awards handed out and announcements made, with several tea/coffee/water/G&T breaks (socialising being thirsty work) and lunch.  And let’s not forget an amazing selection of delicious homemade cakes on display at the back for the room from Ritu and Geoff…thank you both!

Geoff had a little too much fun playing holding the microphone as Hugh, Sacha and Ali gave their presentations…

Here with Lucy Mitchell is anybody’s guess…

Throughout the day, Sacha posted live on the Blogger’s Bash public Facebook page for those who couldn’t attend. Debby Gies, friend to me and many attending bloggers, posted a short but very sweet live video message all the way from Canada. Shout out to Debby and Tina – next year, right lovely ladies?

Suzie and Elena both gave informative and helpful presentations about ways to bring more traffic to our blogs. Suzie gave great tips for those wanting to monetise their blogs and Elena about the value of using Pinterest…

Suzie Presenting…

Together with Christoph , Suzie and Elena then formed a panel, inviting us to ask questions about blogging in general.  What came across strongly for us all is that the most important thing about blogging is not the numbers: it’s the connection with our communities and the friendships we form.

Last year I met Ritu for the first time and I was thrilled not only to see her again and have time for a quick chat, but also to congratulate her when she won Best Overall Blog

Ritu gets her well deserved Best Overall Blog Award from Sacha and Geoff…and of course a great big hug…

Many congratulations to all the Award winners!  You can find the full list of winners here at Sacha’s blog.  Also to Ellen, winner of the ‘Connections’ writing competition with her beautiful story.  Noelle  and Steve were runners-up and you can read all three great stories here.

Joy and laughter and celebration filled the room, and of course, I carried on clicking away…

Ellen Best and Julie… great to meet Ellen for the first time…

Ritu Winner!

As always with these events, I was sorry not to be able to chat with everyone.  But I did get a hug with Shelley and it was nice to see Lance there again.  Great to catch up with ‘old’ friends  Mary and  Sue, and meet new friends  Willow, Eloise, Jessica, Adam, Jo, and Alexina.

Great to meet Jo…and still chatting to Marje…

It was great to meet Alli who came all the way from North Carolina.  Always keen to talk to a ‘fellow’ American about my other ‘home’, I hope I didn’t ramble on too long…

Allie Potts…welcome to England!

By coincidence, Allie had a FaceTime session going with Sarah as I walked by, so I got to say hello to her too in the States.

And there it is, BB 2017.  Too soon, it was all over and we said our goodbyes.  But do not fear, because it’s all happening again.  On June 9th 2018 to be exact.  Sacha’s blog will have all the updates starting soon I’m sure.

If you want to read more about the Bash, check out the BB public Facebook page and the hashtag #BloggersBash2017 on Twitter for lots more great photos, videos and write-ups.

Also, and very importantly, Hugh, as he does every year, has made a wonderful video of the day, now live on his blog.  Waving to Charli and Norah, Irene, Anne, Sarah and all the gang at Carrot Ranch, and thanking those of you who still read my blog even though I’m barely here these days,  it was great to share the day with friends near and far…

And finally, a huge thank you to the Blogger’s Bash Committee: Sacha, Ali, Geoff and Hugh, for once again making this event so successful, enjoyable and fun. Thank you so much for all your hard work and excellent organisation making such a terrific event possible.

Great Day, Great People.  Simply Wonderful.

Goodbye BB…see you next year!

Hi and Goodbye until next year from Sally and Ritu and me!

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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103 Responses to Friends Fun And Photos: #BloggersBash2017

  1. I t was so lovely seeing the video – the next best thing to being there but not nearly enough, of course. x

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  2. Great post, Sherri! Seems like an eternity ago now! I’m glad you didn’t add that our hug took place in the ladies loo haha 😂😜xx

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    • I know…doesn’t it? As I wrote this, I kept thinking, is it only just over a week when this all happened? Did I dream it all up? Haha…I was determined to hug you Shelley, in the ladies’ loo or not! Next time, it will be a long chat and a selfie, for sure…but not in the loo, LOL 😀 Congratulations again on your much deserved award, still love that photo of you jumping for joy!! 🙂 xx

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  3. Helen Jones says:

    it was such a fab day, Sherri, and over too quickly, as you say! Here’s to next year – maybe we’ll have to make a weekend of it this time, just to get all the talking done 😀

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Sherri Matthews has done an amazing job with her #postbloggersbash2017 report and deserves an award for bringing smiles to people’s faces. By now you will have read several accounts about the day and apart from the brilliant team of Sacha, Ali, Hugh and Geoff the day was one of reinforced friendships and collaborations. I recommend that you go next year.. it will give your spririts a huge lift… Thanks Sherri…

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  5. Sue says:

    Sounds like a good time was had by all!

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  6. Ritu says:

    What a wonderful post Sherri! It was great to see you again 😍😍😍 next year here we come!!!!

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  7. I would have been frozen, too. And late. Glad this year was different. What an absolutely wonderful recap of the day! 🙂 So glad you had a good time. LOVE the photos. And it was so beyond awesome to see and talk with you by video! ❤

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  8. It looks like you had a fantastic time, Sherri! But do you know who’s missing? ME! What fun that would be. I’m happy you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your photos! xo

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    • Oh Jill…that would be absolutely amazing if you could be there too…can you imagine? We would never stop talking! Of course, you would have to bring DFD too and then we could all hit the town together! ❤ xoxo

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  9. Mary Smith says:

    It was a great day, Sherri. Lovely to see you again though so little time to chat.

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  10. Ali Isaac says:

    Aw lovely post! In a way the BB doesnt really end, not at least till the last BB post is blogged! It was wonderful seeing you again… looking forward to next year! 😊💕😙

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    • Thanks Ali…so glad you enjoyed it. I defnintely went a bit mad with the selfies, haha!! So wonderful to see you again…was it really not even 2 weeks ago? Doesn’t seem possible. We’ll have to keep the posts coming so that the BB never ends stretching seamlessly into next years…can’t wait! 🙂 ❤ 😉

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  11. Great post Sherri, you did an amazing job with all the photos. So lovely to see them all. Your post sums up what the bash is all about, and how you are literally hooked once you’ve been once! Long live the bash! 🙂 xx

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  12. This was such a lovely post, Sherri. I am so sorry to have missed having a ‘proper’ chat with you this year. It was lovely to see your photo too with some of my other blogging friends. I am glad you all had such a great time xxx

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  13. ellenbest24 says:

    Sherri a great day captured in another cheerful and uplifting post. So pleased to meet you I will be going again next time. X

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  14. Mike M says:

    Colourful capture of a very special day if you are as sparkling to the bashers as I believe you are then I expect next year’s event to be keenly anticipated!!

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  15. Whatever it takes to hear from you again, I’m all for it. Had been wondering how you were doing there in your summer house. Looks like everyone had a good time and inspired each other. Whenever I get ready to give up blogging, someone manages to inspire me to stick with it. I hope it doesn’t take another whole year before we see more of your lovely adventures here. Giant hugs.

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    • Hi Marlene! Oh I have missed you so much! I’ve been so absent from blogging as you know…and it’s looking like we’ll be moving in a few weeks time so I’ll have to disappear again for a while, but I will get some visits in before then, and I defnitely want to catch up with you. Ahh…I know what you mean about blogging…I have struggled too as you know…and then something happens like this and it makes it all come alive again and think, I can’t manage without my amazing blogging community and friends, and that includes you my friend! I hope it won’t be another year too…yikes, I will make sure of it! I will be getting a new view and a new summerhouse…so long as you’re there sharing it with me then I’ll be just fine 😉 Squeezing back… ❤

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  16. davidprosser says:

    What a wonderful time it sounds. You’ve formed some great friendships over the years and I know they’re real.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  17. Tom Merriman says:

    Looks like you all had a great time, Sherri. A good round up of events… and some good Selfies there as well! 🙂

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    • Haha…gone are the days when I did a selfie and disguised myself for the first time here! Now it’s hey, let it all hang out lol!!! Maybe you will make it next year Tom…it would be really great to meet you! 🙂

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  18. What a great affair this is – and it brings you back to us for a quick share of the happy occasion and that is EXCELLENT! I think this Bash is just going to grow and grow and soon there will be hordes of folks from all over descending on London to just stand in each of their friends presence for a few minutes – it’s a wonderful thing!! Big hugs to you dear Sherri, I think of you often and hope all is proceeding okay in your writing, in your life and the lives of your loved ones. xoxo

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    • Dear Pauline, how I love to hear from you! When you write of standing in the presence of friends, even just for a few minutes, and the Bash growing and growing I feel a surge of excitement at the thought of you being there, even though I know it is a long way to come. Oh how amazing that would be! I do enjoy sharing the day here, I’m so thrilled with the response! That’s the beauty of the day, it isn’t just for those who can go, easy for us who live not so far away, but for all our blogging friends worldwide thanks to the wonders of modern technology! Thank you so much for your lovely message…for thinking of me…for your kind and loving heart. And I think often of you and when I do I smile and I hug tightly back… 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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  19. Terrific post, Sherri. It was, of course, great to see you again. As you know, I do like hanging, so it would be a shame to have to wait another year…

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  20. dgkaye says:

    Sher, what a fab post! You got so many great shots here, and thank you my lovely for mentioning me and Tina. We really had our hearts set on coming. OMG, lol you linked to my little hello video. Thank you kind heart. I was truly there with you all in spirit! Counting on next year! Huge hugs xoxoxxoxoxo ❤ ❤

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  21. TanGental says:

    well where would we be without you Sherri? Certainly the energy levels would drop. I assume you must collapse completely when you get home to recharge after the amount you expend on everyone.. See you very soon..

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    • Haha…you have the measure of me Geoff! It took me days to recover…I loved every minute of the BB but yes, sadly I am not like the Energizer Bunny, although I would love to be…as in my younger years 😉 Always wonderful to see you Geoff…here’s to very soon…. x

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  22. Allie P. says:

    It was absolutely lovely to talk with you as well! Looking forward to reading about all your other adventures moving forward.

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    • Aww Allie, thank you so much! What a great day it was…I can’t believe it was not even 2 weeks ago! So glad you got back safe and sound and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in jolly old England 😉 I loved talking with you and so much appreciate your patience, ha! Great to connect, and likewise, looking foward to reading you too! 🙂 xoxo

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  23. Norah says:

    Sherri, what an awesome day. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It sounds like wonderful fun. I was with you in spirit. Maybe one day, I’ll be there in person. How lovely to meet so many blogging buddies.

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  24. Mabel Kwong says:

    Looks like quite the gathering, Sherri. Look at all those happy faces and good to hear it was so warm and welcoming, and bigger and fuzzier. I saw Hugh’s video and everyone looked like they belong. Wish I could have been there but…one day. Lovely to see you spread the Summer House love over there and wishing you a good summer 😊

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    • Hi Mabel! It would be so wonderful if you could go! But I always get quite nervous about Hugh’s videos lol! I did my best to be somewhat sensible this year!!! What a lovely thought, ‘spreading the Summerhouse love’… 🙂 I will be disappearing again soon Mabel, as not sure if you saw in my last post, but I am moving house and having to leave my beloved Summerhouse behind 😦 But all is not lost, I will get a new one and a new view! I’ll visit you before signing off….I miss you! I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful summer so far, as we are officially this Summer Solistice. We’re having a heatwave in the UK, sweltering! Take care my friend, always such a pleasure to hear from you, and see you soon! 🙂 ❤

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        It looked like you had a good time and if you were nervous, I’m sure no one minded 🙂 Good luck with the move. From how I see it, it seems the Summerhouse will get a new makeover and not getting left behind. Not a new one, but just…another version. Brighter and warmer 😀 We just had the Winter Solstice here, and wish we could have shared some of your warmth. Take care, Sherri. Also stay safe ❤ 🙂

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        • Thanks so much dear Mabel. And I love that – a brighter, warmer version! Of course, you are in the midst of your winter…I hope that all the sunshine and warmth from my Summerhouse reaches you at this moment, although it has cooled down a lot since I last commented. And I don’t mind, it was too hot for here! But always enough sunshine to send your way… Take care too, and until next time, have a wonderful weekend and keep warm and cosy and I will keep cool. Sounds good! 😉 ❤

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  25. Such lovely memories – looking forward to the next one Sherri.

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  26. restlessjo says:

    Good times and a feast of hugs! What’s not to like? Happy Summertime, Sherri! 🙂 🙂

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  27. Jools says:

    A brilliant day, and especially good to re-connect with you, Sherri, for the third year running. Looking forward very much to seeing you again very soon. x

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  28. Dearest Sherri, I’m so glad you had such a fabulous day. The Bloggers’ Bash certainly seems to be growing from strength to strength. Good to see Allie Potts there. A few of the others are familiar names to me, but most of them aren’t in my blogging circle as yet. Hugh knows he’ll never get me there, unless he can offer me teleportation!

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  29. What a lovely recap of the Bloggers Bash 2017, Sherri. So many wonderful photos and you’ve captured the whole day so well. Loved filming Geoff interviewing you. You two should be a double act – the next French & Saunders, me thinks. 😁 Maybe I can get Sacha to persuade you both to do a presentation at the next Bloggers Bash? 🤔
    I can’t believe how quickly the day went. Mind you, running around trying to film everyone and ensuring I was tweeting everything as well, I certainly needed those drinks at the end of the day.
    A super fun-packed day which you’ve captured brilliantly. I’ll be sharing this on Twitter and flipping it over on Flipboard.
    Hugs from me.
    xx

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    • Hi Hugh! Ahh..so glad you enjoyed it. It took me a while with all the links but I love doing my write up of the BB…it brings all the joy and fun back as it was yesterday. Well, it was just about!!! It was all over too fast though, like Christmas! Haha…that’s funny about me and Geoff…French and Saunders lol!!! But oh no…not a presentation…I will need at least three G&T’s to even consider it Hugh!! You, Sacha, Geoff and Ali work so hard before and on the day. You do a great job filming everyone…next year, I will be first in line to buy you that drink! But hope to see you way before that. Thank you so much for sharing as you are always so generous. I’ll do the same with yours. Flipboard sounds intriguing! Not been there, nor Pinterest or Instragram…but never say never!!! Hugs back from me to you Hugh… xxx

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  30. Oh, you’re so lucky to get to enjoy this kind of event, Sherri. There are quite a few bloggers I’d love to meet one day too 🙂
    Lovely selection of happy faces!

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  31. Charli Mills says:

    What a wonderful day, indeed! I’m and at how much the BB has grown and the connections you continue to make. Susie is so right — it’s not numbers that count but the friendships we make. I feel so happy seeing you smiling and hugging so many blogger friends! Thanks for the shout out to Carrot Ranch and for representing us! I was enjoying the day in your pocket.😁

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    • So glad you enjoyed the day in my pocket Charli…you were there with me in every smile and every hug! Next: the real thing…and it will happen 😉 I was dubious about online friendships some years ago, thinking how can we make true friends without meeting in person? But three things happened to change all that: witnessing the vital and very real value of my Aspie youngest’s online community and friendships to his daily life; meeting my hubby; and blogging. It’s the way of things these days, the modern equivalent of smoke signals. And I’m sending you one right now, adorned in turquoise and wrapped up in a true friendship hug 🙂 ❤

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  32. Lovely to see all your photographs and read a bit more about this lovely event, Sherri.

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  33. Steve Rebus says:

    Wow Sherri! What a fantastic post about a fantastic bash! 🙂

    The photos simply come alive with the smiles of friendship[

    This post makes me feel so involved…..And i wasn’t there, lol.

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  34. Sounds like another great get together Sherri, I’m glad you’ve been able to take some time for some writing-themed fun 🙂

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    • Thanks Andrea…it was really great to get out and about and return to the Bash. I need more writing-themed fun as lately I tend to spiral into writing defeat when I can’t get to my writing as much I would like and then, worse, start to hate everything I’m writing! ❤

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