I took notes this weekend. A few more notes than I’d initially thought I would. I found myself constantly scribbling – PR tips, resource links, key names, WordPress backend ninja tricks from John O’Nolan, and nuggets of valuable SEO information from Michael Briggs.
Because that’s what a well organized, concise, and very functional conference lets you do. Truly learn and connect with friends and fellow colleagues without other distractions.
Held in Manchester, Travel Bloggers Unite (TBU) brought in bloggers from the UK, mainland Europe, as well as a few from North America, all of who I was honored to meet (for the first time or again) outside of their Twitter handles and blogs.
The overall vibe was relaxed. The panels – which centered around PR companies working with bloggers – were dynamic and extremely interactive. It seemed every question each blogger was thinking was asked by another blogger, which in turn spawned interesting conversations.
Small scale. Simple intimate location. On Point. TBU rocked.
Here’s a visual snapshot of a very worthwhile weekend spent with friends in Manchester and I’m looking forward to Innsbruck.
A decent size crowd.
Cailin (@TravelYourself) probably chatting with Candice.
Oliver Gradwell, TBU founder and organizer (left), and Heather Cowper (HeatherOnHerTravels) checking out her new smartphone.
Bloggers introducing themselves and networking.
John O’Nolan, the ultimate WordPress ninja (as in he actually develops the thing) giving a superb presentation.
The conference rooms
Spiffy cowboy boots that were raffled off, courtesy of Canadian Tourist Commission.
L-R: Glyn from Travelzoo, Melvin of Traveldudes, Kash of BudgetTraveller, and Iain of MalloryOnTravel.
Mike Briggs of Caliber Interactive talks big scary SEO. Roaaar!. Will be implementing tips immediately.
Traveldudes meet Oyster Worldwide.
Karen Bryan of Europe a la Carte and Oliver Gradwell (TBU mastermind) posing for the camera.
Germany expats – Julie of @zurika and Laurel of @expatgermany sipping cocktails at the Mint Hotel networking event.
For those who are interested, here’s my presentation – Travel Writing At Ground Level For Bloggers – also known as “Ban the Fluff.”