Blogtacular 2016 Sample Schedule

This past schedule gives you a flavour of the day at Blogtacular.

The 2017 schedule will be released one week before the event.

Blogtacular 2016 Schedule

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You will be given a programme on the day.

Please find session times above and see speaker bios for details on what they will be covering.

Workshops 11:10 - 12:10

Blog Business

What happens when your blog is your business? Creating vibrant brand content, managing relationships and earning a living as a full time blogger are all challenges we face when our blog is our business. In this session Kristabel Plummer will take you through the ins and outs of making money on the page and being a blogger boss.

Developing Content Ideas

In this workshop Kirsty Smith will show you how to take your ideas from brainstorm to perfectly formed. You’ll go through the steps of developing content and turning your ideas into something well thought out, strong and exciting.


Connection to our community is a vital part of all online work. Whether you are thinking about peers or the readers, viewers and listeners of your work. Kate O’Sullivan is passionate about creating a space which lifts everyone in the community and she’s sharing the secrets of how with you.

Workshops 13:30 - 14:40

Why Content is King in Modern Media

It’s a cliche because it’s a solid gold fact: good content is the foundation of everything. This session is focused on taking the lessons of traditional media, digital specialists and broadcasting and applying them to what you create online.

Microsoft UK’s Head of News Andy Trotman and gadget loving Ella Williamson you’ll take the masterclass on crafting compelling content you have been waiting for.

This session is brought to you by Microsoft.

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They say the best camera is the one you have with you and we all know our phone is never rarely out of our grasp. Creating beautiful images with your phone camera can be challenging and in this hands on workshop Sara Tasker will be sharing her secrets. Charge your batteries and get ready to style and photograph your own vignettes.

Pinterest Ads


Pinterest is one of the most powerful discovery platforms on the market. It’s image-based search and users planning future activity add up to high levels of click through and purchase. Earlier this year Pinterest UK launched ads on the platform.

In this session you will learn about how to access and master the ads platform for your blog or business. Carin Lee of Pinterest UK will take you through the impact of Pinterest Ads and give you hot tips on getting the most out of the platform.

Workshops 14:45 - 16:15

Writing Workshop


Want to know why chronology is for bores and how to make your words jump off the page? Writing is at the centre of our online communication. Developing your voice and cultivating your editor will take your words from ok to OH MY!

Join Laura Jane Williams as she takes you through a series of writing exercises which will give your work punch and heart. This is an in depth class, come equipped with paper & pen and be ready to share.

Food & Travel Photography

Visual storytelling can evoke sights, sounds and even smells. As the move to visual content dominates online the power in your images is vital. In this session Laura La Monaca will help you unlock your camera settings and bring the world alive with your photography.

This in depth practical session will give you the confidence to try new things right there in the session. You are welcome to bring a DSLR for this class although it is not essential.

Video Workshop


This hands on workshop will give you the basics of shooting, editing and uploading your films from the palm of your hand. With expert guidance from Xanthe Berkeley you’ll work in groups to shoot footage and then edit it live in class.

Planning on taking this class? Here’s a checklist of things you will need:

  • Download Adobe Premiere Clip to your phone and create a free Adobe account.
  • Headphones – you’ll be editing live and it can get noisy!
  • Music – if you want a particular track have it on your phone.
  • Charger & battery pack – your battery will drain fast so have a back up like this.
  • Optional – Gorilla Pod or phone tripod, there will be some to share.


Q: Do I need to book workshops?
A: No, just get yourself into the right room on the day. The photowalk is the exception to this rule.

Q: So how do I get on the photowalk?

A: The photowalk is a pre-conference session setting off from an undisclosed location in London. The photowalk is allocated on a lottery basis. You will receive details of this via the newsletter.

Q: I’m arriving later in the morning. What should I do?

A: You will be able to register at the information desk throughout the day. If you arrive after the doors have closed to sessions we ask you to enter quietly to avoid distracting the speakers.

Q: Do all workshops have enough space for everyone?

A: Space is limited in workshop rooms so once they are full you will need to make a different choice.

Q: I would like to know more about a speaker.

A: Check out our speakers and click on the photos or names to go to each speaker’s bio.

Q: I couldn’t make it to Blogtacular and it’s making me gnash my teeth in envy, will we be able to see sessions online after the event?

A: We will have details of online sessions via the mailing list following Blogtacular. There is no virtual conference from 2016. Sign up to hear about what’s on offer.

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