Event review: Meet The Bloggers aka Girl Geeks Tea Party #58

From left to right back row: Gill Kiernan, Claire Gowler, Rosie Campbell, Natalie-Claire Luwisha, Claire Sudbury and Sophie, and Zoe Breen (Manchester Girl Geeks) at the front.
Blogging is a great way to get your voice out there, connect with other writers, and promote your work or views at a very low cost.

We invited a diverse line-up of bloggers to take part in our Meet The Bloggers tea party at MadLab. The downstairs of the venue was packed with aspiring bloggers and those otherwise curious about what it takes to set up and promote your own blog.
On Twitter: @madlabuk

Natalie-Claire blogs under the guise of Engineer with a Unique Style, she is passionate about the role women can play in the world of STEM (that’s science, technology, engineering, maths). Natalie recently graduated with a masters degree in structural engineering at Salford University and generously shared her blogging tips.
On Twitter: @NatCLiberty

Gill talked with enthusiasm about her blog, The Curious Quill (name inspired by Suede lyrics) which recounts her many adventures to sci-fi events big and small. She explained how the blog, along with social media channels, was a great way to connect with others attending conventions.
On Twitter: @GillKiernan

Sophie shared a great presentation which gave the audience a flavour of her blog, Scientific Beauty, where she delves into the science behind commercial skin treatments and cosmetics. She had some great tips for professional-looking photography and social media promotion, impressing us further with her homemade hashtag biscuits.
On Twitter: @sciencebeaut

Claire Gowler explained how one blog entry on her website Kitation, which explored how requests for gender data are often clumsily handled, kicked off her speaking career. Since first writing about the subject in 2014, Claire has been asked to talk about non-binary gender at more than a dozen conferences and events.
On Twitter: @Kitation

Rosie Campbell from BBC Research & Development gave a great evaluation of the main free blogging tools available. She also shared how blogging had led to invitations to speak at conferences and other opportunities to collaborate such as contributing to a magazine article. She urged the audience to have a go at blogging and not feel like impostors.
On Twitter: @RosieCampbell

Clare Sudbery works is a software developer at Manchester-based LateRooms and also blogs as Woman In Tech on Medium. She has written on the web for many years on and off as well as publishing novels. Claire combines blogging for her employer with writing her own stuff on Medium and is in high demand as a conference speaker.
On Twitter: @ClareSudbery

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