#MCRbloggers meet at Radisson Blu Manchester

This week I headed to Radission Blu Manchester to meet up with loads of lovely bloggers over tea & cake.

I try not to overwhelm myself with blogging events anymore, but some community meet ups are unmissable! When fellow bloggers arrange a meet up they are generally much less intimidating in my opinion. It’s just a bunch of like-minded creators sharing their passion for blogging. What could be better!?

The event was arranged by Keeley from Phat Cupcake and Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester kindly hosted us, offering a chance to try their afternoon tea (more on that later)!

The MCR bloggers panel

Keeley, Steph from Ledigo PR, Jo from Social Media Make Sense and Charlie from Gin Fuelled Blue Stocking all spoke on the panel, sharing their experience from the world of blogging, PR and social media. Keeley and Charlie have been blogging for over 7 years and it was interesting to hear how things have changed over that time. I always find blogger insight so valuable because in a way we’re all in it together. We all face the same challenges and share similar goals, why not help each other up along the way?

The panel was lead by Ryan from the Radisson who was great at asking important questions and making sure everyone on the panel had a chance to have their say. Naturally he pressed for all the best social media hints and tips, even offering his own at one point – did you know video content boosts website engagement by 40%? Amazing!

When I signed up for the event, I just assumed it would be networking over drinks but I was so impressed with the panel and their insights. What I found most interesting was when Jo spoke about authentic content. A friend turned to her one day and said they’d love to start blogging, but they didn’t have anything original to say. Jo argues that actually, none of us rarely say anything original. What makes a blog post different however, is the way you tell your perspective and add your own personal flare. Readers might not come to you because you’re the first ever person to write about a product or experience, they read your blog because they like your way of authentic storytelling.

This is similar to the Austin Kleon book ‘Steal Like an Artist‘ I’ve been reading. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of chasing trends and trying to replicate the big bloggers, but what it comes down to is authenticity. I felt so reassured hearing this, because I feel as if this year I’ve finally found my cheeky writing style, instead of writing how I think a blogger should sound.

Another part of the panel that really got me thinking was when Charlie mentioned that people should ‘learn to say no’ when it comes to blogger events. This is something I alluded to in the intro, because it’s something I’ve learnt myself this year! However, my calendar is absolutely nothing compared to Charlie’s. She told us all a story about going to four blogging events in one night! FOUR!

The topic of blogging burn-out was bound to come up, but it’s amazing to see what other people can push themselves to do in the name of blogging. I mean, really, four events in one night? I’d rather be in my jim-jams at home watching the Punisher with a takeaway. Charlie seriously goes hard for her blog!

A selection of cakes served at Opus One Radisson Manchester for afternoon tea. Plate features caramel popcorn cheesecake and Victoria Sponge fingers.

The afternoon tea at Radisson Blu

I have to go off topic for a second and tell you about a game my fella and I play when we go out for drinks or dinner. It started as ‘spot the Tinder date’ when we sat in bars & people watched, but it’s turned into making up little stories about entire tables full of fellow dinners.

Our favourite place to do play this game? When we’re sat in BrewDog, peering into Opus One at the Radisson. We’ve spent many afternoons making up stories about the people sat in the window enjoying afternoon tea.

So hear I am, finally digging in to that very same afternoon tea we’ve both wondered about for so long! At the MCRbloggers meet we were treated to the Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea, which featured scones, sliders, baked camembert and mini fish & chips. I picked the veggie options and dived into the baked camembert which was delicious! In fact, I stole some of the chips from the mini fish & chips to dunk in too.

I really love the idea of afternoon tea for meet ups because you’re when so busy chatting you can’t really dive into a full plate, it’s easier to nibble your way through mini dishes. Beware though, it’s also easy to get distracted and forget how much you’re eating. I had four scones. One after another after another. I was so full… but I have no regrets.

I also noticed how attentive the Radisson staff were, checking if we needed extra drinks every now and then. I text my boyfriend photos of the cakes we’d been longing to try. He was devastated that I’d been without him!


I met plenty of lovely bloggers whilst I was there and even had a chance to ask Jo some extra questions after the panel. This is my favourite part of blogging events and why I prefer community focused ones! You meet so many different people from all different niches. I spent most of the evening with Carina from Manc Madam, an excellent lifestyle blog.

Overall it was a great night. Thanks to the gals on the panel for sharing their expertise, Keeley for organising and the Radisson Blue Edwardian for the amazing afternoon tea!

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  1. December 4, 2017 / 4:22 am

    Meetups are the great options to relax your mind, build friendships and other relations. I too love the concept and join with the fellow bloggers in my area at regular intervals.
    It’s an interesting reading.
    Wishing all the best to all of you.

  2. December 4, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    This sounds like a great event! I love hearing about different bloggers and their stories of how they create their content and navigate their way through the blogging industry! I also love spotting people of first dates!

  3. December 4, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I’m excited to meet some bloggers, I only started in October so I’m hoping my time with eventually come!

  4. December 4, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    This sounds like such a nice event and one i’m glad you’ve shared as some of the tips are very useful. I had the pleasure of having that afternoon tea a few weeks ago as a birthday treat and i still dream about the Camembert haha!

  5. December 4, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Sounds like a really good event and nice to get some insights from other bloggers. I don’t tend to get a lot of event invites but I struggle to get to them as I work full time x

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      December 4, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Me either tbh and the ones I do I tend to swerve. This was an open invite to all mcr bloggers and luckily it was after work.

  6. hannah wood
    December 4, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I saw a few things on Twitter about this Event and it looked amazing as does by the sounds of your post too.

  7. December 4, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I love going to events – it’s really helped my move to a new city, as I’ve ended up making some really good friends through blogging! The most I’ve managed is 4 as well, but this was spread out over a day!

  8. December 4, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Haha spot the Tinder Date sounds like a fun game to play with your partner! I have to say though, being the greedy pig that I am, my eye is always drawn to the food and I am a fan of afternoon tea. You said you picked the vegetarian options, are you a vegetarian like me as well? I like the sound of the blogger insight talks as well I bet it was great fun to network with everyone x

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      December 5, 2017 / 10:05 am

      I’m veggie too, Ana! It’s been over 10 years now and I must admit I’m fleeting. I miss mackerel!

  9. December 5, 2017 / 4:31 am

    Really wish I could have made this but I was busy. Looks like you had a fab time x

  10. December 5, 2017 / 6:10 am

    I love to meet up with other bloggers. It is so fun and no one really understands us quite like another blogger.

  11. December 5, 2017 / 6:30 am

    Oh wow the cheese and afternoon cake look delicious! Glad you had a great time 🙂

  12. December 5, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Oh what a fab event! I’m local to Manchester, I would have loved to come for afternoon tea. The Radisson blu is gorgeous!

  13. December 5, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    It’s great that during these kinds of events you get to hang out and meet with other bloggers. Glad you had a wonderful time and those treats look delish.

  14. Dannii
    December 5, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    It looks like a great event and these things are a great way to meet some fellow bloggers.

  15. December 5, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Blogger events a always fun, especially when they are with just a few fellow bloggers and cake is involved! I love Radisson hotels but have never been to the Radisson in Manchester ironically seems as I live up north. It looks like it was a really good day and it is always nice to hear about other bloggers and how they got started.

  16. December 5, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Fab post Jessica! It was lovely to meet you last week. I’m still dreaming of that afternoon tea

  17. December 5, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I do love a blogger catch up, especially when there’s afternoon tea involved!

  18. December 5, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day! Can’t beat a lovely afternoon tea and it looks delightful.

  19. December 6, 2017 / 10:48 am

    This sounds like it was a fun event. Good to hear you found your own writing style it’s best to do your own thing rather than what everyone else is doing as it adds to the uniqueness of your work.

  20. December 6, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    This is quite a snazzy event and it sounds like you had a great day!

  21. December 6, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    The panel and the blogger insights sounded good, its great that it just happened to be in a good location with great nibbles too x

  22. Sarah Ann
    December 6, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I love afternoon tea too as the perfect way to catch up with friends, it’s always delicious and such a nice way to spend an afternoon. I can never resist scones either!

  23. December 6, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    What a fun sounding event – I love meetups. I also love Radisson Blu, they are my favourite hotel brand.

  24. December 7, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Sounds like a fab event! Afternoon tea is the best – and that cheese looks absolutely incredible too!

  25. December 7, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Video content definitely attracts more engagement but it’s also more difficult to make! haha

  26. December 8, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    OOh I really need to keep my eyes peeled for when the next Mcr Bloggers evening is arranged. I’m only 40 mins away & would love to catch up with so many of you!

  27. December 10, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I haven’t been to a blogging event for ages and this one sounds like a good one.