Hiving Fun 2013

27 May

So I’m just back from a whirlwind week-end at The Hive Blogging Conference in Berlin and I’m feeling so inspired and full of new creative energy. You should have seen me enthusiastically scribbling new ideas and projects in my notebook on the plane back to Italy last night (even if this morning I can only understand 1\2 of what I wrote).

Like last year, the highlight of this event was meeting old and new blogger friends in person.  It really does make a huge difference to spend time with these amazing ladies face-to-face.  It has me thinking that we really do have to organise more real-person time together (I have a plan brewing in my head friends).

IMG_8503The conference was held at the uber-cool Betahaus again this year.  The food was amazing and the multiple fridges full of the best beverages around was a highlight for just about everyone there (and the sound of accidentally kicked over bottles will always remind me of The Hive).  I even loved the very colourful 4 story climb up the stairs to the conference rooms. Made me feel a little less guilty after eating one (or more) of the delicious cupcakes offered.IMG_8489I have to mention how great the decorations were this year.  The lovely Lauren from Folies du Bonheur made what must have been 4 kilometres of these orange and pink paper garlands.  They were hanging up the four flights of stairs, from the ceiling and on the walls.  It brought so much joy to the venue.

IMG_8500Another great feature this year was the business card map.  Everyone got to pin their card (or my case magnet) on the beige linen map.  Obviously Germany was pretty well represented but it was also so nice to see and read the cards from everyone visiting from all around Europe.  I don’t think I ever saw the map without someone hanging out and admiring the various cards.

IMG_8512And of course there were the talks and workshops.  I heard so many stories about various blogger’s journeys within the blog world and the common denominator in all of them was the advice to blog about what you’re passionate about.  I still love Jenni Fuch’s (from Museum Diary ) quote ”If you don’t feel it, don’t blog it”.  Whether is was Katja from Travelettes, Tina from Traveling Mama or Kat from Zero The One, these women all had amazing (and different) stories, experiences and knowledge that they so generously shared with us all.  A huge thanks to every single one of them. (image above is a peek into Kat’s fascinating video workshop).

The conference founders Peggy and Yvonne did an extraordinary  job at organising everything from the speakers to the catering to even babysitting for little blogger-babies.  I was seriously amazed at how calm and collected they remained throughout the entire week-end.  I can’t wait to hear more about their new The Hive Conference in Copenhagen. (my post about last year’s The Hive is here).

Now off to sew something up with the pretty fabric that was given to us by supercraftlab!


24 Responses to “Hiving Fun 2013”

  1. Ylenia May 27, 2013 at 21:05 #

    This really sounds to have been a wonderful event! I found out about it too late though… it was actually through Lauren that I got to know! I would have loved to attend… like you mention it seems to be a place to be inspired full with creative energy 🙂
    I loved the idea of the business map card!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Jillian In Italy May 28, 2013 at 21:12 #

      You should definitely organise to come to The Hive in Berlin next year or the one in Copenhagen in October. Really worth it.

    • laurenloub May 28, 2013 at 23:30 #

      Yle, I’ll be dragging you along next year, along with everyone else here! You’ll love it!! xx

  2. Esther May 28, 2013 at 12:39 #

    Great recap! Too bad I didn’t catch you this weekend, I somehow feel like we expats in Southern Europe might have many things in common (I am a German living in Bacrelona, Spain) :-). Next time for sure!

    • Jillian In Italy May 28, 2013 at 21:13 #

      Oh what a pity we didn’t get to meet! There were so many people around that it was hard to get to chat with everyone. Wow…living in Barcelona must be so much fun. Must go check out your blog now…

  3. Esther May 28, 2013 at 12:41 #

    Great recap! Too bad I didn’t catch you this weekend, I feel like us expats in Southern Europe might have some things in common (I am a German living in Barcelona, Spain). Next time :-)!

  4. Melody May 28, 2013 at 13:37 #

    Loved your post about The Hive. It was a joy meeting everyone and I agree; a real, live, in person meet up with folks from around the World of The Hive would be fantabulous! (I know, not a word, but still sums up my feelings!) Your magnet holds a special spot on my refrigerator, right at eye level and hopefully away from sticky little hands. See you around the blogosphere and hopefully in Copenhagen!

    • Jillian In Italy May 28, 2013 at 21:15 #

      Great to hear my magnet found a special spot in your house! Don’t know if I’ll make it to Copenhagen but I’ll try!

  5. Yvonne May 28, 2013 at 14:39 #

    Thanks for the recap! And your business card/magnet was one of the most creative ones on the map. I know, because I removed every single one 🙂
    See you soon?

    • Jillian In Italy May 28, 2013 at 21:16 #

      That must have taken quite a while to un-pin all those magnets! But a good way to check them all out at least. Thanks again for an amazing week-end.

  6. giova brusa May 28, 2013 at 19:22 #

    I see some brown hands, jeje! Cool pics! And very lovely seeing you there! Persian rice anytime!!

    • Jillian In Italy May 28, 2013 at 21:18 #

      I can’t stop thinking of that Persian rice. It was so good! It really was lovely to see you too. And thanks for being my hand-model.

  7. Judith May 28, 2013 at 22:43 #

    Oh yes I recognize these hands too 😉 What a lovely recap with such pretty pictures, Jill! Very curious of the plan that’s brewing in your mind. I loved catching up with you in Berlin. Bisous!

  8. laurenloub May 28, 2013 at 23:35 #

    Your pictures are so so lovely! And you’re so sweet to put my little blog up there. I’m really glad you enjoyed them. If you’d like a little just let me know your address, I’d be happy to post you some of what I had left over. So happy to have met you! See you soon! xx

    • Jillian In Italy May 29, 2013 at 12:55 #

      Thanks Lauren! And I just might email you my address…my girls would love to hang a garland in their room!

      • laurenloub May 29, 2013 at 18:39 #

        Don’t hesitate. It’d be my pleasure!

  9. gudyh May 29, 2013 at 12:49 #

    Nice recap! And I do love your pics, very creative! Great angle. Your magnet is at my fridge buy the way:-)

    • Jillian In Italy May 29, 2013 at 12:56 #

      Thanks Gudy. It was great to have a (quick) chat with you the other day. Hope we meet again some day!

  10. Starrybluesky June 5, 2013 at 20:37 #

    Love your photo round up Jillian and it was so nice to meet you 🙂

  11. Jenni (Museum Diary) August 22, 2013 at 23:29 #

    I love your photos! And thanks for mentioning my blog & quote 🙂 Jenni x


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