By Sarah Hill
Having moved house seven times in the last five years, to four different cities, I know from personal experience how difficult it is to meet new people when you move to a new place.
When you move to a city in a country you’ve only visited a handful of times, knowing a grand total of four people it’s okay to admit you might need some extra help.
If you’re not on the same wavelength as the people you work with (nice though they may be), where do you go to meet new people once you’re out of full time education? The supermarket? The park? Unlikely.
Come this way, kids. The Internet has something to show you.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Twitter is incredible.
The community spirit within Cardiff is particularly appealing – it’s the best of all the cities I’ve lived in. The retweet is your best friend when you’re trying to find out about something new – if you can find enough people in your area eventually news of something fun will filter down to you and then you just need to give yourself a little courage to attend.
When I moved I sought out a few people that seemed to like talking about Cardiff a lot (clue: their twitter names started with @cardiff) and they were all talking about Cardiff Blogs.)
I liked the idea so much I signed up to help run it. Initially created to run alongside the now sadly disbanded Guardian Cardiff, Hannah Waldram and Ed Walker were the masterminds behind the set up. There are a lot of bloggers and twitterers in Cardiff and Cardiff Blogs is a wonderful way of giving them a space to bounce off each other.
With varied talks covering a wide range of subjects – guest blogging and bloggers vs. PR were the last couple – it’s not just a place to meet other like minded people, it’s also a good opportunity to learn new things and share your views and expertise. Although the name implies it you don’t have to be a blogger to attend, you don’t even have to have a twitter account. Anyone that wants to turn up is welcome; we’re a pretty friendly bunch.
The first time I attended Cardiff Blogs (or #cdfblogs to the twitterati) I took my fiancé @digitalshades and a spherical stuffed panda for a little moral support – what you bring is up to you, we won’t judge.
The next event is scheduled for July 20th and we’d love to see you there. We’ll be running a blogging surgery from 5-7pm at Cardiff’s newest hotel, The Maldron Hotel, who have kindly offered to host us for the evening.
Feel free to bring your laptop if you want some advice on getting your new blog up and running or you need some help with your Facebook page.
The main event will then start at 7pm and there are still some places left so feel free to sign up and come along.
We’ll be waiting for you at the bar.
- If you want more information on future Cardiff Blogs events you can follow the twitter feed @cdfblogs.
- Sarah Hill (@miametro) moved to Cardiff in November 2010 after a whirlwind romance and hasn’t looked back since. You can find her tweeting, blogging or putting together the latest issue of Télégramme Magazine depending on the time of day. She likes pandas, a good book and all things yellow. She blogs at personally at www.sarahmia.co.uk/ff