It's a small world - especially for bloggers
I personally prefer to be hunched over my desk, squinting at the screen and cleaning crumbs from the keyboard.
So when I hear about Food Blogger Connect in London - a networking conference for bloggers - I'm sceptical.
The event takes place in the stunning Battersea Arts Centre, London and is organised by Bethany Kehdy (she has her own cookbook don’t you know - The Jewelled Kitchen, launched this week).
I quickly realise that my York to London journey effort pales into insignificance as I meet other bloggers from New York, Germany via Texas, Rome, Paris and Dubai. I also meet home grown food writers and afficionados +Ren Behan and +Fiona Beckett.
About 60 bloggers in total are seated around the room, which is old and dilapidated, in stark contrast to the forward thinking, entrepreneurial men and women who have congregated here.
The schedule includes writing and social media tips from bloggers who’ve created huge communities of followers like Eat Like a Girl, David Lebovitz and Emma Gardner from Poires au Chocolat. Take a look at their sites and you’ll see what I mean.
As well as inspirational speakers talking prose, photos and potatoes (yes really @dailyspud), there is amazing street food from Dorshi, Bev's cookies (gluten free red velvet and white chocolate for me) and Gran Luchito (the honey and chilli paste is a sticky sweet joy) to name a few.
So Food Blogger Connect, thank you for organising a conference with class. Not a suit in sight.