The UK 30-40+ Blogger Meet Up: It’s Happening. Plus Links à la Mode

UK 30-40+ Blogger Meet Up 2014
I mentioned it in my 2014 blog goals post last week, I’ve been Tweeting about it and I’ve been emailing people… yes, the 2014 UK 30-40+ Blogger Meet Up is definitely happening – and if you’re able to make it, you’re invited! I can’t back out now as there’s been so much interest already (yay!), so here’s what I’m planning:

I wanted to organise a blogger meet up that caters for a group that I think is somewhat under-represented in the UK: the slightly older blogger, anything from 30 upwards, who doesn’t blog about parenting. I want it to be a meet-up free of baby and mummy talk – not just because I’m not a mum myself, but because I think a lot of older women would like to have a break from being “just a mum” and talk about and enjoy the things we girls love so much: clothes, hair and make-up – and blogging itself.

Who’s invited?

Please understand: everyone is invited – nobody is excluded. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, whether you’re a mum or not or whether you blog about parenting or not; it’s just that the event will be simply geared towards a 30-40+ audience and not revolve around anything mummy-orientated. If this appeals to you then that’s the only criteria there is.


I know location is always an issue and I don’t want to host it in London for a few reasons: accommodation is incredibly expensive in London, you can’t really drive there and I don’t want to chance transport problems like tube strikes. So I’m thinking the middle of the south of England – most likely Reading as it’s got good train and motorway links (giving park and ride options), and I grew up there so know it pretty well. I live in Devon so I personally need to be reasonably close in order to organise and visit, and the reaction to Reading so far has been quite positive.

Date and time

I’ve been mentioning summertime in my Tweets – I’m thinking late summer just after the kids have gone back to school (mid September and almost certainly a Saturday, from lunchtime onwards). Hopefully still quite warm and past the time most of us would have been away on summer holiday, and enough time in the year for me to organise everything.

How do I register my interest?

All you need to do is either leave me a comment in this post with your name and email address or drop me an email direct: notdressedaslamb(at)gmail(dot)com – I will put you on the mailing list for now to keep you up to date with details (of course absolutely no obligation to attend at this point). I already have one brand interested in sponsoring the event so it’s off to a good start!


Please spread the word – if you Tweet about it please include a link to this post and the hashtag #3040bloggermeet. I would LOVE to hear from you so we can make this meet up a huge success and grow our British blogging community! Any ideas or people you think I should get in touch with are all welcomed too, please don’t be shy in suggesting anything. I don’t want anyone to be “too scared to go” because they won’t know anyone, or they’re not good at meeting new people… the last thing I’ll be organising is a snooty, we’re-all-so-trendy meet up. (I’m not super confident about meeting new people either, don’t worry.) If you’ve not been to one before please consider it, everyone is always so friendly at these events and you’ll always have lots to talk about: blogging!

Catherine x



  1. 24 February 2014 / 4:59 pm

    I shall send you an email 🙂

    • 24 February 2014 / 2:03 pm

      That's lovely, Anna! An email to confirm is on its way to you :))

    • 24 February 2014 / 2:01 pm

      Excellent! I'll send a confirmation email x

    • 24 February 2014 / 2:00 pm

      Great, Kate (ha-ha!!) I'll send you an email to confirm x

  2. 24 February 2014 / 10:08 am

    Please count me in and thanks for doing this! Kate

    • 24 February 2014 / 1:55 pm

      I'll send a confirmation email hun – I'll need your first name! x

  3. 22 February 2014 / 3:58 pm

    Please add me to the list, just in case it coincides with one of my trips to the UK to visit family and I can make it.



    • 22 February 2014 / 5:00 pm

      That would be lovely to have you there Sue! Will send a confirmation email x

  4. 22 February 2014 / 9:56 am

    Love to hear more!

    • 22 February 2014 / 4:57 pm

      Hi Cathy – sorry for the delay, I've been trying to catch up after LFW!! I'll send a confirmation email x

    • 18 February 2014 / 12:33 am

      Hey hun, I'll send you an email – you didn't leave your first name!

    • 12 February 2014 / 11:52 am

      Thanks Kay, you can decide nearer the time – you're now on the contacts list!

    • 12 February 2014 / 11:50 am

      You're on the list Laura & I've sent an email x

  5. 10 February 2014 / 10:28 pm

    I know you've already got my details on the list but yaaaay to this event! So excited to see a list of bloggers to check out. Roll on September. xx

    • 11 February 2014 / 1:14 am

      Gotcha, Allanica – I'll send a confirmation email x

  6. 10 February 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Thanks so much Debby, that's a really kind offer! I may well take you up on it 🙂 I've sent you a confirmation email x

  7. 10 February 2014 / 1:58 pm

    YES! Sign me up. porcelinaprecious (at) gmail (dot) com
    P x

    • 10 February 2014 / 2:54 pm

      Thanks Sarah, I'll send a confirmation email!

  8. 10 February 2014 / 1:27 pm

    Please put me on the mailing list – shoegalfi1(at)
    Can't promise I'll be there as Reading is a long way from Yorkshire, but I'll see nearer the time.

    • 10 February 2014 / 2:50 pm

      Could you tell me your first name please sweetie? Thank you!

    • 10 February 2014 / 2:42 pm

      Hun can you let me know your first name please? Thank you! x

    • 10 February 2014 / 2:42 pm

      Confirmation email on its way Teresa xx

    • 10 February 2014 / 2:40 pm

      Just sent you a confirmation email, Ann – thank you!!

    • 9 February 2014 / 9:56 am

      That'll be so nice to see you again, Janine – I've sent a confirmation email x

  9. 8 February 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Hi Catherine, fab fab idea! Please add me to your list, and if I can help in any way, let me know. Email zrhi13 @ google

    Also, would love you to please come along and link this post up to #AllAboutYou which is for non-parental posts only, just what it says on the tin really! Will be live on Tuesday, come on by!

    • 9 February 2014 / 12:14 am

      Zarouhi thank you – I'll send you a confirmation email (and pop by on Tuesday – tweet me if you remember as a reminder) x

    • 8 February 2014 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks Anna! I've sent a confirmation email x

  10. 8 February 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Oh thank god, I was beginning to think I was the only 30+ blogger out there who didn't have kids! I'd definitely be interested in coming along, my email is, and thank you for organising!

    • 8 February 2014 / 5:24 pm

      Heehee yes I think there are more of us out there than we realise, Tors! You're on the list, have sent you a confirmation email 🙂

  11. 8 February 2014 / 10:06 am

    Looking forward to it – Reading is on my doorstep 🙂
    You have my details


    • 8 February 2014 / 11:09 am

      Yes, definitely got your email on the mailing list Fiona! x

    • 8 February 2014 / 11:08 am

      I've sent you a confirmation email Donna… thank you!!

    • 8 February 2014 / 11:04 am

      You're already on the contacts list Lucy! All sorted :))

  12. 8 February 2014 / 9:39 am

    very excited as I live in Reading…have emailed you direct.

    • 8 February 2014 / 11:02 am

      It's a while yet but I'm sure the time will fly by, Gail! Got your details x

    • 8 February 2014 / 11:01 am

      And it's your area too! Sent you a confirmation email sweetie x

  13. 8 February 2014 / 4:57 am

    Yay, I can't wait. Have never been to one of these before so I'm slightly nervous, but I'm definitely coming. Thank you for the invite. 🙂

    • 8 February 2014 / 10:58 am

      Got you on the list already Kristina – so glad you'd like to come! x

    • 8 February 2014 / 12:52 pm

      Great! Hope to meet you all soon 🙂

  14. 7 February 2014 / 11:53 pm

    Me too, wishing I were there across the sea! Congrats on the IFB link, xox.

  15. 7 February 2014 / 11:15 pm

    Oh I so wish!

  16. 7 February 2014 / 10:55 pm

    I wish I could join you in London! I'm sure it will be amazing with tons of things to share!

  17. 7 February 2014 / 9:21 pm

    Sounds amazing but not 100% sure I'd be able to get down there 🙁 keep me posted and I'll see if I can get a good deal on the aul trains etc 🙂 xx

    • 7 February 2014 / 11:16 pm

      That's fine Sarah – this is just to register interest – you'll get emails with details so you can decide when you know more! I've put you on the contacts list x

  18. 7 February 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Catherine, Alena will be back in London by then and there is a _chance_ I might come over mid/end of September but really cannot confirm anything at this time… you have my email 🙂

    Congrats on the IFB feature!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • 7 February 2014 / 11:14 pm

      No problem Annette – I'll put you on the mailing list and you can decide later! x

  19. 7 February 2014 / 5:21 pm

    DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, everyone! I can't put you on a contacts list without one…!

    Thank you 😀

    Catherine x

    • 7 February 2014 / 6:19 pm

      I've got you on the list & have sent a confirmation email Charlotte! x

  20. 7 February 2014 / 4:32 pm

    Hi, I'm in Exeter, a Beauty Blogger… a year away from 40 and would love to come… whereabouts in Devon are you?

  21. 7 February 2014 / 4:30 pm

    I'm getting so excited about this!!

  22. 7 February 2014 / 4:25 pm

    I'm in Basingstoke and work between Bstoke and Reading so depending on the date I might well see you there – the only problem being my second baby is due at the end of June and I'll hopefully be nursing. Luckily I have family I can drag to Reading who love shopping (i.e. can babysit for a few hours!)

    I'll be 32 by then as well so I just qualify 😉

  23. 7 February 2014 / 3:40 pm

    Congrats on Links a la Mode (not surprised at all:)). And, STILL VOTING!

    • 7 February 2014 / 6:01 pm

      Wow Lisa your support is so greatly appreciated!! Thank you x

  24. 7 February 2014 / 3:38 pm

    I admire the venture but regret living to far away to participate, i would have been there if it was logistically possible and wholeheartedly support the concept,.

    • 7 February 2014 / 6:01 pm

      Oh shame, Nicolene – I have to pick somewhere reasonably close for me to get to, but I know it won't be good for everyone. But maybe you can share it with your readers or Twitter/FB followers? xx

  25. 7 February 2014 / 3:22 pm

    Can't wait, Catherine. I'm a mom but heck, I don't want to talk about kids all day. So, yay!

    • 7 February 2014 / 5:59 pm

      Already got you on the mailing list, Marlene! There'll be so much to sort…!!!!

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