Before my Heart was Cold

The cellar was cold, musty and seemed more cramped with every visit. Not thirty seconds had passed since Carl had descended the creaking staircase, but it already seemed like an hour. A single fluorescent tube flickered above, throwing shadows across the room. The gentle plinking of Alisa’s piano drifted into Carl’s ears and he shivered; the melody was mournful, the minor chords chosen with care to amplify his pain. He tried to ignore it as he unscrewed the heavy cap and checked the oil level. It was low, so he lifted the jerry can and carefully poured in the pungent liquid; he had loved that smell, once upon a time.

“You’re back early,” Alisa stated, not turning her head. “Two weeks to the day I last saw you, minus three hours, seven minutes and twenty-eight seconds.” She was seated in front of Carl, facing the old, dusty piano.

“Yeah,” Carl said and as he put aside the empty can. He replaced the cap and rested his hand on the cool metal surrounding it as if to transfer some warmth into it.

“You always do that,” Alisa said, her voice lifeless. The vibrations tickled his fingers through the metal.

“Can’t help it, I guess,” Carl said. He stepped back to get a better look at her, adjusting his thick glasses on his beak of a nose. With sad eyes, he examined the metal plate which covered the back of Alisa’s head and went on to form her entire left arm. He still marvelled at the workmanship; it looked so real, with only a light rusting at the elbow giving its material away. He couldn’t even see the myriad of wires and tubes which lay beneath. It was exceptional, and unnerving.

“Do you like this song?” Alisa asked, still looking at the piano. Carl moved beside her as her fingers deftly swept across the yellowed keys. The song was heart-wrenching and tightened Carl’s chest.

“It’s beautiful, Allie,” he whispered. “But it’s so sad. I don’t think I can bear it for long.”

“Interesting,” Alisa said, slowing her playing but not stopping. “I feel nothing. I remember being moved by music before my heart was cold.”

“You were, Allie,” Carl said, a grimace twisting the corners of his mouth. He hated it when she said that. “You used to love how music made you feel, even when you couldn’t play very well.”

“I play better now,” Alisa stated.

“Yeah,” Carl admitted. “You’re a hell of a lot better…but there’s no joy in it anymore.”

“Joy.” Alisa stopped playing and turned around. Carl winced as her face came in to view, more than half of it covered by a plate of metal. Her eyes were still the same pale blue, but her freckles only covered her right cheek and the laughter had vanished from her once jovial face. Her button nose was gone, replaced by a shaped metal ridge; a dreadful substitute in Carl’s opinion. Her lips no longer smiled, but instead hung like a grey horizon above her chin. In the absence of the piano Carl could make out faint whirring and ticking sounds echoing from within Alisa’s body.

“Joy.” Alisa repeated, her grey tongue clicking against her teeth. “Curious. My name is derived from the Hebrew word for joy. I think my parent chose it on purpose.”

“I wouldn’t know, Allie,” Carl shrugged, feeling deeply uncomfortable.

“Joy…there was no joy after you changed me.” Alisa said, looking straight at Carl. She shifted her heavy feet, making a dull thud on the cellar floor. The chains which snaked around her ankles gave a dull rasp at the movement.

“You all regret it now.” Her voice was cold, just like the rest of her.

“Allie, stop it,” Carl pleaded, reaching for her shoulder. He shivered as his hand touched steel and a chill ran up his arm.

“My injuries were fatal, but you decided that I shouldn’t be allowed to die,” Alisa pressed on in her sterile tone. “It’s a strange to think of it, especially when most people wouldn’t force a cherished pet to stay alive when they are suffering. It was selfish.”

“Allie, don’t talk like that!” Carl snapped. He faced her with as much courage as he could, forcing himself to look into her dull eyes. “You were everything to us! To me! We couldn’t let you slip away like that! We…needed you here…I needed you.”

“Not like this,” Alisa replied, her eyes boring back into Carl’s. “Nobody wanted this, and that’s why I’m here, out of sight and out of mind. You’re the only one who still comes back.” Carl was silent and his jaw worked as he tried to think of something to say. Before he could, the thing that was once Alisa spoke again.

“You’re lonely, aren’t you, Carl?” Carl was startled and took another few moments to answer.

“Yeah…I am,” he confessed at last. “I hoped…I thought things would get better…but I ought to look after you. It’s the right thing to do!” He spoke with more confidence than he felt.

“Five years is a long time when something is hopeless,” Alisa said, turning back to the piano. The mournful music resumed once again. “Visiting me is illogical and it causes you pain. It won’t be long before even you stop coming down here to change my oil. When that day comes I will be allowed to die.”

“Allie, I’ll not abandon you!” Carl insisted, despite the horror he felt growing inside him. Alisa’s words frightened Carl because he had been considering doing just that for months. It was not a thought he entertained with his full attention, but circled the edge of his consciousness like a hawk waiting for the right moment to strike. Nothing escaped Alisa anymore, and the hawk had been circling lower.

“Perhaps,” Alisa said, her fingers moving over the aged keys. “It won’t matter to me either way.” Carl’s shoulders slumped and his heart grew heavy in his chest. He still loved Alisa, or the memory of her, at least. He could remember the warmth of her face when it was pressed against his, how her lips and her tongue had tasted, and how musical her voice used to be. He remembered how he used to stand and watch her play the piano, positioned in much the same way as he was at that very moment, studying her fingers as they danced and smiling at her eagerness. He had almost been driven mad with the thought of losing her, and had jumped at the chance to save her life. If only he had known…

Carl wandered back to the stairs leading up to the main building, gazing up at the open door and the bright sunlight which beckoned beyond. He watched Alisa play for a few minutes and then began to ascend. He paused at the threshold of the door, holding the handle in a shaking hand.

“Bye, Allie,” he said, his feeble voice cracking. “I…I love you,”

“Goodbye, Carl,” Alisa said. Cold. Precise. Inhuman. Carl closed the door with tears streaming down his cheeks. His heart thundered within his chest, even as it broke with shame. Sobs racked his body as he turned a key in the lock, and the piano stopped playing.

 

 

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Meet The Bloggers Who Are Attending The 2018 Annual Bloggers Bash #BloggersBash

On behalf of the committee of the Bloggers Bash, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who has confirmed their attendance for the 4th Annual Bloggers Bash. Bags are packed, votes have been counted, cakes baked, envelopes sealed, outfits chosen, and the fun starts at 10:30 when Sacha flings opens the doors, and the hugging begins. (Please – no screaming this year when you see Geoff’s beard!)
Where & When?
Saturday 19th, May 2018 at The George IV pub in Chiswick, London. Click here for full details on how to get there.
We’ve lots going on during the day, including two speakers, a panel debate and, of course, the announcements of this year’s bloggers bash award winners. We’ll also be announcing the winners of The Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition. Click here to see the agenda.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce you all to this year’s attendees who have confirmed that we can add them to this list. Want to know who they are? Click on the name of their blog and pay them a visit. I know they’d be delighted to welcome you.
Ritu – https://butismileanyway.com/
Marje – http://www.MJMallon.com
Steve – https://stevetanham.wordpress.com/
Zoe – http://zooloobookblog.co.uk/
Hayley – https://justanotherblogfromawoman.blog/
Barb – http://www.barbtaub.com
Lucy – http://www.blondewritemore.com
Isa & Joanne – http://www.joandisalovebooks.blog/
David – http://www.mistybooks.wordpress.com/
Jane – http://www.thedreamjobblog.com/
Willow – https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/
Melanie – http://www.thewanderingdarlings.com
Ali – http://www.aliisaacstoryteller.com/
Deborah – https://deborahjayauthor.com/
Eloise – https://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/
Lance – https://lancegreenfield.wordpress.com/
Lauren – http://www.millysguide.com/
Sheila – http://www.scskillman.com/
Debbie – http://www.debs-world.com/
Jemima – http://jemimapett.com/
Emmalene – https://abrummiehomeandabroad.com/
Sam – http://lovingthefiftysomething.com/
Lorna – http://www.ginlemonade.com
April – http://www.aprilmunday.wordpress.com
Ulrich – http://www.transmutation.me
Jill – http://www.midlifesmarts.com/
Linda – https://lindasbookbag.com/
Icy – http://www.icysedgwick.com/
Sherri – https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/
Esther – https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/
Stevie – https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Melanie – https://melanierousselsite.blog
And not forgetting your 2018 Bloggers Bash committee
Sacha – http://sachablack.co.uk/about/
Geoff – https://geofflepard.com/about/
Shelley – https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/about-2/
Suzie – https://suzie81speaks.com/about/
Helen – https://journeytoambeth.com/about/
Adam – https://adamdixonfiction.com/about/
Graeme – https://graemecumming.co.uk
Hugh – https://hughsviewsandnews.com/
Coming to the Bloggers Bash and don’t see your details above? Let me know, and I’ll add them to the list.
Not got your ticket yet? Click here to buy one.
We look forward to welcoming all of you.
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Meet The Bloggers Who Are Attending The 2018 Annual Bloggers Bash #BloggersBash

On behalf of the committee of the Bloggers Bash, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who has confirmed their attendance for the 4th Annual Bloggers Bash. Bags are packed, votes have been counted, cakeshttps://melanierousselsite.blogbaked, envelopes sealed, outfits chosen,https://melanierousselsite.blogand the fun starts at 10:30 when Sacha flings opens the doors, and the hugging begins. (Please – no screaming this year when you see Geoff’shttps://melanierousselsite.blogbeard!)

Where & When?

Saturday 19th, May 2018 at The George IV pub in Chiswick, London. Click here for full details on how to get there.

We’ve lots going on during the day, including two speakers, ahttps://melanierousselsite.blogpanel debate and, of course, the announcements of this year’s bloggers bash award winners. We’ll also be announcing the winners of The Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition. Click here to see the agenda.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce you all to this year’s attendees who have confirmed that we can add them to this list. Want to know who they are? Click on the name of their blog and pay them a visit. I know they’d be delighted to welcome you.

Ritu – https://butismileanyway.com/

Marje -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.MJMallon.com

Steve -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://stevetanham.wordpress.com/

Zoe -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://zooloobookblog.co.uk/

Hayley -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://justanotherblogfromawoman.blog/

Barb -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.barbtaub.com

Lucy -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.blondewritemore.com

Isa & Joanne -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.joandisalovebooks.blog/

David -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.mistybooks.wordpress.com/

Jane -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.thedreamjobblog.com/

Willow -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

Melanie -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.thewanderingdarlings.com

Ali -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.aliisaacstoryteller.com/

Deborah -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://deborahjayauthor.com/

Eloise -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/

Lance -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://lancegreenfield.wordpress.com/

Lauren -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.millysguide.com/

Sheila -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.scskillman.com/

Debbie -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.debs-world.com/

Jemima -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://jemimapett.com/

Emmalenehttps://melanierousselsite.blog – https://abrummiehomeandabroad.com/

Sam -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://lovingthefiftysomething.com/

Lorna -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.ginlemonade.com

April -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.aprilmunday.wordpress.com

Ulrich -https://melanierousselsite.blogwww.transmutation.me

Jill -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.midlifesmarts.com/

Linda – https://lindasbookbag.com/

Icy -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://www.icysedgwick.com/

Sherri -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://sherrimatthewsblog.com/

Esther -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/

Stevie -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://steviet3.wordpress.com/

Melanie – https://melanierousselsite.blog

And not forgetting your 2018 Bloggers Bash committee

Sacha -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttp://sachablack.co.uk/about/

Geoff -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://geofflepard.com/about/

Shelley -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://shelleywilsonauthor.com/about-2/

Suzie -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://suzie81speaks.com/about/

Helen – https://journeytoambeth.com/about/

Adam -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://adamdixonfiction.com/about/

Graeme -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://graemecumming.co.uk

Hugh -https://melanierousselsite.bloghttps://hughsviewsandnews.com/

Coming to the Bloggers Bash and don’t see your details above? Let me know, and I’ll add them to the list

Not got your ticket yet? Click here to buy one.

We look forward to welcoming all of you.

To sign up for news about the Bloggers Bash straight to your inbox subscribehttps://melanierousselsite.bloghere.

VOTING IS OPEN FOR THE BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS (ABBAs)

This is it. The wait is finally over!

 

The FOURTH Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

 

You can vote HERE.

 

We had a HUGE number of nominations, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your favourite bloggers.

 

Voting Closes at midnight on April 30th (BST). The winners will be announced on May 19th at the Bash in London. If you can’t make it along to the event don’t worry, we will put a winners post out on the evening of the same day. Although we have pingbacks to all the winners blogs it would be best for you to check back to see if you won.

 

TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 9 awards (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in each category, but only once in every one.

 

TO THE NOMINEES – Good luck to you all. Every nomination is really well deserved and as a result, this year we are doing things a little differently. Winners will have their prizes and certificates shipped to them as well as their winner’s badges emailed. However, all nominees will be entitled to a Bloggers Bash nominee badge once the voting is over. 

 

Don’t forget to follow all the fun in our Facebook group, on Twitter, or using the Hashtag #BloggersBash. We also have a mailing list which ALWAYS gives you the most up to date info before anyone else. 

 

Disclaimer: The committee has done their best to coordinate the nominations and to ensure, where possible, we gave nominees a choice of which category they wanted to be in. Due to time constraints and limited resources, this may not have always been possible. In addition, the committee is not responsible for the quality of information nominators gave. The committee uses the information it is given. This year we specifically requested the ‘NAME OF YOUR BLOG’ not your first name. Therefore this is what we are displaying. If your name has been displayed incorrectly, you can contact us and request a change by emailing annualbloggersbash@yahoo.co.uk. While the committee will endeavour to make changes promptly we neither guarantee to make those changes nor do we guarantee to do so in a certain time frame. 

 

Awards:

 

BEST OVERALL BLOGGER 

 

Who is the blogger that excels in a variety of categories? Who provides excellent content, is sociable and engaging with readers, shares other posts, or has a writing style that keeps you coming back time and time again?

Whoever you choose needs to be an all-rounder. A blogger that is head and shoulders above the rest as that’s what makes the Best Overall Blogger.

 

FUNNIEST BLOGGER

 

Which blogger always makes you laugh the most? Whether that’s through humourous content or their blogging manner. A blogger that has your sides aching from laughter and brightens up the blog-o-sphere is what makes the Funniest Blogger.

 

MOST INSPIRATIONAL BLOGGER

 

Who inspires you? Is there a blogger that’s thought-provoking and inquisitive? Perhaps they’re a muse to you with the constant provision of inspirational content or imagery. Who’s the one blogger that touched your heart? This is what makes the Most Inspirational Blogger.

 

 

MOST INFORMATIVE (Original Content) BLOGGER

 

This award is for the blogger with the most informative and original content. Who creates fascinating content that you find yourself longing to read? Perhaps they’re a history blogger or they write about the craft of writing/blogging, or maybe they like archaeology or wine tasting. They could be an artist or musician. The topic is irrelevant, it’s the original content that counts. A blogger who shares a wealth of knowledge in an informative way is what makes the Most Informative & Original Blogger.

 

BEST BOOK REVIEW BLOG

 

There are so many wonderful book bloggers out there, but which one stands out for you? Whose book reviews do you enjoy reading and engaging with? It’s not the number of reviews that’s important, but more about the quality of them. Who has you clicking the ‘buy now’ button after reading a riveting summary, or who has the most thoughtful reviews? A blogger who shares an abundance of book reviews in a memorable way deserves the Best Book Review Blog.

 

SERVICES TO BLOGGERS

 

Which blogger goes out of their way to help others? Maybe this is someone who helped you kick-start your blog with tutorials or how-to guides. Perhaps they continually reblog your posts. It could be a blogger who consistently provides useful posts on how to boost your blog. Or maybe you want to nominate someone who provides an engaging platform for others.

Someone who selflessly dedicates themselves to other bloggers is who deserves the Services to Bloggers award.

 

HIDDEN GEM

 

Have you stumbled upon a blog by chance and discovered useful information, or thought-provoking content? Is there a blog that doesn’t get the notoriety they deserve? Maybe they have such an original style you can’t help but read their posts. A blogger who you believe should get the limelight for a change is who deserves the Hidden Gem award.

 

NEWCOMER BLOGGER

 

A category for those bloggers who have been blogging less than a year (joined the blog-o-sphere after 1st June 2017). Did they join with a bang? Have they made an impression? Do they engage with readers? Are they funny, or well designed, or maybe share posts that make you smile time after time. A newbie blogger who deserves recognition makes the best Newcomer Blogger.

 

BEST PAL 

 

Which blogger do you want to go to the pub with? Or maybe have dinner with? Who never fails to reply to comments, and has thoughtful things to say? Maybe they encourage the community through weekly challenges or blog parties. A blogger who makes the blog-o-sphere a better place is what makes the Best Pal.

 

That’s it, folks!

 

Remember to get your ticket and to follow us on Facebook or Twitter using the Hashtag #BloggersBash. We also have a mailing list which ALWAYS gives you the most up to date info before anyone else.

 

 

 

 

THE BLOGGERS BASH NEEDS YOU! Panel Debate 2018

 

The Annual Bloggers Bash returns bigger and better than ever on Saturday 19th May 2018. The venue is booked, and the committee have been busy working behind the scenes to ensure the day is full of fun, learning opportunities, networking, and, of course, the blogtastic award ceremony.

 

To ensure that you get the most out of your day we are looking for your input. We received incredible feedback about the panel debate at last year’s event so we’ve decided to bring this back.

 

In order to maximise the time and choose the right panellists to meet your needs we want you to submit questions/topics that can be put forward for debate.

 

Here are a few suggestions to get your mind ticking:

 

  • Do you want to learn more about Flipboard, StumbleUpon, or another platform?
  • Are you interested in how to make graphics for your blog, or how to create images?
  • Would you rather learn how to market, or monetize your blog?
  • Does learning how to create an effective social media strategy appeal to you?

 

Let us know what topics you would like to see covered at the Panel Debate 2018 and help us help you.

 

STILL TIME TO GET YOUR TICKETS:

 

Tickets (available until 3rd May) £25 pp

Late entry ticket (available between 4th – 18th May) £30 pp

 

Please take note of the small print:

  • Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled
  • Tickets are non-transferable
  • Tickets are limited on a first come first served basis
  • Cost of a ticket is for entry to the event only (not for food or anything else)
  • Those buying a ticket agree to comply with any health & safety rules set by the venue and to behave in a way that will not impact upon the enjoyment of other people
  • The Committee reserves the right to change the venue and/or agenda of the event
  • Payment for tickets via PayPal only.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

 

Join Sacha and the committee on our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/991165987611263/

You can also join us for our Twitter Hour on the first Sunday of the month 7pm-8pm using the hashtag #BlogBashChat or join in the conversation on Twitter by using the #BloggersBash hashtag.

 

You can be the first to know all the latest bash news by signing up to our mailing list here.

THE BLOGGERS BASH IS BACK! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

 

Now in its fourth year, the Annual Bloggers Bash returns bigger and better than ever. The venue is booked (https://wp.me/p885Ux-1Qi ), and the committee is busy working behind the scenes to ensure the day is full of fun, learning opportunities, networking, and, of course, the blogtastic award ceremony.

 

Over the next few months, we will be sharing various posts about the award nominations, the attendees, our writing competition, and the other opportunities that will be available for those bloggers who attend.

 

TICKETS:

 

Tickets (available until 3rd May) £25 pp

 

Late Entry Tickets (available between 4th – 18th May) £30 pp

 

Please take note of the small print:

  • Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled
  • Tickets are non-transferable
  • Tickets are limited on a first come first served basis
  • Cost of a ticket is for entry to the event only (not for food or anything else)
  • Those buying a ticket agree to comply with any health & safety rules set by the venue and to behave in a way that will not impact upon the enjoyment of other people
  • The Committee reserves the right to change the venue and/or agenda of the event
  • Payment for tickets via PayPal only.

WHAT IS THE BASH?

 

If you’ve never attended a Blogger Bash event before then you’re in for a treat. Created by Sacha Black and aided by her intrepid committee of eight bloggers, the Bash is open to any blogger, regardless of age or niche. Previous events have included speakers, competitions, a panel, and attendees from all over the UK, Europe, the US, and Canada.

 

There will be an opportunity to network, eat cake, and meet some amazing online friends in person! The event takes place in a single day, and you’ll be guaranteed a fantastic time and a sore face from all of the smiling that you’ll do!

 

Timings and the exact breakdown of the day will be available closer to the event, but it will start mid-morning and end in the evening. We announce the winners of the Bloggers Bash Awards, which you, the blogging public, vote for. You can see last year’s winners here.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

 

Join Sacha and the committee on our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/991165987611263/

 

You can also join us for our weekly Twitter Hour every Sunday 7pm-8pm using the hashtag #BlogBashChat or join in the conversation on Twitter by using the #BloggersBash hashtag.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW?

 

  1. BUY your ticket! https://wp.me/p885Ux-1Qc

 

  1. Send us your blog name and link to annualbloggersbash@yahoo.co.uk so you can be added to our attendee’s post. (NB: if you don’t send this information you won’t be added).

 

  1. Pop the date in the diary and tell the world you’re attending a fabulous blogger soiree.

 

  1. Sort out your travel and accommodation.

 

  1. Pack your bag, remember to bring business cards, throw in a notebook, and join us for a fantastic day of blogging fun.

 

NEW Bloggers Bash Website COMING SOON!

 

 

The Crown Jewels

Here is a piece of flash fiction I have Written for The Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition. If you’d like to enter then you’d better get scribbling as it ends TONIGHT (22.03.2018) at 23:59 GMT! The theme is “Royalty”, and can be about anything which springs to your mind!

Click here for full details of the competition and how to enter. First prize is a £100 Amazon gift card, with two runner-up prizes also on offer. Not bad for a paragraph or two!

Being a committee member, I can’t officially enter the competition, but I thought I’d give it a bash regardless! I hope you enjoy it, it was a fun way to spend my lunch break!

The Crown Jewels

By Adam Dixon

 

“And, lo! Behold, the Crown Jewels! Worn by the monarchs of England for centuries!”

“Wow! They’re incredible, Professor!”

“Stunning, aren’t they? The craftsmanship which went into creating these marvels…ooh, it gives me goose-bumps!”

“The guys in the lab have scrubbed them well. I can’t see any dirt on them.”

“Quite right, too! It’s painful to think of them buried amongst the rubble of the Tower for so long…”

“They’re impressive, sure, but why did we bother?”

“What do you mean, lad? That’s Old Earth history before your eyes!”

“Yeah, I get that, but the custom is backwards. Allowing a single family to have so much influence doesn’t scream equality, does it? Surely we don’t want that revived?”

“Well, no, but you see, it- “

“Plus, it’s impractical; the bloody thing must weigh a ton! Not the best idea for a hat, is it?”

“A hat? A hat?!”

“Calm down, Professor, I’m just pulling your leg! You should’ve seen your face!”

“Hmmph! I should like to teach you a little respect for history! Every human being should appreciate relics from when we were free!”

“They really are fascinating, Professor, but I do still wonder why we bothered. The Overlords will have us vaporised if they find out we have them!”

“That’s exactly the point, lad! These aren’t simply relics, they’re symbols! They will remind us of what we lost when the Overlords descended. We don’t need to bring back an outdated system, we just need to let it light a fire in the minds of the public! Now, turn off the lights and help me lock this away. It’s a precious thing.”

MEET OUR GUEST SPEAKERS FOR THE ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH 2018. 

 

We are delighted to introduce you to our two guest speakers for the 2018 Annual Bloggers Bash. Details of the final agenda will be released soon so keep an eye out for future posts.

 

Our first speaker is well known and loved in blogging circles and was the proud winner of Best Overall Blog at last year’s event.

 

Meet Ritu from But I Smile Anyway

 

Ritu

 

Ritu will be sharing her top tips from a working mother on how to keep your blog running smoothly and giving it plenty of attention without abandoning your family and real life too!

 

Connect with Ritu via:

 

Twitter

Facebook

Blog

 

Our second speaker is another well known blogger and author as well as being the Boss Lady/Captain/List Writer Extraordinaire/Chief Whip Cracker of the Bloggers Bash Awards.

 

Meet Sacha from Sacha Black

 

Sacha

 

Sacha will be talking about the importance of mailing lists and how we can utilise them as bloggers and writers to the greatest advantage for our blogging stats and book sales.

 

Connect with Sacha via:

 

Twitter

Facebook

Blog

 

There will be a chance to ask Ritu and Sacha a few questions after their talks.

 

Don’t miss out on this informative and fun day – BUY your ticket today.

 

WHAT IS THE BASH?

 

If you’ve never attended a Blogger Bash event before then you’re in for a treat. Created by Sacha Black and aided by her intrepid committee of eight bloggers, the Bash is open to any blogger, regardless of age or niche. Previous events have included speakers, competitions, a panel, and attendees from all over the UK, Europe, the US, and Canada.

 

There will be an opportunity to network, eat cake, and meet some amazing online friends in person! The event takes place in a single day, and you’ll be guaranteed a fantastic time and a sore face from all of the smiling that you’ll do!

 

Timings and the exact breakdown of the day will be available closer to the event, but it will start mid-morning and end in the evening. We will also announce the winners of the Bloggers Bash Awards, which you, the blogging public, vote for. You can see last year’s winners here.

GREENSTORY SPONSOR THE BASH

This year, the awards are being sponsored by Greenstory – a fantastic eco-friendly company who are awarding each of the winners with a STONE notebook… Yes, a notebook actually made of stone. For more details, check out Suzie’s review of the notebook here or their website here.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

 

Join Sacha and the committee on our Facebook Group

 

You can also join us for our Twitter Hour on the first Sunday of the month from 7pm-8pm using the hashtag #BlogBashChat or join in the conversation on Twitter by using the #BloggersBash hashtag.

 

There’s still time to enter our Bloggers Bash Competition and be in with a chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers. Find out more here.

 

DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW, find out how, here.

 

There’s still time to nominate your fave bloggers so they’re in with a chance of winning a bloggers bash award. You can nominate here.

 

The Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition – Deadline for Entries Extended  

We’ve listened, and we’ve acted. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve extended the deadline for entries to this year’s Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition. The deadline for entries is now 23:59 on Thursday 22nd March 2018. 

 

What is the competition about, and how do I enter?  

 

As you may have noticed, there’s another exciting event happening in London the same day as our Bloggers Bash. Although it won’t be as much fun as our event, the news of a Royal Wedding has undoubtedly given us a lot to think about.  

So, the Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition 2018 is on the theme of ‘Royalty.’ You’ve got a maximum of 300 words to share a flash fiction story, anecdote, poem, or another piece of work or writing on the theme of royalty. You might be inspired by Harry and his princess, or by the venue of this year’s Bloggers Bash (George IV). Or you might have another idea in mind. If you’re a photographer, then publish a post that includes photos of what ‘Royalty’ means to you.  

 

The Cost: £5 per entry or £8 for two entries – all proceeds go to funding The Bloggers Bash, payment accepted through PayPal only, at the bottom of this post.  

 

IMPORTANT – How to submit: Publish your entry(ies) on your blog and then drop an email to annualbloggersbash@yahoo.co.uk with the following information:  

  • The link to your blog post(s)  
  • The word count of all the words (excluding the title) in your post  
  • Your name  
  • Your Twitter Handle  
  • The identification number on your PayPal payment.  

 

Use the email subject title: BB Blog Post Competition. 

 

Prizes 

1st prize is a £100 Amazon gift card and a winner’s trophy 

2nd prize is a £30 Amazon gift card 

3rd prize is a £15 Amazon gift card 

 

We welcome entries from all over the world. The competition is open to all bloggers, regardless of if you’re coming to the Bloggers Bash or not. 

 

This year, we’re delighted to announce that our judges for the competition are Kaisha Holloway and Jo Robertson.  

 

Kaisha Holloway blogs at The Writing Garnet 

Kaisha won the top award for Most Inspirational Blogger at the 2017 Bloggers Bash and continues to inspire readers all over the world with her incredible book blog. She supports authors by promoting their books and helping with their social media presence. Her passion for all things book related is evident in the number of blog tours she participates in every year.  

 

Find Kaisha on Twitter: @kaishajayneh 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewritinggarnet/ 

 

Joanne Robertson blogs at My Chestnut Reading Tree 

Jo won second place in the Hidden Gem category at the 2017 Bloggers Bash and through her fabulous book blog she shares many hidden gems with her readers. She set up My Chestnut Reading Tree in 2016 and enjoys sharing crime and psychological thrillers as well as women’s fiction. As a Top 55 Amazon reviewer, you can rely on Jo’s reviews to guide you towards a great book.  

 

Find Jo on Twitter @jocatrobertson 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mychestnutreadingtree/ 

 

The Small Print – Important, Please Read Before Submitting Your Entry 

 

  • Only entries with the identification number of the PayPal payment and sent by email to annualbloggersbash@yahoo.co.uk will be entered into the competition.  
  • Up to two entries per person are allowed. Anybody found to have entered the competition more than twice will be disqualified.  
  • Members of The Bloggers Bash committee and judging panel are not eligible to enter.  
  • The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on Thursday 22nd March 2018. Entries received after this date will not be included.  
  • Your entry must be a maximum of 300 words (not including the title) and can include: pictures, photos, videos, and artwork.  
  • The competition is only open to adults aged 18 and over.  
  • Winners must agree to have their full name and winning entries published on the blogs of the Bloggers Bash committee.  
  • No alternative prizes are available.  
  • The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.  
  • By entering the competition, you agree to abide by these rules.  
  • Click here to make your payment for entering the competition.  

 

Winners announced at The Bloggers Bash on May 19th, 2018. 

GOOD LUCK!  

 

Click hereto buy a ticket for the Bloggers Bash. 

 

Click here to meet the sponsor for this year’s Bloggers Bash awards. 

 

NEW Bloggers Bash Website COMING SOON!