What is the collective term for a group of bloggers? I’m not 100% sure that there is one, but if I had to hazard a guess, I would bet on a brunch of bloggers.
After all, everybody knows there’s nothing bloggers love more than brunch!
When I first began blogging all those years ago, I didn’t really know what to expect but I do know that I hadn’t anticipated I would meet some really great people and make some really great friends. Not to mention the fact that I’m not sure I’d ever had “brunch” before becoming a blogger.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to not one, but two separate brunches with groups of bloggers I’ve met from various events. I felt like a real social butterfly.
First up was the #DerbyBloggersBrunch at Bear Coffee bar/restaurant in Derby. Organised once again by Monet from Munching with Monet, this was actually my second Derby Bloggers brunch and it was great to see some familiar faces again, as well as some new ones!
I sat with Molly from Rose Beauty Files, Jay from Comic Books and Yellow Ducks, Jessica from An Ounce of Grace, Samantha Smith and Emma from The Emma Lifestyle and had lots of fun chatting and getting reacquainted. The only time we ever seem to see each other is at blogging events so it’s nice to have the opportunity to just sit and chat.
We’d pre-ordered our food so once we arrived there was nothing more strenuous to do than choose which amazing coffee to try. (Caramel latte for me please, as always) I’d ordered the American Style pancakes, served with sausage, bacon, egg and maple syrup. It was absolutely amazing, everything tasted so fresh and the portion size was perfect.
After our meal, we were split into two groups and given a coffee masterclass with a demonstration of the Aeropress method of coffee-making. I have to admit it was all a bit involved for me (I’m far too impatient for much more than Instant coffee) but if you are a coffee aficionado then you might want to check this out.We were also given the chance to try out two different blends of coffee and, surprisingly for someone with an unrefined palette, I could actually taste the difference between the two!As an extra treat, Monet had bought a very special treat for us – mini doughnuts from Doughnotts in Derby. Never one to miss a doughnut, I had to take a cheeky break from Lent to enjoy one of these. Not that I was going to let something like that stop me!
My second brunch date was with 3 lovely ladies (Holly from Holly of all Trades, Rebecca from Rebecca Jayne and Lucy from Lucy and Lentils) who I met on the Winter Workshops event back in December. There were supposed to be a few more of us, but sadly the others couldn’t come for various reasons.
We met at Browns Brasserie and Bar in Nottingham. I ordered a latte (standard) and scrambled eggs and salmon on toast. The food was delicious and they seemed to be fairly accommodating of the members of our party who had special dietary requirements (although some of the staff weren’t too knowledgable about the options available).
We had a fabulous time gossiping, chatting, swapping tips and blogging experiences and generally setting the world to rights. In fact, we had such a lovely time that I DIDN’T TAKE A SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FOOD!!! I know, bloggers NOT photographing their meals – it’s practically unheard of!
Meeting new people and making new friends is an unexpected benefit of blogging. It’s not why I originally got involved, but it certainly keeps me going and I hope to hang out with some of my fellow bloggers again soon.