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Learn about Blogging while Multi Tasking

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I really wanted to listen in the NZ Bloggers Network’s Blogging learning sessions on the Livestream hookup on Video Blogging tonight…but life was getting in the way!

They had You Tuber ‘Aly Ford’ from Psycho Traveller presenting, sharing her insight, tips, tricks and practical advice from her success thus far on You Tube.

Also a member presentation by Callum, Ignatius Manaloto and Steve Milleron on improving blog engagement, simple design and content tips.

But I had to be in 4 places at once and couldn’t do it all.

I was just finishing up at work, I was meaning to be home hours earlier when it was starting.

Multi tasking Single Parenting mode switched on, so made a new plan, I:

• Downloaded the Livestream App onto my iphone

• Logged in

• Hit the link to ‘Basics of Video Blogging – with You Tuber Aly Ford from Physco Traveller‘ by NZ Bloggers Network

• Popped in my Bluetooth earpiece

• Hit Play!

• Quickly finished up essentials at work while I listened to the opening announcements and packed upYay, I was able to listen (& watch out the corner of my eye) in to the Video Blogging event while the following happened over the next hour or so…

• Fired off a few quick comments to engage and shared the link via Twitter and Facebook while listening in• Quickly finished up essentials at work while I listened to the opening announcements and packed upYay, I was able to listen (& watch out the corner of my eye) in to the Video Blogging event while the following happened over the next hour or so…

• Then with my earpiece in and my iphone in my pocket, I closed up my building while still listening in

• Jumped in t
he car and started driving while listening in

• Hopped out at the Urgent Pharmacy (I was too late for a ‘normal’ pharmacy) – walked through the carpark – hit pause – bought what I needed – short convo with the lovely lady there – hit play and kept listening further

• Jumped back in the car and continued driving while listening in

• Hopped out at the supermarket and crossed the carpark while listening in (checking triple for traffic!)

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• Hit pause – while I rang in our takeaway order (yup, no home cooking tonight!) – hit play again while I entered the supermarket and grabbed the few essentials I needed while listening in

• Through the self checkout with my items so could keep listening in

• Jumped back in the car and round the corner to the pick up food – jumped out – hit pause while I picked up – they weren’t in a talkative mood, so I was out of there in 30 seconds – hit play again and back in the car while listening in

• Drove home – into carpark and reversed into my ridiculously tricky angled carpark while listening in

• Gathered all the bags from the car – raced up the stairs and into our Apartment while listening in

• Hit pause to chat with Miss 15 about her day – she was knee deep into her Homework so she didn’t chat for long til she refocused again as she is keen to get in lots of study for her upcoming exams

• Hit play again while I unpacked groceries and my bags from the day while listening in

• Grabbed the Trophy off our Bookshelf that Miss 15 has to return tomorrow and dug in the cupboard seeking out the Silvo while listening in

• Got changed, sorted washing and closed blinds while listening in

• Dealt with dishes and trundled up and down the stairs 6 times doing Parenting/Home/Mom type stuff while listening in

• Hit pause – Sat down with Miss 15 to work on something with her for a bit

• She then focused on her own thing again so I hit play again

• Watched through to the end – wooohoo!

It would have been great to be at the Video Blogging event in person in Auckland, but hooking in via Livestream and listening in (and glancing at the screen sometimes) worked incredibly well.

Sure, I missed a bit, but there was SO much great info loaded into these two presentations that I will happily watch/listen to them again latter.

They had a really great Q&A session at the end too with bloggers asking many things I’m sure we all have wanted to know.

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Don’t have time to sit for 1 & 1/2 hours to watch a Livestream?

Then I encourage you to try what I did next time and listen in while you do other things.

All you need is:

• Livestream website – Desktop, tablet, ipad, iphone or Smartphone
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• Download Livestream App (more streamlined on a device) Apple/Android for your tablet, ipad, iphone or Smartphone

• Earphones or Bluetooth Headset
• Sign up to the Livestream site and Login
• Follow NZ Bloggers Network
• Now you are ready to listen/watch/multi task  :-)

If you miss the Livestream totally, you can watch it again latter by playing it whenever you want to.

How cool is it to continue learning about Blogging while doing everyday tasks!

I have been working away tonight and feeling slightly pleased with myself, that even though my day was crazy that I had kicked this multi tasking single parenting lark in the ass tonight…

Then I wondered, why I was so damn hungry?

Crap…in all of my brilliant multi tasking I forgot to eat at all tonight and now it was 11.35pm and I wasn’t going to last til morning.

Finishing this post off now while I eat a Apricot Jam toasted Bagel…so maybe I’m not kicking ass in everything…but it still tastes pretty good  😉

Have you used Livestream before to watch an event?
Did you watch the Video Blogging learning session?

#kiwibloggers

 

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12 Signs you’re a Draft Blogger

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12 signs you’re a Draft Blogger

12 signs you’re a Draft Blogger:

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draft bloggerHow many Draft’s do you have in your WordPress draft folder?

…or in Evernote?…
…or in Word?…
…or hand scribbled in a Notebook?

< 10… < 50… > 75…

If you have > 75 Draft Posts wallowing in your Draft folder…you may just be a Draft Blogger (like me).

See how many of the 12 signs you’re a Draft Blogger that you identify with:

 

1. You’ve never been a ‘Consistent Blogger’.

Your blogs homepage either see’s a Feast or Famine!

Blog writer’s fall somewhere between:

  • a Barbara Cartland type Blogger (722 novels) knocking out published blogs consistently left right and centre type poster, minus all the pink and jewels.
    or
  • an Emily Dickinson type Blogger (1,800 poems,<12 published were while she was alive) a quiet reclusive writer who produces the odd bit of brilliance, then nothing for yonks type poster while beetling away on more draft goodness behind the scenes.
    You publish 5 things 5 days in a row and then nothing for 3, 5 or 21 weeks.
    Preferring to only hit publish when you are 100% happy with what has played out on the page.

If you identify with Emily Dickinson style of publishing, but in the ’15’s not the mid 1800’s, you may just be a Draft Blogger.

 

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Bab’s & Em’s
 

2. You’ve turned OFF the ‘Post Calendar Widget’ from your sidebar (or at least moved it down the page). 

When you first started your blog and were adding useful widgets, you added the ‘Post Calendar Widget’ that show’s readers your posts per month…cause that looked kinda cool in the beginning.

But after a while you got rather embarrassed when you would have one month showing 15 posts and the next month showing Zero and the next month also showing Zero!

You have changed that widget over to now show ‘Top Posts’ instead 😉 and shoved the Calendar one further down the page.

It makes you feel much better about yourself celebrating your most read and interacted posts, rather than that ill-fated ZERO posts rubbish, you don’t need to see!

 

draft blogger calendar widget

 

3. You don’t have a ‘Publishing Schedule’.

You admire and maybe even have a wee writing crush on all of these ‘uber bloggers’ who publish Monday’s, Wednesday’s, Friday’s and every second Sunday…

But, hey it’s not you.

Schedule – smedule you say – who needs one of those!

You have a gorgeous Blog diary or Blog Calendar or maybe even both – yes!

It’s beautiful and lovely and trendy and all bloggy-fied awesome.

…But you have found you use it more for ‘reflecting’ on the month been (all pensive and thought-provoking with a pen in your mouth staring wistfully out the window while you contemplate filling it in retrospectively), rather than using it as a foresight of what’s to come.

You write on it AFTER the month has finished, some things you actually ‘have’ done in amongst things you haven’t, so then you can satisfactory cross things off on it and feel all accomplished like!

So that you can still class yourself as a ‘real blogger’ as you did some blog work still at least ‘behind the scenes’ like moved a widget or clicked ‘update on your wordpress plugins… whoop whoop, I’m fine tuning.

It’s a real thing baby – creating a list, just so you can cross things off!

Rather than a To Do List…

It’s a Blogging To DoNe List 😉

My Do’s and Done’s.

#BloggingToDoNeList

 

4. You have turned OFF the Date feature.

You, yourself like to know how old a blog post is when you read someone else’s blog, but you have turned that feature off on your own blog so it doesn’t ‘read as bad’.

Much like the Calendar feature above, who needs this negativity in their life.

Lets just celebrate having published words on a page, not ‘how long it’s been on the front page’.

Yesterday’s new’s is not today’s Fish and Chip Paper…it’s still today’s news!

You figure it’s part of your blogging charm, you like to keep people guessing and shroud your writing in mystery.

 

5. You totally go M.I.A from the Blogosphere & Social Media, as Parenting, Family and Life take over.

…You haven’t felt compelled to instagram anything…but you still look.

…Your Facebook timeline has stayed stagnant…but you have still read.

…You haven’t felt the need to Tweet squat…but have still scrolled.

…BUT your draft posts have just been accumulating 10 fold!

If you are like me, I have been M.I.A from the blogosphere and Social Media!  I haven’t been publishing anything…anywhere at all over this past 8 weeks ;-)…

I’ve gone rogue within my own Blogging life, but will reappear when you think all hope is lost with a Friends Meme and a post of Why Draft Blogger’s are cool.

 

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6. You create a ‘Bluffing Post’ of your favourite Meme’s.

Not to be confused with a buffing post!  Where you write about Karate Kid waxing stuff.

You had nothing to hit publish on quite yet, but you have seen some rocking good Meme’s lately, so you feel compelled to at least share this knowledge with the world and create a ‘bluffing post’ of your favourite Meme’s – See case in point, mine 8 weeks ago.

Thinking it will fulfill a gap in your writing.

Nope it doesn’t, but it provides a few cheap laughs, which we all love, so you get away with it – for now.

 

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7. You sometimes vaguely aspire to post x2 a week…but meh…it rarely happens.

In your head, you punch out 6 articles a week, but barely get a chance to get any of it our onto a keyboard.

If only your brain could be like an old electronic typewriter, where you could type it all into the memory in your brain and then at the end of the day when you get home hit ENTER and it would all type out onto a page for you super fast.

Gosh I loved that feature, I remember pretending to type as it did this and feeling like I was typing 80 words per minute – I’m on fire, take that Pitman’s Tying!

Number of boyfriends newly published Blog Posts: ZERO

 

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[Useless Sidenote about Pitman’s:
I just found my old Pitman’s certificates the other day, I liked typing, but little did I confess at the time, I really only took the subject as it was a chance that there might be Boy’s in our class from our brother School…there was, but they were 2 ‘dorks’ that I wasn’t interested in, but in the parallel class to us, there was 1 dork and 1 cute one, and later on said 1 cute one from the other class just happened to become my boyfriend, who later on also confessed he only took typing because he would be in a class with girls!
– “Pitman’s Typing – Bringing High School Crush’s together since ages ago”]

 

8. Creating your own Deadline = a slap with a feather.

If you write for other people’s’ Blog’s (like this awesome site), Collaborative Sites or for other Publishing platform’s where they give you a deadline, you meet it ever-single-time.

Without fail, you work like crazy to get those words out onto a page, edited to within an inch of its life and zipped out of your email with plenty of time to spare.

But try and set a Deadline for yourselfit means squat…get that wet bus ticket out!

You have not accountability to yourself.

Your self-inflicted blog deadlines mean diddly squat!

You can justify it to yourself til the Cow’s come home all the reason’s why you didn’t meet your self-inflicted Blog Deadline.

 

9. Snippets everywhere.

You can have 7 post idea’s and 6 paragraphs written on just one leg of your daily commute.

Another 4 on the Toilet and another 3 while trying to sleep.

Your head edit’s, rearranges sentences and fire’s out words left right and centre, and they have got to go somewhere.

Sometimes you pull over on the side of the road and make notes… and occasionally as needs must at a ‘long set of lights’.

At the end of the week you have 17 posts scattered throughout your life

In the back of WordPress, in your phone, in Word, in notebooks, on backs of receipts, on the back of your hand and up your arm when you run out of space.

Hey, I even wrote on a cereal carton the other day and them promptly threw it out by mistake!

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10. Editing is NOT your fortay!

You absolutely rock out an amazing bunch of insight, hindsight, foresight…hey any type of ‘sight’ onto a page and you know there is GOLD in them-there-words

…but then no matter what you do to them, it just doesn’t flow, it doesn’t read right, you wonder “what is my conclusion?”, “where am I taking it?”…you spend hours on editing and it’s 95% there but then don’t take it anywhere in the end.

Editing takes you forever!

You never have to ‘pad’, you always have to extract.

You know editing is good for you, but you don’t like it…

Editing…it’s like Spinach, Fish Oil & Running up Hills.

Is kinda gross and kinda sucks.

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11. You start 4 new posts, while you were trying to writing just 1.

You are cheerily writing away, totally engrossed in one subject.

But then, some snippet, one word, one flash of an image in your mind and it’s off…you have to capture it before it’s gone, so you start another draft blog in your browser in a 2nd tab.

You type that one word or a sentence of an idea, but it doesn’t stop there.  The next thing you know, you have written 10 bullet points and 452 words into another draft post.  You hit save and leave it open incase another thought pops in, but thinking, I must get back to my ‘main’ post.

You head back to your main post and tap away happily for a while and whammo, another idea comes in, repeat the step above.
You now have your ‘main’ post and 2 new draft post browsers tabs open.

By the time you have finished this writing session you have another 4 draft blogs posts tabs along side it with a whole lot of gold in it, and still haven’t finished the ‘main’ one you are in.

[Confession: I have started 5½ other draft blogs with a good 400+ words in each, just writing this piece alone and have added another 3 title idea’s to my list.]

 

12. You write about 32½ different draft Posts for every post that you ‘actually’ publish.

You love to write a good draft.

You are so good at Draft Writing, your archives are full of them.

If anyone ever needs a Draft Blog, you have them in spades.

If a Draft Blog is what alien’s feed on and you could save America from all the Alien’s one day, then you would be able to give one to:

Will Smith
Tommy Lee Jones
Tom Cruise
Emily Blunt
the cast from Cocoon
little dude from ET
Sigourney Weaver

…and everyone else who has ever made a movie about saving the earth from Alien’s.

 

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How many Draft’s do you have lurking in your Archives?

Just how many ‘DRAFT’S’ do I have in the back of my Word Press right now?

263.

263 !!!draft blogger

 

 

Yup…not 16, not 26…but 263.

That’s not counting Evernote, my iphone Notes, Word, Voice Recorder App, rouge Cereal Box’s or washed arm’s!

Are you a Draft Blogger?
Or do you like your Post folder to be organised and tidy?
How do you write?
What did I miss, what other signs are there you are a Draft Blogger?

 


 

Needing a Running Deadline to get you out the door?

Next Event: Sunday, 8 November 2015

I wrote about our last Mud Run here.  Maybe you feel like setting yourself a deadline and flinging yourself into some Mud :-)

Mud…mud…glorious mud
– Brookfield Butt Busta Mud race

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#brunchclub Bloggers are all so different

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What I love is that #brunchclub Bloggers are all so different…and each one of us is diverse both in our Blog and in our lives.

#brunchclub Bloggers
This is a fabulous bunch of women (men are welcome) whom I may not have ever met, in my normal daily life, because our lives lead such different paths.

But that is exactly why it is so cool.

I’m ‘old’, I have a teenager and I write about Parenting and a whole lot of other palava like random post about The Bachelor NZ and Mud Races

If I’m honest I’m old enough nearly to be some of these women’s Mother! NB: That’s a dig at just how old I am, not how young they are 😉

But with that said, that’s why it is so great – that we are all so different.

I find the conversations really interesting, engaging, varied and I learn a little something from each one of these talented writers.

#brunchclub Bloggers are all so different
It doesn’t matter who we are, where we have come from or even really what we blog about, we are here for one common goal ~ our love of Blogging.

With that we all come to #brunchclub with our strengths and weaknesses.

Yes its cool when two similar types of bloggers come together as maybe that will mean they may be able to collaborate in future or share tips etc…

But I learn just as much from talking to a Makeup Blogger as I do off a Travel Blogger as I do off a Food Blogger :-)

That’s also what I love about the connections you make online with other Bloggers, sure some are in your genre, but often they are not, but something clicked and you get on like a house on fire.

drexels breakfast restaurant wellingtoThis months #brunchclub was at the famous Drexels Breakfast Restaurant on Waring Taylor Street.

A unique place as they serve Breakfast ALL DAY (well from really early in the morning til 2pm)… and have been around in New Zealand for 25 years with its roots in Christchurch.

They say they are an American Diner experience with a Kiwi twist and that’s a perfect way to describe exactly what you experience when you dine here.

Heading to #brunchclub this morning I was not quite the same Scardey Cat as I was last month, but if I’m honest I was still a bit nervous about it and made sure I was there nice an early (a tip from my previous post).

I head in and arrived at the same time as the lovely Dani from Dani Pohlod and we were quickly joined by Kahurangi from xox Bubbles whom I hadn’t met before but recognised instantly from her Facebook profile (which always feels a bit weird when you recognise someone, but don’t actually know them).

Drexels is unique, as you go in off the street and head down under street level to their Restaurant, something that doesn’t happen very often in Wellington!

#brunchclub Bloggers are all so different
It was absolutely chocka block with people and they were spilling out the seams, they have quite a large seated waiting area and we filled that up and then some with around 15 people waiting.

There were kids and kids and more kids and even though I have a kid/teen myself, I wondered if this amount of kids would do my head in.

Morgan from Hyacinth Girl, Georgina from Baby Rebel Blog arrived and we were soon ushered to our table.

We were offered COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE pretty much as soon as we sat down.  Or in my case a Mango Fruit smoothie – yummo.


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I’m pleased to say that once seated we were all spaced out enough I didn’t even notice the kids anymore and even though the noise level of the place was quite high, it wasn’t too hard to talk.

Emma from Muffin Mum, Hannah from Mind the Crumbs, ZaretteJenna from The Adventures of Jenjaroo and Alice from NINETYNINECLUB soon joined us to complete our group.

We got to hear a little about the inaurgural Palmerston North #brunchclub that happened yesterday which some of the women had driven up for to attend and they had rave reviews.

It was exciting to hear that another #brunchclub is up and running and the idea that started not that long ago by these fabulous women is not only spreading its wings even further, but is helping bring together, network, build relationship and help inspire us all in our Blogging journey.

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I hope we may have some cross over Wellington / Palmerston North events in future.

If you want to join #brunchclub you can do so from their website here and then join the #brunchclub Facebook group also.

Our wait staff at Drexels were very really friendly, attentive and happily fueling our coffee drinkers habits consistently with the equivalent of a Coffee IV drip to their delight.

Like Loretta’s last month there were so many things on the menu I could have chosen, but settled on the Drexels Breakfast Treat with Pancakes, Fresh Fruit and extra side of Bacon and Real Canadian Maple Syrup.

My breakfast was excellent, super tasty and really fulling, the extra side of Bacon was delicious and well worth the add as there was lots of it, it had hardly any fat on it (that you normally need to cut off) and was cooked perfectly crispy but not burnt.  The pancakes were thick, fluffy and delicious.

Only feedback would be, if I’m ordering extra special Canadian Maple Syrup for an extra $2.50, I am going to expect a much larger jug than what came on my plate.  In my mind Pancakes need to be swimming in Maple syrup and this was definitely not enough for even 1/2 a pancake.  But I topped them off with the free Maple Syrup on the table and just simply wouldn’t bother with ordering the real Canadian Maple Syrup next time.

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Everyone’s food looked delicious, I saw a mix of waffles, French Toast and Omelettes.
A couple of our Bloggers are Gluten Free and they were well catered for being able to choose just about anything off the menu and be served it in a Gluten free way.

Our conversations at #brunchclub are very informal and truth be told aren’t particularly bloggy-fied. A little bit of light conversation around moving to self hosting, disclosure policies and working with brands, and topics that could maybe be covered on future #nzbloggers Sunday night chats.

But I don’t mind that.  Yes, I would be keen to do more workshop based metups too like they offer for #Laptopclub in Auckland, but I’m happy that #brunchclub is more about Networking and building friendships with other bloggers in a light informal way.  I find it just encouraging to my blogging to go along.

The place emptied out a little after a while and that made it easier to talk across the table, whereas beforehand you could only really talk to you neighbours and those across from you.

I’m so glad I was brave and went along to my 2nd #brunchclub and I know I will be keen and on the look out for the next one.

I look forward to meeting more and more bloggers whom I wouldn’t have normally met and forming relationships that are way beyond who you are just in our blogs.

Have you met people from different walks of life through Blogging…Twitter…Facebook etc…?

What do you love most about some of the groups you have joined?

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Being a scardey cat – going to my first #brunchclub

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It’s amazing how we can be so confident and kickass in some area’s of our lives and such a scardey cat in other area’s!

Walking into a new situation where you don’t know ANYONE is something that soooo many of us find so hard…

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Having to push past my inner Scardey cat was required when deciding to go along to my first #brunchclub hosted at Loretta. I had to stop faffing about and just do it.

Why are things like this so scary sometimes?

Confirming my RSVP online initially…
I thought about it for many days first and then hovered over that button for like a whole 18 minutes, before finally just taking a breath and just hitting it (and tell myself just to make the commitment!).

Walking out my door the morning of #brunchclub, getting my butt into the car and driving to Loretta…
It would have been so easy to wimp out and head to the beach instead.

Actually getting out of the car, paying for parking (further commitment) and walking to Loretta…& then actually walking in the door and asking for ‘#brunchlub’!!!…
Walk, Fidget, smooth, re-adjust, breath, smile…
Ok…there they are..keep walking…breath…fidget…smile

Hi…#brunchclub?

Yes, excellent…

What on earth was I such a scardey cat for…getting there in whatever shape or form is so often always the hardest-hardest bit.

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But, what I found was a fabulous long Loretta table laid out for all of us #brunchclub’ers and 5 stunning bloggers already sat at the table.

Georgina, Rhiana, Tallulah, Larissa & Bridget.

We were soon joined by Hannah, Dani, Jenna, Rochelle, Auie & Morgan.

I was comforted to know that many of us (including me):

• Had contemplated chickening out that morning and not coming…
Yup, we are all scardey cats at some point.

• Really dislike walking into a place by ourselves…

• Admitting that we often try and arrive early, so that we are first, so then people have to walk up to us…
Even though there is the awkwardness of being first and sitting alone, I know I would always prefer to be first.

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I had some great conversations with the bloggers around me and found some fab new blogs to check out.

I really love how something like #brunchclub exposes you to Blogs that you may not have come across normally, that can pleasantly surprise you with how much you enjoy something of another genre.

It was a good chance to ask questions, talk about new things you are trying and network with other bloggers in your field of interest.  Exchange Business Cards if you have them…or on that note learn two great places to order your cards based on other bloggers experience Moo and Printing.com.

We ate some fabulous Loretta food, basked in the stunning decor and enjoyed exception service from our wait staff.  Would highly recommend Loretta for brunch again.

Overall it was just really cool to be amongst a group of talented Wellington based writers/bloggers, supporting each other.

I look forward to March’s #brunchclub, if your a Wellington based blogger, would you like to come along next time too? :-)

Check it out here www.brunchclub.co.nz

 

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