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This was The Hive 15

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I was finally able to spend some time in Berlin again last weekend. I attended The Hive Conference on Saturday and Sunday and before that my finacé and I had two fantastic days of doing absolutely nothing. That’s kind of boring for you so I’ll go on to The Hive ;)

hamburg von innen in berlin
top left: Berliner Weiße at Hackescher Hof restaurant. A sheer must. top right: „Park am Gleisdreieck“. bottom left: subway station Gleisdreieck at night. bottom right: breakfast at Sebastien’s (Invalidenstraße), best croissants ever (outside France)

On friday night The Hive got started with a jolly kick-off event in Mitte where I met some of my favourite blogger ladies, some of them face-to-face for the first time. I ran into Sabine (azurweiss) at the entrance, Jenny and Rebekka (rheinherztelbe) arrived soon after me, as well as Jules (herz und blut), Nike (going weird) and Marie (naehmarie).  Julika was there too, of course, and we all had one or two (or five. Or six) white wine spritzers to salute the weekend .

 

…Saturday, Day 1

Well, the white wine spritzers paid of the next morning, as the Hive officially started at 8:30h in the morning. Fortunately there was good coffee and some snacks… and of course many enthusiastic and excited bloggers. Old aquaintances met, new friends were found and everyone was very cheerful and positive about this whole event. Yvonne and her team gave us a warm welcome and we were ready to go. All of the presentations were very helpful, good and absolutely awesome, to keep it a bit short I’ll tell you only about my personal highlights here. Natalie of Hey Natalie Jean spoke about „Staying true and strong in blogging and surviving vulnerability online“ and it impressed me deeply. She herself gets bullied online sometimes, something I didn’t have to experience myself so far, fortunately. Still I can relate and imagine, how aweful this must feel. After her speech I had the great opportunity to talk to her a bit in person, which was very heartwarming and so so nice. How could anyone ever say something bad about her?! After lunch the workshops were scheduled. I signed up to „Turning your channel into a brand“ by the jolly and wonderful Rebecca and Freja of Scandinavia Standard. In about 90 minutes we were given loads of tipps and stuff to think about and remember when it comes to branding. We were devided into smaller groups to discuss our actual brand’s situation and found out, that each of us found it equally hard to accomplish. What a relief! But now I know exactly where to start and what I need to put more thought into and I hope I’ll find the time to work on that in die next weeks.

 

The Hive Conference Berlin 2015
top left: 7000 Duplo-bricks, arranged thoughtfully. Up front you see not the first coffee that day. top right: it’s all about passion. bottom left: notes, more coffee and one of the ugliest carpets I’ve ever seen. Never mind…:D. bottom right: Extremely cool neon sign…seems we found the right place

 

Sunday…Day 2

After day 1 the branding topic had me. So I heard the presentation of lovely  CoCorrina about Personal Branding and she had even more great advice for me on how to best represent my blog / brand. After lunch there was another highlight when Jana of  Plique spoke about Sustainable Clothing and amazed all of us with her very personal and deep presentation. She wanted us to think of fashion in a new way, which she absolutely accomplished to do. I was very moved by her words, especially because most of them can be transferred to living and furniture. I’m going to write a separate post about this. You can find her presentation here.

Let’s get cheesy…

Those two days at The Hive were absolutely wonderful to me. I met so many awesome, creative, bold and warm-hearted people which amazed and motivated me on a whole new level. Thank you all so so much! Next year The Hive will take place in beautiful Dublin and I really hope to be able to be there again! Slaínte! to all you fabulous guys, see you next year!

Verena
Moin! Ich bin Verena und schreibe hier über Interior Styling und mein Leben in Hamburg.

9 Comments

    1. Ja, Dublin. Wo und wann genau steht noch nicht fest. Ich denke, die neuesten Updates gibt’s immer auf der Facebookseite :)
      Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Du nächstes Jahr dabei wärst… ich werde es auf jeden Fall hart versuchen :D

  1. liebe verena, danke für den link zu plique. hatte schon gehört der vortrag soll ziemlich gut gewesen sein. schade, dass ich euch sonntag schon so früh verlassen musste. war wirklich toll, dich mal in echt zu treffen! LG, maria

    1. Liebe Marie, ich fand’s auch ganz wunderbar Dich zu treffen…nachdem wir ja damals in Rostock kein Glück hatten :D
      Auf -bestimmt- bald :*

  2. Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your highlights. I was really impressed with Natalie’s talk too – and it made me think (not for the first time) „What is wrong with some people?!“ I’m grateful the blogging culture seems to be different in Europe. Hope to see you in Dublin :)

    1. Yep, exactly… I wonder why those people put so much energy in bullying instead of spedning it into something more useful and maybe fulfilling. I think it’s mostly about boredom, envy and frustration. Poor them… And as Natalie said: it’s much better to be the target, than the bully.
      See you next year! :)

  3. Ich habe keine Schorle getrunken. Jetzt weiss du warum!
    Aber einen Schnaps am Sonntag hätte ich gebrauchen können.

    Wie schön, dass es dir bei uns gefallen hat.

    Yvonne

  4. Hallo Verena,

    Ihr seit mir alle vorraus. Icha habe hier noch ein Pack von Business cards von Leuten auf der Hive und bin noch nicht dazu gekommen sie durch zu gehen.

    Great review. Nice that you still had time with your fiance. I also stayed longer, till Tuesday.

    Hope to see you in Dublin. I loved it all!

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