The brainchild of Cheryl Kaye aka @HornyGeekGirl and Echo Explores and assisted on the day by Emmeline Peaches, @LubeAndALaptop was born because of this years absence of the ETO Show at the NEC Birmingham. Traditionally, adult industry bloggers and reviewers have taken the ETO Show as an opportunity to meet up and exchange ideas catch up on industry news, gather samples of the latest products, and see what’s coming in the industry.
So with the announcement in May of the cancellation of this years ETO Show due to issues its cost of the NEC Cheryl Kaye & Echo Explores put their heads together and came up with the @LubeAndALaptop bloggers meet up, and as a keen supporter of the blogger community we thought we just had to be there for this inaugural event.
We pick two bloggers up off the street due to Sat Navving our way around the one way system, these included our resident blogger Joanne Gemini and a new face Just Jess, We suspect that it isn’t the first time Joanne has been told to ‘get in the van’ ! Needless to say our JoJo did a much better job than our TomTom and got us to the venue with plenty of time to spare. The Venue was a delightful cafe bar in the centre of Birmingham called Cherry Reds Cafe Bar, and on arrival an innocent little sign pointed us up the stairs to the discreetly named ‘bloggers meetup’ but once inside we were treated by plenty of friendly faces old, new and of course our first job was to unload 2 large boxes of goodie bags (well you can’t go to a bloggers meet and not arrive bearing gifts now can you!).
At this point I would like to say a special thanks to our industry partners at The Fun Factory, Creative Conceptions (ID Lubes and Skins Condoms) and Rouge Garments for helping us go put the goodie bags together and making sure all our ‘horngry’ (is that even a word, if not maybe it should be….) bloggers went home with some new bits to talk and type about, and of course consensually hit each other or restrain each other with.
Cups, Lanyards, Bags and Bottle Openers from The Fun Factory, who in their own words are always happy to spread the Fun….. Comdoms, Lubes, Powerect penis enhancement cream and ID clitoral stimulating gel was the order of the day from Creative Conceptions. Rouge Garments sent a plethora of awesome leather bondage gear from Paddles and Floggers to Blindfolds and Collars, we made sure every one there left with something to play with and they all had plenty to talk about.
Now our goodie bags weren’t the only goodies at the event, with the bloggers running a swap table for items they had already reviewed or that were spare etc, to pass items onto other bloggers and give them chance to review items they had not yet seen or tried (a great idea in our book). This was a great opportunity for the items on the time table to spark debate and discussion around the items themselves; whether newer versions had improved or detracted from them, and of course a long and detailed discussion of the naming of MEO’s lubes.
As an industry member rather than a blogger per say, at 4pm it was time for us to bow out and let the bloggers continue their afternoon / evening; we have no doubt that they stayed and closed the bar. It was great to see other industry members there including Andrew and Pixie from Kinkcraft who were very much off duty and just there for the chin wag with the bloggers. It’s nice to think you can have a setting like this and at the end of it we’re all in it for the same reasons and if you fancy attending or sending something for the goodie bags, get in touch and We will happily either assist or point you in the right direction.
From a personal perspective, @LubeAndALaptop was a great success and it was fantastic to have the some down time just talking without the distraction of a trade show environment, you know actual proper conversations with the people who create content through out the web talking about the products we sell without having the limit of 140 characters. We most certainly look forward to doing it again soon, although I feel we may need a larger (and more accessible) venue for the next one (Those stairs were a killer with the boxes of goodies!)
Word on the web is that @LubeAndALaptop will be a triannual event and that HornyGeekGirl has taken over Echo’s role on the committee for organising. If anyone knows of a good venue in London that will accept the type of event they’d like to hold – unfortunately not everywhere is as sex positive as you would hope and therefore, it’s a lot harder (hur hur hur) than you’d believe to find a good venue.
Before I sign off I would like to say a special thank you to our resident blogger @Gemini_Joanne for the pre meetup tour of Birminghams seedier venues including the now infamous ‘Dul World’ (due to the missing letters) and of course the uber steamy Ann Summers (but only because their air con was broken).
There is some exciting news coming up for us, which means we’re in a really busy time at the minute but let it be said that it has so far involved Jo trying to convince us that a slide made out of SheetsofSF and Lube is a great idea… (to be honest not much convincing needed, the #slipnslube was a great idea….) – keep your eyes peeled for more information shortly.