The EC Bloggers Meetup 2018 Port Elizabeth

ECMEETUP Port Elizabeth Blogger Networking meeting 2018

The EC Meetup is a Networking Event for Bloggers and Influencers in the Eastern Cape. The 5th one was held in Port Elizabeth on the 2nd June 2018 at The Fairview Racecourse. 

The ECMeetup was founded by Luchae Williams of My Spreadsheet Brain and Eleanor Douglas Meyers of Just Ella Bella, as a sister event to those in Cape Town, Durban and Jo’burg. Luchae says it is “to provide an opportunity for bloggers to learn from industry experts and bridge the gap between brand and blogger”.


I remember 2 years ago when I first toyed with the idea of Blogging. I came across a post advertising a Blogger Meetup in Cape Town. I was ready to pack my bags and fly to Cape Town so that I could learn from and meet some South African Bloggers for the first time in real life! Little did I know I was soon to hear about the first Blogger Meetup, the #ECMEETUP 2016 that was to happen in my very own little hometown, Port Elizabeth! An event which was a turning point for me and my chance to meet many other local bloggers and my little circle of loving and motivating Blogging Buddies who I still Whatsapp at any time of day or night when we need to brainstorm, chat or vent 💓

Our stash of oats in a cup from Nutristart

MyPrince, Siddeeq over here enjoying his peanut butter flavour Nutristart Oats in a Cup 

Products we received in the Goody bag sponsored by Annique, Clarens, Woolworths Walmer Park, Essence Cosmetics, Oh So heavenly, Catrice Cosmetics and Enjoy bath and Body

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Humayraa having fun with the Oh So Heavenly gentle Goodness Emollient Cream for Babies and Children

For a full list of all the sponsors and brands who attended the Ec Meetup, check out this post.

To meet the rest of the EC Bloggers check out this post.

We were fortunate to have Megan Kelly of By Megan Kelly talk to us about Pitching your Blog to Brands on Campaigns, and to have Lyle Scritten and Kirsten Litsen hop on a Flight to Port Elizabeth all the way from Cape Town, to chat to us. Lyle gave us some tips on Blogging and Influencer Marketing from his experience of ten years in the game. The day was a great reminder to many of us about why we started blogging in the first place and we left feeling inspired and awaked with new ideas and motivation for the journey ahead!

Us and Travelstart People
Myself, Lyle Scritten @VersatileLyle, Digital PR Strategist – Travelstart, Chantal Bezuidenhout, Social Media Coach & Strategist – Social Media Shakeup, Kirsten Litsen, Partnership Manager – Travelstart Photo Credit: Octayvia Nance, Sub – Editor – Times Media

If you would like to come to visit and explore the beautiful Nelson Mandela Bay, be sure to check out Travelstart’s awesome deals for some cheap flights to Port Elizabeth soon!! If you are planning to travel with kids you might like this post of mine which rounds up 10 Tips for travelling with kids.

There were some amazing prizes up for grabs, 2  of which I won. 1 of which I hoped to win, but didn’t lol – a flight for two to any destination in South Africa. 😥😥

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Lyle and Kirsten on their way back to Cape Town checking out the competition entries.  My competition tweet featured above – the flight for 2 which I sadly didn’t win : ( lol @kirstenlitsen

If you are an aspiring blogger and would like to join us for the next #ECMEETUP, you can like this page to stay informed and join us for the next one

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If you are a brand who would love to work with me and my 3 adorable explorers, just pop me an email: and don’t forget to have a look at Travelstart‘s crazy specials too!

Peace, Zaahida

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About Zaahida

Zaahida is a mother of 3, Islamic Scholar, Doula & Founder of The Nurture Co. She is completing her certifications in Childbirth Education, Bereavement facilitation and Aromatherapy. The company's mission is to educate Muslim couples with trauma-informed, evidence-based and faith-based teachings and information to support families throughout pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and early parenting.

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