Blog On 2015 – #BlogOnMOSI

Conference season is well and truly in swing within the blogging world.  With Blog Camp last weekend and Blog On this weekend it has been quite an intense week or so.  I’m glad of a rest now to get my head together again before Britmums Live next month! 

Anyway, last year I attended Blog On as a relative newbie – I didn’t really know anyone or what to expect from the day.  This time it was a completely different kettle of fish.  I knew how the day would run, I knew where to go in the building but more importantly I had so many friends to catch up with.  Bloggers are a mental bunch and I’m proud to be a part of the community. 

Blog On is held in the Museum of Science and Industry, which is rather more conveniently placed for me than most blogging events and only took about 15 minutes to get to – this meant I was even able to dash to my Slimming World class for a quick weigh in!

After a quick breakfast (kindly provided by Brioche Pasquier) we made our way into the main room for our first Key Note talk – all about getting organised with Nickie O’Hara.  I’m a right old list maker anyway so I tend to know where I’m at with stuff but I must admit that I need to be a bit more focused with my time – I get to distracted too easily from what I need to be doing.

We were then split into two groups – one to do a photography session and one to do YouTube before swapping after break.  This was a bit of a tricky one as whilst I do use YouTube a lot for embedding videos into blog posts (both for reviews and also sharing moments) I’m no vlogger.  I have no desire to be a vlogger.  I don’t mind talking to camera and there are definitely times where it serves a purpose but for me this is about writing.  Between the room being too big to be able to hear / see properly and quite a lot of people in the room not being particularly interested it was easy to lose concentration.  It felt a bit of a wasted session really which was a shame as I know that Nickie, Lisa and Kate and really knew their stuff and would probably have been better speaking to a smaller, more focused group.

After break we moved onto photography with Jenny.  I’m always keen to listen to people talk about photography and particularly appreciated Jenny’s ability to make it accessible.  She spoke passionately about photography, about trying things out, looking from different angles, searching for the things which aren’t immediately obvious and if it all goes wrong?  Well that’s what the delete button is for. 

At this point we were meant to go explore MOSI and take some exciting photos for ourselves but I ended up standing and talking to Jenny about bits of kit and have now added more stuff to my photography wish list including a set of macro filters and another new camera strap (this one she promises will stop me clonking the kids on the head with Jonny!) 

Lunch went by in a bit of a blur and can be summed up by this totally comical photo of Helen and I: 

The first session of the afternoon was split into a Beginner and Advanced Blogging  . . . and what a joy it was.  All too often we are told the same things over and over, the same basic information about always replying to emails or what the difference is between follow and no follow (if you don’t know then Google is your friend I promise you).  Anyway Nick and his analogies were a breath of fresh air.  He pitched the session just right making it all feel really accessible.  I certainly came away from the session with a mental ‘to do’ list. 

The Blogging Skills session was followed up by a bit of a brain break and some epic cake provided by Hungry House – I might have had two helpings . . . 

The final session of the day was split into four to enable us to choose our own “niche” offering up groups on Fashion & Beauty, Food, Travel and Lifestyle.  I was half tempted to attend the Travel talk but in the end decided that Lifestyle worked as a bit of a catch all and was probably more suited to me.  As it turned out I was right, “Lifestyle” was very general and I don’t think it felt like a “niche” focussed talk so much as more general tips and chat on blogging – I’m not really sure what I had expected from the session but that wasn’t quite it!  I must admit though I did like Charlie and Dannii‘s theme of “Don’t be a d*ck” – I think this needs to be applied to life as a whole not just blogging! 

The day was closed by Evolution PR‘s Duncan, self professed Mummy Magnet – well there’s a title to live up to if ever there was one!  I found his talk really interesting particularly as there were times it contradicted things I’ve heard from other people over the last couple of weeks which if nothing else just proves that just as ever blogger is different so is every PR company! 

After a day full of socialising and learning we were packed off home with three (yes three!) goodie bags laden with treats – Ben thinks I should go to “writing parties” more often.

All in all it was a great day – very different to last year both in set up and my own personal experience.  Special mentions to, amongst others, the prosecco fuelled KerrieJane for being a massive bad influence but keeping me giggling all day long and Jenny for just being a complete star. 

Same time next year loves? 

17 Comments

  1. May 4, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Ha! Cannot believe how much THAT photo still makes me chuckle. Super write up – It seems my group was a lot quieter than yours. Great to spend the day with you x

    • May 4, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      I think we were a little raucous 😉

  2. May 4, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Great round-up of the day. I agree with you about the YT session and the size of the room. I felt as though I wasn't speaking loud enough (yes, even with my gob) and I know there was an issue about using microphones in the spit room – definitely something for BlogOn to consider next time 🙂

    • May 4, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      It was a real shame – I think it would have worked beautifully in a more round table sort of session like last year 🙂 x

  3. May 4, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Great round up and really sorry to hear you felt our YouTube talk was a wasted session. It's not fair on us speakers either when other people are chatting in the background, and a microphone would have helped us (but it wasn't an option unfortunately) – thankfully, we had good feedback from lots of people who could hear so all was not lost!

    • May 4, 2015 / 8:45 pm

      Yes it was an unfortunate combination of circumstances I think – I do think it would have worked so much better in smaller groups where we could have all joined the discussion. I know you had a lot of useful things to say 🙂 x

  4. May 4, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Oh I miss everything!! I want to go next year, I may have to book every weekend in April off work until the dates are released! x

    • May 4, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Blog On falls on the bank holiday weekend lovely – the last two years it has been Sunday but Laura moved it to Saturday this year to allow for a longer day x

  5. May 5, 2015 / 7:05 am

    This is great. You really captured the day and got some fantastic photos! I brought my big camera and left it in my bag and used my camera phone.. I have some serious photo envy now! Note to self: if you bring the big guns, use the big guns!

  6. May 5, 2015 / 10:07 am

    I'm glad you enjoyed what I said – I do think that in all the sessions there were others there who could have shown a little more courtesy to both the speakers and delegates – as Kate and Nickie have said, it's hard from the front too! I hope you enjoy having a go with the macro filters (so much more macro potential during the summer anyway) and the strap saves the kids from a few more bruises 😉

  7. May 6, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    It was lovely to see you, you were awesome support, and pretty darn hilarious too. Thank you 🙂 xx

  8. Emma-Louise Cullen
    May 6, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    You arrange your goodies so artfully. My kids weighed in before I got chance to display them nicely! xxx

    • May 6, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      They're well trained! They were told in no uncertain terms that they couldn't have the things in the bags till I had taken the pictures the next day and that was that 😉 x

  9. May 13, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    It was such a lovely day, I only wish we got to chat more. There was so much to learn and see. See you next year xx

  10. May 16, 2015 / 11:15 am

    It was so lovely to see you and thank you so much for allowing me to use some of your pictures. I look forward to seeing you again soon

    • May 16, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      My pleasure! I'm sure we'll catch up at an event soon! x

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