The run up to Saturday was filled with excitement and anticipation… though when I finally crawled in through my door at gone 6pm on Saturday evening I was bloody knackered… so what had happened that day?
BlogOnMOSI of course!
Totally impromptu, I wasn’t even meant to be attending however an offer of a last minute ticket and the offer of last minute childcare meant that I could go and rock with over 100 other bloggers at the annual BlogOnMOSI Manchester blogging conference.
Having attended BlogOnMOSI the inaugural year… you may recall me as the lady on the desk signing everyone in with the line ‘Who are you?!’… I was expecting high hopes for how Laura had adapted the conference over time.
The conference did not disappoint at all and proved to be even better than I remember.
Seeing bloggers such as Susan (one of the very first bloggers I ever struck up a conversation with 5 years ago) and Wendy (the first blogger I ever met at a Pampers event) warmed the old cockles and it was great to have a very long overdue catch up and hug!
The day started with registration and breakfast, allowing bloggers to mingle together in the line, chat, chomp on Brioche Pasquier goodies and have a cuppa, whilst browsing the brands in attendance at BlogOnMOSI.
Nickie took the first session on Time Management which included a rather handy folder with scheduling sheets. I shall be using these for sure, my mind is forever swarming with blog ideas but I never write them down. Grrr! Someone even recommended calling your home phone and leaving a message with your idea, genius! As a single, working mum though, it’s pretty hard to manage my time efficiently, though I am finding blogging alongside Jenny at her house is more productive than working on my own, I easily get sidetracked and procrastinate.
The second session was on YouTube, taken by Nickie, Kate and Lisa, it was actually quite interesting. I tend to only briefly consider Vlogging, it would certainly help people to read my blog posts as me, though it’s the whole ‘camera shy’ aspect – which I am sure anyone who knows me, knows I am not camera shy (how many selfies do I take Jenny?!). It is on my consideration list for sure!
Jenny Soppet Smith took the photography session, proceeding to show us some ridiculously cute images she had taken. I have always wanted to better my blog pictures and photography skills in general, though I do think I need a better camera than just the camera on my phone! We were let loose on MOSI and told to snap away. I have always had a thing for ‘what I call’ length shots – there will no doubt be some technical term for the shot, but that is what I call them!
Lunch – I was trying to be ever so good and had two triangle sandwiches… though I did succumb to a Swizzle Matlow cupcake too… and maybe a glass of Prosecco. *ahem*
The afternoon ‘Advanced Blogging’ session was taken by Nick from Bring Digital and this for me, was the most informative session of the day. The session that made me sit back and think about where I wanted to take my blog and how I was going to do it. With lots of notes made, I shall be starting to make changes… erm… soon… *time management!*
I chose to attend the Lifestyle session, but cannot say I took anything away with me that I didn’t already know. That is not me being an arrogant arse, I just found it a little too generalised for this old dog to learn any new tricks!
The day was completely made for me when I finally got to meet Lianne from Bertelli Communications. Having emailed quite a lot over the years, it was lovely to finally put a face to the name and have a big squeeze!
The goody bags were just an added bonus on top of forging new friendships and new blogging tips – a fantastic day all around. With Prosecco courtesy of Co-Op and Yankee Candles, I could go on to thank and mention everyone… however that would take up this entire blog post – so I shall just say a general ‘thank you everyone!’.
As always, Laura gave a very poignant closing speech – bloggers are part of a community, just like learner drivers, we all started off on our blogging journey at some point and it’s great to be part of such a fantastic, helpful, welcoming community!
Will I be attending next year? If I can book childcare in advance, you bet your sweet ass I will be back again!