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BlogOnMOSI 2015 – #BlogOnMOSI Manchester Blogging Conference

by S1m

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!

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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.

Sim and Jenny from The Brick Castle

Jenny from The Brick Castle and myself!

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!

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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*

Cake pic courtesy of goingonanadventure.co.uk

Cake pic courtesy of goingonanadventure.co.uk

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!

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34 comments

Jenny from Cheetahs In My Shoes May 5, 2015 - 8:09 pm

If you’re not comfortable taking photos with a big camera stick with your phone – the ones with 12MP + cameras are better than a bridge or cheap DSLR with only 12MP and an expensive requirement for extra kit! Your ‘length’ shots – it’s all about playing with the “Depth of Focus” – say that with confidence and you’re sorted!

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Jenny @ The Brick Castle May 6, 2015 - 10:35 am

You take a million selfies and none of them show ‘you’! It was lovely to have you there, and my OH sas the childcare was a doddle – when it got too loud he just went upstairs and left the teenagers to it πŸ˜€

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Giveaway: Win the Fruit Heroes Healthy Snacks range. - Manchester Mummy May 6, 2015 - 12:21 pm

[…] house is currently full of amazingly, calorific treats due to an impromptu visit to the BlogOnMOSI conference in Manchester at the weekend. Thank you so much to Swizzle Matlow… but I am all […]

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Elizabeth O. May 8, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Sounds like a fun event. It’s nice to meet other bloggers. I also like attending events, but lately, I’ve been busy with a lot of things. Events have to take a back seat.

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Jason Panuelos May 9, 2015 - 4:40 am

Really love reading about what went down in this event! You guys look like you had a lot of fun! πŸ˜€

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Gil Camporazo May 9, 2015 - 11:42 am

Conference on enhancing knowledge and skills on blogging is worthwhile especially for the budding blogger. In blogging, time management is of great essence, the audience or a particular place to address your blogging. And what has been added is the so-called vlogging, a video platform for blogging. It is good for you you have attended.

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Fernando Lachica May 9, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Meeting other bloggers are more fun and wonderful experience. Thus, learning something from them, and bonding to your desires. Keep attending this kind of event in the future.

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Sin Yee May 9, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Second times hearing about blogging conference. My place didn’t have this yet but this coming June is going to have our first blogging workshop! Can’t wait to attend.

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Tiffany Yong May 9, 2015 - 5:14 pm

It’s sad we didn’t have such thing in Singapore…Do they invite international bloggers? I hope to attend and meet you guys one day!

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Anne V May 10, 2015 - 2:06 am

I would love to be able to attend a blog conference even just once in my life haha. The opportunity to meet other fellow bloggers being the main thing, and learning more about the art of blogging through these events is just wonderful. Good for you!

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Papaleng Pagulong May 10, 2015 - 6:12 am

Conferences that offer more blogging knowledge is a very good experience to have. Sure you have a blast rubbing shoulders with fellow bloggers that day.

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Hui Zi May 10, 2015 - 10:45 am

Sounds like a great networking session with other fellow bloggers. Hope to have a chance to attend one in future!

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Mia Foo May 10, 2015 - 11:56 am

even though you didn’t learn anything new on lifestyle blogging, but i’m sure you’ve managed to do some networking and got to know more fellow bloggers? and then there’s the goody bag too! πŸ™‚

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Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) May 10, 2015 - 12:18 pm

i love the cake and it feels like it so appropriate! would love to see what you got in your goodie bag

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Ling Tan May 10, 2015 - 2:08 pm

The best thing about such networking event, really, is that you get to interact with fellow colleagues and get that positive energy going again. You looked like you had a great time!

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R U S S May 10, 2015 - 4:55 pm

It’s always great to meet other bloggers. I’ve met several blog friends in person & we’ve been good ‘offline’ friends through the years. I have not gone to a blog event in a while. I should find time to attend one soon.

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3xhcch May 10, 2015 - 10:34 pm

I have never been to a blogging conference before and I would really like to experience this at least once. It would be interesting to listen to how bloggers work.

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Everyone has a different approach so it’s always nice to have guidance from people in the know – meeting friends is just a huge added bonus!

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lee rosales May 11, 2015 - 2:52 am

Its nice to meet our old buddies from the blogging industry. Attending conference and event like this give us bloggers additional knowledge. We always take pictures when we are in an event and having a camera and a phone with a descent camera is a must

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Absolutely – though this time I did spend more time talking to friends than taking pictures – must remember to take more next time!

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Sunshine Kelly May 11, 2015 - 4:00 am

BlogOnMOSI conference is definitely beneficial for those in the blogging and social media industry. Hope I will be able to attend this conference.

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Such a great conference, will definitely be signing up to attend next year! πŸ˜€

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Kylie May 11, 2015 - 4:25 am

We don’t have blogonmosi here but blogging conference sounds like a great event to attend. πŸ™‚

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 1:03 pm

I don’t think Laura has branched out that far yet but hope you get to attend a blogger conference soon!

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Pooja k May 11, 2015 - 10:06 am

This one surely would have been a great event specially meeting like minded people. cake pic is so lovely !! I have been blogging from sometime but never attended any due to my busy schedule at home. Hopefully will be part of it some day.

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Fingers crossed you get to go to a blogger event soon – they are awesome and I wish I could attend more!

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Louise May 11, 2015 - 1:23 pm

It’s nice to know that there’s such conference for bloggers in your place. I wonder if we have something like this here in the Philippines. It would be a great event to make connections and learn from one another.

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 1:01 pm

It’s always nice to meet other bloggers at events, but conferences are a great idea for mingling and learning more!

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Manu Kalia May 11, 2015 - 1:55 pm

How’d I wish I could visit a blogging conference one day, I am looking forward on making my blog site huge.

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Blogging conferences awesome! It’s a great opportunity to hone skills and meet friends – just a shame there aren’t more!

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susankmann May 11, 2015 - 9:42 pm

It was so lovely to see you and it’s been way to long. Has it really been 5 years? Definitely one of the best conversations I ever had and you’ve been a wonderful friend since. Until next year my lovely x

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S1m May 12, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Way, way, way too long lovely! It was fantastic to see you and I will definitely be there again next year, hope you can make it again!xx

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Laura Seaton May 16, 2015 - 11:50 am

I was so glad that you managed to get a last minute ticket and childcare. It was fabulous to have you there. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

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S1m May 18, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Aww thank you Laura – ever so glad that I could make it in the end – all thanks to Euan and Jenny for their last minute offer of childcare. Will definitely be there again next year!

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