How to survive your first Blog On!

For the past couple of days John, Erin and myself have been in Manchester so I could attend Blog On, my very first blogging conference. I’ve been blogging since 2010 but only in the past year have I been taking it seriously and trying to make a career out of it. I’m not even close to that yet but that’s exactly why I went to Blog On! I wish I’d read a post beforehand about what to expect so I’d been more prepared so here it is; How to Survive Your First Blog On! 

How to survive your first Blog On!

Blog On is held at the Museum of Science and Industry which was perfect really as John and Erin got to go and explore after dropping me off. After seeing his pictures of the fun he had with Erin I have to say, I want to go back myself another time. The conference is in a separate part of the museum where there are brands to meet, wine to drink and sessions to attend. Oh, there’s cake and some amazing goody bags too but I’ll get to that in a bit.

Don’t be nervous

The evening before I met up with Katy from Katykicker and some of her money blogging friends so I wasn’t feeling as nervous as I could have been. I’d also met Susan from Susan K Mann at the launch party too, who I’ve known online since 2010, so I knew there would be a friendly face around somewhere! However, if you are going for the first time, are new to blogging and don’t really know many or any people, DON’T WORRY! People are very friendly and there are others in exactly the same position as you. Introduce yourself to someone you might recognise, even by blog name! Say hi to the person sat next to you in a session. You won’t find yourself being alone for very long.

How to survive your first Blog On!

The day started off with an introduction from Laura Seaton, who organises the whole event. This was the Blog On Schedule

get the most out of the sessions

Honestly, I should have picked which sessions I was going to go to beforehand. It’s very unlike me not to be organised but I just couldn’t decide! I ended up panic picking on the day and while it worked out fantastically, it might not have done. Really think about which sessions you think you’ll get the most out of and think about what you want to learn!

I attended:

Working with brands

6 steps to going pro

Advanced blogging shite

Facebook

I actually only went to the Facebook sessions because it was the last one of the day and I was bloody exhausted and I couldn’t be bothered to move; the session I’d gone to before was in the same room! I think I probably learned the most from this session though so I’m really glad I stayed where I was!

Eat cake and drink wine

Blog On can be quite overwhelming, especially when it is your first time. There is a break of some kind after each session so you can can your breath… or get a drink! Lunch is after the 1st session and there is a cake and wine break after the 2nd session. There are other drinks available all day but by this point, a wine will look really good!

Buy tickets

A raffle takes place during the third break and there are amazing prizes to be had. It’s absolutely mad though if I’m honest. There are loads of prizes and when you win you have to go up and grab a prize from the table. Obviously the earlier you win, the better the prize you’re going to get. When I won it was a bit like battling through a wedding dress sample sale. You know that scene from Friends? Yeah, like that but with prizes. I saw a lovely red Pavers bag on the floor so grabbed that and ran back to my seat!

How to survive your first Blog On!

Take a suitcase

When I was thinking about going to Blog On, I saw people saying to take a suitcase. I thought they were bloody mad. They weren’t. Honestly, there will be a couple of hundred bloggers there with the biggest suitcases they can find. The reason? We went away with 3, yes 3, goody bags! If you’re super lucky in the raffle too then you are going to need some space! You’ve been warned.

Get some business cards

Now, this really isn’t something you actually need but I found having some with me super useful and it saved my hands! At Blog On you’ll have the chance to talk to some amazing brands and introduce yourself. All of them give you to enter competitions and pass over your blog details for future opportunities. So many people commented on how cute my business cards were so I think it pays to stand out a bit.

Have fun

I really think that this is the most important piece of advice that I can give you. I LOVED my first Blog On and I’m gutted that I can’t go to the next one in September due to work. I will, however, be going again next year in May and I cannot wait!

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Social Network Solutions Blogger Event

Living in The Middle of Nowhere, Norfolk means not really knowing many local bloggers and especially not other parent bloggers. When Amy from Social Network Solutions (SNS) invited me to a cosy local event I was so excited. I actually nearly didn’t go though because I don’t drive and I had no idea where the event was. I’m glad I put on my big girl pants and figured it out though!

The event was held at Dotty Pottery which is in Hellesdon, Norwich. It’s a bit out of the city center which is why I had to figure out the buses but it was well worth it. Amy from SNS was there to meet us and I was the first one there. I’m always early; I can’t help it! I always get quite nervous going to events but Amy was so lovely and welcoming and I felt completely at ease. Erin was a little shy to begin with but it didn’t take her long to be her cheeky little self.

One the other bloggers and their children arrived, we got to choose a piece of pottery to paint and given some information on the paints, colours and what we could do! I’ve never done anything like this before so it was really useful for me.

Erin honestly had no interest whatsoever in painting her plate. She had loads of fun swishing the paints around on the palette though and she sort of painted the table, her hands and her hair.   I attempted to make something half decent though. I’m not artistic in any way though but I’m pretty pleased with how the plate turned out. There are one or two paint strokes from Erin on there too.

Erin was by far the youngest of the children at the event so we positioned ourselves at the head of the table so we had plenty of space for her to move around and play with the toys there! I was really glad to have Chloe from The Adventures of an Allergy Mummy and her gorgeous daughter Mia sat next to me and Erin. Mia was absolutely amazing with her painting and I was so impressed with her figure. I think she put me to shame a little bit. Erin and Mia may be quite different in ages but they certainly hit it off. Erin loved following Mia around and they even had a little cuddle!

It was so lovely to meet another local blogger in Chloe. She also lives in the middle of nowhere so we have that in common. It was also super nice to have someone to chat to who didn’t make me feel awkward or out of place. I know I was the ‘smallest’ blogger at the event but chatting to Chloe made me feel more a part of everything.

After the painting we received some gorgeous gifts to go home with. I love a pamper in the bath so I’m really looking forward to trying some of these!

Love Boo

Congratulations Mummy Kit and Baby Very Gentle Top-To-Toe Wash

Young Soles

Daughter of the Soil

White Mulberry Shea Body Butter

Kingdom of you personalised book

Thank you so much to Amy and SNS for inviting us to this event. We had a blast, got messy and have coffee plans for next month with a new friend!

Disclaimer: We received items mentioned in this post as gifts.

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