I attended #Blogfest15. Then, I was very enthuse about blogging I want to make it pro. But then somehow when I hit my 1st Blogversary mark. I was feeling a little deflated. I have not made it yet, but I kept going. Initially, I did not intend to come to #Blogfest16. I let the early birds tickets deadline drifted pass for some reasons I didn’t even quite know how that happened. But then the week before the event I had an email from Blogfest saying that I could still get a 25% discount for all time sake – so I decided – why not? Perhaps, I do need a good kick in the butt to get me going again and that’s where I am going to find it. I am going to get my Blogging Mojo back!
I haven’t even done my homework. I did not have my “Blogger Cards“. I didn’t even managed to read the programme set out for the day. I was such a loser! I even forgot to bring my notepad and had to make notes on my wonderful tiny Samsung J2 mobile phone instead. Actually, I found this works very well. With notes, I would have just thrown it on the table as soon as I get home and it would be under a pile of my other disorganised stuffs on top of it, but with phone – Hello Technology – I love you! All the notes are all there, and readable too!
During a brief conversation with my all time – Star Blogger, Tim from Slouching Thatcham (this year I have managed to pluck out the courage to say “Hi!”) and a new blogger pal Polly from Brighton Mama. I was at a lost of what they were talking about! Yes, I should have done my homework, and as a result I have bought a sign copied of Hurrah For Gin by Katie Kirby to read at my pleasure when I ever have the time!
One of the things I want to find was to learn about Comic Writing. I must say I have come to the wrong event. As it turned out to be rather controversial. I know the event is run by mumsnet and the majority that came are mums – but there was something at a missed – what about Dads? I re-read my notes – it revealed the ugliness, belittling, and bashing of Dads. Yes, it was funny at the time but now I have re-read my notes – I don’t think I can bring myself to re-write these jokes. I am now feel rather ashamed that I was laughing with crowd at the time, and I sincerely apologised for this. I would have hoped we could give Dad’s the same respect.
But not all is at a dismal – I came here to find my voice (again) so here are some positive notes I can bring to the table…
Finding your voice:
- Finding your voice: your universe landscape is yours.
- Be proactive: create your own path; find someone/ something you can relate to and have faith in your own voice. Have a mentor?
- Watch your context: especially different social media context.
- Time management: Find support network; learn to say “NO”‘; Enjoy the journey; and be kind to yourself.
- Writing for others: pitch but be prepared that some of your materials will be cut. Is that what you want?
Other things that I have learnt was totally by chance, was a workshop with Pinterest. To be honest I haven’t quite paid enough attention towards Pinterest in the past – but actually I found it rather interesting. So here are my notes…
- Plan ahead 6 months!
- Narrow big subjects down: from food to coffee, etc.
- Use Pinterest Analytics
- Check out your competitors by using this link: https://uk.pinterest.com/pinterestname
- Use Guided Search
- Use PicMonkey Photo Editor
- Twit it
- Affiliates links are available – use it!
I also went to the YouTube session in the morning as I wanted to do more vlog for my blog. I find making homemade videos rather fun and wanted to do more. It turned out that some of this I already knew, some was new. I know I still got a lot to learn as someone who has only been blogging for 14 months – when now more than ever I am intending to make it work – for my blog to succeed. I will definitely be attending another blogging conference but which one?!
Here are some of the photos that I cherish of the day. 🙂
Great day at #Blogfest16 with oozes of inspiration. Lovely to meet @ethannevelyn for the first time & catch up with @wavetomummy 😊👍😀👌🍸🍹 . #Blogfest #blogging #conference #friends #blogger #travelblogger #parentblogger #inspiration #inspiring #work #fun #joy #bloggingbuddies #selfie #mumsnet #mumsnetblogfest #tblogger #pbloggers #ukblogger #London
Did you also go to Blogfest15? How did you find it? What have you learnt from it?