What I learnt at #BlogFest16



blogfest 2016

Last year…

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!

This year,…


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…

Pinterest Workshop:

  • 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. 🙂

Did you also go to Blogfest15? How did you find it? What have you learnt from it?



Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

20 Comments

  1. 16/11/2016 / 5:47 pm

    It was so good to meet you Su! I too was a little embarrassed at the constant men-bashing, it has really put me off going again! Great post though and really inspiring in a lot of ways!

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:24 am

      Lovely too meet you too Laura. We must chat more next time we go to the Blogging event. xxx

  2. 18/11/2016 / 12:12 pm

    Returning from #fabfridaypost I can’t believe it was almost a week ago! Feels like a very long time!

  3. 18/11/2016 / 3:27 pm

    I really wanted to go to Blogfest this year but we are so broke after may leave – will def make the effort next year. I love networking on social media but would love to actually meet people in person. It sounds like you learned quite a bit and you’re not in the minority feeling uncomfortable about the dad bashing. I’ve read some other reviews too who said the same. Sort it out mum’s net our daddy’s are ace! X

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:30 am

      I shall look forward to seeing you next year. Meeting people in person is definitely the best part. xx

  4. 18/11/2016 / 7:25 pm

    I’ve never been to any kind of blogfest of blog festival or whatever they’re called. It sounds terrible about the dad bashing! Did you finally make your blogger cards?
    #fabdidaypost

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:33 am

      I have only been to one, and that was the same event as last year (Blogfest15). I was pretty much broke after that. Nope – still haven’t done my cards yet – but that’s my next thing ‘to do’ on the list. Do you like my new logo? It is on the top of the page. 🙂

  5. 18/11/2016 / 8:01 pm

    I have never even considered going to anything like this – but it would be lovely to meet some of the people we interact with every day on social media. I started blogging just for myself at first – so it’s been almost two years really but I never shared anything a t first. A good successful friend told me not to expect anything much to happen in the first 18 months. Looks like you learned lots. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:47 am

      To be honest I think the only thing that I got out was the Pinterest workshop. That was the only practicality session. All the rest was talk, talk, talk… lol! But yes, it was a great day to meet other bloggers in person. xx

  6. 19/11/2016 / 2:22 pm

    I loved the photos, Su – and I was thrilled to recognize Laura from visiting her blog! Glad you had your notes –technology rocks, doesn’t it?

    I like the learning points you have listed. I am never comfortable with anything-bashing. Good point for International Men’s Day today!

    Happy to be here via #FabFridayPost – Hugs!

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:50 am

      Yep, technology definitely rock! Yes! I had no idea that it was International Men’s Day. Wow! The Dads are like Heroes aren’t they! 🙂

  7. 19/11/2016 / 10:34 pm

    How cool would it be to meet all the people we sort of know, pretty intimately, from afar! What a cool thing. Don’t worry about your mojo — you have had a tough year. #FabFridayPost <3

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:52 am

      It was great meeting the blogging world in person. Aww… thanks Lisa – that’s very kind of you. It is nearly the end of the year now and I am so ready. xx

  8. 20/11/2016 / 9:15 am

    I’d love to go to a blogging conference at some point in the future, although I think I’d be a little star stuck! The dad-bashing would put me off though, I’ve never understood the need for it. You can gaurantee if it was the other way round the mom-brigade would be up in arms about sexism.
    #FabFridayPost

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:54 am

      I keep getting all star stuck all the time – then I curl up into this tiny ball. lol! Oh yes… I know what you mean if it was the other way round – gosh – it would be Mega!

  9. 21/11/2016 / 2:22 am

    I wanted to go to blogfest but I have only been blogging for 5 months and I think I would have felt a bit out of my depth if im being fair. I would love to go to something next year though, I dont like going to places like that on my own lol I would much rather meet up with someone beforehand and go together! You get what I mean? lol #fabfridaypost

    • 28/11/2016 / 2:57 am

      I think I also was only blogging for 5 months too the first time I went to last year Blogfest. Yes, we can definitely go together next year if you want. 🙂 xx

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