They say you can only lose your virginity once.
With two kids I can barely convince you I’m still a virgin in the biblical sense, but when it comes to blogging conferences (or a blogference as I’ve just coined it) I am a virgin. Well I was.
Recently I lost my blogference virginity like all virginitys should be lost. In a group of 100+ women (and a couple of blokes).
In May this year I attended BlogOnMOSI a blogging conference organised by Blogsupnorth, more specifically Laura from www.tiredmummyoftwo.co.uk
Like all first times I didn’t really have anything to compare it with but if I’m honest I was pretty impressed. I obviously don’t know what goes into organising such events but brands were aplenty and not pushy. Those that I spoke to were friendly and some offered samples and competitions.
The day was broken into 3 sessions. Creative writing, photography and Social Media.
Creative writing was presented by Jane from www.northernmum.com/, Helen from www.actuallymummy.co.uk/ and Penny from aresidence.co.uk/. They talked about how to structure blog posts and tell a story. How to take an item you were asked to review and simply slip it into a post about everyday life.
Next was photography. This was split into 4 sections. First up was my podcasting brethren John from www.photowalkthrough.com/. He took us through how to get the most out of the cameras we used.
Talking about how to set up your photograph by using the right colours and props was Lucy from capturebylucy.com/. The Mrs was very happy with the colour wheel I brought home. (Easily pleased!)
Then there was Emily from www.amummytoo.co.uk/ talking about how to add effects and enhance your photos on your PC using Photoshp Elements.
Last but definitely not least there was Vanessa from hpmcq.com/. Vanessa took us through how to add effect and enhance our photos but this time using mobile apps. I found this extremely useful as most of my photos are taken on my mobile.
Last session was about Social media.
I know what your thinking. DWB is nominated for a Britmums BiB in the social category. Surely he knows everything about social media! (Shameless plug: would love your vote!!)
But alas I do not. I don’t use my Facebook page enough, I have a YouTube channel I don’t use and I take the ‘Interest’ out of ‘Pinterest’!!
I didn’t get to speak to everyone in the session due to time but talking to Ruth from www.geekmummy.com/ (Vlogging/YouTube), Jennifer from www.mymummyspennies.com/ (Facebook) and Rebecca from www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/ (Pinterest) really opened my eyes to what can be done IF I had the time.
I didn’t get chance to speak to Gemma from Helloitsgemma.com about Twitter or Aly from www.plus2point4.co.uk about G+ so If you can pass on any tips, send them my way! Lol
Unfortunately due to me being a dumbass, having no confidence and being far too shy I didn’t talk to as many people as I should have, but those I did speak to were lovely. If you did speak to me thank you and apologies if I looked like a rabbit caught in headlights!
Even a few days later, I’m looking through the masses of stuff we got in our goody bag. The Just-Eat voucher will do us well when we get a takeaway for our upcoming wedding anniversary! lol
All in all it was a great day. I learned. I listened and I laughed. The MOSI was a great venue and looks like a great place to investigate in the future.
Laura did an amazing job and hopefully I can attend next year and I promise to speak to as many people as possible!
Now……who’s ready for Britmums!!!
As always, thanks for reading.
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