Apologies to non blogging readers, but this weekend I am off to a blogging conference to learn even more about blogging. It is customary to share a little introduction to yourself – non blogging readers will find this behind the scenes update either bewildering or mildly intriguing!
Long and brown
Is this your first blogging conference?
It is my fourth Britmums. In the last few years I have spoken, won awards, delivered a blog post at the blogger’s keynote, been a butterfly and helped brands on stalls. I am really looking forward to just chilling at this one, saying that I have a list of sessions I want to go to and people I want to catch up with. I really love meeting new people too.
Are you attending both days?
Absolutely, I love the buzz of Friday, the glamour of the awards and the relaxed, community atmosphere on Saturday.
What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2015?
It is lovely to see people in the flesh you chat to online and meet new people too, I always leave happy and inspired.
Regardless of whether we win or not, I am thrilled Space in Your Case, the travel site I co-edit with Katie, Alison and Helen is a finalist in travel. So I just want to mark the journey so far with these girls, over something cold and fizzy.
I’ve lost a stone since this picture too, through eating well and running, hence I feel I can nominate myself as Sporty Space.
What are you wearing?
No idea, just something comfortable. I’m still straggling a Summer and Winter wardrobe at the moment – weird weather!
What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2015?
Of course first and foremost, it is the people I want to see! Blogging is all about being part of a community of bloggers and social media users, sharing ideas and debating things.
I will be honest, I have felt a little disconnected from the community and I am starting to feel reconnected as I plan for this event. Blogging in lots of niches – across homes, interiors, gardens, food, family, parenting and travel can make me a little dizzy sometimes. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, I’m too easily bored to stick with one niche and love learning about new ideas, tips and trends that start in different niches.
Social media has become more challenging and all encompassing since I started with a simple blog and facebook all those years ago. So Social Media Organisation is on my list as a session. I am also going to the Pinterest session, when I called this blog A Residence I didn’t realise I would end up with so many offers to write about homes, and eventually moving in to a home store, here at Wayfair UK, Pinterest has been a great tool for inspiration, and sharing blog posts.
I’m also keen to learn more about You Tube and Great Graphics. I can tinker with Picmonkey or Picassa for hours – I would love an expert to give me some tips on making them look just right!
I am really looking forward to meeting up with Mark Warner and Costa Brava, and finding out about the other brands exhibiting. Some of the most amazing relationships with travel brands started at Britmums for me.
Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?
I wrote these tips 2 years ago, when I was in the welcoming group, the ‘butterflies’. Always introduce yourself, it makes it so much easier! Take breaks, networking is tiring and take some snacks to get you through on Friday!
Hope to see some of you there on Friday!