This is my second year attending this fun, informative and best of all free event. I went to last years blogcamp, but since as it was my first ever blogging event I was extremely nervous and couldn’t properly relax. Which meant that I came away really doubting myself as a blogger and I lost quite a bit of my confidence in myself and my blog.Thankfully this year was a lot different. I was more relaxed as I was becoming a bit of a dab hand at this blogging conference malarkey after BlogCamp and Britmums last year.I had arranged to meet up with 3 bloggers that I had met and got to know at last years event at the train station. Sadly Kirsty from MissPorkPie had hurt her foot the night before the event and was unable to attend in the end :(. So I met Zara from Mojo Blogs and Rachel from Parenting Highs and Lows in the new and improved Birmingham New street station.
Which is completely breath-taking since it has been renovated, the whole station has become very bright and extremely busy with commuters, families going on trips and shoppers just taking a stool through the train station.Once we had all met up and remembered which way were heading and after a wrong turn or two. We arrived at the Studio just after 9am and the sessions didn’t start until 10am which meant I had time to mingle with other bloggers, it was then that I saw Sharon from TeenTweenToddler and Michaela from Two Little Paines. After saying my hello’s and catching up with people I haven’t seen since last year. I grab a coffee and got myself happily situated as BlogCamp begun.While I was at BlogCamp I attended quite a few of the session that interested me and here is what I took away from those sessions.
- Collaborative Blogging
This session was made up of 4 bloggers that run successful collaborative blogs. It was great watching how they interacted and listening to all the hints and tips they had. They all pointed out that collaborative blogging isn’t easy because sometime for one reason or another a collaborative blog can just not work and that you need to work with blogging you get along with and make the blog about something you are all interested in.
Although the idea of a collaborative blog does interest me I know that it’s not the right time for me to start one as I have enough to do with just 1 blog.
- Pinterest Tips & Tricks
I am fairly new to Pinterest, as it was only march of this year that I finally set myself account up. I did however come away with some great ideas on how to make my blog more “Pinable” by adding a PinIt button on my page and all it took was for me to downloads a plugin. Sarah Barns from Taming Twins did a great presentation and really helped me to understand how beneficial Pinterest can be for my blog. But first I need to change my Pinterest account from a personal to a business and I need to start pinning things like Halloween, Christmas etc a few months beforehand because that is when people tend to start searching for idea, which will then mean my posts could be seen more and for a longer period.
- Writing Workshop
I was excited to attend the work shop and I was eager to try to learn something new. While we were given some great advice and I tried my best to write something meaningful. I didn’t have the confidence to stand up in front of a load of people I didn’t know and read my jumbled up 5 minutes of scribbling. I did however because really inspired by the other bloggers who were brave enough to read out their work. I even ended up shed a few tears after listening to a woman story about her daughters birth.Then it was lunch which meant more socialising as I walked around trying to spot bloggers I knew but also trying to meet new friends too. This year there were loads of beautiful babies and bumps at BlogCamp, so I was in my element snuggling all the babies and drinking in they new baby smell, it was complete heaven. I jumped at any chance to spend time with them and I even got to feed Sharon’s beautiful little boy. I had forgotten what it was like to sit and cuddle a baby as the stare up at you in complete awe as you feed them and they make you feel like you’ re the most important person in the world. It really made me miss when my kids were little babies.
After Lunch There Where More Sessions, I attended:
- Writing Awesome Reviews
Now this was my favourite session during the whole day. Even though Emma and Lindy where telling everyone basic common sense it really struck accord with me that there are probably bloggers and people out there that are polite to PR and that can be really rude. Their advice is always be professional, have fun and remember why you started blogging in the first place. But the most important information that I think everyone should live by Serious words of wisdom when talk to Brands.Don’t want to work with someone who is going to be rude or get snippy with them because at the end of the day they are just doing their job too.I walked out of that session smiling, I was happy with all the things I had pick out of each session and I felt more confident in myself and my blog. I didn’t go to the last session but instead I sat snuggling Jamie’s from The Oliver’s Madhouse little boy and having a chat with her and loads of other bloggers.
I was a little bit sad when day ended and it was time to leave because this was the first time at a conference that I have felt comfortable while I was there. I felt like I belonged and that I wasn’t just putting on a brave face and muddling my way through it. I came away feeling positive and with some real insight in how I can make my blog better, instead of doubting myself. I am hoping it will be the same at the next conference I attend but I know that I’m probably not going to be at any until next year now.At least I will have the memories from this BlogCamp to keep me going and hopefully inspire me and blog posts for the rest of the year.