Sunday, 9 November 2014

Blogfest 2014

A wonderful day packed with ideas, tips and tricks for both rookie and seasoned bloggers.

Blimey. I was cacking my pants about Blogfest (see previous post). Finding my way to (and through) London, walking into a building filled with capable women, and then having to introduce myself to a proportion of them without doing something unintentionally embarrassing - it was almost too much to bear.

Nonetheless I, like all the other attendees, was up with the lark on Saturday morning and wended my way to the glorious Kings Cross station. Cue gratuitous photo of its quite incredible vaulted ceiling and remembrance tribute.


Kings Place, home of Blogfest for the day, was pretty impressive too. If I'm honest, anywhere with a long escalator impresses me. Also nice loos and leather footstools. Kings Place had all three.

Half way down the long escalator, when all these people came into sharp focus, I had a moment where I wanted to hot foot it back up again. Any ropey old confidence that I had sewn together that morning had suddenly left me, and I felt a stinging dampness under my armpits.

Managing not to trip off the escalator, I zoned in on the coffee, dusted myself off, and tentatively approached some unsuspecting women. Made by Maggie; Beau Twinsthe Scientific Parent, Stopping at Two and Tiny Footsteps - all of these clever people had beautiful Moo business cards, and what did I have? A smelly old rucksack and a biro that didn't work.

But they were all lovely. I mean - really lovely. Lots of people were obviously meeting up with old friends. But others were rookies like me, looking to meet and network and... well, swap stories. Eventually I did stalk - sorry, finally meet - my Twitter buddies, Michelle Davis and Samantha P; both glorious on Twitter, but even better in technicolour real life.

Highlights for me were hearing the inspiring Tara Cain talking about how she goes about making money from her blog (also Alicia Navarro from Skimlinks was funny - must go find out more about that), and Paul Armstrong's Social Media talk was IN-VAL-U-BLE. But top of the plops for me has to be the combination of Suzanne Moore, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Francesa Martinez's Think Bomb session. Camila's warm, wonderful, from-the-bowels speaking, with a lyrical essence, contrasted so well with Suzanne's earthy, witty, slightly loony thoughts, and then to hear Francesca speak about self-acceptance was - well, it was a brilliant combination of speakers.


Other highlights for me: Nick Hornby, Lisa Jarmin, Lucy Porter. Gin. The Fleet Street Fox. Scones. Good toilets. Seeing that Justine off the telly.

Gin again.

Well done Mumsnet. I shall be back again next year. With my business cards. And a bit more confidence.



14 comments:

  1. What a superb post, I felt like I was back there reading this. I couldnn't agree more, Think Bomb was brilliant! I cried with laughter and tears. So lovely to meet you and hey, we were non business cards buddies together. My moo cards turned u that day! Fat lot of good they were sat at home hey? xx

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    1. At least you had the foresight to order some - that's impressive in my book! Thanks so much for getting in touch - REALLY lovely to meet you. xxxx

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    2. Sorry, realised my awful spelling. Darn phone and eyesight, glad you could tell what I was getting at. xxx

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  2. It was so lovely to meet you. I had been told about business cards by a few other bloggers, otherwise it would never have crossed my mind! I felt pretty nervous all day but the only way to build confidence is to put yourself out there, right? :) I can't wait to go again next year. Will you be going to Britmums in the summer?

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    1. Absolutely - got to be brave! Don't really know much about Britmums - have you been before? xx

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  3. He hee - not only did I only give out one of my 100 Moo business cards but I was the one with her dress tucked in her knickers (almost! Thank god for the Spanx barrier!!). I didn't even realise Jenna was there - one of my lovely new linkers! Sorry Jen! Such a great experience and some really inspiring and thought provoking discussions too. Not sure that I'll find Paul Armstrong's information as useful - I need to watch the whole thing again in slo-mo!! I'm definitely referring to myself as a middle-aged ninja from now on though ;-)

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    1. Ah ha - brilliant! I'd forgotten about the middle-aged ninja comment! Fab to meet you at last xxx

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  4. Was so lovely meeting you. I must have looked more organised than I felt with my business cards - managed to come back with tonnes. Hoping I see you again at another blogging event soon x

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    1. They are FAB cards - I was very impressed! xxx

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  5. If its any consolation, I've been to two events with my cards now and have given out a total of 5. I had forgotten that you were going and if my brain hadn't been so overwhelmed then I'd have tweeted you my whereabouts and we could have said hi (which is precisely the way I got to meet Karen!). It was an amazing day and I'm so glad I went. The gin was "epic" (to quote my teen).

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    1. If you go again next year Philippa, let's meet please! I'll have some business cards by then too (which equally I'll forget to give out, of course). Thanks so much for commenting. xx

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  6. so jealous, i wanted to go but had to look after my nephew and my son!

    would love to hear more about the social media talk you had with Paul as this is something I need to improve!

    Thanks for linking with #singleparentlinky

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    1. Been reading my notes, Claire, and can't make head nor tail of them - so I'll be there again next year, listening a bit more carefully!

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  7. Sounds fantastic. I really need to push myself to join in with these things in the future.

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