On Saturday I went along to my first ever blogging event. The lovely folks at Tots 100 hosted BlogCamp at The Studio in Birmingham. It’s about 45 minutes away so it was a no brainer!
I booked my ticket back in August thinking October was forever away but I’m not going to lie – I was incredibly nervous. I’m pretty shy and I had a massive wobble the day before thinking I shouldn’t go – the reason being I kinda felt like a fraud! So many names flying round twitter of who was going and then there’d be little old me. My lovely husband then said that everyone has to start somewhere and it’d be great experience. Luckily I listened to him and off I went. I have to say that I ordered & paid for my train tickets, found out the train I needed to get, walked over the bridge to the platform and got on a train which started moving – ALL WITHIN FIVE MINUTES! You totally forget how simple life flying solo is! My delightful leisurely journey of perusing magazines and sipping hot drinks wasn’t to be though – I ended up stood by the toilet!
I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful Becky at the train station who was my partner in crime for the day. We are both pretty new bloggers and this was both of our first event so it was nice to have a buddy. I said that I felt like it was all a bit ‘Coronation Street’ as I knew people by the blog names but not their real names – but boob staring at name badges helped me a lot and some of you have fabulous boobs!!
We got there, after meeting the lovely Tanya, Alice and Kate on the way, and it wasn’t as scary as I had thought. I even passed the first test of the day by being able to put on a name badge which is always good! We were spread across two floors and after a morning briefing by Sally about the various sessions across the day including photography, you tube blog sessions, travel blogging and a camera clinic. I sat in on the collaborating, brands for beginners, freelance and because you’re worth it sessions – and all I can say is wow! I often had to stop and think – how on earth is this event free?! It was intimate but so informative with such a chilled vibe.
And then there was the lunch… Let’s just take a moment to feast our eyes on this bad boy
|This Eton Mess needed it’s own photo
Yes I can confirm it tasted as good as it looks!
The day rushed by so quickly and was a bit sad when it was the final session – but as expected it was fabulous with the panel below, as they gave a real insight as to what it’s really like on the ground and how they view us bloggers.
|The wonderful panel
I have to admit I was a bit awe-struck by Vicki at Honest Mum. I’ve followed her work for quite a while and yes she really is just as gorgeous in the flesh! She is such an inspiration blogger and everything she says is so passionate and real. I could have listened to her advice all day (hint hint, please do your own sessions solely for tips for us bloggers!)
|The lovely Honest Mum
Now for the super cliche – I came away feeling inspired; no really! As I said earlier I didn’t feel like I should have been there yesterday; I feel incredibly small fry and Blog Camp sort of felt that it was kind of a “make or break” Was my blog going to carry on as a space for when I want to talk and twitter isn’t long enough? Or do I want to get a bit more real about it all and put myself out there and feel like I can go to big blogging events. And I felt like – yeah I do actually love blogging and I feel like I want to be in it for the long haul.
From Saturday the things I have learnt about myself and my blog:
– Talk and interact to people more
– Take more photos at events as subsequent blog posts are rather dull – sorry folks!
– Everyone was at one point in the same boat as you
– Be nice!
– Be professional
– Always go to Tots events as they have amazing snacks
So time to get a bit of focus, grow some balls and get out there! Looking forward to going to more events in the near future and meeting more lovely people and discovering some more fantastic blogs. If you’re apprehensive about going to events in the future like I was – all I can say is – do it! What do you have to lose and you never know, you might have a blimmin lovely time and meet some fab folks like I did!!
Thank you to everyone for being so lovely and thanks to Sally, Kiran, Lindy and the sponsors at Showroom and Cow and Gate for popping my blog event cherry in such an awesome way. And also a big hi to everyone I met there – couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch!
Ps – because I was so rubbish at remembering to take photos, you can check some more out here on the Tots 100 Facebook page See if you can spot me!