Blogfest : lonely or friendly ?

So interesting reading a lot of #blogfest posts which gives a range of different points of view. This was my first bloggers conference and I went on my own. I had fancied going but having been relatively new to the blogging community and not having Β£95 spare I had to rule it out but then I was super lucky and won a ticket the week before.IMG_4727

I won’t write an in depth post about the sessions as plenty far better writers have already done this so you can catch up with them instead. My overview of the day was that I was glad I went as although I was super nervous I had a stern talking to myself and walked in with bags of courage fired up to talk to people I recognised.

I managed to introduce myself to Aby and Em from You Baby Me Mummy and Snowing Indoors, Katy and Jenna from whatkatysaid and tiny footsteps – Are you sensing a theme? These guys are all linkup hosts. You feel you know people better when you are interacting regularly. Although I entered the sessions by myself a lot of the bloggers I sat next to, behind etc chatted away. I read someone’s post who said the lunch hour dragged and they ended up stood in the corner by themselves – perhaps Mumsnet ought to have a first time blogger meet corner to give the first timers/new bloggers/single bloggers a meet point and a bit of comfort?

I enjoyed walking round the sponsors, had a good chat with the Coca-Cola guys who were all super friendly and knowledgable and had a gorgeous stand!IMG_4719

I bumped in to Katy from Hurrahfor gin and Katy from ehbahmum (who was super brave being on stage for one of the sessions) and Stephie from Dontbuyherflowers – all by the mulled wine stand I might add πŸ˜‰

I must fess up to leaving early and not seeing the keynote as I had to get back for my sons first ever fireworks display but I was glad I went. Would I say all the sessions were great? Probably not, some were a bit yawn fest but then others found them profound so it really does depend on your thing. My favourite was the how to find your funny as it had Β my favs Rebecca Front and Arabella Weir and introduced me to Katy (above eh bah mum), Jon Ronson and Elaine Miller from GussieGrips but I didn’t come away with loads of new ideas I just enjoyed it.

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There was no knocking the amazing goodie bag which was full to the brim. So the question is would I go again? Right now Im not sure. From a networking opportunity yes, from a content of the sessions point of view Im not so sure…

Ask me again next year!

 

 

Super Busy Mum

14 thoughts on “Blogfest : lonely or friendly ?

  1. I am so glad you came and said hello! I kept an eye out for you the rest of the day but our paths never crossed again! You were super brave going up to people- I was totally rubbish and didn’t have the guts to talk to some of the people I ‘know’. xxx

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  2. I’ve been to lots of conferences but never a Mummy blogging one (yet) I must admit they scare me. I have spoken in front of 500 people at a conference but just attending a Mummy conference makes me feel like going to the school gates and not knowing anyone thanks for sharing maybe I’ll stop being a wuss and go one day x x

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  3. Interesting to read your viewpoint. I couldn’t make blogfest but did attend Britmums Live earlier this year as a newbie and unfortunately had a mixed experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and learnt a lot but in terms of meeting other bloggers it felt a bit high school if I’m honest with certain cliques already formed and I felt very awkward and new. Thankfully I have made some good blogger friends since so am actually looking forward to it in 2015. Would be good to see you there too x

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  4. This is so interesting for those of us who’ve not been yet (although I did attend #notatblogfest which was awesome teehee). Really interesting to see that all of you who have been to these things have felt the same, I would be terrified too – and I think your suggestion of doing something to get the newbies together is a really good idea, I think more of us would be a bit braver in coming if that happened! Good on you for going! x

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  5. I also went to blogfest at the weekend on my own. It felt like the first day of school going down the escalators and I had take a big breath before approaching a few people. It was scary but I met some lovely people πŸ™‚ Agree that some of the sessions were better than others. I think it might have been handy to have a few more detailed skills how-to’s. Think the idea of a ‘newbie corner’ is excellent, we probably would have found each other then!

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  6. I think your idea of having a stand for newbies is great. I went on my own for the first time too and you’re right, if is daunting when everyone else knows each other. That said, I met done lovely people, many of whom were first timers too. #MMWBH

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  7. Really interesting post – thank you! Great to get an honest view of a first timer’s experience as I think that’s probably the boat most of us would be in! Thanks for the really clear insight xx

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