In my nearly 5 years of blogging, Blogfest 16 was my first Mumsnet conference. I have been to BritMums, Blog Camp and Blog On and enjoyed them all, but I have always thought that Mumsnet wasn’t for me.
Because of what other people have said. Some in chats, some read as comments. I was worried that it would be all about the writing. Whilst I love writing, I am not a writer. I have no desire for a book deal.
I was worried that it would be controversial. Generally after any blogging event there are people saying what they didn’t like. It always seems to happen after Blogfest.
I didn’t really know many people going. Yes, I know that is a rubbish reason. But when you have a small circle of blogging buddies, you want to see them there. The only reason I booked a ticket is because the lovely Swazi said she was going and that it was usually great. And I am so glad I did. It was a refreshing change.
For a start there were interesting debates with well known speakers. Next up, the talks I went to were great.
Emily Quinton ran the photography workshop and just by telling me to hold my phone in two ways (until I work out what I am doing) has already improved my photos. I have also signed up to a free trial of Makelight and am thinking of taking one of her online courses next year.
The You Tube talk was engaging and above all reminded me that I really need to make time to vlog – even if it is only once a week.
Finally the Pinterest talk helped cement some key points. Long descriptions are key. Followers aren’t as important as most people use it as a visual search engine.
The evening ended with a short awards ceremony and drinks. Ok there was a massive queue to get them, but if that’s the worst thing I can say about the conference then it can’t be all that bad.
I was totally out of my comfort zone attending Blogfest, but I am glad I did. Sometimes it is good to try things for yourself and make your own opinions, rather than go my those of others. In a quote from Three Men And A Little Lady ” Try it Edward, you might like it.” I did and I will make a point of going again next year.
Did you go to Blogfest? What did you think?