At the risk of incurring the wrath of Benny (aka Daddy Poppins Blog), I am going to say the C word in September. CHRISTMAS! Over the weekend I attended BlogOn Xmas 2017. It was such a great day!
BlogOn Xmas 2017 at Hotel Football
The venue had changed since last time. The conference is now held at Hotel Football which is next to Manchester United’s ground Old Trafford. I’m not a football fan but the hotel was pretty posh. And I know that some fellow bloggers really loved the rooms with a view!
The BlogOn Xmas 2017 conference opened with a wonderfully funny speech from the keynote speaker – James Hopes from A Life Just Ordinary. He was incredibly down to earth and simple but hilarious humour relating to social media.
There were five sessions being held during the day with at least three talks/workshops in each session. Plenty of choice… in fact too much choice as I was always debating between two of them in each session! I managed to get to four of the five sessions so let me go through the ones I attended..
1) Media Pack Building with Zoe Corkhill of Mama Geek
I had an automatic media pack but that’s recently shut down so now I need to get my media pack done or at least updated. It was so great to hear all the tips Zoe had.
2) Instagram with Harriet Shearsmith of Tobyandroo
This was a session I wasn’t going to miss! Harriet is the Queen of Instagram and comes across as being a wonderfully funny person. And I can confirm, she’s just as funny and wonderful in real life… it’s not a fake persona! She was hilarious especially so when her PowerPoint (presentation refused to play ball!) and full of tips to boost Instagram.
3) Festive Photos with Mel of Le Coin de Mel
I really wanted to hit some of the photography sessions and I’m always in awe of Mel’s photos. After a brief talk we were released to create some festive photos from the props, backgrounds and twinkly lights that Mel (and Grace) had brought along. I am actually really pleased with my effort. It would’ve been perfect had I included the word “llawen” as well.
4) Origami with Paperchase
I was looking forward to this session as Paperchase have gorgeous stationery! We were given lots of lovely paper and instructions in order to create these cute little boxes. It was the most fiddliest thing I’ve ever done. I gave up but the very kind Robyn from Cold Cuppa Club made me a box so I got to decorate one. Both Robyn and Anca made some lovely little boxes. Be sure to check their Instagrams to see.
One of the main features of BlogOn is the brands in attendance. There were so many fabulous brands there including Hotter Shoes, Snopake Stationery, Paladone and University Games who had this awesome game called Staccups. Highly addictive
VARTA were sponsoring the BlogOn Toy Awards. There were SO MANY toys and games to choose from. It was good inspiration for Christmas I must admit. I didn’t pay too much attention to the different categories but a couple of things that caught my eye were the Who Dares Wins game, the Sea Patroller, the roller-skates (of course!) and the Peppa Pig house.
The highlight of the day is that you spend your day with likeminded people which are awesome fellow bloggers! It was great see Anca and to finally meet Beth! Can’t believe I didn’t get a photo with these two ladies! I did however get a photo with some crazy fellas during the raffle. We were all hot, sweaty and really unlucky so excuse the crazy looks on our faces – Luke, David, Nige and Phil.