Yes it was a long drive to Manchester and I was going on my own which meant navigating my way into the city centre on my tod. After finally parking in the (correct) carpark I walked over to the Museum. Met some lovely fellow bloggers in the Cafe and I apologise now if I seemed weird I’m just not great at social situtations!
After buying myself a bottle of water I went in to the museum and it’s such a shame I didn’t have time to go around for a nosey because it looks amazing! (Another trip back to Manchester is needed I think!) Upstairs and found Anca at the registration queue. Got my tag and away we went! Passed the tombola and raffler stalls – I did buy a ticket for the raffle and I won a nice wine/glass holder made by Alice. After that we headed over to the introduction and key note speech about what blogging means to you.
I’m not going to talk about the stalls as yet because I have a separate post coming up about that so instead I’m focussing on the seminars.
Thank you to @sophiesscran for this very informative seminar #blogonmsi
It was a choice between “Photography Technical” with John Arnold or “How to make your blog attractive to brands” with Click.co.uk. I opted for the Working With Brands seminar hosted by Sophie of Click.co.uk.
It was a very informative session and explained the difference expectations of SEOs vs PRs vs Brands. The main point I took away from this was the fact that if I receive an email from a brand/PR/SEO is to assess the wider opportunity (i.e. is it sometimes better to work for the exposure if it establishes a longer term relationship? <- not a popular opinion but I can see the sense in it).
There were three choices for the second session – Photography Creative with Charly Dove, SEO 101 to beginners with RMS PR and Earning beyond the blog with Emily Leary.
I opted for the Earning Beyond The Blog session. Again very informative session and delivered in such an easy going manner by Emily. Very inspiring and has given me a boost in how to approach brands to work with (ahem Tesco watch out I’ll be coming for you!!)
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Again a choice between Pinterest 101 with Pinterest, Monetisation with Type The Hype or Design and branding with Conker Communications.
Both Anca and I decided to go for the Pinterest 101 session and I must admit, this was the best session of the day for me. I learnt so much from it! The major thing I learnt was that there’s an analytics feature on Pinterest which I have now switched on! Amazing stuff!
Choice between Pinterest Advanced, Content Ideas that Inspire (I-Com) or Hosting competitions (Di Coke). I went to the Content Ideas that Inspire since I’m having a bit of a blogging slump and thought I’d find some inspiration. The session was a bit disappointing as it discussed using Analytics for content ideas based on what has brought you traffic previously. Good idea but just not for me I think. I really should’ve stayed for the Pinterest Advanced. Oh well there’s always next year!
There was two options for the fifth session Youtube (Channel Mum) or Photo Walkabout (Charly Dove and John Arnold). I’m not a vlogger and
have* had no interest in vlogging at the time so we opted to forgo the 5th session and went to the Craft Den instead where Black Sheep Wool Co were teaching people to knit, sew and crochet. We sat down at the patchwork table and were tought how to do this! Brought back so many memories – my Mam did patchwork and I used to do some with her on occasions.
* I’ve been watching everyone’s vlogs of the conference and I’m feeling inspired to join this bandwagon!
To end the day we had Scummy Mummies as keynote speakers. I haven’t laughed so much in ages! I especially loved their version of Bonnie Tyler’s Hero song. Not to be missed!
All in all it was a fab day and even getting lost on the way out of Manchester hasn’t put me off going again next year.
Have you been to Blog On? If not, have I persuaded you? *
*There’s going to be a few more Blog On MSI related posts coming up soon so don’t decide no just yet!