My First Bloggers Conference – Eek!

September 12, 2016

Blog On Conference

Call me foolish or a risk-taker, but I bought a ticket to attend Blog On in Manchester before I’d even registered a domain name!  For anyone that hasn’t heard of this super-friendly event, it’s a bloggers conference full of fantastic speakers, interactive sessions and an opportunity to connect with brands. I’ve read such positive things about Blog On that I just knew I needed to attend early in my blogging life. To be honest, I also knew that having the deadline of the conference would make me get my arse in gear so I didn’t look a complete twonk. And let’s face it, as a newbie blogger I need all the help I can get!

To say I’m nervous about attending would be an understatement. I’m not a fan of large groups. So to voluntarily drop myself in the middle of an event full of successful bloggers, is very intimidating. However, everyone says this is the ideal conference for beginners because it is so friendly and this has absolutely been my experience so far, with lots of fun chat on social media.

Blog On is just two weeks away, so as an introduction for everybody Zoe over at Mama Geek has set us all some ice breaker questions. So here goes with my answers!

1. Share a recent photo of you 
Kirsty - Blog On Q&A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Describe yourself in five words or less
Mama – independent – organised – friendly – foodie

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Just over a month! I started to help keep my sanity during this motherhoodery lark. I’m a SAHM, so was looking for a creative outlet that would enable me to claim back an identity and communicate with actual adults.

4. What are you hoping to get out of Blog On?
I’m really looking forward to face-to-face convos with other bloggers and the chance to immerse myself in the fantastic blogging community. Can’t wait to learn lots of useful tips and have a bloomin’ good laugh at the same time.

5. Name a few of your favourite blogs
I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of brilliant blogs, but these are a few that instantly come to mind:

You Baby Me Mummy 
Make, Do & Push
Hot Pink Wellingtons
What the Redhead Said
Brummy Mummy of 2

6. What’s your favourite social media platform(s)… and what’s your username?
Surprisingly Twitter and Instagram. I had barely used either before I started blogging, but find them the easiest platforms to engage and build my audience. Find me @Motherhoodery

7. Share a fact about you no-one would guess
I’ve seen a ghost! I was on a marketing job at a dis-used army barracks. A colleague and I were eating our lunch in the car when all of sudden a ‘man’ dressed in camouflage gear crossed the road in front of us. It still gives me goosebumps now because it was very obvious he wasn’t an actual person. He just seemed to float into the hedge. My colleague and I turned to each other and said at the same time, ‘Did you see that?’. The barracks were patrolled by security (black uniform) and we knew no-one else was there. Very spooky…

8. What’s your favourite bit of tech?
Definitely my iPhone. I couldn’t run my life without it!

9. If you won the lottery, how would you spend your winnings?
After paying off all the boring stuff and donating to charity, I’d love to travel around the world in the lap of luxury and buy a holiday home on the coast.

10. If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
I’d love to interview Doris Day because she is one of the few surviving old-time actresses. She has lived through the golden age of movies and experienced going from the very top to barely being seen in public. I’d like to know what she thinks of today’s film industry and some of the behind-the-scenes gossip from classics like Pillow Talk and Calamity Jane.

11. Share a funny memory from your life
When I was a Marketing Manager I used to attend men’s underwear photo-shoots (I know, great job!). On one occasion the model was stood there in his pants and it was obvious he was very ‘blessed’. After attempting to get him to sort himself out, I declared rather too loudly, ‘Can’t you just tuck it under?!’. It took a while for the crew to recover from that one. Such fun days…

12. What is your favourite book and why?
I must admit I love a bit of chick lit, but my childhood favourite is ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’. I read it countless times and now enjoy reading it to Tutti.

13. What picture is on your phone/tablet lock screen?
This one – Tutti at 10 weeks old.

Tutti

 

 

 

 

 

14. If you had an hour of time all to yourself, how would you spend it?
I’d love to say I’d do something really exciting, but free time is so rare these days, I’d probably just have a hot cup of coffee with a large slice of cake, whilst messing about on t’internet.

15. What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given?
Not advice exactly, but when I was made redundant my friend said, ‘It will be the best decision that has ever been made for you.’ Of course she was completely right because it has given me the freedom to really think about what I want from life. I would never have started blogging if I was still working. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone, so sometimes you need a nudge to try new things.

Blog On icebreaker

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26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jenni

    Spooky seeing a ghost, will hopefully see you at the conference. It’s my first one and I’m a tad nervous x

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      Kirsty

      Ha, me too Jenni! I know I’m going to say something stupid 🙈 I’ll keep a look out for you 😊 x

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    kelly l danson

    aah, as soon as this came up on my feed, I knew I read it, what a fab ice breaker, I didn’t even think Doris Day was still alive haha. I can’t wait for BlogOn, I am nervous but I think I’ll get there mega early so I don’t have to walk in and have everyone stare (or at least that’s what my brain thinks) haha, It does sound the friendliest for newbies x

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      Kirsty

      Aah thanks Kelly. Ha, I know it’s amazing to think she did so many fantastic films and is still here to tell the tale. Think Hubster is driving me up, but haven’t worked out logistics of getting home yet!! I’ll defo keep an eye out for you 😊 x

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    kelly l danson

    Aah I knew I’d read this when it came up on my feed, great ice breaker, I didn’t even know Doris Day was still alive haha, Can’t wait for BlogOn , glad your meeting up with someone, I’m going to arrive mega early so I don’t have everyone stare as I walk in (at least that’s whats happening in my head haha), although I,ve also heard it’s the best one for newbies x

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    Angela Webster

    I almost choked on my coffee reading the part about the male model, so funny ! This will be my 2nd blog on I was nervous the first time but everyone was friendly and I really enjoyed the day 🙂

    1. Reply

      Kirsty

      Ha, glad it made you giggle! Great to hear you enjoyed the last Blog On. I’m sure my nerves will disappear once I’ve settled in 😊 x

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    Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek)

    Thanks for linking up! The male model story made me giggle 😀

    Adorable lock screen photo too. Do say hi if you see me at Blog On!

    1. Reply

      Kirsty

      No probs, really enjoyed answering the questions and reading everyone else’s. I’ll definitely say hi if I can manage to speak through my nerves! x

  6. Reply

    The Speed Bump

    Lovely to read your answers! BlogOn is my first conference too, I’m nervous and excited in equal amounts! Maybe see you there!

    1. Reply

      Kirsty

      Aww thank you! I think there are going to be a lot of nervous peeps at the beginning, but hopefully we’ll all calm down quite quickly! Definitely, hope to see you too. x

  7. Reply

    Steph

    You will have a ball at blog in. It will be my 4th (I think I’ve lost count!) 8ts always superfriendly and a mix of bloggers. I’m not a parent blogger but love attending. That model story!

    I took voluntary redundancy 5 years ago and it was the best decision. Your friends advice is right.

    Good luck with your blog. It looks great. I love the mint colour background

    1. Reply

      Kirsty

      Aww thanks Steph! Wow 4th time, that’s a great endorsement. Gotta love a model story 😉 Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog, it really means a lot. x

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    Themotherhub

    Hope you have a great time . I’m going to my first event next weekend and I would be super nervous about the networking but the lovely Geraldine from Over Heavens Hill is going to be there too. #fortheloveofblog

    1. Reply

      Kirsty

      I’m nervously excited! Hope you have a fab time too. It’s lovely that you’ve got someone to gravitate towards! x

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    Tooting Mama

    Looks like you got so much out of the blogging conference and it’s really nice to get to know you as well. Well done for getting out there, and loving the funny stories, the male model’s a hoot!

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    Ali Duke

    It is great to get to know you a bit through this post. Working with male models, now there’s what sounds like a great job lol.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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    Little Pickle's Mom

    Hi Kirsty! Great introduction – I’m also heading to Blog On and it’s my first blogging event. Eek. So nice to get to know people a little beforehand, isn’t it? Your marketing jobs sound amazing!!! I bet all that knowledge comes in handy for blogging too, eh? Will keep an eye out for you next week!

    1. Reply

      Kirsty

      Hello! Yes, the ice breaker was a great idea. Marketing was certainly fun at times but not as glamorous as it sounds! Blogging is a whole new world…hope to see you there. x

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    Mrs Lighty

    Ooh you’ll have to let me know how you get on! Love that you bought a ticket before you even had a domain name! And by the way, ever since I’ve come across your blog I’ve thought it’s name is fab! First time I’ve come to your blog – through #fortheloveofBLOG – but it won’t be my last!

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      Kirsty

      Hello, thank you so much for your lovely comments 😊 Yes buying the ticket was one of my fairly rare ‘throwing caution to the wind’ moments! So glad you like the blog name – I deliberated for a few days on whether it was right, but I’m happy with it so far! Look forward to seeing you again soon. x

  13. Reply

    Emma me and b make tea

    awww youll be fine I am sure. and I am sure there will be lots of newbies there too and people just wanting to learn 🙂 ive never been to a conference but thinking about the one in London in Nov. will see! good luck and look forward to reading how it went! #fortheloveofblog

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      Kirsty

      Thank you for the words of encouragement! I’m sure us newbies will stick out like sore thumbs! Go for it I say. I’ll def be letting everyone know how it went 😊 x

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    Cora Harrison

    Hi Kirsty,

    It’s my first Blog on and my 2nd bloggers conference. I think it’s super impressive that you booked the event before going live with your blog. Just shows the faith and determination you had in yourself and your blog – and it looks as though it’s turned out great! 😀

    It took me 18 months to attend my first bloggers event, so your steps ahead! – looking forward to meeing you.

    1. Reply

      Kirsty

      Hey Cora, thanks so much for the words of encouragement. As I said, not sure if was just foolish, but in for a penny, in for a pound! Absolutely, hope to meet you too. x

  15. Reply

    A Mum Track Mind

    I’m going too! Do come and say hello if you see me! Can’t wait – it’s going to be so much fun! #fortheloveofBLOG X

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