I have just come back from the 2/3 events I am getting involved within the space of 12 days which is quite a lot. My next one is on Wednesday (very excited) and the first was the fantastic BlogOn the weekend before. I was really excited about heading into London on Saturday morning for the conference and meeting my fellow blogger friends, some of which I didn’t get the chance to speak with or meet the week before. I was armed with my weekend bag as I was staying overnight with Accidental Hipster Mum Jenny (who didn’t shun me despite becoming an award-winning blogger in the Beauty and Fashion category!) Heading to the venue was pretty easy and close to Waterloo station which pleased me as I’m quite good at getting lost. Our hotel, Premier Inn County Hall was next door to the venue too which was perfect. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do during the day from looking at the agenda and went straight in to collect my badge and grab coffee. There was some food laid out too but I just grabbed a biscuit.
The first session I went to was SEO Deep Dive which was brilliant and so informative. I was nervous about coming away with a bit of brain fog but Judith has a way of explaining things and testing your knowledge that is really fun and interesting. I took so much away from the session and I am absolutely more confident about SEO and what it means, how I can make it better than I did before. I also attended Aby’s Focussed Blogging session which was fantastic and has given me some tips on how I should use my time better, especially in the last quarter of the year. I also attended the Instagram Stories session lead by Alice and Harriet which I really enjoyed. I took away a lot of tips from the session and I do really like Instagram, I want to make it better and I know I really need to think about how I use it differently.
Lunch was tasty and the venue and view across the Thames were really beautiful but there just wasn’t enough seating and I wasn’t really sure if you could go anywhere to sit down and eat. I really don’t like standing, holding bags and trying to hold a plate and eat at the same time. The staff of the venue were incredibly friendly and helpful, the choice of food was lovely too with cheese and biscuits, fresh fruit, salads, chocolate pots and a selection of hot options too.
There were three brands I enjoyed speaking with on the day which was Mauritius tourist board who had delicious rum cocktails and hand massages, Am I number 5 which gave us the option to book in and get our nails done, that was really lovely and a great campaign and La Roche-Posay who are skincare experts and really know what they’re talking about when it comes to sensitive skin. We also spoke to the guy from WordPress who was very nice. We tried to converse with the other brands there but they weren’t really interested in speaking with us. I was really unimpressed with the amount of brands there and the fact that they just didn’t seem to be interested in bloggers, other than the brands I’ve mentioned of course. When it comes to brands BlogOn is absolutely the best for me, perhaps that’s because of the type of brands and PR companies that are there and they’re more relevant to me.
We left a little early, collecting our goody bag so we could head over to our hotel and get changed for the BiBs celebratory river cruise with City Cruises. This was an absolute highlight for me – as someone that doesn’t get seasick – and I enjoyed seeing the sights of London at night alongside my blogging friends. Hearing and seeing Jenny win in her category was fantastic and I’m so proud of her! The wine was flowing all night and there were plenty of nibbles which I took advantage off. After docking and saying goodbye we headed over to All Bar One and spent the next few hours chatting with cocktails. It was a really great night that ended up with us gathered in our hotel bar, nibbling pizza and chatting just a bit more.
I had a really good weekend in London and I would go back to Britmums again. The morning sessions were really enjoyable and I got a lot from them, however, the most important and favourite memories are from the boat cruise and evening after. Socialising and being with friends is really what makes blogging special to me and I’m really glad I was a part of that.