Saturday 14th May I was especially happy. Why? Because I was heading off to Blognix 2014, my first blogging conference! Blognix was founded by Elizabeth Sellers of Rosalilium, a beautiful lifestyle blog I found through a speaker at my university. Blognix is held in The Custard Factory, Birmingham, which is local to me so I definitely had to attend!
Blognix is a conference to create a space for bloggers to meet each other and share their skills. The day was centred around talks and workshops, with time for bloggers to get to know each other too.
There were so many great things going on it was hard to choose which ones to go for! Here’s a rundown of the talks and workshops I went to:
Brand Like You Mean It: Actionable steps to building a strong brand | Elizabeth Sellers | Rosalilium
This talk focussed on practical key steps to producing a recognisable brand that works across all platforms. It was the perfect talk to help kick-start the branding of my MA project website!
The Truth About Freelancing | Emma Cossey | The Freelance Lifestyle
I’m always interested to hear about working freelance, so I was looking forward to this talk! Emma gave an honest and engaging look at the pros and cons of living the freelance life, and some helpful tips to keep organised too.
Disclosure: Not a dirty word | Hayley Constantine | Bonjour Blogger
A fantastic talk and discussion on the ethics behind disclosure and simple advice to create a disclosure policy. Properly learning about no-follow links and hearing different points of view on this topic was so interesting.
Blogging IRL: How to boost your blog with an offline event | Ahmed Ahmed | Dine Birmingham
Although I can’t see myself hosting an event any time soon, I really enjoyed this talk and meeting Ahmed. It was fascinating to hear how using the internet, press and some helpful partners he managed to put on a wonderful foodie event for his blog, Dine Birmingham.
Pump Up The Volume: How to tell a story with your voice | The High Tea Cast
Having learnt a little about podcasts and online audio in my masters degree, I was excited to learn about it from a different perspective. The talk, given by Sam and Lea, the creators of The High Tea Cast, focussed on the stages of creating a podcast.
How To Monetise Your Blog With a Book | Cathy Presland | The Big Book Project
I’ve wanted to write a homes interest book for a while now, but where to start with it all is pretty daunting. This talk gave me a lot of food for thought and a bit of inspiration for some post-degree projects.
Finding Happiness in Everyday: Photography workshop | Lucy Heath | Capture By Lucy
I’m keen to learn more about photography and I was really excited for this workshop. I met Lucy at lunch and after hearing about her blog and seeing some of her photos, my excitement was so well founded. The workshop was full of great little tips and tricks, and I loved looking at her beautiful array of props. Thanks to Lucy, I now have my own DIY reflector. Brilliant!
Passion, Purpose and Profit: How something you love can make you an entrepreneur | Justice Williams | @JusticeMBE
Justice Williams came and did a wonderful talk for my masters course, so closing the day with her inspiring words was fitting.
As well as the talks, the wonderful thing about Blognix was getting to meet some other bloggers! After my blogging bestie Jade moved to South Korea to live the dream teaching English and writing for her travel blog JourneyCount, it was lovely to meet some fellow bloggers and talk about… well… blogging!
I’ve discovered some beautiful blogs to follow, on all sorts of topics, that I thought I’d share:
A huge thank you has to go to Elizabeth and the people who put on Blognix – they did a wonderful job. The thought that went in to every detail of the day, from the amazing lunch buffet to the tasty Great Blognix Bakeoff, complete with bunting, made the day especially enjoyable. We even had name tags with QR codes to our Twitters! The ‘goodie bag’ was a sweet surprise, and the cute glass mug with recipe cards by Scarlett of Soho, yummy chocolate and Blognix canvas tote will be great reminders of an event I can’t recommend more. Hopefully, I can attend again next year.