Saturday saw me heading off to the Blog On Conference in Winchester with the lovely Dom from Playing Parent.
I’d never attended a Blog On before, but I can say with confidence that it will not be my last!
I had promised myself I’d take more photos than normal and I did, but not nearly enough.
After the introduction from Laura there was a chat about social media then it was off to Annie’s photography talk on finding your style.
I’ve heard Annie talk before, she’s always really inspirational, funny and says things in such a way that it leaves you going, ‘oh yeah, it’s so obvious when you put it like that‘!
Also she said some lovely things about my photography which made my whole day, hearing a photographer you really admire say she likes your work too is the biggest compliment ever :)
The best thing about the whole talk was finally getting Aby to agree to buy Lightroom, there’s nothing like a little peer pressure ;-)
The talk on working with brands was really helpful and it was great to hear from Michelle Bates from Evolution PR give her views from the ‘other side’ of blogging.
I loved the ‘No Such Thing As A Stupid Question’ session, it highlighted just how much more relaxed this was than other conferences I’ve been to. It was really informative as well as being lighthearted and fun.
The whole event was really chilled, there was no blogger cliqueyness, everyone happily chatted to everyone else and there were loads of brands in attendance.
It occurred to me on the way home that other conferences often feel like ‘work’, they’re bigger, intimidating and take themselves more seriously but Blog On felt like a day out with friends.
I had fun, met up with mates I don’t get to see often enough, won on the tombola, learnt some great bits and got the best goodie bag of any event ever!
As always I promised myself I’d take loads of photos, and I took a grand total of 5, 2 of which are so dreadful I deleted them immediately! So please enjoy the 2 photos I took in Annie’s session and a selfie with the wonderful Aby.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I did eat more than one of those sweets, I’m a sucker for a foam banana, what can I say?!