My thoughts on #Blogfest16

My thoughts on #Blogfest16

Yesterday I had the absolute privilege of attending Mumsnet’s 5th annual blogging conference, Blogfest.

For me this was a big (and pretty exciting thing) to do.

I’ve been blogging since I found out I was pregnant with Lady P, but only really taking it semi-seriously since about August this year. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to get some great feedback and reach from fellow bloggers, so this was my first experience of calling myself ‘a real blogger’ and having a little bit to back it up with.

The run up all ended up being a bit rushed to be honest, and as I headed to the train station in the pouring rain with the prospect of delayed and cancelled trains, I worried it was going to be disasterous.

But then it hit me.

I am here. I don’t have a buggy to battle London public transport with. I don’t need to carry baby wipes. I am EARLY. And I’m doing it for me.


I am a blogger (and I am excited).

As I arrived at the venue, it struck me that there were obvious friendship groups here. How lovely, but I was on my own.

I feared it may be a bit cliquey, but after a few minutes of the odd smile here and there, they called us into the hall for the introductory speech, so it didn’t really matter.

At that moment I hesitated at grabbing one of the bottles of Innocent smoothie from the side, wondering if they were there for us, stood next to another blogger who also wasn’t sure if we were “allowed”.

She had the biggest smile and let out an infectious laugh as we both felt like naughty school kids taking something we shouldn’t. She turned out to be Alicia from Sunlover, and introduced me to Sunita from Lucky Things and Cee from Hey Is That Me, who became my buddies for the day. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time.


Throughout the day, I listened to talks from well-respected journalists, bloggers, comedians, and also entrepreneurs, which was just brilliant.

My soft grey matter absorbed some great Instagram tips from Emily Quinn of Makelight, became inspired to think about my blog as more of a brand from Steph of Don’t Buy Her Flowers, and discovered some exciting people starting out like Detective DotΒ and The Book of Everyone.

All in all, the day itself was just amazing. It was so well-organised and crammed full of great content, freebies, delicious food and of course, topped off with a generous allowance of much-needed prosecco.

But most importantly, I made new connections with other bloggers that I admire, and hope to keep in touch with in the future.

These people, and the others I listened to, have inspired me to give my blogging a kick up the arse – to really focus on what I’m good at. I’d wanted to find some direction and stop the scatter-gun approach, and thanks to #Blogfest16, I think I’ve found it.

Watch this space.

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Dani
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Glad you had a positive experience at Blogfest as some I’ve read had mixed reviews. I’ve yet to attend a blogging conference but will make it a part of my bucket list in 2017. #MarvMondays

Michelle Twin Mum
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So glad that you made some bloggy chums early into the day, I think that makes the world of difference for a good conference, Mich x #MarvMondays

Fran Back With a Bump
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Glad you had a great time. I’ll have to try and go next year. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

Rhyming with Wine
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It was my first conference too and it totally blew my mind! So many amazing and talented bloggers that I have looked up to for years now in many cases! I think it was run really well and was a fantastic experience. So pleased that you enjoyed it too – it’s such a shame that we didn’t get chance to meet up though! Next time lovely xx #MarvMondays

Muma on the Edge
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Love reading the round ups and yours is just great!
shame we didn’t meet!
Big love xxx

Alicia
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This is brilliant Rhian! It was an enjoyable read and I hope you don’t mind me reading it out to my husband- I chatted loads about you when I came home yesterday, so I though sharing your post with him kind of showed him how cool you were! Haha! Your writing is so easy to read and you summed up the day perfectly! I’m so glad I got to hang out with you. Thanks for the mention too! Lots of love, Alicia xx

Mary Smith
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Blog fest was great and very helpful too. I loved listening to the authors , mps and comedians…brilliant! I loved the free smoothies and treats throughout the day haha bonus! x #MarvMondays

Jo from Organised Jo
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Sounds like you had a fab day. I really must get myself to a blogging conference. #MarvMondays

Kat
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Ah I had a really great time too, it was lovely to meet so many people who I’ve read about for such a long time! #MarvMondays

The Pramshed
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Ah fab I’m so glad you had a great day. I must have been one of those bloggers in a cliquey group, sorry about that. I hope you enjoyed it, wasn’t Stephs talk fab, I’m a little jealous how she had done it. Claire x #MarvMondays

Chelsea Chad
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It sounds like you had a great time! I’m hoping I can go next year πŸ™‚ x #MarvMonday

Helena
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Great to read your experience was a positive one. #TuesdayTreasures

the frenchie mummy
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I like the positivity in this post! It is so nice to see that you made some great connection there and I was like you ! A newbie there. I didn’t like the tribe vibe at first but then got to hang out with some cool girls! It was great. Next time, I need to see and talk to you! I might have seen you and not realised it! I missed so many people… I was too busy trying to get a prize from the sponsor and eating food! lol #stayclassymama

Shoebox of Memories
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I’m glad you had a positive experience and got to meet some new bloggers and make friends. It does sound daunting!

#StayClassyMama

The Tale of Mummyhood
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Sounds like you had a fab day!

#StayClassyMama

Emma t
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Sounds like Blogfest worked for you. Sneaking drinks and food is always a good one for meeting others at blog conferences I find! #thelist

Mrsmummyharris86
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Pretty much most people who have written about Blogfest have said only positive things making me more determined to go next year! #stayclassymama

Sarah Aslett
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Glad you had a great time! I wasn’t able to go but it looks like it was a good one! #stayclassymama

RachelSwirl
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I am glad that you enjoyed it, it is just a bit pricey and far away for me. Thanks for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures.

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