141 weeks and 5 days | Mumsnet Blogfest 2015

So this weekend I trundled off down to Kings Cross; to Mumsnet Blogfest 2015! My third — and final — blogging conference for this year. 

Blogfest — run by Mumsnet — is where a number of my blogging buddies had all met for the first time last year but it was my first time.

Unlike Britmums and Blogcamp, early in the year, I felt like it wasn’t such a huge learning curve. Those first couple of conferences were such a huge deal; so much information to take in plus, as a newcomer, it was fairly daunting to walk into a room full of total strangers.

Roll on a few months and I didn’t feel as though I was in a room full of strangers. There were lots of friendly faces — some that I’d met before — some that I’d occasionally spoken to online — but all of the people there were chatty and friendly.

I got to hang out with my blogging besties for the day, hone my craft and mingle and network with some fab brands and some lovely bloggers — what’s not to love about that?!

Here are a few pics of my day.

Highlights from Mumsnet Blogfest 2015

Margaret Atwood at Mumsnet Blogfest 2015
Margaret Atwood at Mumsnet Blogfest 2015

Scenes from Mumsnet Blogfest 2015

David Baddiel at Mumsnet Blogfest 2015
David Baddiel at Mumsnet Blogfest 2015

Highlights included David Baddiel’s Think Bomb session, The Crumbs Sisters chatting about their You Tube  experiences and legendary film director Mike Figgis giving a talk on film-making.

Getting tips from a renowned and established professional is pretty amazing — especially as it was in a fairly intimate setting.

Plus seeing Emma from Brummy Mummy Of 2 win Best Vlogger was a highlight too. It was fab to see someone who is as lovely in real life, as she seems on the internet, be rewarded for all her hard work.

All in all, a fab day.

Such a treat to spend a few hours with some like-minded people who make this blogging malarkey so much fun. Coming to these events definitely gives me a real sense of purpose. It makes me so happy that I fell into this amazing industry!

So lovely to see some of my favourite online friends in real life.

Bloggers at Mumsnet Blogfest 2015
Some of my faves at Mumsnet Blogfest 2015

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

81 thoughts on “141 weeks and 5 days | Mumsnet Blogfest 2015

  1. Looks fabulous. I love conferences like this as you always come away feeling really uplifted. I have never been to one as a blogger but attended one on a stand several years ago when it was all quite new and was fascinated. I get the whole first time nerves thing. I would be exactly the same but I guess for all of us newbies it’s the next step. Shall miss you hosting #twinklytuesday and thank you Nicky xx

    1. Aah they’re SO good aren’t they?! I totally agree that you come away feeling inspired. Attending the conferences is now one of my favourite things as a blogger. I was SO scared, the first one I went to, I so very nearly bottled it and didn’t go!! I’m so, so glad I swallowed my nerves and went along.

      Thanks so much Nicky — that’s so lovely of you — it will be weird not hosting every week! xx

  2. Hi Caro, great to see you had a lovely day! It looks like it was a great day and event. I Hoping to make it up there myself next year. Two years blogging and I’ve still to make my first blogging event. Roll on 2016 :-). Emily #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Aah Emily!! I had been blogging for almost 2 and a half years before I went to my first blogging event!! ;) I was SO nervous for that first one but SO glad that I plucked up the courage and went along! xx

  3. Looks like you had a fab time – a blogging conference is one of the things of my checklist for next year. I think it would be so useful and great to meet everyone is person rather! #twinklytuesday

  4. Hi, glad you had a good time. I thought about going but am not sure how I’d keep my anonymity. It sounds like a really useful conference though so I need to figure out how to make it work. Thanks #Twinklytuesday

    1. I know a blogger who — due to her work — has to remain very, very anonymous. I met her (in real life) at the MADS and found out she actually has a pseudonym! I think there are lots and lots of bloggers on the same boat. You’d be in good company. You just have to be honest when you meet people — I think everyone would respect your privacy though :)

  5. A really interesting read. I’m only six months into my blogging journey but I’d love to attend some blogging events next year – it’s just very daunting the first time like you say :) #twinklytuesday

  6. I guess after a few events it becomes like a reunion rather than being strangers. I would love to attend some blogger events at some point. Thanks for hosting your last #TwinklyTuesday hope to still see you around :)

  7. Wow! That looks amazing! As a newbie, I think conferences like that are quite a way ahead in the future, but I’d love to muster the confidence to go on day! I think I’d be a little star struck, meeting all the bloggers who I look up to!

    1. If you’d told me, this time last year that I’d have been to three, I wouldn’t have believed you!! They’re SUCH good fun! A lovely way to meet the people you’ve been chatting to online. I highly recommend it — but perhaps start with a smaller one first :)

  8. I keep meaning to go to Blogfest but it hasn’t yet happened (I’d be one of the four awkward looking dad bloggers at the back). Seems like you enjoyed it and I had the god fortune to briefly bump into Emma of Bryummymummyoftwo myself the other day at a different event! #twinklytuesday

  9. Aww, it sounds like you had great fun. I had a diary clash so didn’t make it this year but I’m looking forward to a few events in 2016. Sad to hear it’s your last Twinkly Tuesday (I missed the announcement last week), but I get where you’re coming from. Time to get some free time back! #twinklytuesdsay

    1. It was brilliant — less so for learning but awesome to see everyone again!! Hope to see you at one next year?! And yes — I have just this round of comments to do for Twinkly Tuesday and then Mondays and Tuesdays will be all mine again!! :)

        1. YES! It would be so lovely to meet you!! Haha! We’d end up talking just about caravans, I bet!! I’m not going to BML next year — I’m off to Blognix in March and Blogtacular in June but I think I’d definitely do Blogfest again — I really, really enjoyed it! :)

  10. My mummy went to Blogfest last year and didn’t enjoy it, she was too scared and skint to go back this year, so it’s good to read others posts from this year x thanks for sharing. #TwinklyTuesday

  11. Ooooh … sound like a fab experience. It has not even crossed my mind to attend, but you look like you had so much fun I might have to see if Im able to come to next years one.

  12. It sounds like you had a lovely time, and were really energised by it! It must have been a lovely way to round off your 2015 blogger conferences! #TwinklyTuesday

  13. Sounds like you had a great time – how lovely to meet up with fellow bloggers. I can imagine how daunting it must be when you attend your first blogging event. Fab to come away with useful tips too! Thanks for sharing #TwinklyTuesday

  14. I’d love to have been in on the You Tube session, that sounds like the winner of the day from what I’ve been reading. May be I’ll get there next year too #TwinklyTtuesday

  15. Looks a great day out. I’m hoping to attend my first blogging events next year – would love to meet some of the people I’ve been getting to know online :)

  16. What a lovely event and a great way to get together with other bloggers! I have not attended blogfest yet, would be nice to attend one in the future and meet other wonderful bloggers too. #TwinklyTuesday

  17. oooh it looks fab. I’m thinking of attending next year if everything blog wise is still going. I can imagine that your first one in terrifying though!

  18. What a cool event! It really is inspirational to spend time with fellow bloggers. I always leave encouraged & happy. It is an amazing network to be a part of! Thank you for hosting x

  19. Looks like you had a good day – I’ve never been to a blogging conference as there isn’t anyone to look after my 4 to free me up to go, wish I could link up remotely lol #twinklytuesday

  20. I really should have taken more pictures – you captured the sessions well. Glad you enjoyed it – I wish everyone would wear a massive sticker on their head or something with their name haha #twinklytuesday

  21. Looks amazing and I cannot believe David Baddiel was there.. I had such a crush on him as a teenager, lucky you! #twinklytuesday

  22. What an amazing experience! I haven’t been to a blogging conference yet but love hearing about them. It must be strange seeing people in the flesh after seeing them online! #twinklytuesday

  23. Looks like you had fun day. I am yet to brave a blogging conference, maybe next year. Sounds like there were some really interesting talks, I bet you learned lots xx #TwinklyTuesday

  24. I’m glad you had such a wonderful time, it really does make us thankful to be bloggers seeing the community spirit for it #TwinklyTuesday

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