I’d booked my ticket to BlogOnMosi back in January, written it down in my diary and then not given it much thought until the week before when I had a bit of a panic and thoughts such as ‘I’m so new to blogging’ , ‘I don’t know anyone’ and ‘I won’t know what I’m doing!’ crossed my mind. I was quite nervous beforehand and didn’t really know what to expect but I needn’t have worried at all. Within minutes of getting there and signing in I’d already met two lovely bloggers who I spent most of the day with – so thanks to Melissa @mummybeeblog and Holly @HollyNichol for being such great company! Check out their blogs here: MummybeeBlog and hollygoeslightly
Opening Keynote – Time Management for bloggers by @nickieohara
The conference was opened by Nickie who gave us some great time management tips and ideas for handling busy schedules with blogging. She suggested great ideas such as setting aside a dedicated time for blogging, using a diary, to-do list and bullet-journal to get yourself organised and feel that you were making the most of the time that you had available.
This was a really interesting session and introduced us to getting started with Youtube, setting up a channel and the highs and lows of being a Youtuber. Although this isn’t something that I plan on doing, it was really useful to listen to people’s experiences and what they’d learnt since setting up their own channel. The focus was on building a community and it being a ‘visual showcase of who you are’. It was also great to hear that people had gotten so much confidence from creating their videos and putting themselves ‘out there’ online.
This session got us to think about the choices you were making when taking and uploading photos. It covered things such as integrity and truth and got you to think about taking photos in a different way.
Basic Blogging skills
I found this the most useful session of the day and came away with lots of notes and ideas. Presented by @bringtomf from @BringDigitalUK, it was a great introduction to making the most of your blog and the technical tricks you can utilise.
We went through the basics of SEO, from crawling, indexing and ranking to accessibility and how everything from your domain name to website speed can really affect your ranking factor.
- Have a short, easy to remember, preferably unique and brand friendly domain
- Include your contact information and social media accounts
- Make sure that your hosting provider is taking all measures to keep your site secure
- Have a ‘call to action’ – a newsletter or ‘read more option’ to retain visitors and provide options for them to share your content
- The better a site is structured – the easier it is to crawl and will allow your readers to discover your content more easily
- Make sure all content is unique to the page – duplicate content does not perform well
- Use tools such as Google Index Status and Moz Bar to find out how well your blog performs
Niche – Lifestyle
For the final session I chose the ‘lifestye niche’ talk and it was interesting to listen to other blogger’s experiences of writing lifestyle posts. It was great to hear from Charlie @the_lady_sybil and Danni @HHH_Dannii and they gave us lots of great tips for getting started.
Exhibition and brands
There was plenty of time to have a wander around the different stands and look at what the brands had to offer. This was a good opportunity to ask any questions or get an idea of what kinds of relationships brands have with bloggers. We were also given 3 bags full of goodies at the end of the conference which was amazing and for the £30 we’d paid for the ticket was well worth the money.
Favourite part of the conference:
The most valuable part of the conference for me was meeting and chatting with other bloggers and getting to know some new people. Everyone was really friendly and I felt that I learnt so much just from talking to other people about their blogs and picking up tips.
Finally – thank you to Laura @TiredMummyofTwo for organising such a great event and I am so glad that I decided to take the chance and go along. It gave me the motivation I needed to get started properly on my blog and I picked up lots of new ideas and tips. Finally there was a note in the goodie bags from Laura which included the following message:
“I hope you should come away with a new buzz and love of blogging. You should feel inspired, you should feel that you have learnt something and most of all you should have made some new friends.” – I definitely agree with all of these and look forward to getting started properly with my blogging!