I can now say that I have officially attended my very first blogging conference. #BlogOnXmas took place on Sunday 24th September and it was fantastic. A Blogging Good Christmas Conference was had by all who attended.
I had heard about different blogging conferences as soon as I started blogging and I knew I wanted to attend one, one day. The thought of actually attending one of these conferences excited me but petrified me at the same time. When I first heard about BlogOn I knew I had to get a ticket. The event sounded fantastic, I knew I would learn a lot and get to meet other bloggers, and it was in my neck of the woods, Manchester! I didn’t really have an excuse to not attend.
When I booked the ticket I was so excited and proud of myself for taking the plunge. I was really taking myself out of my comfort zone so it was a big deal to be doing something like that. In the run-up to the big day, I had been so excited to attend the conference because I would learn more about blogging and finally get to meet some of the fabulous bloggers I interact with on Twitter. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous though…
My sister dropped me off at the other side of Old Trafford so I had to casually walk past random people with my Christmas dress on.
They must have thought I had lost it but I didn’t notice them because I was soooooo nervous.
When I arrived I collected my badge and went upstairs. I was really nervous but that soon disappeared when I saw everyone chatting away and laughing with each other. Everyone was really friendly. I think I must have been expecting everyone to be monsters or something.
It was lovely to be able to actually meet some of the friends I have made on Twitter over the past year I have been blogging, in particular, Donna (Bobsy’s Mum) and Laura (Autumns Mummy).
The sessions were fantastic and very informative. My particular favourite was the confidence building session with Lee Furness. I will be able to apply his tips to all aspects of my life.
I was amazed by the brand area. It really was a brilliant space. All the brands I spoke with and gave my business card to were really friendly, and I was lucky enough to be given a few bits as I walked around. The Snopake Brands pens were amazing. I really need to buy myself one of those disposable fountain pens. Addo Play gave me a couple of pots of dough and a tub of the Liquid Lava Putty and I can confirm that these went down a treat with Molly. She thinks I am the best person in the world right now.
I bought myself some raffle tickets when I arrived. I never usually win anything in the raffles so saying I was surprised when my number was called out would be an understatement. The item that immediately stood out to me was the ‘My Fairy Garden Fairy Watering Can’.
I knew Molly would like it because she is into fairies and gardening at the minute. She actually loved it. She hasn’t put it down since Sunday.
The goody bags we were given at the end of the day were amazing too. I was shocked at the amount of things we each received in these bags. I had heard about how amazing they were but I guess you have to see it to believe it. The candles from Heart and Home are divine. They are officially my new favourite candle range.
The whole day was fantastic from start to end. I take my hat off to Laura and everyone who helped make the day possible. They all do a fantastic job, and for such good causes too. It really was a blogging good Christmas conference and I will definitely be attending the next BlogOn conference in May.
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