Last Saturday I travelled up to Birmingham (for the first time in ages) to attend Blognix - my first post-day job conference, and my first ever conference dedicated to blogging.
I was understandably rather excited, but also a little nervous as I was attending on my own, although there was no need to be as everyone was lovely (and many people didn't know anyone), there also turned out to be several people there who I already "knew" from social media.
I arrived with all of 5 minutes to spare and we went straight into the introduction by Elizabeth Sellers (of Rosalilium) who had organised the event (top right image above). There then followed a number of different talks including:
Brand Like You Mean It: Actionable steps to building a strong blog brand - Elizabeth Sellers
The Truth About Freelancing - Emma Cossey
Disclosure: Not a dirty word - Hayley Constantine
Blogging IRL: How to boost your blog with an offline event - Ahmed Ahmed.
At lunchtime I headed to the photo booth provided by Scarlett of Soho and took a little selfie - they were giving away five pairs of glasses - I'm still hoping I might win the pair I'm wearing here!
In the afternoon I attended three more talks: Why Cake is the Key Tool for your Tax Return - Rosie Slosek; How to Monetise your Blog with a Book - Cathy Presland; and my personal favourite - Finding Happiness in Everyday Photography - Lucy Heath.
Lucy's presentation was at the top of my list when I signed up as I'm keen to improve my photography, both for this blog and for my products. It was really inspiring, and I'm now completely hooked on Lucy's Instagram feed!
The event was wrapped up with another inspiring talk, by Justice Williams MBE - Passion, Purpose and Profit: How something you love can make you an entrepreneur, and then final remarks from Elizabeth (which unfortunately I had to duck out of part way through to run for my train home!).
I had a really good day, and filled page after page of my notebook with ideas, not just for this blog but for all manner of different things. A common theme that ran through the day was the fact that it's so hard to learn about "how to blog" - there isn't much out there, and getting together like this is such a brilliant way to learn. Here's hoping that Blognix returns in 2015!
You can find out more about Blognix on their website and follow on Twitter if you're interested in finding out about future events.