At the beginning of May I attended BlogOn MOSI 2014 and had a brilliant time – it was well organised and definitely worth attending and I cannot wait for BlogOn MOSI 2015!
The main thanks has to go to Laura Tired Mummy of Two and Blogs Up North who organised the BlogOn Event again this year. But what is BlogOn MOSI? Well it is a gathering of Northern bloggers – who met up to go on workshops, chat, learn new things, network, chat and a whole lot more. MOSI is simply the Museum of Science and Industry which lies in the heart of Manchester and happened to be the venue of the event!
After arriving at MOSI it was quickly time to register , collect any business cards and drop off any unopened nail varnish for the Bravery Boxes. Then there was time to browse around a few of the sponsors displays, buy some raffle tickets for the charity raffle and grab a coffee. Everyone was very friendly and chatty and I had a great time trying to match faces to blogs! After an introduction from Laura and some of the sponsors we were soon off and running into our workshop sessions.
I loved the way this was organised. Each session was informal and allowed you to dip into and out of each speakers area. For example I sat at Lucy from Capture by Lucy’s table. She explained all about styling photography, using props and how to use complimentary colours. Her area was very visual and ‘hands on’ as she encouraged people to try out the different textures, props and lighting to take a photograph. She also gave some great tips on how to create some fabulous images even if you were on a limited budget or had limited space.
Each session was split by a refreshment break which was ideal to re gather your thoughts and to network or look at the sponsors displays.
My next session was all things to do with all things social media and got some great tips on how to use Pinterest with Rebecca English from Here Comes the Girls Blog and YouTube with the lovely Ruth Arnold from Geekmummy. It was during this discussion that I mentioned an idea for the Witty Hoots YouTube channel and I got some positive feedback not only from Ruth but from the other bloggers who were on that table too. All will be revealed over the next few months!
I would have loved to have been able to spend more time at some of the other tables but Laura was running a tight ship and before we knew it the ten minute warning had come and gone! Once again we left the rooms buzzing with excitement and possibilities for the future. We were treated to a delicious lunch that catered for all tastes and dietary needs. I then helped out on the raffle table and wow those tickets were selling like hot cakes – all in the name of the Wishing Upon A Star charity.
Then it was time for our last session. This one was slightly different as the three speakers Penny Alexander from A Residence, Helen Wills from Actually Mummy and Jane Blackmore from Northern Mum ran an informal question and answer session. It was interesting to hear why everyone had different reasons for blogging and how their blogging careers had changed over the years. With some great tips on how to stay creative and produce good content, the overall impression I got was to stay true to yourself and remember your blog is your voice, your business. If is doesn’t feel right then don’t publish it and remember why you started blogging in the first place. Finally we returned to the main room for the thank you speeches and the goodbyes.
Then it was nearly all over, cake and wine eaten and drunk. We were given ‘goody bags’ filled with interesting things to test out at home, contact sheets and business cards. Then we stood and waited for the raffle and I was lucky enough to win twice – a picture frame and a ‘logo’ game that the family can play when we are on holiday. Goodbyes were then said and all of a sudden I found I was back downstairs with my delighted daughter and husband.
They had spent the whole day looking around the Museum of Science and Industry and had thoroughly enjoyed it. they had been on a train, had their photographs taken and displayed. They had investigated, explored and played. After a lovely lunch in the MOSI cafe, my daughter had fallen asleep in her daddy’s arms! He found a quiet spot where he could sit down and just cuddled her in as she slept. I have been told that MOSI was SO GOOD that we are coming back as a family in the summer holidays. I for one cannot wait to revisit Manchester and I am on the waiting list already for BlogOn 2015!