Last weekend I attended the Blog on Cymru conference in Wales. It was just over the bridge for me and so awesome to have a conference closer to home than London Town. When I saw the lovely Boy and Me shouting all about it on Facebook I knew if she was involved that it would be pretty awesome so I took the plunge and bought a ticket.
My blogging has sort of expanded to vlogging and as a Social Media Manager I work within Social Media everyday so since I’ve been doing this such a long time, I was unsure as to what more there was to learn.
For me, it was great to meet up with fellow bloggers – Viv from 76 Sunflowers, Ali from Over A Cuppa ( who literally gave me her cuppa on the train as I was dying of thirstation!) Karin from Embrace Happy , Ojo from Ojosworld and Jenny from Mummy Mishaps. It’s always great to just natter away to people about blogging, social stuff, SEO, stats and not to have people look at you as if you’ve completely flipped your lid.
As far as the first session goes – Working with Brands – it was interesting to hear people’s viewpoints on this from both sides of the fence. Listening to the kind of things brands look for in a blog was good, go CHECK YOUR ABOUT ME page! Mine is about 2 years out-dated. Ugh.
*Bitching alert* Ok… I heard the term ‘Mummy Blogger’ being thrown around a bit and I for one cringe every time – I know there are lots of awesome Mummy Bloggers in Blog land and I sort of am one of those I suppose but I see my blog as a brand in itself. My YouTube channel as a brand… My humour and writing as a brand. I do worry that the term Mummy Blogger gives a generalisation to bloggers of my age or in the same circumstances as me when really we are Writers, Content Creators, Photographers, Marketing Guru’s, BLOGGERS of all sorts of things! This is perhaps why I have shyed away from attending blogging conferences like Britmums for the last couple of years. The sponsors / chats / networks are very focused on Mum & Baby brands and I’m way past that stage. I’m not a fashion blogger or even a foodie expert so just where the hell do I fit in?
Lifestyle? This too is a broad term as I think that serving up nuggets, chips and beans to 3 arguing teens/tweens who are mainly worried about how ‘high’ their hair can be and how short their ties can be, on top of working a job and running a house on a budget is hardly a ‘Lifestyle’ kind of blog.
Parent Blogger? Yes I blog about my kids and food and organisational stuff, but I also blog about stuff that’s just ME, like photography and work stuff and brain cancer.
Maybe there isn’t a genre I really fit into. To be honest, I’m struggling to edit my About page.
“Hi, I’m Kerry. This is a blog about whatever the F*ck pops into my head, I’ll blog whenever I feel like it. Sometimes I’ll vlog about it too. I’m obsessed with Social Media Marketing. I don’t really give a sh*t about blog stats as I’ve got a busy life to live. However, I have an awesome community of readers who love to comment and read the stuff I write. I LOVE to write. I love to make people laugh. I love to read awesome stuff. I have 3 girls who I love to death. They love to moan and whine and shout and love and laugh and dance and ride ponies. They’re pretty freaking awesome. I have a gorgeous fiancee who puts up with more crap than he should in a house full of girls. If you like a bit of this and a bit of that with some pretty good photo’s dotted around the place then please, for the love of God, stick around. “
It’s not going to draw readers or brands in is it? But that’s how I feel. This is my space – I don’t want to have to conform to bashing out 300 words with 5 links to promote something, or watch my language because I have a large following of non-blasphemers. (Love you guys) I don’t like reading bad language on a blog, I love the English language too much for that, so if I feel I have to use it, I always *star* it out. Like this. Oh sh*t. You get the gist.
Anyhoo back to the conference – I got the chance to play with my camera during Capture by Lucy’s awesome photography workshop. I could’ve listened to that woman talk all day. In actual fact, I can because I just found out she does Podcasts so I’m downloading them to listen to this week. That woman knows her STUFF man. Cake boards as reflectors for light? AWESOME.
Yip. Love that stuff.
Overall I had a really fun day, it was nice to do something for me and to just relax and soak it all in. But I think I’m going to stick to bashing the posts out when they come to me. When I feel like it. And hope that I’ve put enough thought and energy into them that when you see them pop up into your blog roll that you’re excited to open it and read it as a little treat.
If you love YouTube, I filmed the day too – check this out 🙂
Happy Monday dudes!