Tuesday, 6 May 2014

On return from #BlogOnMOSI

It's been at least 24 hours.
I haven't thought about this post.
And yet, with the benefit of a vodka and lemonade, and sleep deprivation, for some reason I feel 'qualified' to write what can only be described as my top tips.
And so, these are the things I have learned, and the things I know, after almost* three years of blogging:
(*everyone you meet started blogging the same time as you. Completely not true.)

1. Blogging is full of cliques. This means nothing. Life is full of cliques. Like your first year of secondary school, your first time at a blogging event will be overwhelming. The more times you talk to the person stood next to you (who is completely in the same boat) the more likely you will be talking to people at the next blogging thing and being assessed by a passing blogger as being in a 'clique'.

2. The more you blog the less how many years you have been blogging for is relevant. You can easily be envious of the people who have been blogging for six months more, the same time, six months less, one year less, any *newbie*. Being happy with your blog is key to all.

3. Not having a niche is not a bad thing. Having a niche is a good thing. It really doesn't matter. You can get involved with Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook regardless. You'll have more success with some things if you have a niche. And less likely with other things.

4. Loving your blog is key to all things. Attending blog things is great. It is like any other social thing. It is AMAZING to catch up with friends. It is AMAZING to meet new people and to get to know them. It is AMAZING whether you meet new acquaintances or old friends, to connect in person, to laugh. Not being derogatory about your blog when talking out loud is a good thing which I should remember.

5. You WILL meet the most fantastic people because of blogging. You will meet people who understand you. You will meet people who don't need to know everything to be your friend, they will always know enough to support you.

6. You WILL learn so much from blogging. Social media. You Tube, Pinterest, Twitter. You will drop things into conversation which shock people because they have no clue you might understand more than they assume you do. You will learn every day. As you decide you want to focus on photography, on vlogging, on craft, on food, on fashion so the world around you changes a bit more.

7. You MUST learn to deal with the stats. Really, if you are blogging because you love it, the stats shouldn't matter. They might. And you will learn how to improve your stats. 10,000 parent bloggers on, life isn't the same as it was three years ago. Positioning yourself needs effort. The effort might not be why you started your blog. And that's ok.

8. Your blog is AMAZING. Because it's about you. You are more than likely to have the same positives as others. And the same problems. You do need to make your content unique. Because your blog is amazing because you are unique. No-one can argue with that.

9. Remember you don't need to fit into stereotypes. A number 10 may not be necessary. Because 9 & 10 meet. You will meet people (see number 5), you will share hotel rooms with them to save money, you will stay up talking into the early hours (because you may blog online but people really do make it happen), and you will find yourself on the best nights out. And yes, you won't have met the majority before. But the next time, the next time you get to greet people as friends.

And this was Manchester.
Friends I hadn't met yet.
Photo credit: A New Addition



25 comments:

  1. Firstly thanks for clarifying what "BlogOnMOSI" is/was!! I had no idea ;) Secondly thanks for some excellent points.

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  2. You are such a social butterfly! And you are so right, but I am terrified of talking to other people... In fact, I have no idea how I managed to start talking to you, but I'm so glad I did. You're one of the most genuine people I've ever met, and even after only meeting you three times now, I feel like I've known you forever :)

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  3. So many good points here! I was so worried I would feel like an outsider at my first event, but it really was welcoming once I got over my social nerves, and I love learning about blogging, and how other people do it, even if I am rubbish at putting what I have learnt into action!

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  4. Point 7 worries me - I still haven't learnt to deal with the stats! As much as I stare at them, I can't work out what they mean. I am hoping there will be a seminar on this at Britmums Live! I haven't been to many blogging events but those I have attended have been absolutely fabulous for all the reasons you mention - blogging is so much more than just writing :)

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  5. Only time I check my stats is when someone requests them for a sponsored/product review post. I can't say I understand much of them!
    I just loving having the blog to look back on and reminding me of great times we've had as well the little things you forget and the ups and downs of family life :)

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  6. Brilliant points - really such a great summing up. Totally true - you must love your blog, and you mustn't worry about everyone else!

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  7. Fantastic post! Too much is focused on what every other blogger does when we should really just focus on loving our blogs and not on the trivial stuff x

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  8. Glad you had a good time and excellent points x

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  9. I've said right from the start to myself and to other blogger friends, you must love your blog and what you write about!

    A great round up of thoughts and I've nodded in agreement with them. x

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  10. This is a great post and I am making a start of clicking through from the email and commenting! It was lovely to see you again and I had a fantastic time.

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  11. great post, glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. Aw what a lovely post! And I love the fact that the main thing that comes across is that you have to love your blog - it's so true and such a positive thing to take away from it all.

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  13. A great read - i see #blogonMOSI was very popular again this year and i have noted my name down for next year already!
    Model Mummy x

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  14. I too am loving deepening my knowledge of the social media side of things through my blog. A lovely post and sounds like you had a good time.

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  15. I will have to go to this next time as I'm in the North West. I love reading about what people learn at blogging events.

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  16. Great post. I've never attended a blog event because I blog in English and am from the Netherlands, but I'm thinking of checking out if therés a blog event in the Netherlands that I may be interested in.

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  17. I really wanted to go to BlogOnMOSI but sadly it was that little bit too far for me. Sounds like Laura did amazing job and everyone has learned at least one thing to make their blog better

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  18. Brilliant! Each point, all 9 of them, have struck a chord with me. Shame I wasn't able to attend this year, but there is always next time. Btw, I see you are a GUMI Mum too xx

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  19. Super post with so much encouragement and advice. I'm really looking forward to going to Britmums this year and meeting everybody who is there, not just those people who I 'know' already :-)
    Love Vicky
    http://www.aroundandupsidedown.co.uk/

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  20. A lovely post, I sometimes get a bit overwhelmed and worried as my blog is a bit new and working full time I have to really dedicate time to developing it. Always wish I had more time most weeks! But keeping things going little by little, and every comment is always lovely to see.

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  21. A lovely post! Looks like everyone who attended managed to take a lot away from the event. I would love to attend blogonmoshi next year, I just wish it was a little closer to me. x

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  22. sounds like you had a good time - I will have to look up the conference for next year.

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  23. Super points well worth remembering. I think I need to be a bit kinder to myself when it comes to blogging, I can be very self critical. x

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  24. Great post and some of these things I needed reminding of

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  25. great points! the conference sounded really interesting! x

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