I’m Going To Blog On Ice Breaker

Blog On is a conference especially for bloggers. It’s held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and I’ve been lucky enough to attend twice now. This year’s conference is almost here so I thought it was time to answer some ice breaker questions.

Although I’ve been twice it’s still a nerve wracking business wondering who’s who and where they blog. Ice breaker questions are a brilliant way to get know fellow attendees and make it all seem a little less daunting. Last year I arrived alone and tweeted to see if anyone would like to meet up. Thankfully they did and I met some lovely people I wouldn’t have otherwise known.

So here goes.

Share a recent picture of you

This is my most recent head shot. I might wear my hair down on the day depending on how it behaves in the morning.

Describe yourself in three words

Honest, Loving and Resourceful.

How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

In June I will have been blogging for 4 years on and off. I originally wanted to share the things I was doing to bring in a little extra income for our family. I soon realised wanted to have somewhere to document our family life and be able to connect with others at the same time. I’m rubbish at making friends in real life but found I could easily connect with people virtually.

What was the inspiration behind your blog name?

I had a YouTube channel called Wonderland Freebies before I started the blog and wanted to keep the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme alive I suppose. I have had some regrets about the name over the years but not any more. I was once asked by a fellow blogger where ‘Websterland’ was I replied “at my house” it gave me a good giggle.

What is the best thing to come from your blog so far?

The best thing is that blogging has pushed me right out of my comfort zone. I’m by nature an introvert and I definitely have hermit tendencies. Blogging has made me get out and meet people and face my social anxieties. It’s given me a voice, confidence and a strength I never knew I had.

Your most remembered thing from your childhood

Without a doubt it’s my Nan’s house. As well as it being my safe place it was full of ornaments and knick knacks. As you can image to a child it was like Aladdin’s cave, there was always something to look at.

Something interesting you might not know about me is . . .

I still have 3 of my baby teeth. My adult teeth never descended and I’ve seen them on several x-rays. Dreading the day they fall out.

Which social media platform best describes your personality and why?

Definitely Twitter because it’s as fast moving and scatty as my brain.

What is your happy song?

It’s a really cheesy one, it’s ‘Feels like I’m in love’ by Kelly Marie. I not usually a dancer but when that tune comes on I can’t help but get up and shake my stuff. The music just makes me feel so happy.

What is your favourite alcoholic drink

I don’t drink that often nowadays but it used to be a ‘Red Witch’ which is a mixture of Pernod, blackcurrant and cider.

What is your favourite cake?

Tough choice, it’s a toss up between Black Forest Gateaux and Bakewell Tart (if they can be classed as cakes).

What is your favourite takeaway dish?

Sweet & Sour chicken with fried rice, that’s so boring isn’t it. Every time I try something different I end up wishing I had ordered that instead.

Where is your dream holiday destination and why?

Hawaii because of the waves, the sky, the ocean, the mountains I could go on and on.

What would your superhero name be?

The Multi-tasking Marvel because I’m shit hot at completing 20 different tasks at once.

If you had a magical power, would you want to have and why?

Mind control, just imagine being able to get your kids to play nice and give you a minutes peace all with the power of thought.

What one weapon would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?

I refuse to answer this one as I’m petrified of the ‘Z’ word.

If you could send something into space, what would it be? 

The Kardashian’s maybe or celery I dislike they both as much as the other.

What would you have on your gravestone?

‘I hope there’s Wi-Fi where I’m going’

You make headline news around the world in 2 years time… but for what reason?

Getting rid of the Kardashian’s by zooming them off into space perhaps ?

If an EMP wiped out all mechanical forms of transport, how would you get to BlogOn?

I don’t live that far from Manchester so I would borrow a push bike and cycle my way there.

I really enjoyed writing that and I can’t wait to meet you all there.

#BlogOnMSI – My First Blogging Conference Experience

Next month I will have been blogging for 3 years but it’s only really the last 12 months that I have felt like an actual blogger, I’ve dipped my toes in and out so many times even closing my blog completely at one point  but I kept coming back to it which tells me that it’s what I’m meant to do, I love to write and after many years of shutting off from the world I love to share so this year I decided it was time to pull up my socks and attend a blogging conference for the first time.

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I had thought about going to Blog On in Manchester as it’s local to me and I thought it would be a great place to meet other bloggers and learn how to improve my blog, I kept putting it off but when I saw there were tickets left for this year I booked them without thinking twice and I’m so glad I did.

Blog On is run by Laura Seaton who blogs at Tired Mummy Of Two and her team of volunteers.

Last Sunday armed with my suitcase (for all the goodies) and a note of which sessions I wanted to attend I made my way inside the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, I’m so glad it was held there as I’ve been visiting since I was a child and it feels very familiar to me.

I had been following the hashtag #blogonmsi all weekend and although a little nervous I was also excited, I was ready to learn new things that would help take my blog a little further and I couldn’t wait to meet the bloggers who I have only ever had virtual conversations with, I also couldn’t wait to meet Di Coke I’ve been a comper for almost 14 years and her advice and enthusiasm has been invaluable and has helped me win a few competitions over the years.

I headed straight for the loo behind two ladies and I recognised one of them from a picture of her shoes she had posted on Instagram earlier. She must have thought I was a right nutter when I asked her if she was the blogger I thought she was because I recognised her shoes!  She was lovely and friendly and told me there were a crowd of bloggers waiting in the museum coffee shop, it was in there that I met up with another lovely lady who takes part in the same weekly linky as me and I ended up spending most of the day with her which was really nice.

I can honestly say that even when I was standing alone every single person had a friendly smile or a hello and I also met some lovely bloggers who even knew who I was which shocked me as you never think anyone is reading really.

The sessions I attended included

  • How to make your blog attractive to brands (Portland Street)
  • Earning beyond the blog (Emily Leary-A Mummy Too)
  • Hosting competitions (Di Coke -Super Lucky)

Every single one of those sessions taught me so much, I have pages of notes and have already started implementing some of the advice. I wanted to attend a session about Pinterest but I got so distracted by all the wonderful brands and their very interactive stands that I missed it.

I was so nervous about approaching brands as it’s new territory for me but I needn’t have been worried as they were all so friendly and I came away feeling so much more confident, playing in the giant Swizzels Matlow ball pool certainly helped.

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As well as the sessions drinks, snacks and lunch were all included and even a glass of wine towards the end of the day and not to mention the amazing goody bags , I really don’t know how they pack so much value into the price of the ticket. You certainly get so much more than you paid for and the museum is a fantastic venue.

This amazing cake not only looked beautiful it tasted delicious too.

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I won a few prizes on the tombola and one prize on the raffle which I was delighted with, there were so many awesome generous brands who donated prizes and the items for the goody bags we were all really spoilt, I’ve included some photo’s but I took so many it would be impossible to show you everything.

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I could go on all day, I could include so much more in this post but what I really want to sum up is that if you have never been to a blogging conference before then Blog On MSI would be a fantastic place to start you really won’t regret it, there might be another one coming up for Winter this year and I will definitely be there.

Angela xx