When you walk into a building and are greeted by an enormous bear hug from Jen from The MadHouse you know that you are going to have a good day. What a welcome!
Last Friday was the second Blogcamp arranged by the Tots100 ladies held this time in Manchester. I’d had the conversation with my girls that morning about where I was going – Their Dad had told them I was going to work in Manchester which was strange enough for them as the furthest I usually travel for work is the local Asda. I told them I was going to a meeting with Cara about the internet (no time for explaining blogs to an 8 & 5 year old on the playground) – I wonder what the other Blogcamp delegates told their children they were doing?
Anyway, I digress – off we went upstairs to join the other 48 people – a really nice number for your first blogging experience. I have an inkling that Cybermummy next week might not be so cozy.
Sally Whittle from Tots100 welcomed and outlined what the day had in story (ooh so that’s what she looks like!) then we were off.
We had to do the dreaded ice-breaker where we stood up and said who we were – as a former trainer, I know how necessary this is but its still excrutiating – plenty of oohs and aahs here as we put faces to names. I’ll be honest and admit I’d never heard of a lot of the blogs – yay, new fodder!
The rest of the morning was taken up by presentations from Jen from A Little Bird and Maireann from Bangs and a Bun – brave ladies who held their own, particularly as 50% of us where on our phones tweeting to #blogcamp. We discussed starting off, making your blog your own and the funniest bit of the whole day from Muireann, getting negative comments. I could go on about what they discussed but this has been done by many other blogs and really I urge you to go to a blogcamp coming near you and experience it for yourself.
Time for a break and a lovely chat with Ruth from The Pink Whisk then we were right back to it!
We had presentations from Talk Talk about internet safety, Daffyd from Cite about Blog Design and Phil from The Red Rocket about relationships with PR. There’s loads of info about their presentations on the Tots100 site but I enjoyed them all.
And then the day ended – and we went to the pub! Well, downstairs. This was when I found out how friendly some bloggers are and how out of practice I am at making small talk. All good practice for Cybermummy.
A great day and many thanks to Sally and the team – Here’s to Blogcamp2!