Blog On MSI 2017

One of the highlights of my blogging calender is the biennial Blog On Conference in Manchester. Blog On is organised by Laura of Tired Mummy of Two and her fantastic team of fellow bloggers and it is held of the Museum of Science and Industry.

The conference is well attended by lots of diverse brands and PR companies, so the networking opportunities are great, and there are also some brilliant sessions where you can learn everything from photography and blog planning to improving your social media or how to monetize your blog.

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Blog On MSI – Winter 2016

A couple of weeks ago I attended my very first Blog On MSI Conference, and as a newbie I felt a mixture of excitement and apprehension because I didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say however I was not disappointed!

Blog On MSI is a day long networking event that links Bloggers, brands and PR Companies. With varied workshops, plenty of opportunities to mingle with PRs and meet other Bloggers, competitions and raffles, delicious food and a fabulous Goody Bag to top it all off, the day really is a must if you blog.

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BloggingSOS: Growing Your Blog

Most people begin blogging simply because they want to write or have a creative outlet and the idea that they may get a few readers is really an afterthought. After a while however you may decide you want to reach out to more people, connect with brands, or even monetize your blog, and that is where figures become more important. Until now your biggest decision was your blog name, but now you may be asking “how can I grow my following further?” and that is the subject I’ll be looking at today in my third installment of my #BloggingSOS series.

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BloggingSOS – Blog Design

In January I launched my #BloggingSOS series in which I aim to share some of this tips I’ve picked up along my own blogging journey and my first post looked at dealing with brands and PR companies.

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In my second installment of #BloggingSOS i’m looking at blog design and how you can create a blog that is easy to read, attractive and showcases your subject matter in the best way possible. Design of course is a very personal thing however there are a few things that can make the difference between a visitor to your blog become a regular reader or just clicking straight out and it’s those aspects I’ll look at today.

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BloggingSOS – Blogger’s Etiquette & Dealing with PR

This year I’m launching #BloggingSOS, a series of monthly posts helping you on the road to become a better blogger, whether it’s improving your photography or helping you understanding SEO there will be something for everyone.

I’m kicking off the #BloggingSOS series with a piece on blogger’s etiquette and how you can improve those all important relationships with PR companies.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in almost two years in blogging it is how to deal with PR companies positively and build great relationships with them. In my opinion it’s pretty straightforward; treat people with respect and they’ll return it. So far so simple, but having seen some recent examples of when a PR relationship has gone bad it would seem not everyone finds it as easy, so I’ve created a list of dos and don’ts to help you approach and respond to PR companies without getting blacklisted.

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Pic Perfect With Three – Photography Event

A couple of weekends ago I attended the Pic Perfect with Three smartphone photography event in Manchester, organised by Three and hosted by Aidan O’Rourke, who teaches photography, writes, and works as a freelance photographer for publications such as the Manchester Evening News (an interesting side note he’s also a German tutor, which is the language I studied at University).

As a professional photographer Aidan has all the ‘proper’ kit, but these days is not averse to using his Smartphone to capture that all important image, and that was what this course was about; getting the most of your photography, whatever devise you use.

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Blogger’s Survival Guide

Whether you blog full-time or it’s just a hobby, blogging is a serious business and demands a lot of your time. With that in mind today’s post is full of products and advice that will hopefully make your Blogosphere that tiny bit easier.

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Spending hours on front of a computer can give you dry eye, leaving your eyes feeling uncomfortable and tired. Optrex have a whole range of products geared towards keeping your eyes healthy, one of my favourites being the ActiMist 2 in 1 Eye Spray (RRP £15.99)* which is so easy to use and can be carried everywhere. Best of all it’s suitable for lens wearers. Due to family commitments I often blog at anti-social hours too, so having Oprex Rehydrating Eye Drops (RRP £3.89)* nearby to refresh my tired eyes really helps.

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North West Bloggers Event – July 2015

Living in a small town in East Lancashire I often feel, as a blogger especially, that it’s the back of beyond. Most of the large PR companies are based in London, as are the head offices of most well known brands, and consequently very few blogger events happen round here. Luckily the blogging community is amazing with many individuals who proactively go out to organise their own events and meet ups, and just two weekends ago I attended a brilliant event in Liverpool organised by two such bloggers Katie and Jenny.

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