27 Sep 2016

A Christmas Blog On at MSI

Blog On was back for a second time this year, and it was Christmas themed. So off I went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, decked out in my bright red Christmas jumper and a sparkly Santa hat. Yes, all in September.

I thought I was going to be over-dressed and make a complete and utter fool of myself. But Blog On (and Laura, Tired Mummy of Two, by extension) never fail to deliver on a promise. We were promised a very Christmassy Blog On, and that is exactly what we got. From cheeky elves to mince pies and jingle bells to Christmas crackers, it was a great way to kick-start this year’s festive season.

A Christmas Blog On at MSI

Blog On is more than just a blogging conference. Of course, you do brush up on your blogging technique with the many resourceful sessions that are scheduled throughout the day. More importantly, it is a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow bloggers, most of whom you only meet via social media or blogs all year long. I was delighted to catch up with the lovely Mel (LeCoin De Mel), Jane (Hodge Podge Days), Tas (Not My Year Off) and Kara (Chelsea Mamma), among others.

Blog On MSI is also the perfect place to meet some fantastic brands and PR agencies. This one, being Christmas themed, had the biggest turnout of brands at a Blog On ever. There were holiday companies (Jet 2, Canvas holidays, Carnival Crusises), Pr agencies (Carousel, Evolution), toys, food, the list goes on and on.

Networking apart, I had a blast taking part in the various competitions and posting selfies that I would never normally take in a million years. And getting my nails done. Sparkly golden, in keeping with the festive spirit.

No, I did not win anything, not even a sticker book in the tombola, but it did put me in a very happy place knowing all the money was going to a very good cause (Team Cowley). Plus, I walked away with a goody bag to beat all others.

Amidst all the fun and games, wine and cake, I did actually manage to attend some of the blogging sessions. The ones that stood out for me were both the keynote sessions. They were not actually blog-related, but were incredibly inspiring all the same. Liv and her story of Recovery was an inspiration. She spoke of her struggles with addiction and how she now helps others with their recovery.  

Darrell Woodman ended the day talking about the Art of Being Brilliant. I loved the positive energy he brought into the room. I especially loved the ‘Mood Hoover’ analogy he cited –people who suck the happiness out of everything. It reminded me a bit of the Dementors from Harry Potter, sucking life out of everything and everyone. His talk was a timely reminder to slow down and appreciate the positives in life, to count our blessings and to see the good in things. I have since pledged to make a note of 3 good, positive things that have happened through the day as part of my bedtime routine.

As for the blog-related stuff, I am hoping I have picked up enough tips to improve my You Tube and Instagram presence, and to make some money from my blog. Here are a few highlights from the presentations I attended:

  • Believe in yourself 
  • Know your worth
  • Find your tribe and help other bloggers
  • Network, network, network
  • If you start behaving confident, soon you will be confident

You Tube: 

  • Make it Your channel 
                                    - Use your voice
                                    - Keep to your style
                                    - Conside your audience
                                    - Creat your schedule
                                    - Remember your why
  • Plan, Produce, Promote
  • Engage with similar content
  • Collaborate
  • Pick your keywords wisely and use them everywhere
  • Use eye-catching thumbnails


  • Post regularly 1-3 times a day (but not too often)
  • Keep post subject consistent where possible
  • Join in with communities
  • Interact / engage
  • Think about your style consistency
  • Research your hashtags and use all 30 of them
  • Keep your favourite hashtags in notes, so they are easy to use

And here's a look a bloggers singing. The 12 Days of Blog On MSI parody will make you smile.


  1. What a great round up of the day. Love the tips you've embraced and are taking forward too. It was great to catch up with you, let's not leave it so long next time xx

  2. Thanks, hun. It was so lovely to see you again, too. And yes, definitely not leave a year between catch ups :) xx

  3. I'm pleased to hear that you picked up some tips and tricks to try from the YouTube session, I'm glad you liked it. And wasn't it just a great day for getting fired up about blogging? It was ace! x

    1. Thank you, Lucy. Your tips were really useful and I hope to build on what I learned on the day x

  4. It was a brilliant day, wasn't it? And oh my goodness, Laura did deliver. She is such an inspiration!! So nice to catch up (briefly!!) x

    1. Was lovely to see you again too, Mel. Need a proper catch-up sometime x

  5. Lovely round up and was great to see you. Glad you enjoyed the event

    1. Thank you Kara. Blog On never fails to deliver!


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