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An A – Z of Blogfest 2014: Part 1

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On Saturday, 8th November I headed to Kings Cross in London. I was armed with new boots, a new lippy, a new notebook and brand new shiny business cards. I was on my way to Blogfest 2014 and I was scared. 

Luckily, I had arranged to meet some wonderful fellow bloggers at Kings Cross train Station. These bloggers are women that I chat to daily on Twitter or Facebook. I know the ins and outs of their lives because they share them with me on their blogs. I’ve grown to love each and every one of them but I had never met them.

I was so worried that they wouldn’t like the real me. That the Mrs H that they had met through my blog was different from the Lucy that they were going to meet. 

 
I needn’t have worried. As soon as I announced myself to the group, I was pulled into numerous hugs. These women are my friends irrespective of how I met them.
 
Blogfest 2014 was amazing and I am really glad that I plucked up the courage to go. I have many highlights so this is (part 1 of) my A – Z of Blogfest 2014:
 
A is for Arabella Weir – This woman was feisty and hilarious and a perfect member of the “How to find your funny” panel. I wish I had her courage and her comic timing.

B is for bloggers – D’oh! Sorry to be obvious. Over 450 bloggers attended with the aim to learn how to become bloody brilliant bloggers.

C is for champagne – I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Taittinger for composing the best tweet of the morning. I believe that I purely won because my tweet include a rude (but biologically accurate) word. 

On my way home with a bottle of champagne to keep me company. 

D is for decisions – I desperately wanted to attend the panel discussion “beauty blogging – behind the make-up”. It featured two of my favourite beauty writers, Sali Hughes and Caroline Hirons. I am not a beauty blogger and so I made the sensible decision to attend the panel “can blogging change the world”. This was a brilliant session but part of me still wishes that I had been able to hear Caroline Hirons and Sali Hughes.

E is for exhaustion – I arrived home at 21.00 and I was exhausted. I am a stay at home mum and have not done anything like this since going on maternity leave. I left the venue with brain overload and that was exhausting.

F is for friends – I have made some amazing friends from writing my little blog. Before Saturday, I had never met these ladies. Yet, I feel like I have known them for years and I hope that I will know them for many years to come.

Wonder women. From left to right: Kat from at Beautwins, me, Katy from What Katy Said, Karen from Stopping at two and Jenna from Tinyfootsteps. (Photo courtesy of the lovely Karen).

G is for gin – At the end of the day we were treated to a complimentary gin, prosecco and canapes reception. Unfortunately, I was on antibiotics and I wasn’t able to try the G&Ts. However, I was reliably informed (by some slightly squiffy friends) that the gin and tonics provided by Fever-tree were gorgeous.

H is for Hugo’s mummy – I started reading Leigh’s blog months ago. She is the most inspiring woman and writes immensely powerful posts about her gorgeous son Hugo and his legacy. I’ve been desperate to give her a hug. On Saturday, I was given my chance. Hugo has an amazing mummy and it was wonderful to finally meet her.

I is for inspiration – The whole day was inspiring. I returned home with a renewed passion for my blog. 

J is for joking – I have been bantering with a number of bloggers for months. We have shared jokes galore and made each other snort with laughter. As soon as we met up in Kings Cross the jokes began and they didn’t stop all day.

K is for kick-arse speakers – The Blogfest panels were filled with the most amazing speakers including Francesca Martinez, Camilla Batmanghelidjh, Sarah Vine and Nick Hornby. Everything they said was note-worthy. I learnt so much. But the main lesson that I took home with me was to believe in myself and to believe in my blog.

Check back soon for An A – Z of Blogfest 2014: part 2.

Hugs

Mrs H 

xxxx

P.S. Did you attend Blogfest 2014? What did you think? Have you got any suggestions for the second part of my A-Z?
P.P.S. I have linked this post up to Brilliant Blog Posts over on Honest Mum’s blog, #TheList with You Baby Me Mummy and Mum’s Days and lastly #SundaysStars which this week is being hosted by Heledd at Running in Lavender and Amy at Everything Mummy.

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Mrs H
    November 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I would recommend Blogfest to anyone. It was inspirational. My main piece of advice is to try and make friends with a group of bloggers beforehand and go together. I did this and it meant that I got to spend the whole day with wonderful friends. Thanks for commenting and I hope to see you at a blogging conference soon. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Dad Without A Map
    November 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Reading this makes me want to go to Blogfest next year. As a new blogger it sounds like a great place to meet people and get advice and you make it sound a lot less intimidating! Looking forward to part 2!

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    Heledd in Lavender
    November 18, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Already read this fab post and left you a comment but just read it again as I’m going through the sunday stars links. Still love the A-Z angle and looking forward to the next part.

    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars xxx

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      Mrs H
      November 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Ahhh, thanks honey. You are too lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Katie Haydock
    November 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Love this!!! I wish I could have been there, but reading this made me feel like I was 🙂 xx

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      Mrs H
      November 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment Katie. We missed you lots. Hopefully we’ll all get to meet up soon. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Mummy Tries
    November 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab time! Congrats on your win 🙂 I couldn’t go to BF but am very excited about Brit Mums next yeat #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      November 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      It was fun and winning a bottle of champagne was the icing on the cake. I’m all booked on Britmums too. Hopefully I’ll see you there. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Heledd in Lavender
    November 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Great post! I love the angle you’ve taken with the A to Z theme. I had the most amazing day and enjoyed meeting some brilliant women – including yourself! xxx

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      Mrs H
      November 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks honey. I wanted to do something different. It was lovely meeting you too. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Beautwins Blog
    November 14, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Brilliant, genius and fabulous! The blog post is fantastic too. Heart you muchly lovely. Xxx

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      Mrs H
      November 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Ahhhh, schucks. You’re too kind gorgeous. I’ve gone all shy now. Heart you most. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Miss M
    November 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Of course they loved you! It’s impossible not to!
    I love reading your blog, and I love how much pleasure you get out of it, so I’m thrilled that you enjoyed blogfest so much.
    I can’t wait to see you and Little Miss in 10 days.
    Love you millions xx

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      Mrs H
      November 22, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      I can’t wait to see you in a few days either. You are always too lovely about my blog. I adore you for that honey. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Honest Mum
    November 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Love this post and sad I missed it, had a blast celebrating my birthday and blogiversary and hope to make it next year, would love to meet you and fab Leigh too . Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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      Mrs H
      November 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks for commenting and for hosting #brilliantblogposts. It was a shame that you weren’t there. but it looked like you had an amazing day and night. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you at Britmums. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Leigh Kendall
    November 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Such a good idea to present the event in this way, love it! Thanks so much for the kind mention, I’m really touched. It was lovely to meet you, thanks so much for the hug.

    Hope the comment works this time…! xxx

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      Mrs H
      November 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Yay! The comment worked. It was lovely to meet you too. You are a wonderful lady and your blog is amazing. Hugo must be proud of his mummy. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    mumtoamonster
    November 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Fab post , I’m intrigued what your tweet was now

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      Mrs H
      November 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Ha ha! I’m not telling. My mum reads these blogs and comments. Thanks for commenting. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    ghostwritermummy
    November 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Fab post. I love H especially and hope to meet Leigh myself one day x x x x

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      Mrs H
      November 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Leigh is gorgeous. She is such a genuine, caring and wonderful lady. It was an honour to meet her. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    sarah Christie
    November 13, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Love it, amazing post, we had a fab day and I loved meeting you Mrs H xxxx

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      Mrs H
      November 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you honey. We did have a fab day, didn’t we?! And it was lovely to meet you too. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    amy cooper
    November 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    great post what a fab idea! can’t wait to read part 2 xx

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      Mrs H
      November 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks for your comment honey. It was lovely to meet you on the day. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    you baby me mummy
    November 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Great post hun! I loved meeting you. You are going to have fun with the 2nd half! xxx #BrillBlogPosts

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      Mrs H
      November 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Hello honey. Thanks for your lovely comment. It was lovely to meet you too and have a proper hug. You are awesome. Hugs Mrs H xxxx PS Yes, the second half was a little tricky! 😉

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    Karen (@karenjwhitlock)
    November 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I love this so much!!
    You have summed up every so well. And I am so happy to have met you and be able to call you a friend. I had such a great time at blogfest, part of that being how friendly and easy to get on with you are (and several other fab bloggers!)

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      Mrs H
      November 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks honey. It was a fab day, wasn’t it?! And the highlight was meeting you Wonder Women. You are awesome and I love you. When are we meeting up again?! Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Katy F
    November 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Course we love you! You are amazing! Love this, thank you for including me. Big hugs xxx

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      Mrs H
      November 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Ahhhh honey. What a lovely thing to say. You are amazing too and it was so fabulous to meet you. Big hugs back Mrs H xxxx

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    bettyandthebumps
    November 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Part of me really wants to go to either BlogFest or BritMums but I know I would feel ill the whole time I was there and I wouldn’t leave Gwenn overnight so I couldn’t really do the day justice (return trip to and from Newcastle? No thanks!)

    I always love reading the write ups from the conferences though so thanks for this one!

    x

    #brilliantblogposts

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      Mrs H
      November 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Hello and thank you for visiting my little blog. It was such a great event even though I felt sick to the stomach with nerves beforehand. You should try and see if there is a similar event nearer you. I’m sure you’d enjoy it and find it inspiring. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Jenna Richards
    November 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Yay, this is brilliant!

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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      Mrs H
      November 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Ahhhhh, thanks Jenna. Like you, I was trying to think of a different way to post about Blogfest. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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