I’ve been very excited at the thought of going to the Tots100 Blog Camp, firstly because it was my first ever blog event and secondly because it was my first day off on my own for well over a year. It was an early start to catch the train but I was wide awake and looking forward to the prospect of being able to sit down for nearly two hours with a hot cuppa and a chance to just relax and watch the world go by, or read, or write blog posts – or whatever I wanted to do! Bliss.
Whilst I was also very excited about meeting up with lots of lovely bloggers who I’d got to know online, it was a strange feeling to be meeting up with people who I’d never met before but who I knew so much about – like meeting up with old friends but they were strangers too.
I enjoyed the workshops from the day – learning about working with brands, being encouraged to have confidence in my own voice as a blogger, getting tips on how to get the most out of the settings on my camera and how to take better portraits. The portrait photography session was my favourite – consisting of several different stations with photo challenges where I’d pair up with another blogger for a couple of minutes, take photos and then we’d both move on to different stations for the next challenge.
Here are some of the things I took away from the day:
- Be confident – you are a new voice and a unique voice. You have a story – don’t be afraid to share it but don’t feel you have to share everything about you either.
- Be professional – understand the expectations when working with brands – if you can’t deliver something to the expected deadline, let people know as soon as possible or don’t take it on in the first place! Communication is key.
- Do a good job – check your spelling, your grammar and edit posts. You are your own editor.
- Images – move the clutter in the background, make sure there is good lighting. A good tip I learned from the photography workshop is to ‘expose for the highlights’ – if the background is bright, half-push the camera button down to set the exposure on the darker area of the subject.
- Be nice
I had a fabulous day overall – I met so many other lovely bloggers and it was wonderful to be able to put faces to the blogs and also to meet bloggers whose blogs I hadn’t yet come across too. It was also great to have a day of being ‘me’ and not just ‘mummy’ (although I was thankful for hubby’s regular photo updates throughout the day which reassured me that my babies were fine and enjoying their day with daddy. And as lovely as it was to have a day for me, getting back home to two little girls who were very eager for cuddles having missed their mummy was just the icing on the cake(plus it was a huge relief to feed Sophie after being away all day – fellow breastfeeding mamas will know just what I mean here!)