It’s been a seriously busy blogging week despite the fact that I’ve posted little content (sorry!!) A week ago I was lucky enough to attend the first ever Northern Blogging Awards in Manchester. Nominated to win the award of best Mummy blogger, it was the perfect excuse to get all dolled up, leave the kids with Grandma and head out for a night of dinner, prosecco and dancing.
Although I was disappointed not to win, I wasn’t a bit surprised as the accolade went to the lovely Katie from Pouting in Heels. It was Katie’s blog that actually inspired me to start my own and it was an honour to even be nominated in the same category. The best part of the night was the buzz around the talent up North. Bloggers, vloggers, prolific pinners, social media enthusiasts and influencers from every genre were there together celebrating the amazing talent up here where it’s always Winter. A really top night and one that I was proud to be a part of.
I also attended BlogOn this week – a conference for bloggers held in Manchester (at this point I may as well just move there I think!) I had the best time catching up with some of my favourite people and meeting new faces.
Highlights included the ever beautiful Harriet from Toby & Roo sharing her Instagram secrets with us, learning about the exciting advances in Live social media streaming and getting to know Sammi-Jo who blogs at Mother Freckle (and who won best newcomer at the Northern Blog Awards!).
Being surrounded by so much talent, vision, drive and success is always going to be a recipe for inspiration and that’s exactly how I felt when I walked away that evening. It’s exactly why I make the effort to attend these kinds of events and I would encourage any bloggers to do the same if they can.
So what is next then for the blog? Well first up I’ve decided to focus a lot more on my video content – YouTube is a space that gets my creative juices flowing (ugh that sounds weird) and I am going to kick the ass out of October by posting a video each and every day. Apparently this is called Vlogtober… but we will skip over that. I’d love you to head over and give me a little support whilst I carry my camera round and open my life up to you guys. You can find my channel here. If you have any suggestions for video content then just drop me a line in the comments box below.
After listening to a talk by Sara-Jayne on photography and literally obsessing over her beautiful images, I realised that I want to put a lot more effort into my own family photography and possibly pursue it as an actual hobby alongside the blog. I adored the fact that she said she captures and edits her photographs as moments in time of her children, not forced staged smiles but real emotions and actions and I can totally relate to feeling like this. I often look at my children and want to capture them just as they are in that moment. I don’t know the first thing about photography though so watch this space to see how I get on.
Other than that, I’m just planning on blogging my way through this crazy life of mine. Being a working parent is really tough, there is so much pressure on us to get everything right and we often feel we are actually just getting everything wrong. Any support or encouragement we can give to each other along the way remains my top priority for the blog and I hope that you continue to enjoy it. With this in mind I have set up a Facebook community for working mums which you can find here – The Working Mums Club. It’s intended to be a support group to all working mothers who are juggling jobs, families and exhaustion. Come along, share your wins or woes, have a laugh and chat to likeminded mothers who just get what you are going through. Don’t forget to enjoy it and to invite other mothers along too.
See you soon for another blog