My First Blogger’s Award Season

When I started my blog last year the hype of the blogging awards had just started.  It all washed over my head as I was still getting to grips with the basics; well to be honest I still am!

At the end of last week the MADS2016 and BIBS2016 opened their doors to the nominations and I’m really excited to be able to be a part of it this year.

Through social media and some wonderful events I have had the pleasure to meet some wonderful Bloggers and read their fantastic blogs.  Each one offers something different and each writer has their own unique style.  This has made me gravitate towards these and go back to read certain ones time and time again.

I’ve actually found it hard to think about the category that I would fit into as I don’t really have a niche.  With a large family with big age span I tend to cover a vast range of subjects making my blog as scatty as me!

This said, if you have enjoyed reading my blog over the past year I would love to have your support by clicking on one of the links below and giving me a nomination.  

I’ve put all my heart and countless hours into my new found love and knowing that others enjoying reading as much as I love writing would make it all worthwhile!

For the BIBS fresh voice, photo or family seem to best suit and lifestyle, preschool or photography would be great for MADS best use of photography or lifestyle would be fantastic!

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My First Blog Camp:Blog Camp Vibe

With a mixture of nerves and exitment I stepped off the underground into the hustle and bustle of East London and with the help of some other blogging Mummy’s I made my way to my very first blog camp.

One of the best things I have found about starting my blogging journey is the huge amount of wonderful people I have started to meet online and now actually in person.  I have been so surprised by how open people are to help you out with problems and help you succeed in this huge blogging world. 

Blog Camp Vibe took my eye as it was geared towards Blogger’s who wanted to move their blog onto the next level and make it into something to earn money from rather than just a hobby.  I had originally started my blog as somewhere to document my family’s life and share our adventures with others.  This is still predominantly why I write but it takes a huge amount of time away from my family so I now feel I need to make it a source of income to.

The day was filled with lots of truly inspirational speakers that gave me lots to think about and that bit more drive to keep pushing onwards and upwards.

The majority of speakers had made the long journey from Israel to come and speak and it was two ladies from @roco_runs that  caught my attention with their huge passion for everything they do.

Roco Runs started with a few women that made a promise to run together everyday and documenting it as they go.  They run, they jump, they dance and they pose.  Their tag line is ‘running is a journey not a destination’.  This really stuck in my mind and now I’m a avid follower of their huge Instagram page.

Their Page has gained a huge 63k followers in only 2 years and this number is forever growing.  To me their stories and beautiful pictures would capture the hearts of many women out there and I know this brand will go from strength to strength.

Another stand out speaker of the day for me was by the wonderful Capture By Lucy.  When I first started blogging her stunning Instagram captured my heart and I was over the moon when I saw her take to the stage as I would love to be able to create an Instagram page even half as wonderful as hers.

I know that I’m real photo spammer and if I take somthing I like I plaster it across every social media platform, smothering them with every hashtag I can.  Lucy told us we need to become ‘photo snobs’ and be very picky about the ones we chose to share on our Instagram feed. 

I have taken on board every tip she gave and have now made my profile pic more personal, I’m trying hard to only share special pics for Instagram and I’m trying to find a filter that suits my style and stick to it.

I really liked the point Lucy made about Instagram being like looking through a magazine and I really want to change things around and try and create this for myself over the next few months.  I thought about all my favorite feeds and Lucy is right, the ones that really catch my eye are very fluid and calming and have a very set theme.  It’s a work in progress for me but hopefully I will get there soon.

The whole day was filled with wonderful tips from beginning to end. That coupled with spending time with lots of friendly, likeminded people and plenty of coffee and tasty cakes my first blog camp experience has been one to remember.

Have you been to a blog camp? How was it for you?