7 things I learned at Blog Camp

On Saturday, I went to Blog Camp with Tots 100 and have come away with a notebook full of notes, a head full of ideas and more motivation to do ‘stuff’ with my blog than I knew was possible.

It’s dangerous this blogging lark. I was ready to ‘give up’ back in January as I was suffering with a poor (blog) work-life balance but having taken some time to reflect recently and understand what I want from my blog, I’m even more determined to make a bloomin’ good go at it.

Blog Camp is always a fab blogging conference for me; it’s held in Birmingham city centre which is just a twenty minute train ride away from home, it’s in a city I know well and the ticket for the event is free (thanks to their event sponsors Wood Window Alliance.) I met up with my beautiful friend Lucy (of Mrs Bishop’s Bakes and Banter) and armed with an agenda and an empty notebook we were ready for the day ahead.


Here’s what I’m taking home from Blog Camp this year..

1) I need to really get to grips with my DSLR. I need to understand what ISO, shutter speed and F5.6 really means!

2) Pinterest is the future for bloggers. Pinterest users will search for content up to TWO months before key events (Mothers Day, Back to School, Halloween and Christmas) so this content needs to be ready and pinned at least two months before the event to capture the potential traffic!

3) Explain your pins on Pinterest. Using the description ‘cake’ of a birthday cake won’t help you get your images repinned, use full descriptions e.g ‘a moist chocolate and salted caramel layer cake ideal for birthdays with a rich chocolate frosting

4) You will see lots of familiar faces, say hello across a crowded room, promise to catch up after coffee / going to the loo / or the next session but then the sessions start and you miss them. But it’s okay, it’s completely normal at a blog conference as everyone tries to catch up with everyone and it’s just not possible!

5) When taking headshots, focus on the subject’s eyes and if they’ve got arms like sausages, make them stand with their upper arms against the side of their body with the lower arms out to the side (like a stick man!) it’ll make their arms appear slimmer. Thanks to Jen for taking this fab photograph of me during our session!

6) Focus on not wasting time instead of attempting to save time. Use keyboard shortcuts for repetitive tasks, close down social media when trying to write a blog post and use a timer if you’ve got lots on your to-do list to keep you focused.

7) Affiliate marketing is a great way to bring passive income to your blog. Use affiliates programs to tap into an income that could be yours if you spend the time setting it up so it works for you and your audience!

There is SO much to think about, many plans to put into place and lots and lots to do… best get cracking!

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  • Reply Mrs TeePot

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    23/05/2016 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Sarah Christie

    Ah Emma I am so sorry you have had a low with blogging and so glad you are feeling on top form again.Blog camp was amazing but it’s so hard to speak to all the people you want to isnt it? We almost need a blogging event just for mingling and chatting, I did a photography course this year and it has really helped me learning how the camera works and how to set the shot up inside the camera instead of relying on editing, I still have a way to go but feel more confident with my camera, that shot of you is gorgeous and pinterest blows my mind it is so exciting I think it is bar far my favourite social chanel x

    23/05/2016 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Carie

    It was lots of fun wasn’t it – hard to forget the sight of everyone trying out the “hold a giant subway’ post for headshot – I’m going to have to remember that the next time I need some done for work!!

    24/05/2016 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Mel

    We all have that low/high relationship with blogging, don’t we? I don’t think I’ve ever had a time with blogging when I’ve just felt it was all happening routinely. Funny, isn’t it? I’m glad you’ve got your mojo back though :) I lost mine before Christmas and I’ve had it back for a couple of months! Beautiful photos there, and great tips from the day. That weird posing with the arms when taking photos might sound odd, but I’m definitely trying it if I’m having a headshot taken! BlogCamp events are always my favourite, There’s always a real warmth and camaraderie about it. x

    24/05/2016 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Jo Sandelson

    Great tip about blogging arms! I’m getting more Bingo-wingey by the year so will stand like stick man through the next blog event. Might be tricky to raise a glass though :) I’d love to have been there but couldn’t get away. Glad you’ve had the gumption to get back in the saddle – it’s hard sometimes isn’t it with the work-life thing, I know it only to well. x

    25/05/2016 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life

    I am so glad that you have decided to stick with your blog as you know that your’s is one of my all time favourite ones. It sounds like you had a great day, I was gutted I had to cancel my ticket as it sounds like you learnt a lot and I really need a kick up the bum to get motivated with my blog xx

    03/06/2016 at 8:29 pm
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