Our weekend: Blogfest (Mumsnet blogging conference)


In these posts I normally give a little run-down of what we all got up to as a family at the weekend. However, this weekend was pretty much dominated by Blogfest – the annual blogging conference hosted by the popular parenting website, Mumsnet. This was on Saturday and I spent the whole day there.

I decided not to stay over and instantly regretted this when my alarm went off on Saturday morning at 5.10am. Ouch. And then when I stepped outside and the cold Worcester air hit me; it was utterly freezing! Two trains later and I arrived in London Euston at 9am and the lovely Julia from the blog Rainbeaubelle and the wonderful Karen from Mini Travellers picked me up and we all walked to the Blogfest venue together in the wind and rain!

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We met up with all of our other blogging besties when we arrived…there was a lot of hugging and chatting. It was so nice to see everyone.

For me the highlights of the day were the main stage events. David Baddiel (writer and comedian) in particular was hilarious, chatting about his tweets on twitter and how he manages his personal life and what he says within his tweets. I also thought Bridget Christie (stand-up & writer) was very funny, talking about managing her writing and her family life. And the real highlight was Shappi Khorsandi (stand-up & writer) who was brilliant and had the audience howling. Great line up this year.

To find out the full list of speakers please click here.

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David Baddiel (left) and Shappi Khorsandi (right)

Last year when I attended Blogfest it was my first ever blogging event – I had only been blogging around 6 months. I was nervous, overwhelmed and it took me days to ‘come down’ from it. There was SO much for me to take in. Back then my blog looked and felt very different to where it is now; I was very much finding my way in writing. I felt like a very small fish in a huge pond.


This time I felt more relaxed. I knew more faces; had more friends. And I definitely networked more than ever before.

In terms of learning, I probably didn’t learn quite as much as I did last time, because my knowledge has increased in the last 12 months, but there was a lot of inspiration from the main stage for me.

One thing that hasn’t stopped whirring around my mind since yesterday was the sense of passion and the love for writing that people had at the conference. All the authors, comics, stand-ups, journalists, bloggers etc, we all share the common love that is ‘creating’. When I sit in my home office and write my blog when the twins are in bed and Hubby is watching TV I often feel alone in my work. But going to an event like this and meeting like-minded people makes me feel more passionate about my writing – because so many other people feel the same.

The event has most certainly made me feel a part of something special and absolutely given me more motivation to keep going.

p.s. Huge apologies for the terrible photographs! The lighting was so dark and I hardly got my iPhone out all day! x



  1. November 22, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    I think not getting your iphone out is a sign that you were just having a great day, chatting and catching up with everyone and that’s what it is all about. I really am missing our chats, I must try and see you again soon. I’m glad you enjoyed it and I think the more you blog the less there is to learn technically from these events but the inspiration is always there xxx

    • Jess
      November 23, 2015 / 10:26 am

      I missed you so much lovely. Next time for sure. Loved our little chat on the train last time. Catch up soon xxx

  2. November 22, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    It looks like a fabulous day and there was definitely a fabulous line-up of speakers. I am so sad I missed it and didn’t get to see all my blogging besties. But I am going to experience it vicariously through posts like this. It is amazing how much our blogs have changed since last year’s Blogfest. Your blog is stunning Jess and your writing is absolutely brilliant. You have a truly inspirational blog. Definitely keep doing what you are doing lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • Jess
      November 23, 2015 / 10:24 am

      Thanks so much lovely lady and we missed you so much. Hoping to catch up with you really soon and give you a big hug! xx

  3. November 23, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Like you, I didn’ t leanr much but there was so much inspiration from the main stage, it was fab. Glad you enjoyed too. Mich x

    • Jess
      November 23, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      Thanks and glad you enjoyed it too – such an inspiring day xx

  4. November 23, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    It was such a great day wasn’t it, really good to see you again and it is great getting us al together and being inspired isn’t it! Here’s to the next one xx

    • Jess
      November 24, 2015 / 7:25 pm

      Great to see you too lovely – thanks for meeting me at the station and was great to hug you xx

  5. November 23, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    I saw so many people tweeting etc about BlogFest and as a distant observer that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. I bet it was lovely to catch up with friends and thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. It’s always great to be surrounded by so many others who share a similar passion Xx

    • Jess
      November 23, 2015 / 1:33 pm

      It was lovely – fab to be part of it and definitely recommend a blogging conference to anyone xx

  6. November 23, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    It was a fun event wasn’t it! I felt the same in the sense that I didn’t really learn all that much compared to last year but it was nice to see some old faces and meet some new peeps too 🙂

    • Jess
      November 23, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      Oh nice to meet you! Glad we caught up and said hi 🙂 xx

  7. November 23, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    It sounds fab! I really need to get along to one of these, they just always seems to clash with other stuff (plus I’m a bit nervous!) Jemma x

    • Jess
      November 23, 2015 / 6:17 pm

      Don’t be! Next time we can nett up – they’re worth going xx

  8. November 23, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Jess, I took hardly any photos, I had the best day meeting up with some amazing friends and bloggers. I just loved David Baddiel he was so funny. And I most definitely felt much more relaxed this year. But of my how this year has flown x

    • Jess
      November 24, 2015 / 9:44 am

      Scary isn’t it? To think that we were all relatively new. Amazing what a difference one year makes! 🙂 xx

  9. November 23, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I think that’s the overall feeling I had from the day, being part of something big!

    • Jess
      November 24, 2015 / 9:43 am

      It is like a club and it makes me feel honoured to be a part of it xx

  10. November 24, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    It sounds so inspiring to a complete newbie blogger like me. Maybe next year I’ll have learnt more and have the courage to sign up!

    • Jess
      November 24, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      Ahhh you should – not intimidating at all and very inspiring 🙂 xx

  11. November 24, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I went to Blogfest a couple of years ago and I loved it. I do think that blogging conferences tend to be more about networking rather than learning once you’ve been around for a certain length of time.

    • Jess
      November 24, 2015 / 10:03 pm

      I think so. I definitely got a lot out of it but didn’t feel as my knowledge increased as much as last time. But the networking is fab xx

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