13 Things I Learned At Blogstock 2015 – The Blogging Festival
This weekend the boyf and I pootled down the M1 to Aldenham Park, a delightful country park just outside Watford, to attend the second edition of Blogstock, a UK blogging festival.
Both of us were asked to speak at the event and had the pleasure of running our workshops inside the fabulous tipi tent.
Raj spent most of Saturday running one-to-one sessions in a bell tent kindly lent to him by the folks at Hertz UK before running is Creative Accounting workshop to help bloggers and freelancers start thinking like a business and doing their finances correctly.
I had the joy of kicking off the Saturday sessions with my session in the tipi on how to create an e-course. It went swimmingly well and I received some fantastic feedback. In fact, I had quite a few people collar me afterwards who had missed it asking if I’d help. So I’m thinking I might go over it again in a webinar next week.
It was also our first time sleeping in Deborah The Van. She’s not fully converted yet, in fact we’ve hardly got started as we’ve moving house. But it was fun to give it a trial run. And when I say fun I mean oh-my-word-we-were-freezing-cold. Yeah, we need to work on the insulation.
Otherwise, it was a fantastic festival full of really high quality sessions, inspiring bloggers, interesting brands, great food and an all round good vibe.
13 Things I Learned At Blogstock 2015
1. Use pillar content to create internal links keeping readers on your blog. – The Travel Hack
2. Being different in blogging matters. Celebrate weirdness and find your tribe. – ExploristaNL
3. “You’re not a blogger, you’re a business owner” if you want to monestise you need to change your mindset. – Travel Fashion Girl
4. Short step-by-step videos are a great way to launch a channel and grow your subscribers. – Deseo Beauty
5. Ask someone less blog-savvy to test your navigation. You want to make it as easy as possible to find information on your blog. – The Travel Hack
6. You should always be on top and informed of legislation and new changes in your industry. Consider signing up to your local Chamber of Commerce mailing list or your industry organisational body. – Kona Seven
7. Speaking to a room of engaged and passionate bloggers is not scary, but an inspiring experience.
8. If you provide free coffee when it’s cold out you’ll get queues to your tent. Good job Affilinet!
9. Sleeping in an uninsulated van is no warmer than in a tent. Brrrr…. thanks Deborah.
10. Sweet potato fries are ALWAYS the way to my heart. – Thanks Moku Beach!