Things I learnt at Birmingham Blognix

Yesterday was a day I have looking forward to for a few weeks now. It was the day of Birmingham Blognix!

Although I was very nervous about not knowing anyone I was also really excited!! And I didn’t need to worry as everyone was lovely!

My first challenge of the day was getting my cake – which was too big for the tin – on the train into town and successfully to the Custard Factory in one piece.

My Blognix Coffee Cream Cake

It was a great location/room for us bloggers to gather and between us we had a rather full table of cakes! This was for a baking competition, which was such a fun extra element to the day!

Lots of cakes

Throughout the day we listened to brilliant talks by some fantastic bloggers and enjoyed an amazing indoor picnic for lunch!

indoor picnic

blognix room

I wrote LOADS of notes throughout the day and was truly inspired by all the others bloggers. And so – here is my summary of what I learnt a Birmingham Blognix:

  • Bloggers like tea
  • And they really like cake.
  • They dont like Nick Grimshaw.. I actually don’t mind him on the breakfast Show, but it seems I am in the minority :)
  • Bloggers are a really friendly bunch
  • Did I mention they like cake?
  • Indoor picnics are fun – I want to have them every week
  • Everyone loves a cat pic!
  • There are lots of ways to reuse content and share with different audiences via different social media channels
  • Social networks can be used to create a community with your followers and readers and give a little ‘behind the scenes’ look into you and your life.
  • I need to embrace the power of Google+
  • If you love a brand share your posts about them with them and start a relationship
  • With smaller brands with less budget explore what you can do together, which benefits both them as a brand and you as a blogger
  • Make all contact info easily available on your site – Ideally nice and prominent in the sidebar
  • Include category navigation in the sidebar, so readers can easily find the content which interests them the most
  • A good width for your site design in 960px – which is good for lots of devices
  • There are lots and lots of free and low cost design tools available for making your blog look pretty and lovely!

There was so much to take in and I am left feeling eager, inspired and motivated to keep working on improving my blog each day and building great relationships with my readers…’Hello you, thanks for reading’!

Did you go to #Blognix? I would love to know which top tips you picked up from the day too!

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10 Responses to Things I learnt at Birmingham Blognix

  1. Louisa June 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Fab summary and great photos of the day!
    I wrote so many notes and left with lots and lots of ideas – all of the speakers and other bloggers were so inspiring!

    Hope Elizabeth holds another blognix next year! :-) x

    • Sarah June 10, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      Yes and me!!

  2. Emma June 10, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I think I’m still on a cake comedown. Was so nice to chat to so many lovely bloggers!

    • Sarah June 10, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Haha I bet there were a lot of blogger sugar comas on the way home!

  3. Ashleigh June 10, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Hey lovely! Was great to meet you on Saturday, hope you got home safely? I managed to get lost upon the Birmingham streets and went riiiight through the town centre, it was a terrifying experience, next time I shall get the train! I have done a little post on my lessons from the day too here: – if there’s another Blognix I hope to see you there! Keep in touch xx

    • Sarah June 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Hello! Yes busy train home but was ok…and I have loads more cake to keep me company :) See you again soon!

  4. Ashleigh June 10, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Nooo, wrong link! It should be – would help if I could remember my own titles!!

    • Sarah June 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm #


  5. Kat got the Cream June 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    I love this summary: tea, cake, cats pretty much sums us up :)

    So glad you liked my buns (!), for some reason I didn’t get around to half-inching any of your amazing looking Rolo cake. What a mistake!!

    Hope to see you at the next meet up one day.

    Kathryn x

    • Sarah June 12, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Thanks Kathryn. Will hopefully see you again soon! x

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