Travel, Days Out & Events

Blog on MOSI – 2013

O….M…..G!!!!! Where to start?!

Today has by far got to be a complete eye opener for me into the world of blogging, I have learnt so so much and met SO many wonderful and friendly bloggers today.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Manchester Museum of Science and Industry for offering such a splendid location for our event and wonderful refreshments. Without them who knows where we would have been today, but certainly would not have been able to beat anything they provided for us, so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Secondly and most importantly, a huge and mahhooosive (!!!!!!!!!) THANK YOU to Laura Seaton, (aka Tired Mummy Of Two / Blogs Up North). Who without her today would never have happened what so ever, I wouldn’t have learnt so much and to be quite honest I would have quite possibly given up blogging sometime ago! So from the bottom of my heart Laura, thank you so so much and I hope you enjoy your gifts from all of us, you deserve them!

Soooo, back to today!

After an insanely early start, for a Sunday, I arrived into Manchester Deansgate and met Amanda (@lifewithasd) and Angela (@Ang_thisislife) and walked to MOSI, 2 very friendly and welcoming women. I also learnt that Amanda, like me, has also been blogging a couple of months.

We arrived at MOSI, where we were issued badges to introduce ourselves to other people with a coloured sticker on. After a brief doodling session, designing my badge I met up with Tina (@TheMotherGeek) and had a wander around, entering the raffle and meeting people from various brands.

I particularly enjoyed talking with Legoland, purely due my recent addiction to Lego… or should I say my sons love for Technic Lego, which he is too young to build and I have to do for him! I learnt that one kit we own and I am currently building is from 1993!

I also met people from Laithwaites Wines, Clic Sargent, Sealife Centre Manchester, Kaleidoscope, Hillary’s Blinds, The Essential One, Swizzels Matlow, Vitamix, Sodastream and Black Sheep Wool.

The timetable for events today was really well organised, first of all at 11am we had an Introduction and Photography session with Laura and John (@floyduk), I really learnt alot from the photography session and hoping to put my new tips into some use in the near future (hoping the husband reads this and buys me a swanky new camera for my photography).

Next it was the 1st session of which I attended “Building Relationships” with Cat, Liz and Dan from Push On. I’m so glad I attended this session first as a beginner I really feel I have learnt some really useful tips on liaising with PR’s and Brands.

Next it was lunch, and another oppourtunity to mingle with brands….. or sample a few Soda Stream drinks as I did, throughout the day I tried, Cola, Lemon and Lime, Pink Grapefruit, Elderflower and Mojito. Of which I actually can’t decide which was my favourite, I really enjoyed them all.

After lunch I attended the “Beautiful Blogging” session with Helen & Annie. I found this session informative but at times rather confusing as parts of this session did focus on WordPress blogs. But from this session I learnt that to gain blog love for myself I need to be visiting other blogs (as I already do) but leaving comments (which I don’t *epic fail moment*) as leaving comments promotes my blog to then encourage people to visit my blog and do the same.

Then we had another break, to mingle with brands and other bloggers. Of which attended my colour session and tried my hand at Crochet, and came home with a ball of wool and a crochet needle and I am looking forward to attempting again!

Then was time for our 3rd and final session “Law & Lies” with Mummy Barrow, Emily and Rahul (from Carat Media). I was rather sceptical of this group to start off with as I am still so new I thought it would confuse me completely but I found this exceptionally interesting and found that I understood 90% of what was being discussed, this I was happy with.

Finally was our photography roundup and goodbyes talks. Followed by the raffle and collection of our goody bags before departing for home.

My stash of goodies from today’s event.

I am really looking forward to BlogOn2014 now and shall be booking my tickets as soon as they are available!


  1. Rebecca Bodkin

    1st August 2013 at 7:03 am

    @Jenny @ TheBrickCastle it was lovely to meet you too. Roll on Blog On 2014!!!

  2. Jenny @ TheBrickCastle

    31st July 2013 at 8:56 pm

    It was lovely to meet you, I remember you did look a bit nervous when you walked in, but then so did most people! I cheated, I got a lift down with Sim and we were there really early, so no-one saw my nervousness ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Rebecca Bodkin

    24th July 2013 at 9:28 pm

    @Mummy of two I didnt take half as many as i intended too…. what you see is really what i took.

  4. Mummy of two

    24th July 2013 at 9:26 pm

    It was fabulous wasn’t it – look at all of those photos you took, I didn’t get around to taking any!

  5. Rebecca Bodkin

    24th July 2013 at 7:34 pm

    @Lisa H I followed most of it… all the questions I had ive directed at Tina (mothergeek) and shes helpes me tons. We’ll catch up next year.

  6. Lisa H

    24th July 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Sorry we didn’t really get to talk, but I’m glad you had a good day. I have to say much of the legal stuff went over my head so well done you for following it! Great round up x

  7. MrsShilts

    24th July 2013 at 8:20 am

    Great round up Bex, was lovely to see you again! x

  8. Rebecca Bodkin

    23rd July 2013 at 9:17 pm

    @Angela Cheung Haha, i think we were on the same train. All very coincidental. Lovely to meet you, bring on Blog On 2014!!!

  9. Angela Cheung

    23rd July 2013 at 8:59 am

    Aww thank you for the lovely mention Bex! Was so funny that we might have been on the same train when we all tweeted at the same time as Amanda! Next time we should meet up and travel together! x

  10. Rebecca Bodkin

    22nd July 2013 at 9:33 pm

    @Julia England Was an absolute fantastic day, the day just flew by. Deffo see you in 2014!! x

  11. Rebecca Bodkin

    22nd July 2013 at 9:32 pm

    @Pinkoddy Thanks hun, i really had an amazing time, so so much better than anticipated. I was on a complete high when i got home, i had to type about my day!

  12. Julia England

    22nd July 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Lovely write up x It was a great day wasn’t it ? Catch you in 2014 x

  13. Pinkoddy

    22nd July 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time and learned a lot – well done on getting a post up so quickly, as am sure many others will appreciate it.

  14. Rebecca Bodkin

    22nd July 2013 at 12:27 pm

    @Rahul Titus Thank you Rahul, I will possibly have some questions over time as im fairly new and still learning lots. X

  15. Rebecca Bodkin

    22nd July 2013 at 12:26 pm

    @Red Rose Mummy thank you hun. It was a busy day all round. We’ll have a good natter next time x

  16. Red Rose Mummy

    22nd July 2013 at 10:22 am

    So glad you enjoyed it Bex,sorry we didn’t get chance to chat properly. Great summary of the day.

  17. Rahul Titus

    22nd July 2013 at 8:59 am

    It was lovely meeting you. Glad you enjoyed the session. If you have any more questions, drop me a line, more than happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Rebecca Bodkin

    22nd July 2013 at 5:16 am

    @amanda walsh and you too hun!! X

  19. amanda walsh

    21st July 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Was lovely to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.