Yesterday I took a trip down to London to speak at Web We Want Festival, which I spoke about in a post earlier in the week.
I’m writing this on the 3 hour train journey back to Leeds and thought it would be a great opportunity to give you a bit of a re-cap about how the day went.
My train left Leeds at 7:38am, so I got there in plenty of time and got myself seated on my pre-booked seat.
Another girl came on and asked me if this train was going to London and I said yes.
The train set off and after a few minutes she came back and asked me if the train was direct as it had stopped and she had an interview at 11. I told her the train got into London at 9:50 and she said good. Then another passenger spoke up and said it didn’t, this train got into London at 11:30.
Apparently there were two trains from Leeds at the same time and we both got on the wrong one.
A man, who was a self-proclaimed train enthusiast, told us that we could get off in Sheffield and get a different train that would get us into London at 10:30.
So we ended up switching trains. I was pretty happy because this train had power plugs and my laptop was running on about 15%.
Chuffed until CONDUCTOR DOOM.
I was pretty sure that my train on the way back was a Virgin train and on the way there was an East Midland train. Wrong.
As I was on the wrong train, the conductor made me pay £16 for a change of route. I even tried to do my doe eyed please-feel-sorry-for-me look but she didn’t fall for it. Dick.
When we got to London, we decided which tubes to go on and separated. I hope she got to her destination okay.
After jumping on a few tubes and trying to act like I knew what I was doing, I got to the Southbank Centre and went to the Artists desk to sign in and get my wrist band.
It was around 11:30 and I didn’t have to be at the room our panel was in until 1. So I decided to get myself some dutch courage and ordered a white wine and a packet of crisps.
We wandered around a bit and then went to our panel room.
Here I found the highlight of my day.
THE LIFT SANG. I CAN’T EVEN. LIKE, TOTALLY. SYKE. LOL. Okay.
It was my favourite thing.
If you want to hear the lift of amazement, then see my instagram.
After getting over the lift excitement, we entered the room.
To be honest, I was pretty scared. I’ve never done a talk about blogging and it was scary to think that there were people looking at me for advice.
The other panelists were fantastic and such a wealth of information.
Samantha works within marketing and was able to offer a perspective from a PR’s point of view, but as a blogger she had an understanding of that side, too. Hayley is a full time blogger and had great advice about how to keep integrity with making money from your blog, amongst other things. She also has a fish that does tricks. Evan is a YouTuber so was able to offer any insight across that platform. Sarah did a great job at chairing the panel and leading the conversation so it was natural and not awkward.
— The Prosecco Diaries (@Sairey_bearey) May 30, 2015
After the panel, I went back to the foyer and got another glass of wine.
Then went back up to watch the second and third panel to do with blogging.
I learnt some interesting things during the talks that I either hadn’t thought about or didn’t know before:
- Replying back to a PR asking for their budget after being approached is a massive turn off for PRs and could ruin your chances of being contacted again in the future.
- Re-branding your blog can actually cause an increase in stats if you make it a talking point and create some fuss around it.
- The way you act on social media can have an impact on how PRs/brands view you.
After the talks were done, there was a blog event on which I had been invited to. I wasn’t originally going to go due to having to get the train back, but I went for 30 mins or so and it was pretty fun!
It was the SNOG frozen yoghurt bus on South Bank, I felt a bit bad about having to leave half way through to catch my train back to Leeds!
Which is where we are now.
I had a really good day. I was petrified of making a totally fool of myself and I think I managed to only do it a little tiny bit! It was fun to meet some other bloggers and see the other talks.
I’ll leave you now with the photos! Enjoy your Sunday 🙂