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If you follow me on Twitter you will have been aware that I was tweeting more than usual this weekend. The reason for my twitteryness (is that a word? I think it should be) was that I was at Blognix, a blogging meet-up in Birmingham with a great line up of speakers. The aim of the conference was to educate and inspire bloggers, as well as create a great atmosphere to forge new friendships with other like-minded people.

Did it deliver? Yes it did. With knobs on.

I’ve looked at other blogging conferences before, but they were either very expensive, too far away, or both. But with ticket prices for this Midlands-based event starting from just £35, it was an opportunity too good to miss.

After a very early start and a short journey on the motorway, we arrived at The Custard Factory where the event was being held. We donned our name badges, downed our coffee, inhaled ate our pastries and were ready to go.


Elizabeth from Rosalilium had organised the event and she kicked off proceedings with a great talk on how to build a strong blog brand. Drawing from her experience of building her own successful blog, she covered topics ranging from finding your niche to the importance of using an editorial calendar.

Next were talks from Hayley Constantine from Bonjour Blogger and Ahmed Ahmed from Dine Birmingham, who talked on Disclosure and Offline Events respectively.

After lunch we decided to see just what The Custard Factory had to offer and walk off all the good food we had been served at the same time.


Among the great shops, we found one called The Vintage Hideaway.


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The temptation to skip paying the mortgage and buy the entire contents of the shop was almost too great, but alas, we had other speakers to hear…

After an entertaining talk on the merits of podcasts by Sam Sparrow and Leah Rice of The High Tea Cast, the next two talks were the highlight of my day. First was Hayley Carr from London Beauty Queen talking about working with brands. She had so many great things to say I actually gave up on taking notes and just took photos of her presentation graphics instead (lazy, moi?). She was followed by a photography workshop by Lucy Heath from Capture by Lucy. She was so inspiring that I could have listened to her all day. With her practical tips and great delivery she made an hour seem like 5 minutes.


I got so much from Blognix, that on the way home my mind was buzzing with new ideas.

If you’re just starting out as a blogger, or are stuck in a blogging rut, I highly recommend that you go next year. Check out the Blognix website for more information or follow the hashtag #blognix14 on Twitter. If that still doesn’t tempt you, have a look at this cake table from the Blognix Bake-Off…



Finally, a big thank you to Elizabeth and all her team who worked so hard in making Blognix such a successful event. Go on, put your feet up!


jumpsuit, Primark (similar)/leather jacket TK Maxx (similar)/sandals

Michelle x

4 thoughts to “Blognix 2014

  • Melissa

    Hi Michelle

    It was so lovely to meet you on Saturday. Love the blog. Can’t wait ’til I’ve got a spare mo to delve through some older posts.

    Can’t believe that gorge jumpsuit is a Primark number! You looked lovely. As soon as I’ve solved my laptop situation, my post will be up.

    Hope you’re having a great week

    Mel xo

    • Michelle Cookson

      Aww, cheers me dears! Can you believe that jumpsuit was only £15!! I’d almost given up on Primark, but I think they may have lured me back….ha ha.

  • Elizabeth Holdsworth

    What a great post – I love your photos. I was too busy chatting at lunchtime to have a snoop around the shops, but I wish I’d had a look in the vintage places.

    I went to the other workshops, and they were so great, but if I go again next year, I will choose the two you went to!

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