Find out about the different speakers joining us at #BlogOnX this year. We have a mixture of industry professionals and experienced bloggers sharing their knowledge.
Grace has been blogging at Eats Amazing since 2012. After training as a musician, and then as an accountant, she finally found her passion in the subject of children’s food – her blog is all about creating healthy, nutritious food with a fun twist. Whilst it started as a fun hobby, blogging, photography and social media soon took over her life and now Grace works around the clock juggling Eats Amazing and the Eats Amazing Shop with full time parenting – life is rather crazy but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Grace lives in Hampshire with her husband, 2 boys and a very large pile of lunch boxes!
Sara-Jayne is a Mickey Mouse loving, professional wrangler of three small blond boys and two mischievous Siberian Huskies. A former insolvency lawyer turned photographer, you can see life through her lens over at Keep Up With The Jones Family.
Sara-Jayne adores Chocolate Oranges, Welsh rugby, and collects 1950s dresses with impractically huge petticoats. Being a Disney Bride, she also suffers from Mary Poppins syndrome and constantly feels the need to have things practically perfect, which in her life is practically impossible. Sara-Jayne smiles constantly and is apparently widely thought of as a goody-two-shoes, although she recently discovered a rather evil side whilst playing Cards Against Humanity with Laura and friends in Scotland.
Lucy started her blog, Capture by Lucy, in 2012 as a way of sharing family life with their two young boys, blogging about craft activities, easy recipes and family celebrations. Slowly, as the boys went to school, her blog became less focussed on the children and more about her passion for photography, weekends away, family holidays and their move to the countryside. Thanks to the blog Lucy works as a professional photographer, content creator for much loved brands and finally, after lots of dreaming, in 2016 launched a backdrop store, selling vinyl photo backdrops to both amateur and professional photographers and videographers as well as magazines and design studios all over the world.
Molly Forbes is a blogger, journalist and presenter with a passion for positivity, confidence and body image chat. She also likes wine, cheese and binge watching episodes of Queer Eye on Netflix. Molly can be found talking about body confidence, self love and acceptance - with a healthy dose of mum life anecdotes - at www.mothersalwaysright.com. She regularly appears on mainstream media chatting about all of the above, most recently talking about new mum body image issues on Radio 1’s Newsbeat.
Emily Leary is a writer and presenter, as well as a busy mum of two with a love of all things creative.
Her blog, A Mummy Too, began in 2011 and now shares daily recipes, tips and video guides for anyone who believes a shortage of spare time shouldn't mean you can't enjoy beautiful, delicious things.
Sophie Mei Lan Hale
Confidence in presenting
Sophie Mei Lan is a multi-award-winning journalist, film-maker and blogger who has worked for local and national press, achieving international acclaim for her work.
She is a trained broadcast journalist, editor, publicist and runs several businesses (Evoke Media Group / Blog Up North / The Hepworth Café), so she knows all too well about pitching and "selling yourself."
Sophie has also presented her own documentaries for ITV news, Bauer Media and Channel 4 News. She's always telling stories be it her own or other peoples!
Creating awesome Go-Pro Videos
Alex is a 30 something year old Visual Designer by day. Some of you may know him as the other half of Hannah from What Hannah Did Next. He is a Dad to 3 kids and he loves to take photos and document his life through videos.
His main passion is YouTube where you can find his channel here, https://www.youtube.com/
Writing a book and getting it published
Becky Goddard-Hill worked as a children’s social worker and had her own small psychotherapy practice before becoming a mum. She has 2 kids, Frankie and Lisi age 14 and 11. Deciding she wanted to stay home with her kids she changed career and became a blogger and an author and has now been writing for over 10 years. Becky has 6 blogs ( well 11 really but only 6 really active ones!) and she write about everything from food to fashion, frugality and family. Her favourite thing to write about though is emotional health and wellbeing hence the new book Create your own happy!
Writing a book and getting it published
@PennyAlexander_ worked for seven years in secondary schools teaching Drama, Film, and as a Head of Media Studies, after which she became an education consultant. After having children, she started a blog and became a full-time blogger winning multiple awards and even selling one blog. She recently moved to the Peak District with her two children, husband and two dogs, in search of a happy country life running two holiday lets, which she writes about from time to time on parentshaped.co.uk. Her own battles with SAD have led her to look for inventive and creative ways to create your own happy.
SEO and monetisation
Cerys is the founder of the award-winning parenting blog Rainy Day Mum and of The Blog Surgery. She is a former digital media and computer science teacher and marine biologist and has turned her "silly little hobby" blog (as it was called a number of times) into a full-time job.
Although loving the pretty pictures of Pinterest and Instagram and the community connections through Facebook and Twitter she is a geek at heart and loves to dig into stats and build a strong SEO foundation which continues to grow and grow.
Understanding the toy industry and where you fit in their marketing plans
With over 16 years’ experience in the Toy and Licensing Industry, Vicki is well known for her Marketing roles at Bandai and Bladez Toyz where she worked on promoting brands such as Tamagotchi, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends and Monchhichi.
In May this year, she set up her own agency, Elmer Marketing, and now offers Toy clients valuable marketing support across media planning, product launches, trade shows, live events and PR.
Basic First Aid for kids
Millie’s Trust is a registered charity based in Stockport who work regularly throughout the UK.
Millie’s Trust was established following the loss of Millie Thompson in October 2012 when she sadly choked at nursery.
Following her loss, her parents Joanne and Dan set up Millie’s Trust to train people in paediatric first aid and have successfully campaigned to have EYFS legislation changed to ensure that all newly qualified childcare staff have to have a paediatric first aid certificate, this has ensured that there are around 15,000 newly trained staff every year.
Alongside this, the government supported and funded the initial development of Millie’s Mark which is a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond these minimum requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid, and also ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept alive and in the forefront of practitioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable.
Millie’s Trust provide free family first aid awareness courses to those who cannot afford, are pregnant or have a child under 12 months old; although anyone can attend the course for a small donation.
Millie’s Trust also provide certified qualifications in Paediatric First Aid and Emergency First Aid at work.
Millie’s parents have won various awards for their work including a Pride of Britain Award.