So I’m going to BlogOn

So I’m going to BlogOn

I’m going to BlogOn, an actual blogging conference, in Manchester next weekend. All the eeeeeeks!!  Last year I heard it was the friendliest blogging conference to go to, and the line up of guest speakers for the May conference is fab. I am so nervous about walking into a room full of people I don’t know. There will be bloggers there that I admire and follow, but who I have never met in person before. It’s scary and daunting! Why, why am I doing this!?!? Well I am sure I will learn more about blogging and of course network and meet fellow bloggers. This is why I set it as one of my blogging goals for 2017. I’m actually really excited. Plus, I get to stay over at my mates house and catch up with a few friends too. Win!

In preparation for meeting the other attendees I’m taking part in their BlogOn linky so they can all get to know a bit more about me.

I’m going to BlogOn MSI

  • Share a recent picture of you. Ok, this is me being squished by my friend the other week. I have no idea who the random guy in the background is… Susie Hawes



  • Describe yourself in three words

Determined. Loyal. Chocoholic.

  • How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

Nearly a year now, I started blogging at the end of June 2016. I left my job as a press officer in the NHS to be a Stay At Home Mum. I found returning to work after 13 months maternity leave incredibly stressful. Despite not working, I wanted to use my journalism background and writing skills and learn something new, in the hope that one day I’ll still be employable after a career break. So I started a blog about my new life.

  • What was the inspiration behind your blog name?

I had always been quite career minded and very driven. I never thought I’d ever want to be “just a mum” but well, this is me now. Hence my blog name!

  • What is the best thing to come from your blog so far?

Definitely giving me a sense of “me” back. I love being a mum. I love spending time with my daughter and now I don’t know how I’d ever go back to full time work. But I love having something just for me. Some time to write and use my brain. That is the best thing about blogging so far.

  • Your most remembered thing from your childhood

Every summer me and my brother would visit my cousins who lived on a farm and camp out with a camp fire under the stars. It was always such an adventure and the first time I saw a shooting star. They had stables and each year I’d learn how to ride a horse. Then I wouldn’t ride all year and forget and have to go back to basics the following year!

  • Something interesting you might not know about me is . . .

I worked as a broadcast journalist reading the news and interviewing people for local radio before I moved into PR.

  • Which social media platform best describes your personality and why?

Probably twitter because I talk constantly.

  • What is your happy song?

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling.

  • What is your favourite alcoholic drink
  • What is your favourite cake?

Redvelvet cake.

  • What is your favourite takeaway dish?

I love a curry – probably stick to a chicken tikka balti.

  • Where is your dream holiday destination and why?

I would love to go to the Grand Canyon. I’d love to fly over it in a helicopter, land in it and have a champagne fuelled delicious lunch!

  • What would your superhero name be?

I am so not into superheros… Super Susie?!

  • If you had a magical power, would you want to have and why?

I think time travel so I can go back and see my grandparents and tell them about my daughter.

  • What one weapon would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?

Oh man not into Zombies either… errr, a massive gun!?

  • If you could send something into space, what would it be?

I wouldn’t actually – I think it’s perfect as it is and should be protected!

  • What would you have on your gravestone?

Most loving mum in the world – that’d be nice.

  • You make headline news around the world in 2 years time… but for what reason?

Being the next Masterchef champion. (I’ve never cooked Grouse, Pigeon or Venison, but a girl can dream!)

  • If an EMP wiped out all mechanical forms of transport, how would you get to BlogOn?

Horse or a cow, whatever I find in the Norfolk countryside first!


So there you have a bit more about me. I’m really looking forward to meeting my blogging buddies and idols next week so if you see me come and say hi!




  1. Caroline
    15th May 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Oh wow I’m sure youll meet some great fellow bloggers have a wonderful time xx

    • thisismenow
      15th May 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Hun, just nervous!!

  2. 15th May 2017 / 8:17 pm

    arrrgh I’m 50/50 nervous excited! !
    With you on the prosecco and curry! !

  3. 15th May 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I love your childhood memories i went on horseback riding holidays as a teenager and although they where disastrous (not because of the riding that was fun all the time) I always think back to it! Looking forward to meeting you at BlogOn on sunday! Not long now! AK x

  4. 15th May 2017 / 9:21 pm

    This will be a great conference, I’m sure. I thought about going to the September one, but I think it’s sold out now? He who hesitates, and all that… Anyway, have an amazing time!

  5. 18th May 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Hahaha I have visions of you riding up on a cow now! I’m not sure she’d enjoy a day in the yard outside – although she’d certainly get plenty of attention 😀

    Have a safe trip – see you at the weekend! Thanks for taking part in the linky. Jenny – commenting on behalf of myself and Blog On UK

  6. 20th May 2017 / 12:19 am

    Hi Susie. Ha, I listed Can’t Stop the Feeling as one of my happy songs too – mostly because my kids won’t stop singing it (or watching Trolls, for that matter!)

    • thisismenow
      20th May 2017 / 9:01 am

      Ha! It is very catchy! Thanks for reading. Looking forward to hopefully meeting you tomorrow x

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