November 19, 2013


I just spent a fun weekend at BLOGST, the German Blog Conference, in Essen. Ironically, it meant I didn’t get round to doing any blogging, especially as I was also travelling with #MuseumBaby. So here are a few pictures from the weekend to share with you, while I work on my next museum-filled post.


DaWanda, one of the conference’s main sponsors, had produced some temporary tattoos for the conference and there was a competition for the most creative applications of the tattoos. I didn’t win a prize, however, I did get several requests to photograph my cleavage!


The goodie bag all conference attendees received was quite spectacular – and there were further additional goodies not shown in the picture above that we could pick up from various sponsors, including notebooks and notecards, magazines and candles. Everyone had a lucky dip ticket they could go and exchange for a prize at the design3000 stand, and Ikea had set up a stand where you could print off your photographs from Instagram and decorate notebooks with the new Ikea stationary range. I’m not showing you this to make you all jealous, but to say a big THANK YOU to all the sponsors for their generous gifts and other support without which BLOGST could not have happened, including:, AupingblogforsterBRITACallweyconnox, Dawandadesign3000Dr.Oetker, Edeka, EdelmanFeine Billetterie, Garn & mehr, glade by brise, Hampstead Tea London, Koziol, Krima & isa, Küchenfee Shop, la mesa, Lavera, Freixenet mia moscato, Motel OneMöve, NidoPfeffersack & Soehne, Pott au chocolat,  raeder, Rosendahl, sisterMAG,, STYLEBOOK BlogStars, UrbanaraWDC – my cloud

Overall I had a very nice weekend. I found it a bit difficult sometimes to get in to conversation with new people, as everyone seemed so taken up with meeting old friends – I spent one meal sitting next to four girls who didn’t say a word to me! On the other hand I myself enjoyed reconnecting with people I’d met before as well as meeting people for the first time ‘in real life’ who I’d only previously conversed online with online or whose blogs I had been reading for a while. That’s always fun. And of course there were the presentations themselves, some of which offered new insights, some of which of which didn’t,  but even those were very inspiring in a ‘reigniting your enthusiasm’ kind of way. Sometimes presentations at conferences can be a bit of a hit and miss, but I have to say that all the speakers were very charismatic and delivered well prepared and beautifully presented presentations.


I realised that I didn’t actually take that many pictures over the weekend. Here’s a view from my hotel window – Christmas was definitely on its way in Essen. Just behind those giant baubles you can see them setting up the Christmas Market!


I had to make a bit of a dash for the train at the end before the conference had quite finished, so I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye or thank you to anyone. So, many thanks to everyone I met and chatted to over the weekend, it was lovely to spend time with you. Many thanks to the speakers for their enthusiastic presentations. And many thanks to Ricarda, Clara and their helpers for all their efforts in pulling BLOGST together! Oh, and #MuseumBaby would like to say thanks for the tattoos :)

4 Responses to “BLOGST 2013”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Do you speak German? If not were most of those attending English speakers or non German?


  2. noreen Says:

    hello! i also love museums, and studied art history for a while before i decided to get my master’s in montessori education. thanks for sharing about the blogging conference. i’d love to go to one. very behind at our btw class, but enjoying it. joy to you, n.


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