Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Blog On Meet And Greet

On Sunday I did something a bit different from my normal lazy Sunday. I picked up 4 other North Manchester Bloggers in my van and took them all to Laura Tired Mummy Of Two's house to spend an incredibly civil (honest) afternoon listening to the tennis and packing goodie bags (and oh yes, they're real goodie bags). There may have been a few beverages consumed (as chauffeur I was on the fizzy pop) but I was really quite glad I wasn't drinking alcohol because the talk was, somewhat obviously, mainly about Blog On and I wanted to take it all in.

Goodie bag!
I've been to a couple of events, I've met a few people, but this will be my first really big one, and I've certainly never been to any sort of Blogging conference before - I'm not even sure if conference is the right word! I have to admit to being a bit nervous (okay, a lot nervous). I'm excited about meeting some of the folks who's blogs I really like, and some who've been really friendly and/or helpful to me in particular.

I was really pleased when Heather from Notes From Lapland started this linky - even though clearly maths isn't her strong point because there were 5 bloggers in my van on the way to Laura's and I'm pretty sure she knows all of them (not Biblically obviously....probably). I however did pretty much reach my limit of known Bloggers last weekend, so it really would be great to get to know a few more before we get there.


This is me - I'm Jenny and I'm not usually covered in jelly, but this was taken at my Red Nose Day Jelly Bath. I am however usually harrassed, greying, overweight, not very tall and older than your average blogger, (in fact there are several blogs where I'm old enough to be the parent of the author) but I know I won't be the oldest person there! Woohoo!


I've 5 children and 2 step-children (5 of whom live with us full time and the other 2 bob in and out) - they're 3,4,13,13,15,15 and 19 and I am surrounded by teenage angst and pre-school tantrums everyday.
I'm from Derby and moved up here 6 years ago because it was where my partner lived, he's originally from Mull and came here via Glasgow, so our children are destined to have accents that don't match anyone else's forever.

I've been using the internet since before electricity was invented and I've had a couple of other blogs over the years, but nothing very public. I was previously well known in a few Internet areas under the guise of missusjen (and maybe a couple of other names), but 2 other people turned up using that name a few years ago so feel free to go and send them loads of messages assuming it's me (actually it will usually be me, but this way I get to choose whether or not to reply).

I started The Brick Castle because I was reviewing toys and had nowhere to store my reviews, and a sleeping blog where I'd ranted and moaned the everyday wasn't really an appropriate place, so I started over. I'm glad I did.

See you there....

30 comments:

  1. I cant wait to meet everyone :)

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    1. It will be good to meet all the people who are names and posts in real life - yourself included :D

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  2. Looking forward to meeting you again and without kids so maybe we can have a proper chat!

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    1. I bet we don't manage it! There'll be too much to see and do! :D

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  3. I hope you have a brilliant time, I can't make it unfortunately but lovely to find out more about you!

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    1. Aw, shame, nice of you to read the posts - you should write one!

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  4. :-)Looking forward to meeting you again Jenny! I'm so excited/terrified!! xxxx

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    1. Ditto! I hope they're gentle on us :D

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  5. Can't wait to meet you - roll on the 21st! So glad this linky is going so I can put all the faces to names beforehand. Although the chances are with my memory I'll forget everything I've read before then!

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    1. I haven't had chance to read any yet - I've no hope! I wrote mine and then hell broke loose. I'll be doing my revising on the bus into town!

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  6. I'm very much looking forward to meeting you too :P

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing you again hon - you owe me a hug :)

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  7. Yay, can't wait for Blog On. I'm proper excited now :)

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  8. Look forward to meeting you again x

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  9. Hiiii! *waves from Swinton* See you next week! :D

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    1. Hello! *waves back from North Manchester* :D

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  10. Can't believe how quickly this has come around! Very exciting! See you next week :)

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  11. Hey! I'm Anyonita & I'll be at BlogOn too! :) Just going through the linky & sussing people out :)WHOA @ that goodie bag! When you guys said goodie bag,s I was thinking child's party bag, but holy hell! I've not posted a "I'm going to Blog On" post yet, but I will be there! You can check out my food blog in the meantime: www.anyonita-nibbles.com

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    1. Hiya! Those goodie bags are pretty darn awesome :D

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  12. See you on Sunday! It will have been almost two weeks since #bagon! :)

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  13. I really appreciate all your help Jenny and being the taxi for everyone.

    Thank you so much

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    1. You are more than welcome hon - these things rarely work unless everyone does their bit :)
      See you Sunday!

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  14. I'll never keep all these faces and names straight but looking forward to meeting everyone!

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    1. Just call everyone Jen - you've a 1/10 chance you'll be right... :p

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