We’re mixing it up a bit this year will some smaller, more intimate table top sessions. Led by experts in their field, pick your table, sit down and ask questions!
- Shooting and editing video with Nigel Camp, The Video Effect
- Getting yourself published, a blogger’s journey, Ellie Stoneley, Mush Brained Ramblings
- Finding support in blogging, Hayley Goleniowska, Downs Side Up
- WordPress troubleshooting with Alice Elliott
- Over 40s Bloggers with Mel Fargo
Meet your experts
Nigel Camp is founder of DevilBoy Productions, which specialises in producing videos with animation for businesses who want a big company experience on an affordable budget. He is about to release his book entitled The Video Effect, which explains how to create quality content with professional advice on production techniques, equipment, storyboarding and content sharing. His blog www.thevideoeffect.tv contains cool video tips. When he’s not working you can find him relaxing on a beach on getting ready for his next snowboard trip. Follow Nigel on Twitter at @nigelcamp.
Alice Elliott, also known as the Fairy Blog Mother, offers tuition and advice to beginner and post-beginner bloggers. Her particular talent is explaining blogging “really simply” using ordinary, everyday language, and through tutorials and e-courses in a highly visual, step-by-step format. She is currently working on her new blog Beginner Bloggers, which will be stuffed full of simple and helpful ‘How-To’ posts that aim to clarify WordPress and other blogging issues. Alice believes that if technical things like blogging are explained properly from the beginning, this will make later advanced use a lot easier. @alice_elliott
Hayley Goleniowska. Hayley created internationally renowned blog Downs Side Up to support other parents following a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome. Her words quickly became known for changing the nation’s perceptions of the condition. She campaigns tirelessly for inclusive advertising — her youngest daughter Natty is now a model who famously fronted the Sainsbury’s Back to School campaign, September 2014. She has appeared on Woman’s Hour, Sunday Morning Live, the Lorraine show and Daybreak. She has been featured in Woman’s Own, Bella, The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Telegraph. Downs Side Up was recently tipped by The Financial Times as ‘a campaign blog from the frontline to watch’ and she has been listed as a Health Service Journal Rising Star for her influence within the medical profession. You can find Hayley on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. @DownsSideUp
Ellie Stoneley. Ellie’s first book Milky Moments is published by Pinter and Martin in May 2015. It’s a beautifully illustrated book for children and their families depicting breastfeeding as a normal day-to-day part of family life. When she’s not writing or singing songs about dingle dangle scarecrows with her 3-year-old daughter, Ellie Stoneley works freelance helping small charities and businesses to give themselves a louder voice online. She has worked all over the world, most notably helping teach Aboriginal children and mining opals in the Australian outback, and more recently, making a visit to Madagascar to highlight the issues many children face there, on behalf of John Humphrys charity the Kitchen Table Charities Trust. Ellie writes regularly about mothering and being an older firsttime mother on her own blog Mush Brained Ramblings, for Huffington Post, as well as at Mumsnet, Midlife Mothers, What to Expect and Breastfeeding Matters. She has appeared on TV and radio to discuss a variety of issues from breastfeeding to the over-emphasis on childproofing your house, to pregnancy, blogging and being an older mother. You can follow the Milky Moments journey on Facebook. @E11ie5
Melinda Fargo is a former senior executive now working with children’s services. She first came to social media attention via her successful, satirical and reflective blog, HerMelness Speaks…Out. This personal blog was born as an antidote to the sudden death of her beloved husband, Bronson, five years ago. It was therefore bereavement that ‘outed’ Melinda’s writing. Regularly featured in the writing and blogging worlds, Melinda was further talent spotted by the UK’s largest regional newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where she is now a monthly columnist. Last year, Melinda founded and is Editor-in-Chief of the news and editorial website, Post-40 Bloggers, which features and publicises the work of talented bloggers and writers aged 40+. The 20-strong team of editors are dedicated to creating, finding and sharing the best the post-40 community has to offer.