The #BlogOnMSI 2017 Speakers


James is a full time father to a tearaway toddler, full time blogger of almost anonymous proportions at A Life Just Ordinary, full time co-owner of the ever-so-slightly more popular and much funnier You Have To Laugh, full time civil servant at Britain's busiest airport and part time sleeper in the gaps between all the other stuff


Session 1

Sara-Jayne Jones

Photographing Kids

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 as she blogs during nap time over at Keep Up With The Jones Family.  Sara-Jayne adores Chocolate oranges, collects 1950s dresses with impractically huge petticoats, wears sparkly Chucks and drinks far too much Tetley tea. 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.


Zoe Corkhill

Live Media Pack

Zoe (otherwise known as Mama Geek) is a web developer, designer, and blogger with over 10 years of WordPress experience. For the last 5 years, Zoe has been working with WordPress blogs and commercial websites as a self employed freelancer, providing both support services and full site development. She also creates media packs, business cards & other documents when required for both businesses & bloggers.

Lee Furness

Confidence Building

Confidence and Public Speaking Coach. TEDx Coach, Business owner. Lee’s day job is a senior coach at the Public Speaking Academy, and has literally trained 1000’s of people from all backgrounds including Royalty and politicians. CEO’s, business owners and individuals looking to gain in confidence and give outstanding presentations. Lee has coached 20 people on their first TEDx presentation and  has run his own business for the last 15 years. Some people think of Lee as a bit of an explorer, having crossed most deserts and jungles of the world, followed the River Nile from start to end and most recently climbed a 20,000ft mountain opposite Mt Everest.

Session 2

Harriet Shearsmith


Harriet is mama to three feral children, wife to a handsome man and slave to a wrinkly pooch. Her blog Toby&Roo has been voted No1 Baby & Toddler blog by Tots100/Aldi and her instagram has grown to be one of the leading parenting influencer accounts in the U.K. 


Lynn James


Lynn is a personal finance/lifestyle writer and blogger.  Her career background is a (ACMA) management accountant of 17 years with a breath of experience working in commercial roles for Tesco, EE & HSBC. She left the corporate world in 2015 to run Mrs Mummypenny full-time. She has written for Huffington post, appeared on Good Morning Britain and regularly features on campaigns for Aldi, Pensionbee, Zurich and Asda. She is the co-author of Blogging Your Way To Riches, a book all about the business side of blogging and helps bloggers to better monetise, available on Amazon.

Emma Bradley


Emma is an ex teacher, published author and an award winning valued member of the money and family blogger world. She covers many subjects via her two blogs, Emma and 3 & Mums Savvy Savings, offering insights into her family life and saving her readers £1000's over her many years of blogging. She gave up teaching to pursue her blogging career and now earns a very decent wage doing just that. She has written for magazines, papers and other websites, also appearing on TV and Radio, giving advice and tips to millions. If anyone can help you monetise your blog, it's her... she also drinks like a fish and will be found at the Wine table in the breaks.

Grace Hall

Content Planning

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!

Session 3

John Arnold


John Arnold, video blogger at and photography trainer, has been a keen amateur photographer his whole life but took it to the next level when digital photography took off in the early 2000s. Since then he's led numerous workshops in the UK and abroad and taught thousands of people how to use their cameras, how to compose their shots and how to process them afterwards using Photoshop and Lightroom.



Blog Life Balance

John sacrificed his career to become his daughter Helen’s main carer and run the household while his wife continued to work full time. Inspired by his experiences as a man who ran the household and did the bulk of the childcare, John launched in 2012, just before the birth of Izzy, his second daughter. This rekindled John’s love of writing and he was totally taken in by the blogging bug.

The blog has grown and presently holds Vuelio’s Best UK Dad Blog award (among one or two other accolades). With his youngest child having just started school, John will now be focusing on blogging more than ever.

John loves photography, outdoor pursuits and has an incredibly irritating habit of referring to himself in the third person.

Mel Knibb

Tips & Ideas for Great Festive Photos

Mel, who has four young children and a serious food addiction, is rarely seen without her camera around her neck. Her blog, Le Coin de Mel, is all about food, family life, allergies, crafts, days out and pretty much everything she gets up to with her family. When Mel is not drooling over food on Pinterest or Instagram, she bakes with her children, plans meals, thinks about her next sweet treat, shares recipes with friends or takes photos.

Session 4

Emily Leary

Camera Shy

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.

Nicola Louise

How to Help Your Ideal Audience Find You

Nicola is a digital marketer, blogger and parent to two feisty little ones. Having grown up around websites, blogs and all the techy things that go with them, she now has a career in marketing and social media management as well as blogging at Nicola Says. Through her combined experience of blogging and writing and publishing content for brands, Nicola has developed an understanding of simple, user-friendly SEO practices that she'll share in her workshop this September. 




Festive Origami

The team from Manchester Paperchase will be joining us to lead this session, accompanied by Rebecca English.

Rebecca is a Reception teacher and mother to three girls. She blogs at Here Come the Girls about kids crafts and fun ideas for families.


Session 5


Get started with Live Video

Ceri Gillett is an experienced business coach and the editor of the This Welsh Mother website. Ceri specialises in the branding and building of online communities and has first hand experience of using live video to grow a large, engaged online audience.  Michelle Reeves is a life coach, speaker, course leader, ambassador for the MIND mental health charity in West Essex and an award-winning blogger. She co-runs the live broadcasting support group on Facebook with Ceri and has 'gone live' with major brands including John Lewis, Joseph Joseph and James Villas Holidays. You can find her at


Comps 101

'SuperLucky' Di Coke is a Prize Promotions Consultant, comper and blogger. With over £300,000 of prizes under her belt, Di knows competitions inside out and works with brands and bloggers to ensure their prize promotions are fair, fun and successful.

Find her at @superluckydi


Photo Styling

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.