In June 2013 I watched the awards ceremony for BritMums Live on my laptop. I hadn’t felt that I knew enough about blogging to attend the event myself. What did I know? I’d feel like an intruder, I wouldn’t understand anything, I’d feel stupid, daft, like an imposter (delete as appropriate).
But actually, I really did regret not having the guts to say Sod it! I’m going. So as soon as the Early Bird tickets for BritMums Live 2014 were announced, I took a deep breath and hit the ‘buy now’ button. Ok, I’m going, I’m really going! I’m lucky, I’ve made a great group of friends within the blogging community over the last 18 months. I knew I wouldn’t be alone. 9 of us agreed to share hotel rooms, 3 others would meet us in London. The planning began, instructions to Daddy P, it all seemed a long way away.
I was really lucky to be offered sponsorship by the lovely team at Heroes of the City; who I’ve reviewed for previously. So, before I knew it, it was June, blimey, it’s time to go to BritMums Live 2014! I was ready, the weekend was here. I met Emma from Bubbablueandme on the train and off to London we headed. Once there I met up with Tina from The Soup Dragon Says and we made our way to our hotel to wait for the rest of our roomies. Once everyone had arrived we hailed a couple of taxis and drove to The Brewery. I was excited, nervous and feeling a little queasy! Within minutes I’d bumped into a load of other bloggers I’d met at previous events, the nerves were gone, I was with friends, part of a wonderful community.
I like nothing better than meeting brands face to face, goes with my sales background! So it was good to mingle over a coffee and cake and say hello to people I’ve been emailing with recently. I’m so glad that I arrived with my roomies, including Fiona from Mummy’s Little Stars. It was reassuring to have company at the beginning of BritMums Live 2014, although I soon gained the confidence to head off to the workshops I wanted to hear by myself.
Highlights – listening to Kirstie Pelling and Jaume Marin in Creating a Pitch. They both made me view my approach differently and have given me the confidence to be bold and brave! Listening to Lucy Heath – I love her photography and Julia Boggio – really interesting to see her slides to understand how a photo is created. I’ve been a fan of Simon Calder forever, so listening to him in the Travel Blogging group was wonderful. I also like reading A Bavarian Sojourn, so it was nice to put a voice and a face to Emma’s writing.
I learnt lots, actually need to take time out, need through my notes and absorb everything. There were emotional moments. Two people made me cry. Listening to Katy Hill when she won here BiB – even famous Mum’s doubt themselves and lose confidence when they step away from the workplace to be a Mum. I know I’ve got a little lost since being a Mum, and am scared of returning to a working environment. The moment that caught me totally unawares was during Saturday’s keynote speeches. Sarah from Grenglish read about her miscarriage experience. Regular readers will know, I’d only written about my own experiences earlier last week. It was like someone reading my post out loud. Very emotional and I am in awe of her that she could stand there and deliver the way she did – amazing.
Meeting other bloggers for the first time. I met so many wonderful people, if I don’t mention you here then I’m really sorry, doesn’t mean I wasn’t pleased to see you. Fiona from Coombe Mill – I love Country Kids, it was wonderful to see you. Sara from MumturnedMom – wow, you took me by surprise in the best way, so lovely that you were this side of the pond! The Boy and Me – we had actually met at Longleat last year, but I was still such a newbie and being part of #365 with you this year has been wonderful. I wasn’t leaving BritMums Live 2014 without meeting Charly from PODCast! Charly’s photos are just beautiful, her linky’s are fab (I just need to be more organised!). Finally I had to meet another Monkey Mum – Jo at My Monkey’s Don’t Sit Still.
The weekend was over before I knew it, time to get back on the train and head home. My Monkey had missed me and wanted his Mummy back! I had a wonderful time. I will be booking my early bird ticket very soon for next year. If you’re new to blogging and think you’d be out-of-place at an event like this – YOU WON’T! Book your ticket. You will not be alone, you will be part of an amazing community.
Lastly, thanks to an amazing group of women who have been there for me through every moment of my blogging journey – you are just the best . Tina, Fiona, Tami, Kel, Zoe, Pippa, Anna, Jenny, Jen, Anthea, Eileen.
See you there next year!