I’ve only been blogging seriously for a relatively short time, but have received so much support and guidance from various blogging communities, I have been amazed.
When I was selected as an Izziwizzi Kids #playfest Toy Reviewer I was slightly nervous about how existing bloggers would feel about a newbie joining the ranks, but my fears were immediately allayed – one fab group of bloggers who have been very patient with me and generous with their time.
Through conversations with the #playfest group, I discovered BritMums – another fantastic community. I’ve found lots of lovely blogs through BritMums and joined a few Linky’s through them too. I was even featured on the #PoCoLo Linky as #newbieshowcase hosted by the lovely Vicky @ VeViVos on 12th April – a website and Linky I found through one of the groups on the BritMums website.
I noticed a while ago that BritMums were holding a Meet Up for bloggers and brands in Oxford on 24th April, the location is only a half-hour drive away from me, so I took a deep breath and put my name down to attend. I then started to panic! I’m a newbie, will anyone talk to me, what will I say, will any be interested etc. As the date got nearer, I felt slightly more confident, the blog has moved on so much in the last few months, I’ve got involved and feel a part of the community – hopefully, I wouldn’t look like a complete idiot on the day!
So Wednesday morning arrived, Monkey went off to pre-school and I headed off for Summertown (outskirts of Oxford) to Barefoot Books, who were hosting the event for BritMums. Traffic behaved and I found a car parking space. Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t park to save my life and spend so much time stressing about parking! Stupid, but true. Anyway, I was parked up and early (nothing new there then!). I took a deep breath and opened the door to the most beautiful children’s bookshop – I was in heaven and just relaxed 🙂
I met some Susanna, who runs BritMums, Katy Hill, the ladies behind Barefoot Books, and some lovely bloggers and brands. We were all made to feel so welcome and comfortable. Unfortunately, I could only stay for the first 45 minutes, as needed to be home for pre-school pick-up, so didn’t get to meet everyone properly. But, I’m really glad I went, and would definitely go again. My first face to face blogging event completed and a success 🙂
p.s. If you get the chance to visit Barefoot Books – then DO! They have a really beautiful range of books. By coincidence, I’d completed an online survey for them recently and received a £10.00 voucher to spend in-store. I was spoilt for choice. They also very generously gave us all a goodie bag with a few more wonderful books inside. Monkey is enjoying them already. I’ll post about them next week …..