Last weekend, I attended #BritMumsLive at The Brewery in London. I bought my ticket almost a year ago so it felt like a long time to wait until the event. I was hoping to go for the Friday and the Saturday but due to child care, I was unable to get my children where they needed to be and to get myself to London for the conference. However, I was able to go for the whole of Saturday and it was an amazing experience.
Meeting Bloggers and Brands
The main reasons I went to #BritMumsLive was to meet some of the bloggers that I have been talking to online over the past year and a half. I was pleased that all of the bloggers I met were absolutely lovely. They were all just as friendly and supportive in person, as they are in the online world. The blogging community is a group that I feel that I belong to and I really enjoy being a part of it. I would have liked to have spent a bit more time chatting to some of them and some bloggers that I really wanted to meet, I was only able to say a passing, “Hi,” to or did not manage to spot them in the crowd.
I really enjoyed having a wander around to talk to the brands that were there too. The ladies at Parragon Books were wonderful and my daughter was extremely excited about her counting book. I was also excited about My Freddy Bear and I think that this is something that my daughter would think was an amazing toy. I have yet to try out the RealTime videos but it was explained to me brilliantly. I absolutely loved my Eternity bracelet from Mama Maman and thought that they had some very beautiful pieces of jewellery. I was also able to talk to the ladies at Joules-a brand I particularly love, which was fantastic!
There were a variety of talks available to help me learn more about blogging. I wanted to go to all of them so it was difficult choosing which ones to go to. I decided upon, ‘Social Media Optimisation,’ with Ali Clifford from Kids Chaos and Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art for the first session. For the second session, I went to, ‘BritMums in conversation with… Bloggers and Brands,’ with Claire Chandler from H&K, Nadine Hill from Juggle Mum, Jennifer Howze from BritMums and Jenography.net, Susanna Scott from BritMums and A Modern Mother as well as Marianne Weekes from Mari’s World. For Session 3, I learned more about creating great graphics for my blog with Julie Hall from Women Unlimited.
This is when we broke for lunch. I was quite nervous about this, as I it is a bit hit and miss as to whether I am able to eat at events such as this, due to my food intolerances. I was very pleased that the Chef had prepared a dish especially for me. I had chicken and vegetables. Unfortunately, the chicken wasn’t actually in the box so I went back to ask for the Chef if I could have some. He was lovely and did it straight away. He also gave me a very large dish of different fruits for dessert. I did have to take this into the next session though. Yum!
I chose, ‘How to market yourself and your writing,’ by Joanna Penn from The Creative Penn. This session was absolutely amazing! I felt like I learned a lot in this session and Joanna was very inspiring. For the final session, I found out more about Pinterest with Jennifer Jain from Jennifer’s Little World, Helen Neale from Kiddy Charts and Jen Standbrook from Love Chic Living. I must admit, I have a tendency to get distracted on Pinterest and spend hours on it, just exploring. This is great but for the purposes of using it for my blog, I felt I needed a talk like this to focus my mind on how to use it to help my blog posts reach more people. I feel like I now know more about how to use Pinterest to benefit my blog.
I really enjoyed the Keynote speakers. I thought that Carol Smillie’s talk about Diary Doll was very engaging and I think that this is a great product for women at different stages in their lives. I was interested by Caprice’s Keynote. I didn’t really know much about Caprice before BritMums so it was interesting to hear her story, from actress to entrepreneur to mother. It was wonderful hearing The Bloggers’ Keynote. I was only able to stay for some of them but it was great to hear bloggers reading their posts in their own voices (rather than the voice in my head). Some of them brought a tear to my eye as they were very emotional posts. I think that Helen and Jenny were particularly brave to read their posts but the hugely supportive blogging community were the best type of audience for them, in my opinion.
My Overall Thoughts on #BritMumsLive
Overall, I had a fantastic time at BritMumsLive this year. It was my first year attending this blogging conference and I was made to feel very welcome. I did not take many photographs while I was there as I was too busy meeting people, trying to figure out which blogs people belonged to and taking on all the new ideas I’d just learned to think about getting my camera out. I think that this enhanced my experience to be honest, as I wasn’t looking at my phone lots. I must admit that I came away with lots of ideas of what to do with my blog and how to improve certain aspects of it, including my social media channels but I have had a few days with total writers’ block. I think it has taken me a little while to let the information soak in. I’m ok now though, I seem to be back with the blogging flow.
If you went to BritMumsLive this year, I hope that you had a great time and got from it what you’d hoped to. If I met you there, thank you for being so wonderfully friendly and if I didn’t meet you, I really hope to meet you next time.