Well the answer in short to that question is, most definitely yes! My BritMums journey was a whirlwind -You may remember my post the evening before I set out to London for the biggest UK conference dedicated to blogging. Thanks to my sponsor, FloraQueen, who I will be working with for the next 12 months, I could attend BritMums for the Saturday. For me, this is the main event – I am old school in that I attend conferences to learn. I might have been blogging for 7+ years but the blogging world is constantly changing and nothing stays the same for long.
There was no chance to get nervous and think about who I would sit with – I would say, if you don’t know many other bloggers, the one day conference is the way to do it. Luckily, I did manage to get to speak to lots of blogging friends – without the hangover too!
The Awards Ceremony
The Friday night is all about the Brilliant in Blogging awards – while these are very nice to attend, you can keep in touch with who wins each category through the magic of Twitter.
I actually thought it was better this year that most of the brands had already been visited by bloggers the day before. I could chat to the brand reps at leisure without big queues appearing. I enjoyed visiting the stalls much more this year – I didn’t feel the need to visit absolutely every one, I’m much more selective as the years go on.
I will admit to be sorry to miss the Friday Keynote Speaker, Deliciously Ella but Saturday’s were great too. I loved Carol Smilie talking about Diary Doll pants – so much that I changed plans for which small focus groups I went to to hear more about them. I could have lived without Caprice, I will be honest – What could have been a fascinating insight into celebrity turned Mum, seemed too showy off for me. One of the highlights of the event will always be the Bloggers Keynote Posts – The posts that have inspired, moved, made us howl laughing over the past year – I was honoured to be on the same table as Jenny from The Brick Castle whose Dear Elspeth post will stay with people listening for a long time.
After the conference has finished, there’s a massive flurry of hugs and kisses. A lot of people stay another night, many people also start to make their way home. This year I was so glad to be heading straight home – It would have been nice to follow on to a meal but the allure of the train home, my book, seeing the kids at Runcorn station & definitely my own bed was more inviting.
So to next year – Hopefully I will have a little bit more notice that I will be attending, however it was still a brilliant day. I’d advise any newer bloggers or the more nervous attendee that it can be done in a day. If you are thinking of attending and want to meet up for moral support, then give me a shout.