I have just got home from the most fantastic two days attending the Britmums Live event. It was an honour and a privilege to meet so many amazing, inspiring and truly wonderful like minded people and everyone was genuinely lovely and friendly.
I would imagine meeting bloggers and fellow tweeters is a bit like online dating: you meet them on line, you chat often and get along, you find out so much about them and their families and ways and then then you arrange to meet! Instead of wearing a red rose in our lapels, we wore printed name/blog name badges pinned to our bosoms (or chests or belts in the case of daddy bloggers), and you spend your time checking out faces and badges to help identify those you have been having an online relationship with for so long.
Anyway, this is what I discovered about Britmums Live 2012
What I have learnt
I am a 'strawberry' - who knew? (although with smaller bust - indeed much smaller!) and all this time I thought I was a 'pear shaped' kinda gal when I wasn't! No wonder I haven't always got it right in the wardrobe department
Remember why you started blogging. Use this to get yourself back on track if you find yourself in a blogging rut or have lost your blogging mojo
Incorporate great photos into your posts (when relevant)
Dont get hung up on stats
Cherry Healey used to be a dancer and could break dance!
Ruby Wax is funnier and more amazing in real life
Blog for happiness
Be true to yourself, your blog and your readers
Don't drink two glasses of wine after midnight when you have to be up early the next morning
Don't let Helen (The Crazy Kitchen) drink her cup of tea sat on the bed when very merry as a wet tea patch will form on the bed sheet!
Don't try catching a taxi to Victoria bus station via Euston train station, it's too far!
In case you missed this snippet of news, I celebrated my birthday
Had my name mentioned in the opening speech by Jenny and Susanna re: my birthday
Birthday cake made by Helen
Cherry Healey, Sarah Brown & Ruby Wax speaking
Meeting so many lovely bloggers - too many to mention but :
From Mum To Fun is as lovely as I imagined and her gorgeous Miss G chose me a cute animal birthday card
Karen is such a yummy mummy to be and wore such pretty dresses
Kate is just gorgeous and funny!
I know, I know I met so many others and you were all fabulous :)
Doing it for Aleyna - hearing her keynote speech on her cancer post
Sharing a taxi with Actually Mummy and Mammasaurus (so funny)
(Burton opening some 'swag' bag goodies')
Yummy food, great company and cool looking bar at Al Volo Friday night
Mammasaurus saying bit about how we speak to people from all walks of life who we wouldn't normally as we may not mix in those social circles eg. Film directors, teachers, SAHM's, Writers, Journalists, solicitors etc...
I read a book -an entire book - something I haven't done in over three years (!) Con the train!
Hung over Friday morning
Missing my bus Saturday
Turned another year older
Missed my boys
Thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome and part of such a wonderful, kind and friendly blogging community.
Bloggers rock and rule!
Britmums (and Dads) are brilliant and amazing!
Britmums Live was fantastic!
I cannot wait until next years event!!
What were your highlights?