Friday, 4 July 2014

A Letter to the organisers of Britmums 2014

Dear Britmums,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for organising such an amazing event. I just felt that I had to put pen to paper....which in true Jo style has taken me a while to add photos and publish :). I decided to go to Britmums back in August last year when I really was a newbie blogger - with only a matter of weeks under my belt. I thought it would be a good idea. I thought that I would learn a lot and have the opportunity to network with some of the best bloggers in the UK. The good news is, that I thought correctly.



I wasn't as nervous about going to Britmums as many of my fellow bloggers were. I'm lucky, I am very used to London as I travel there a lot. I'm lucky, I am used to talking to strangers as it's part of my job (please don't let me work colleagues know that I have caller them 'strange'). But what I was nervous about was people asking me where I blogged, and me replying 'Outnumbered Mum' and then there being silence....a tumbleweed moment. Either because they quite frankly had never heard of me or even more worringly because they would wonder what an earth I was doing at a Blogging Conference when I don't update my blog daily or every other day. Nobody laughed. Nobody judged. Some people had even heard of my blog!! Shock horror!

I have been to a number of conferences over the years - especially as a teacher and I can safely say that this is perhaps the most organised one I have attended. It ran like clockwork. The delegates were perhaps the most cheery group I have ever had the pleasure of spending a few days with - and the organisers were uber-friendly. As for the seminars - I learnt loads and came back ready to take the blogging world by storm.....well that was the plan, and then I remembered that I had to work full time and had a business to run so had to put things back into perspective.....boo!



I didn't take a mountain of photos - just a few. But the photos, the memories are inside my head. I was made soooo welcome by fellow bloggers. We had a lovely evening out, organised by Verily Victoria Vocalises (Victoria Welton) - despite knowing very few people, it was a great evening and I soon realised that many of the bloggers seemed to be ex-teachers.......we all had managed to escape from the profession in one way or another.



I was lucky - a company I know and love offered to sponsor me for Britmums very early on (and another company offered to sponsor me about a week before Britmums but I had to turn them down....but it made me feel popular!) My sponsor was Buggysnuggle and I hope that I flew the flag well for them....if fellow bloggers hadn't heard about the sofasnug before they left then they should have done now!



So thank you Britmums team. You should be very proud of yourselves. These events are not easy to organise yet you pulled it off with class and aplomb..........you should be giving yourselves a pat on the back and I hope that you celebrated with lots of champagne and cake.




I'll be back next year without a doubt....if you'll have me that is?

Kind regards,

Jo - no longer a Britmums Virgin

xxx

14 comments:

  1. Thanks Jo, you've made my day. Xx

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    1. No - thank you Susannah. It was an amazing weekend which I realise doesn't happen as if by magic. These things take a lot of organising so well done.

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  2. Great post Jo. I very much enjoyed it too! See you there next year!

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    1. Yes you will Jo! Lovely to see you again too.

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  3. Love this post. I was a newbie this year and my feelings and emotions were exactly what you described when you attended for the first time. (I am also an ex-teacher!) I hope I feel the same as you did when I go next year. x

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    1. Thanks Dominique - there were a number of ex-teachers there I found! See you next year.

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  4. What a lovley post, so glad you had a good time. BritMums Live is always such a friendly conference. Mich x

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    1. Thank you Michelle - it really was a weekend full of very very friendly people - I learnt so much!

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  5. I agree about the organisation, it really was incredibly well done.
    Th teaching thing has always made me laugh, but it's obvious if you think about it - literate, can explain things well and like presenting a talk to people then waiting for the feedback.... :D

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    1. Yes - I think you are correct about the teacher thing.......my next aim is to actually sit down and write the series of books I keep meaning to do #notenoughhoursintheday

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  6. So glad to hear of a happily deflowered BritMums Live! virgin thoroughly satisfied with her first blog conference experience. Looks like you're hooked and will be attending many more!

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    1. Yes Alice - I will be attending next year without a doubt! Even got the 'OK' from hubby as he saw how much I got out of it and how enthusiastic i was when I got home (takes a lot to get 'another' pass out as I travel with work quite a lot so he's often left with the children!)

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  7. Yay, it's great when you have a good time, and it sounds like you did. I'll also be there next year again...just need to get the OH to agree on the childcare bit.

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  8. Great post and thank you so much for the mention, I am so glad you enjoyed the meal xx

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